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Xakanaxa Camp

Okavango Delta

Rating: Deluxe    Price from: £355 - £595 pp full board

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. As a privately owned camp, Xakanaxa ensures an imtimate 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. New for 2011, 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. There is also a plunge pool. There is a generator, but at night the camp is lit by candles and lanterns, creating a magical environment.

Meals at Xakanaxa Camp are usually taken in the dining room, and 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 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. (4 Land Rovers each with the seating capacity of 10, however we only accommodate 6 / 8 guests per vehicle).

Water game viewing via mokoro. This activity is of a 30 minute duration and is done is conjunction with a powerboat exploration of the Okavango. (4 mokoro each seating two guests). Power boating available year round (3 x 8-seater boats).

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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.
 
Activities: Game drives in open Land Rovers. (Four 10 seater Land Rovers are available. However only 6/8 guests are accommodated per vehicle) Water game viewing in mokoros in conjunction with powerboat exploration of the Okavango. This activity is of a 30-minute duration and is done in conjunction with a powerboat exploration of the Okavango. (Four mokoro each seating two guests) Power boating available year round (Three x 8-seater boats)
 
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 8 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 internet. Communication is maintained by Radio Satellite phone

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PCA (30/01/2015)

"Excellent, the only problem with this camp is its unpronounceable name!"

Helen Purdie (03/08/2011)
"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 (04/06/2010)
"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."
Jenny Cox (29/10/2007)
"Xakanaxa was truly lovely. Everyone at Xakanaxa was lovely but special thanks MUST go to Lettie. She is an absolute gem. "
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."

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