Belmond Eagle Island Lodge

Hidden from the world, deep within Botswana’s Okavango Delta, is the paradise we call Eagle Island Camp. Situated on the island of Xaxaba and surrounded by Illala Palms, the camp overlooks a lagoon fed by the tranquil waterways of the Delta.

The area offers exceptionally high-quality wildlife viewing with prolific birdlife and mammal sightings. It is also the site of one of the most romantic bars in the world, the Fish Eagle Bar, as voted by the New York Times.

The camp offers a cool retreat from the African sun and is shaded by a canopy of indigenous trees.

Eagle Island Camp Xaxaba is one of the Delta’s most pristine natural locations, a region of myriad waterways, palm-tree covered islands and vast flood plains.

Built to blend into its environment, the camps afford guests with a peaceful setting perfect for enjoying the sights and sounds of the Okavango Delta.

The magnificent sunsets can be enjoyed during times of high flood from the camp’s most romantic Fish Eagle Bar at Eagle Island or from the raised deck overlooking the lagoon.

All luxury tents are housed on raised wooden platforms, offering great 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. The tent interiors are luxuriously appointed with such comforts as an en suite bathroom, private fully stocked mini bar, four poster bed complete with mosquito netting, as well as a discreet air conditioning

For your convenience, in-room safes are provided for the safekeeping of all cash, travel documents and other such articles.

Facilities include:

  • Individual gas geysers
  • ‘His and hers’ vanity unit
  • Private viewing deck
  • Outside lounge, with hammock and ceiling fan
  • Air conditioning
  • Mini-bars
  • In-room safes
  • Hairdryers
  • 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

Camp Activities

Eagle Island Camp’s serene watery base lends itself to quiet relaxation, contemplation and reflection. If, however, you are looking for adventure and excitement then Eagle Island will not disappoint – from walking safaris on surrounding islands, where there is always the possibility of a close encounter, to mokoro and motorboat excursions around the myriad of waterways, the diversity and propensity of the wildlife will fascinate the most seasoned of travellers to Africa. During the months of November through March, when lower water levels make it possible to drive our open 4×4 vehicles off the island, guests can also enjoy the combined excitement of a game drive with water activity.

Our camp offers game viewing activities in the morning and late afternoons. Bird and game viewing is done either from motorised boats or mokoro (traditional dugout canoes), which are poled along effortlessly and quietly through the clear waters of the Okavango.

Scenic Helicopter Flights

Orient-Express Safaris offers all guests at Eagle Island Camp a rate-inclusive 45-minute scenic helicopter flight of the magnificent game-rich Okavango Delta as part of our range of exclusive activities.

Other services offered, at an additional charge, include private excursions to secret islands and intimate romantic dinners on your own tent deck.

Bird watching at Eagle Island Camp

This would be the highlight of any birders trip as this is truly a birders destination. Eagle Island boasts almost 400 bird species and has by far more specials than the other two camps put together.

As the name suggests this is a water camp and during times when the flood that fills the Okavango Delta is good then the camp is totally cut off from the mainland. The water birds here are out of this world; specials include regular sightings of the infamous Pel’s Fishing Owl, Black Coucal, Long Toed Plovers, Brown Fire Finches and a whole host of other specials. Wattled Cranes are also a big feature with flocks of up to 200 have been recorded.

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