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Xakanaxa Camp

Okavango Delta

Rating: Deluxe    

Xakanaxa Camp overview

Xakanaxa Camp (pronounced Ka-ka-na-ka) was one of Botswana's first-ever safari camps in the Okavango Delta, and it combines an authentic African bush camp experience with stylish and comfortable accommodation. Xakanaxa Camp is in the beautiful Moremi Game Reserve, set on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon, a location where big game and fantastic birdlife are guaranteed. With friendly staff, Xakanaxa ensures an intimate and relaxed experience.

The elegant thatched timber main buildings and the 12 classic safari tents are raised on platforms, giving guests superb views of the lagoons and islands. Each comfortably- furnished tent has a private viewing deck to make the most of its lagoon-side position, and all tents are ensuite, with shower, handbasin and toilet. Xakanaxa Camp has a guest lounge, small library, dining room, gift shop and fire deck. There is an attractive swimming pool set in an elevated wooden deck surrounded by trees and shrubs, an ideal places to relax between game drives, and a plunge pool. The camp is powered by generator, yet candles and lanterns are used at night to create a magical environment.

Meals at Xakanaxa Camp are usually taken in the dining room with spectacular views over the lagoon and surrounding floodplains. The chef provides excellent safari fare. Guests may, if they prefer, dine in private.

The pattern of the day is usually an early wake up call with tea or coffee and a light breakfast at 0530 - 0600 then out on a morning game drive as the animals wake up. Back to camp for 1030 a brunch is served of breakfast and lunch dishes. Guests then have a siesta time until mid afternoon when high tea is served before heading out for a late afternoon game drive or boat cruise and coming back to camp for around 1830 - 1900. Dinner is served between 1930 - 2000 with fireside drinks before and after.

Game drives are in open Land Rovers, with the seating capacity of 10, though we accommodate only 6 or 8 guests per vehicle. Water game viewing is in motorboats equipped with comfy seats and a foldaway canvas awning for protection from the sun.

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Open: Open all year, apart from 1 month in rainy season (January-March) for maintenance and refurbishment.
 
Location: Xakanaxa Camp is in the beautiful Moremi Game Reserve, set on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon. It is about a 15 minute drive from Moremi airstrip.
 
Rooms: The 12 tented rooms are set on raised platforms. Each has a private viewing deck to make the most of its lagoon-side position. All tents are ensuite, with shower, handbasin, toilet and a supply of toiletries. Bathrobes are provided. One of the tents is a family tent which has two en-suite bedrooms. Tents have 220v multi adaptor plugs for charging camera batteries etc. There's a small safe for storing valuables and a hairdryer in each room.
 
Activities: Game drives in open Land Rovers. Motorised boat safaris operate year round, too, making this one of the few camps that offer both land and water wildlife viewing all year.  
 
Facilities: There is a lounge, bar, small library and dining area. Outside there are 2 swimming pools and a fire deck where you can enjoy evening drinks.
 
Dining: Breakfast and lunch are served in the dining room, with dinner on the viewing deck, weather permitting. All are served buffet style.  
 
Children: The camp accepts children 6 years of age and over.  As the camp is unfenced, children need to be supervised at all times.
 
Health: This is a malarial area. 
 
Communication: There is no mobile reception, no direct phone or fax and no Wi-Fi.  There is a guest laptop in the library which has a basic internet connection. Communication is maintained by radio and satellite phone in case of emergencies.

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Helen Purdie

"We just loved this camp. Bruce, Barbara and Lettie just made this a very special experience - as did our guide, Ollie. All the staff deserve medals they were just so obliging. The accommodation and food were fantastic - loved the wildlife residents too - and each day's safari was so exciting. This was justg the best experience."

Jenny Chantler
"Busier, highly efficient and beautiful at night, but a little less personal than I had been spoilt with at Nxai Pan. Also the guide was my least favourite. However, with another guide on the transfer to Kwara, we saw so many amazing sights on the river that we were half an hour late! Major elephant viewing here."
Hannah Black,Tribes
"I arrived at Xakanaxa by speed boat from Kwara camp which was fantastic! On arrival I was greeted by friendly staff and taken to the very stylish communal area. The rooms are large and all have a unique identity as each has an animal theme. The camp itself is nestled between two other camps inside Moremi. I stayed in an end room and was woken by the wake-up call meant for the camp next door! Moremi itself is busy and there are lots of other tourists around. I felt that our guide wasn't very aware of client needs at times. For example, he parked up to look at a pride of lion but I couldn't see because the angle was wrong and he didn't move the car. We were also facing right into the sun, so I really struggled to take any photos. I also felt that the safari was very big game focused and didn't consider the ecosystem as a whole which as a first timer on safari wouldn't be a problem, but as a seasoned safari goer I found disappointing and frustrating."
Jenny Cox
"Xakanaxa was truly lovely. Everyone at Xakanaxa was lovely but special thanks MUST go to Lettie. She is an absolute gem. "
Doctor Philippa Crehan (31/08/2019)
"This was probably my favourite camp. Moremi reserve was beautiful, more picturesque than the other areas, and the wildlife encounters spectacular and just kept coming! At Camp Xakanaxa the tents were more traditional but very comfortable and close to the wildlife. There was an electric fence to keep out elephants but not other animals. A hippo and bushbuck were regularly in camp. Also buffalo at night. Two elephants right outside our tent one night made such a noise moving in the water of the lagoon and eating the reeds it did disturb my sleep a little... but only added to the experience! I also enjoyed seeing a porcupine coming out from under our deck.The staff and guides were extremely friendly and put on a little show before dinner each night which was very entertaining. Food was excellent. Same day laundry service worked well. Our wildlife sightings included following a pack of wild dogs run under a tree in which a leopard was relaxing and then coming across 2 lions before retreating. On another occasion 2 other male lions had killed a buffalo the day before near the camp. In the morning we watched while first one lion had a good meal, a leopard lurked in the background until the lion left and then came to the kill to eat and take away a piece of meat and at the same time a running pack of dogs appeared, the lead dog spotted the lion then ran off. We also thoroughly enjoyed a boat trip getting very close to elephants in the water as well as seeing plenty of birds. I cannot praise our guide, Zak, highly enough"

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