Eagle Island Camp by Orient Express   |  Okavango Delta, Xaxaba Island, Botswana  | Situated on remote Xaxaba Island among a web of waterways and lush vegetation, it overlooks a lagoon that attracts a breathtaking variety of big game and exotic birds. Explore the region by local canoe, set out on a game drive or roam on foot. One of the three Orient Express Camps I visited during my trip across Botswana and Souther Africa. One of the most romantic bars in the world, accommodation you would expect of a luxury safari experience, and air/river Safaris that will take your breath away. [tab name=’> CM Experience’]

This is how the whole Eagle Island Camp staff welcomes you upon arrival to the camp. A signature Orient Express welcome committee to be experience all through their camps in Botswana. Following some cool scented towels to wipe your face and a refreshing local drink. A brief intro to the property and the activities planned for you, safety note and greet and meet with your ranger for the rest of your stay.

I must be fully honest and say that among the three Orient Express properties in Botswana, Eagle Island ranked the lowest on customer service and gourmet experience. They do have some nonstructural issues, that I am happy and comfortable to say are being addressed by the management. Basically there is no consistency on the service and food quality, specially for those travelers visiting two or more of their local camps. The solution, as the manager explained to me, … cross training of the staff, moving them for three month among the three camps.
Now when it comes to the Safari experience, without a doubt, Eagle Island Camp ranks TOP among all other Orient Express or other luxury camps in Botswana, offering (all included) an unique and spectacular combination of air/water/walking safaris that you will never forget. (aka. Helicopter Safari, River Safari, Walking Safari). With some of the best Photo moments I was able to get during my trip. See the Safari and Photo Gallery TABs for full access to my videos and photo albums.

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. The great thing about all three camps, is that all tents are exactly the same distribution and style, making the transition among camps very seamless and easy. My only comment about Eagle Island Camp’s tents, is that the air conditioning is place in a very uncomfortable position, and in our case, the green ON led light was right on top of our face. WiFi is available for free, but expect it to be very slow. My favorite detail, was coming back after a long safari, in the evening before dinner, and having the rooms turned down and the mosquito nets down. Just taken out of a movie.
All meals and drinks (including alcoholic drinks) are fully included, and trust me you will eat and drink till you get tired of it. Again the food experience at Eagle Island Camp was not the best out of the three camps, burnt coffee in the morning, slow service, basic dinner. Must make very clear that the other two camps, SAVUTE and Khwai River Lodge were outstanding.
Must do romantic moment during your stay… Sunset at the Wooden Deck overlooking the Okavango Delta. Great drinks and views. Trust me. !!!!. CM

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River Safaris by Orient Express – Set off by boat in the stillness of the morning or afternoon, gliding out into the lagoon…a photo safari trip is all about the experience. Relax, absorb the scenery, watch wildlife and birds all around, enjoy a drink….oh, and with a trained guide at your side, you are highly likely to make the best sightseeing of hippopotamus, elephants, crocodiles, all sort of fish as tilapias or silver catfish, and an incredible variety of birds (400 land and aquatic species). Videos below are from my last trip on September 2011.

Elephants River Safaris by Orient Express – Get up-close to this amazing creatures. See them in an habitat not many have had the chance to experience. Right in the waters of the Okavango Delta.

Birds Watching River Safaris by Orient Express – Many people come to Eagle Island purely to experience its huge variety of birds. The 400 land and aquatic species drawn by the watery Okavango Delta make for unrivalled viewing.

Helicopter Safaris by Orient Express – Sweeping landscapes, herds on the move. The propellers hum into action and suddenly a vast, green panorama opens up below. This is the Okavango Delta as you have never experienced it before: remote, inaccessible lakes and islands seen from the sky.

Safaris are all inclusive on your package with Orient Express Hotels. So make sure to try all of them during your stay. The Eagle Island Camp was not my favorite options among the three Orient Express Camps in Botswana, but definitely was the best in terms of Safaris.

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Eagle Island Camp is located at The Okavango Delta, one of the world’s largest inland water systems, the only inland delta of its kind and a unique oasis of life in the centre of the Kalahari Desert. It stretches over 16,000 square km and supports a staggering variety of animal, plant, fish and birdlife.

This is how you arrive and depart to Eagle Island Camp, and also the best way to connect with the other two Orient Express Camps in Botswana. Small airplanes are the most common way of transportation among all luxury camps in the area. Flights are from 30 minutes to 1 hours and 50 minutes depending your destination. If Eagle Island is your first Camp destination you might flight into Botswana through Kasane or Maun and then on your small or private flight to Eagle Island Camp.

The hottest month is October with mean maximum temperatures of 35C. The coldest months are June and July with a mean minimum of 15C. The rains usually fall between November and April with the heaviest downpours occurring in January and February.

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Photo Gallery of the Eagle Island Camp by Orient Express. Common areas, pool, rooms.

Photo Gallery of the River Safari. I will not get tired to say that one of the best Safaris done in Souther Africa.

Photo Gallery of the Elephants, during the River Safari. See them in an unique habitat, like never before and up-close and personal.

Photo Gallery of the Helicopter Safari over the Okavango Delta, with areal views of Elephants, Hippopotamus and my favorite, the Baobab Tree.

Photo Gallery of the Sunset at Eagle Island Camp. As I have said over and over, Africa has some of the most spectacular sunsets in the world, and Eagle Island Camp is no exception. Try their great drinks at the Wooden Deck while mesmerizing your sight with a Sunset over the Okavango Delta.

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