Nguma Island Lodge

Nguma Island Lodge

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Skegau Botswana
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Clément W wrote a review Sept 2022
London, United Kingdom
3.0 of 5 bubbles
As so many other places in the Okavango delta, this lodge is not easy to access, although with the right indications (someone waited for us at the safe parking area and we followed him to the lodge), it can be access by car from the main road. The atmosphere in the site is very quiet, as it is fully under a vegetation cover. It makes it quite dark and the only opening to free water (the lagoon) is in front of the restaurant on the lodge side, which is quite far away from the camp site. We were maybe unlucky, but were the only tourists those days and it made it a bit of a ghost city (claustrophobics, choose another place). And beware monkeys and huge spiders (on the walls of the toilets). The staff themselves seem a bit sleepy. A strange atmosphere, although the mokoro is definitely worth the trip to that place (not the best opportunity to see animals, but the experience is magic). Just make sure to enquire about the duration, as we were sold a full day mokoro trip that ended at 1.30pm, which is a bit disappointing.
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Better to be close to the restaurant, as it can be quite far away
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iamlulu wrote a review Oct 2018
Kathmandu, Nepal
3.0 of 5 bubbles
A well run, comfortable tented camp. My only complaint would be that the tents were airless and very hot. Not the place to be from early morning on. However, exploring the Okavango was great. Lots of wildlife. Great deck for sunsets, and a good bar. Meals were good and reasonably priced. Pool good, and Wifi available in the reception area worked well.
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Date of stay: September 2018
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Emily A wrote a review Aug 2016
Sheffield, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I honestly didn't know what to expect from this place, but it certainly surprised me!
I had a twin tented room with my sister and my Aunt stayed in the tented room next to us (or along the wooden raised walkway from us!).
The location is ever so rural and serene - as you would expect being in the delta. With being part of a safari group, we all had different opinions of the place by the end of the two night stay. But I really loved it on reflection.
The rooms:
Well, there is a generator that runs from around 6:30am until 10pm which provides the power for hot water and lights. There are no plugs/powerpoints in the tents, you have to use the ones in the dining area at the main lodge. The generator time limits are not very useful for safari people like myself who have to rise early and go to bed late (ie: get a shower before 6am, and go to bed at 11pm after the safari meeting) because we didn't had hot water when we needed it (actually freezing cold showers) and no lights at night. Better bring some thermals and a torch I think!
The room was nice enough, the beds were comfortable, and you can keep out the bugs if you're careful enough. The bathrooms are attached to the outside the tent and are literally tarpaulin sheets over the shower. Nothing like an open air shower to wake you up in the morning!
The food was great at the main building. My safari group sat at a large table with some other guests- it was a really lovely way to meet people. The food went down a treat with everyone. The owner/manager is nice enough, and friendly.
We took a delta boat trip from the back of the lodge where we took a speed boat to an island, where we took a Mokoro ride through the delta - incredible.

