Africa Tigerfishing - Lure and Fly Fishing

Nxamaseri Island Lodge is regarded as the premier fly fishing destination in Botswana. Tigerfishing and peaceful, riverside luxury with a personal touch.


Fishing the Okavango Delta

Nxamaseri Island Lodge

Fish the deep waters of the Okavango Delta for tigerfish, catfish, and bream. 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.
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. Lure fishing is throughout the year, while fly fishing is deemed best when the waters are low.
The Lodge has four 15' to 20' aluminum boats that are wide and stable with flat decks. Local English-speaking guides have been personally trained by the on-site lodge owner who is passionate about fly fishing.

Fishing and Birding

Nxamaseri Island Lodge

Fishing:  Nxamaseri Island Lodge is a prime destination for lure fishing from June through December. Season: The Lodge is closed January and February annually due to the fishing season being closed throughout Botswana Tigerfish are indigenous to the area, and as one of the world’s most dramatic freshwater game fish, it provides thrilling angling for both experienced and novice fishermen. In addition to tigerfish, up to eight other species are available.
Birding:  Nxamaseri Island Lodge offers spectacular birding throughout the year. However, the most exceptional birding months are from September to February, before the new water arrives. This is when feeding conditions are at an optimum, and most of the migrants are present. The Nxamaseri area of the Delta panhandle has approximately 325 of the 500 bird species found in Botswana.

Nxamaseri Island Lodge

Nxamaseri Island Lodge

Nxamaseri, a small, exclusive lodge, and one of the oldest in the Delta has eight en-suite chalets and two en-suite tree houses. The lodge is remote, and though rustic, Eric Schoenborn found it to be the most comfortable of the lodges that he stayed at during his venture in Africa. The rooms have an open wall to the outside and a view of the river. They are able to do this as there are no harmful animals or snakes present. Bugs are present, but not a bother. The river channels abound with water lilies, fish, and wildlife such as crocs, hippos, otters, and swamp antelope. There is now a swimming pool. The lodge is quiet, restful, and a spectacular birding area. The lodge offers guided birding trips, plus view ancient San paintings at the magical Tsodilo Hills.

Getting Here:

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. In the morning, you’ll take a flight to Maun, Botswana, where a Mack Air representative will meet you at the airport for your 50-minute light aircraft flight to Nxamaseri Lodge. Nxamaseri has its own grass runway within a mile or two of the lodge. From the Nxamaseri airstrip, you’ll take a 10-minute boat ride to Nxamaseri Lodge. (The flight to/from Nxamaseri Lodge’s airstrip is approximately $600.00 per person roundtrip, with a minimum of two people, and is not 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. Afternoon private, guided boat trip for fishing. Dinner.
Day 2 -3:  After breakfast, you'll take a morning fishing trip with private boat and guide. Brunch/lunch follows. Siesta or bird-viewing 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.)

2019 Rates for Barbell Run Fishing Package

September 1 - November 15
Barbell Run: Guided boat trips, following the gripping barbel runs, guarantee an exhilarating pursuit for large tigerfish on a lure or fly. You may take as many trips in a day as you like, or take a picnic lunch and spend the entire day pursuing the barbel run.
4-nights and 4-days guided fishing:
$2,220.00 p.p.
Groups of 6 or more: $2,000.00 p.p.
An additional night is $465.00 p.p.
Barbell Run packages include:
 double-occupancy lodging, all meals at the Lodge, laundry, private boat and guide for fishing activities, and mokoro trips.

All packages do not include:  Passport, international airfare, hotel stay in Johannesburg, flight to and from Nxamaseri Lodge’s airstrip (approximately $300.00 per person, per one-way flight), gratuities, fuel used for boat trips (approx. $50.00 per day), alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and lost fishing tackle, curio purchases, gratuities, and anything not mentioned under inclusions, (these items must be settled before leaving the Lodge), and anything not mentioned in the inclusions.

Fishing packages:

High Season:
July 1 - October 31, 2019
This package is not available during the Barbel Run: Sept. 1 - Nov. 15
3-nights and 3-days guided fishing
$1,950.00 p.p.
Groups of 6 or more: $1,760.00 p.p.
An additional night is $465.00 p.p.
Low Season:
March 1 - June 30 and
November 1 - Dec. 31
3-nights and 3-days guided fishing
$1,645.00 p.p.
Groups of 6 or more: $1,485.00 p.p.
An additional night is $465.00 p.p

Fishing packages include:  double-occupancy lodging, all meals at the Lodge, non-alcoholic beverages, laundry, private boat and guide for fishing activities (two trips per day, including fuel), and mokoro trips.

Birding packages:

On your private boat or mokoro trips, you’ll find white-backed night herons, rufous-bellied herons, Pel’s fishing owls, lesser jacanas, little and dwarf bitterns, and slaty egrets. These are some of the 350 bird species that can be found in the area.
3-nights and 3-days birding
March 1 -  June 30 and
November 1 - December 31
$1,36500 p.p.
Groups of 6 or more:  $1,230.00 p.p.
Extra night  $450.00 p.p.
Birding package includes: Double-occupancy lodging, all meals at the Lodge, non-alcoholic beverages, laundry, private boat and guide for birding, excursion to the “red cliffs” to see the carmine bee-eater colony, guided walks, and mokoro trips.

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

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Nxamaseri Island Lodge photos


tigerfishing the Okavango Delta

Nxamaseri Island Lodge

Nxamaseri birding - egrets

Nxamaseri Island birding

Eric Schoenborn with bream

Eric with bream

Mekoros are used for birding

Nxamaseri Island birding

Eric with Nxamaseri tiger

Nxamaseri tigerfish

Tsodilo Hills ancient San paintings

Tsodilo Hills

Eight, individual ensuite chalets

Nxamaseri Lodge

Nxamaseri wildlife

Nxamaseri Lodge

New swimming pool

swimming pool