Sekoma Island Lodge is situated on the Mambova rapids on the Zambezi River, Southern parts of Zambia opposite Impalila Island, the South Eastern tip of the Caprivi Strip. The lodge is canopied by trees and lush surroundings with a full view of the Zambezi River. The main area consists of a bar, an open boma with al fresco dining, taking full advantage of the views of the Zambezi River.
Around September the Tilapia species (mainly Readbreast), Oreochromis species (mainly Threespot) and Sargochromis species (mainly Pink Happy) should start coming on the bite, as this is when they start nesting. These species are generally small mouth algae, invertebrate and mollusc feeders, so attack artificials out of aggression (nest protection), rather than hunger. Around November when the female Tiger start getting ready to spawn is when the really heavy fish are taken (full of roe).
The lodge accommodates 16 guests in large tents on a raised deck overlooking the river.
Each tent is twin bedded, has en-suite facilities, and is furnished with a wardrobe, bedside pedestals and traditional director’s chairs on the private deck. For the guests’ comfort and convenience the tents contain mosquito and insect repellant as well as bottled water. Sekoma has a variety of guided activities on offer. Fishing for tiger fish and bream, birding, guided walks, motor boat excursions on the Zambezi River, cultural village visits to the Mambowa village and day trips to Livingstone and the Victoria Falls.
The start of the best fishing season depends on how late the wet season continues. When the level of the Zambezi starts dropping and water recedes from the floodplains, the fishing starts improving – generally late May / early June, although this year (2006) is going to be a bit late. Your water clarity also starts improving at this point. June / July the Serranochromic species (mainly Nembwe, Thinface and Humpback) start coming on the bite and Tiger on artificials improves as water clarity gets better. Natural bait is much of a muchness throughout, scent being more effective than visibility.
Your stay at Xugana Island Lodge is inclusive of accommodation, all meals, all local brand drinks, scheduled safari activities and laundry services.
Gratuities, curios and all items of a personal nature. Premium brand drinks.
No children under 12 years are accepted. No children under the age of 16 are allowed on walking safaris. No childcare / babysitters are provided for at any of our properties. Children must be under the care of their parents at all times. Children ages 16 yrs (inclusive) and younger to share with a parent at all times.
Access is by charter aircraft from Kasane (served by daily road transfers from Victoria Falls and Livingstone) and Maun to Xugana airstrip. Xugana Island Lodge may also be reached by unique boat transfer from Camp Moremi or Camp Okavango.
Xugana airstrip (private registered): 19.04S 23.04E. The airstrip is 900 metres long with a grass surface. It is suitable for single-engined aircraft with a maximum all-up weight of 2 300kg. Twin-engined aircraft are not allowed to land at Xugana without permission from the DCA.
Generator power (AC 220V) is available during the day and evening. 12-volt DC lighting is supplied for nighttime use, after the generator has been switched off. Video batteries can be recharged – AC 220 volts.
Visa, Mastercard and Diners Club credit cards are accepted, but not American Express.