We loved everything about this - our flight in a small plane from Maun to Xaxaba (pronounced Kakaba) gave us our first views of the Okavango delta and then it was a 2 min drive to the lodge with Moses, our designated personal guide.
Our accommodation there was truly luxurious. We had chalet no. 2, almost the furthest away from the main area. The interior was designed to look like the interior of a tent. We had a large sleeping area with table and chairs, a bar and a sofa which could be converted into a bed. Behind was a large bathroom complete with a large black bath, a separate wc, a dressing room, an indoor shower (with seat) and an outdoor shower. We had a large shaded deck with 2 loungers, 2 comfy chairs and table and a small plunge pool with a view over the Okavango delta. There was even a kingfisher on the railings as we arrived and it stayed still long enough for me to photograph it.
We had pre-dinner drinks in the Fish Eagle bar – apparently dubbed the world’s most romantic bar by the New York Times and watched the sunset.
Dinner in the restaurant was not at a communal table – guests had their own tables to preserve their privacy. Dinner was a la carte with a choice of 4 courses. Lunches and breakfasts were all excellent with a very varied choice of food.
We went on several river trips and Moses very kindly lent me his zoom lens to enable me to take better photos with my camera. We loved the fact that the river level was high enough to allow us to go out on river trips rather than game drives.
Altogether a fabulous experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Belmond Eagle Island Lodge, Africa’s ultimate water-focused safari in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, is the ultimate luxury safari paradise. Nestled in Botswana’s lush Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s largest inland water systems, the lodge overlooks a lagoon that attracts a breathtaking variety of big game and exotic birds. Explore the region by local canoe, roam on foot or take to the air in an exhilarating helicopter flight overlooking the magnificent Botswana landscape. A wonderful secluded retreat, Belmond Eagle Island Lodge offers a safari vacation that brings together the excitement of discovery and an experience of the real Africa: this is the spirit of Belmond through and through. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Eagle Island Camp By Orient-Express Hotel Okavango Delta
- Belmond Eagle Island Lodge Botswana/Okavango Delta