Highlights of Belmond Eagle Island Lodge
- Water activities throughout the year in the permanent Okavango Delta
- Luxurious air-conditioned tents on raised wooden decks
- Excellent game and bird-watching
- Ideally combined with a land-based camp (Khwai River Lodge or Savute Elephant Camp)
Eagle Island Lodge at Xaxaba is in the permanent waters of the Okavango Delta. The word Xaxaba means ‘island of tall trees’, aptly naming this luxury tented camp under the shaded canopy of indigenous trees. Eagle Island overlooks a surrounding lagoon which is fed by the waterways of the Okavango Delta. The island and its surrounds offer exceptionally good game-viewing, home to elephant, red lechwe, buffalo, giraffe, shy Sitatunga and the rare Pel’s fishing owl. Game viewing is by mokoro and boat (water levels permitting), as well as walking trails on the islands to track the wildlife on foot. This is a fine birding area, one of the Delta’s most pristine, given its myriad waterways, palm-treed islands and vast flood plains which is heaven for fish eagles, herons, egrets and kingfishers. During the summer months of November to March, the lower water levels make it possible to drive open 4×4 vehicles off the island.
Accommodation is in 12 air-conditioned luxury tents, all en suite with private raised viewing decks. The tents are luxuriously appointed with fully stocked minibar, four poster bed mosquito netting, and air conditioning, all under a canopy of thatch. Magnificent sunsets can be enjoyed from the Fish Eagle bar, which was voted one of the most romantic bars in the world by the New York Times, or from the raised deck overlooking the lagoon. The public areas offer a cool refuge from the African sun as does the swimming pool
Standard RoomsAll luxury rooms are housed on raised wooden platforms, offering magnificent views, and shaded by a traditional African thatch roof.
The large private decks are furnished with easy chairs and a hammock, ideal for viewing wildlife, or for enjoying a private dinner in complete privacy, just the stars in the heaven above.
The room interiors are luxuriously appointed with comforts as an en suite bathroom, private fully stocked mini bar, four poster bed with mosquito netting, as well as discreet air conditioning.
'His and hers' vanity unit
Private viewing deck
Outside lounge, with hammock and ceiling fan
Electric overhead fan (24 hour use)
110v/220v plugs for electric razors
Facilities for charging video batteries
24 hour DC battery lighting in guest rooms
Intercom system to reception
Private SuiteBelmond Eagle Island Lodge has an exclusive private suite, perfect for a more intimate safari experience. The naturally stunning private suite with a spacious secluded deck area is set away from the other tents in the camp.
The extended viewing deck has two relaxing sun loungers, perfect for basking in the warm African sun. To the side, a generous heated splash pool which is set amongst the trees for shade and privacy, yet with full views of the Delta allows one to wallow in communion with the hippos whilst spotting elephant and crocodiles on the island banks.
The open air double showers and beautiful deep copper-framed Victorian bath, with only the tree canopy as a roof, offers further opportunities to commune with nature.
Choose an elegant candle-lit dinner on the private outdoor deck (additional rates apply). Among the many other suite indulgences available in the suite include temperature controlled rooms, a well-stocked mini bar, over-sized fluffy bathrobes, big soft bath sheets, cosy slippers and luxurious bathroom toiletries.