• Xaro Lodge, set on the banks of the Okavango River in the Panhandle
  • Luxury tent exterior, Xaro Lodge
  • Luxury tent interior, Xaro Lodge
  • Private patio, Xaro Lodge
  • Sunset at Xaro Lodge, overlooking the Okavango River

Xaro Lodge

Luxurious and tranquil, Xaro Lodge is situated on the banks of the Okavango River, where Africa is still wild. Here you awake to the call of fish eagles, share your meals with robin chats and babblers, and watch skimmers shear the smooth surface of the river while you enjoy some of the most magnificent sunsets Africa has on offer.

While its remote location makes for total peace and quiet, every element of guest comfort is seen to in meru-styled luxury tents with en-suite bathrooms. Lounge in bed while absorbing the view through the glass sliding door, enjoy your early morning coffee on your own private patio, or stroll along the riverbank to the open air dining area, where all meals are served. Grab a book from the library and relax in the lounge overlooking the river, while local fishermen drift by silently in a mokoro, hoping for their daily catch.

A scenic boat cruise on the Okavango is an experience not to be missed, and while absorbing the splendour of water lilies and papyrus beds growing in the crystal clear water of the Delta, one may get a glimpse of the ever shy sitatunga. Keen birders will be excited by the possibility of spotting Pel’s Fishing Owl or White backed night Heron. Fisherman can cast their lines in the hope of hooking bream, barbel or the ever ferocious tiger fish. Back at the lodge guests can cool down in the swimming pool and relax around the campfire while reminiscing about the day’s events.


Xaro Lodge is situated in the North-Western panhandle of the Okavango Delta, and can only be reached by boat. Guests travel by road or air to Drotsky’s Cabins, 9km north of Xaro Lodge, and from there enjoy a 30 minute boat ride to the lodge. Download the directions to Drotsky’s Cabins.


  • Is there cell phone reception:
    Cell phone reception is available but may be intermittent. BeMobile has the best reception in the area.
  • Is there electricity:
    220V electricity is supplied by solar power, and plug points has 3 round pins; you will need an adapter for square pins or two pin plugs.
  • Can we pay by credit card:
    The lodge has credit card facilities (Visa and Mastercard only), and will accept US$, Euro’s and ZAR at the current exchange rate. A Barclays ATM is available in Shakawe, or at Gumare.
  • Is there a restaurant on the premises:
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner is available from the main lodge
  • What shops are nearby:
    All shopping should be completed before doing the boat transfer from Drotsky’s Cabins to Xaro Lodge. The village of Shakawe has a Choppies Supermarket, Pep Stores and a local restaurant.
  • Suggested items to bring along:
    Binoculars and camera, cool clothing for daytime, long sleeves for evenings and warm jacket for winter nights, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat; insect repellent, comfortable shoes.


8 meru-styled luxury tents
Glass-sliding doors
Twin beds
En-suite bathrooms
Private patio
Situated on river bank


Buffet-style meals
Ice cold beverages
Lounge area
Swimming pool
Beautiful gardens


Scenic boat cruise
Fishing by boat

Xaro Lodge sunset

Guest comments

“Excellent location, magical.” (Mark S)
“What a wonderful view from our chalet (luxury tent) over the water and of the sunset. Highly recommended for location, accommodation, food, information, discussion and the quiet.” (Matthew, Australia)
“We saw more fish eagles than ever before as well as a number of interesting new birds..” (Vanessa, South Africa)
“What an enjoyable place!” (Irene, Canada)

Xaro Lodge tent exterior

Nearby places

Shakawe  10km
Gumare   128km
Maun   375km
Ghanzi   463km
Rundu, Namibia   260km
Katima Mulilo, Namibia   372km
Distances are given from Drotsky's Cabins

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