Birding at Nxamaseri Island Lodge

Enjoy an abundance of birdlife

Nxamaseri boasts one of the densest concentrations of Fish Eagles in Southern Africa. Water birds are prolific here and Nxamaseri provides unrivalled water bird viewing, having a large variety of kingfishers, herons, storks and other waterfowl. The area also has an impressive list of woodland and riverine forest species that occur on the islands and in the seasonal floodplains beyond the lodge.

Sightings at Nxamaseri Island Lodge include rarities such as the nearly-endemic Slaty Egret, African Skimmer, Pel’s Fishing Owl, White-backed Night Heron, Western-banded Snake Eagle, Wattled Crane and Lesser Jacana.

There are also a number of species that have their southernmost range in the Okavango, including the Coppery-tailed Coucal, Brown Firefinch, Hautlaub’s Babbler, Swamp Boubou, Long-toed Plover and Swamp Warbler.

Okavango Delta, Botswana, Nxamaseri - Baby Jacana

Okavango Delta, Botswana, Nxamaseri - Fish Eagle


Okavango Delta, Botswana, Nxamaseri - Skimmer Pair

The best time to bird watch

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 features approximately 325 of the 500 bird species found in Botswana and on a 3-4 day trip guests can expect to see between 190 and 220 species.

Due to the abundant birdlife, viewing can be enjoyed on foot, by boat, from the unique perspective of a Mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe), or even from the comfort of the lodge. A much-loved highlight at Nxamaseri is a night boating trip, during which rare and shy birds can be easily seen. The most ardent birders usually choose to take a guided walk where our specialist guides introduce guests to the joy of exploring the panhandle’s myriad of islands on foot – a relaxing yet effective way of discovering the more timid, forest-dwelling birds.