Nxamaseri Island Lodge - Botswana
Tigerfishing - Lure and Fly Fishing
Nxamaseri Island Lodge is regarded as the premier fly fishing destination in Botswana. Tigerfishing and peaceful, riverside lodge with a personal touch.
Fishing the Okavango Delta
Fish the deep waters of the Okavango Delta for tigerfish, catfish, and bream. Nxamaseri Island Lodge is a unique African experience on an island in the permanent waters of Botswana’s Okavango Delta.
Like the piranha, tigerfish have interlocking, razor-sharp teeth, along with streamlined, muscular bodies, and are widely known to be extremely aggressive and capable predators who often hunt in groups. Tigerfish are one of the strongest fighters, pound-for-pound. They attack from the side at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, then turn the bait around and swallow it headfirst. The tigerfish’s ability to bite through a lure with its razor-sharp teeth makes them an extremely exciting fish to catch. At Nxamaseri, fly fishing, spin, and lure methods are employed. Other targeted species: Nembwe, three spot bream, thin-faced largemouth, and the sharptooth catfish.
Fishing: Nxamaseri Island Lodge is a prime destination for lure and fly fishing from June through December.
Season: The optimum time to fish for tigerfish is during the annual catfish (barbel) runs. Although the exact time of the catfish runs differs from year to year, they generally run from early September to mid-November. Lure fishing is throughout the year, while fly fishing is deemed best when the waters are low. The Lodge is closed January and February annually due to the closure of the fishing season throughout Botswana. During the flood season - from May to September - there is no access to Nxamaseri Island by vehicle or foot. During this time, guests are transferred from the airstrip or car park by boat to the Lodge.
Boats: The Lodge has four 16' to 22' aluminum boats that are wide and stable with flat decks.
Guides: Local, English-speaking guides have been personally trained by the on-site lodge owner who is passionate about fly fishing.
Fishing Licenses: are included in the package.
Nxamaseri Island Lodge
Nxamaseri, a small exclusive lodge, is remote, rustic, and one of the oldest in the Delta. The Lodge has nine chalets. Each wooden cottage has a deck overlooking the water. The rooms have an open wall to the outside and a river view. The quiet, peaceful lodge has a small swimming pool.
Non-Angler Activities: The Lodge offers guided birding trips, plus day trips to view the ancient San paintings at the magical Tsodilo Hills.
Birding: The Nxamaseri area of the Delta panhandle features approximately 325 of the 500 bird species found in Botswana, and on a 3 to 4-day trip, guests can expect to see between 190 and 220 species. However, the most exceptional birding months are September to February, before the new water arrives. Feeding conditions are at an optimum at this time, and most migrants are present.
Wildlife: The river channels abound with water lilies, fish, and wildlife such as crocs, hippos, otters, and swamp antelope.
Insects: Bugs are present but not a bother.
Direct flights on South African Airways depart daily from JFK New York or Dulles airport. Flights are also available on Delta Airlines, which depart from the Atlanta airport. Flight duration is about 14 to 18-hours. You’ll need to spend the night in Johannesburg; the hotel night is not included in the package. The following morning, you’ll take a two-hour commercial flight from Johannesburg to Maun, Botswana, where a Mack Air representative will greet you at the airport. From Maun to Nxamaseri, there is the option of either taking a one-way 50-minute charter flight or a 4-hour ground transfer. The one-way charter flight is $300.00, and the one-way ground transfer is $210.00 (two-person minimum). Nxamaseri has its own grass runway within a few miles of the Lodge. From the Nxamaseri airstrip, you’ll take a ten-minute boat ride to Nxamaseri Lodge. No flights are included in the package.
Sample Fishing Itinerary:
Guided boat trips around Nxamaseri’s main fishing area, targeting the best fishing spots for tigerfish, tilapia, and barbel runs.
Day 1: Arrival lunch/tea. In the afternoon, enjoy a private, guided boat trip for fishing. Dinner.
Day 2 -3: After breakfast, you'll take a morning fishing trip with a private boat and guide. Brunch/lunch follows. Siesta or birdviewing walk around the island, and tea. Afternoon private, guided boat trip for fishing. Dinner.
Day 4: Breakfast. Morning fishing trip with private boat and guide or an alternative private mokoro ride. Departure. (Lunch is subject to departure time.)
2022 USD Rates
January 1 - March 31, 2022
1-2 nights $350.00 per night p.p.
2-nights $330.00 per night p.p.
3-nights $320.00 per night p.p.
4-nights $305.00 per night p.p.
5-nights $295.00 per night p.p.
6-7 nights $280.00 per night p.p.
April 1 - June 30 and Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, 2022
1-2 nights $595.00 per night p.p.
2-nights $565.00 per night p.p.
3-nights $550.00 per night p.p.
4-nights $525.00 per night p.p.
5-nights $505.00 per night p.p.
6-7 nights $475.00 per night p.p.
July 1 - October 31, 2022
1-2 nights $840.00 per night p.p.
2-nights $795.00 per night p.p.
3-nights $770.00 per night p.p.
4-nights $735.00 per night p.p.
5-nights $710.00 per night p.p.
6-7 nights $670.00 per night p.p.
• Children aged 4-11 years sharing room with an adult:
50% of full rate.
• Children under age 4 upon request.
• Discounted rates for groups of six or more. Request an Information Packet for full details.
Transfer from the main road or Nxamaseri airstrip to Nxamaseri Island Lodge, double-occupancy lodging, all meals at the Lodge, snacks and drinks during all activities, all stocked alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, daily laundry service, private boat and guide for fishing activities (two trips per day), the use of standard fly and lure equipment, fishing license, mokoro trips (water level permitting), two daily game drives, guided walks, transfer from the airstrip to Okavango Horse Safaris, VAT, tourism levy, Travel For Impact charity contribution, and Okavango Air Rescue. (Rates include a helicopter medevac service to transfer medical emergencies from Nxamaseri to Maun.)