This is certainly one of those 'I actually did it!' experiences, and looking back, I'm glad I did. I do recommend, and I would do it again; except I'd be better prepared next time!
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Date of stay: July 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Deslyn v wrote a review Dec 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
It feels like you slip into holiday mode as soon as you arrive. There is no pressure to do anything unless you want to; I have never been anywhere that gets you into the holiday as quickly as Nguma Island Lodge. The minute you arrive you have staff that is looking after you, from unpacking the vehicles to taking you fishing everything is done for you except the actual fishing. There is lots of bird life. There are water trips on boats or Mokoro canoes where you can see lots of hippo, crocodile and plenty of birdlife. The food is absolutely amazing, I came away quite a few kgs heavier but that’s a problem for another time. I would definitely recommend going there for a holiday it is truly a magnificent holiday, brilliant sunrises and sunsets. The rooms are comfortable and have all been updated. The beds are comfortable. The owner is brilliant at organizing and nothing seems to be too much for her to organize for you.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Alan-J-P wrote a review 12 Jul
Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is an idyllic place to stay. The setting on an island in the Okavango Delta is wonderful, just driving through the delta on a truck with large wheels was memorable. The setting beside the lake is beautiful, and the view from the bar terrace was one of my favourites of our trip. The lodges had few luxuries, but they had comfortable beds, a flush toilet and a shower. Dinner was very nice with a set menu, so those with dietary restrictions or preferences may struggle a bit. The resort is mostly run by local women, and service was excellent and very friendly. They provided a very good same-day laundry service which was very welcome. The mokoro boat trip through the narrow channels of the delta was an experience of a lifetime, and the knowledge of the local Etsha guides and their commitment to their community and the environment was humbling.
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Date of stay: July 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Luca Milan wrote a review Aug 2023
Milan, Italy
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nguma lodge very difficult to reach without 4x4, but fun to get there (many km through a sandy road). We have been sleeping in the stilt furnished tents near the main reception and restaurant. People absolutely kind, food is great. We have a day tri through the channels toward the main Okawango river. Saw so many crocodiles, hyppos, eagles, etc, very exciting trip. Then we also ahve an helicopter tour (30 min, 660 euro for 3 people) very nice flight, saw elephants and other animals. This part of the Okawango is not the most populated by animals (must go to Maun or to the Chobe river park) but this place is fantastic to relax in the middle of nature. Also very good wi-fi.
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Date of stay: August 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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brothenbuchner wrote a review Nov 2023
Purkersdorf, Austria
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Overall, we habe been very satisfied and recommend Nguma Island lodge to everybody who is interested in. The location at Okavango is nice and the game drive was something very special. We took a lot of good memories with us.
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Wags63 wrote a review Jul 2023
Epsom, United Kingdom
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is amazing! I actually can’t believe some of the reviews. Yes, it is remote and you have to drive down bumpy tracks ( full of wildlife) and through water and yes it’s quiet- thank goodness. That’s precisely why we visited . Accommodation is great. You are by a lagoon so yes, there are spiders, monkeys , bush babies, African fish eagles, hippos , crocs - and that all makes for a completely stunning and memorable stay. Take the sunset cruise where you can see kingfishers, bee eaters, crocs etc and learn all about the plants here before watching the breathtaking sunset while you sip your pre chosen drink. Then fall asleep to the sound of the delta. Or climb the observation tower and look at the reed beds as far as the eye can see. Wonderful remote location and a true delta experience which is great for a night before or after camping in the delta.
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Michael F wrote a review Jan 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We went there as a family for a December break. What a break it was. The staff couldnt be more helpful. The food... oh the food!!! Delicious roast potatoes every night. The prices are very reasionable and the location is fantastic.
It does get hot during the day but you get a lovely breeze at night.
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Date of stay: December 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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louisvdv wrote a review Oct 2013
East London, South Africa
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Having been impressed by Nguma Island Lodge and Camping's website four of us booked there. While the camping facilities were as expected from a typical bush camp, the reception was disappointing.

We campers had to report to the camp site's reception (not at the ajacent lodge) - a small bar and reception desk and a disappointing viewing deck with reeds right up to the deck.

Whien I later explored the site I saw a gate with a sign saying that only loge guests allowed beyond that point. Ignoring it I walked on the raised walkway to the lodge which had a much better deck and view, bar and services, but these were out of bounds for campers. I went in to meet the owner, Nookie Randall with whom I dealt re booking and paying for our stay and to arrange for a boat cruise. It was clear that she was not keen to meet or assist and advised that we must do all our bookings at the camp site reception, who will in turn direct it to her! So our simple question about friends from a nearby camp who wanted to join us on a sunset cruise had to be sent forwards and backwards for no real reason at all other than to make us feel like second grade customers

I would not advise anyone to camp there! Rather at Nguma lagoon lodge or Drotsky's up the road,
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Date of stay: October 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Don't camp there
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Clément W wrote a tip Sept 2022
London, United Kingdom39 contributions4 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Better to be close to the restaurant, as it can be quite far away"
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MaccyGz wrote a tip Aug 2018
Auckland, New Zealand72 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be quick for the roasties"
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Globaltravella wrote a tip May 2018
Merrylands, Australia79 contributions43 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are much the same."
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L M wrote a tip Aug 2017
Hamilton, Canada17 contributions5 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Two options; luxury tents w/bathrooms or canvas tents with toilet/shower blocks."
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Verna Boxshall-Smith wrote a tip Apr 2015
16 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"you have the option to either book at the lodge or the self catering side."
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8
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Frequently Asked Questions about Nguma Island Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Nguma Island Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Nguma Island Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Nguma Island Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Nguma Island Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 km away from the centre of Skegau.