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Stay at Camp Xakanaxa. The Good Choice for Families.
Pronounced ‘Ka-ka-ne-ka’, Camp Xakanaxa was one the first set up in Botswana’s mesmerising Okavango Delta. Today, Camp Xakanaxa has a welcoming balance between old-school rustic charm and modern conveniences and, being fenced, is a good choice for families travelling with pre-teen children. It is also wheelchair-friendly and has four open-roofed Land Cruisers for game drives in Moremi Game Reserve, as well as four mekoro (dugout canoes) and three power boats for exploring the gentle reeded waterways of the Delta.
Each of the 12 twin-bedded Meru-style tents is fitted with a unique in-room ‘mist’ sprinkler system to allow for a cool haven in Botswana’s midday heat, and there is a separate guide’s tent for those who bring along a personal tracker, guide or other staff. There is also one of the largest swimming pools in the Delta and a cosy fire pit for convivial sundowners.
Camp Xakanaxa accommodates twenty-four guests in twelve spacious all-canvas, classic Meru-style luxury safari tents, with en-suite showers, hand basins and toilet facilities. Situated around the fringe of the lagoon, every tent has a private viewing deck with comfortable loungers. Camp Xakanaxa is one of the few camps in Botswana which still offers the essence of a classic tented camp.
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The main lodge is made from local timber, reed and thatch and is positioned to overlook the Khwai River and Xakanaxa Lagoon. The area is made up of various comfortable lounge areas, a help-yourself bar and an elegant, open-sided dining area with an enormous communal dining table where guests assemble for meals.
These living areas spill onto an expansive wooden deck with idyllic views of the river. Private plunge pools and sun decks overlook the teeming Delta waterways, while a larger swimming pool brings the camp together for opportunities to spend lazy days in the sun. After dinner lounge around the campfire and watch myriad twinkling stars in the clear African night sky.
A safari shop stocks unique presents and holiday essentials.
Motorboat trips are an ideal way to explore the large, adjacent Xakanaxa Lagoon and its surrounding channels – an area that is especially good for birding in the spring and summer months, when the migrants are breeding. Short mokoro trips, of approximately 20 minutes, may also be possible, although this depends on water levels. Mekoro are generally useless on the lagoon, as the water levels are just too deep! During our most recent stay, in May 2014, we had a short mokoro ride along one of the channels. While it was most enjoyable, and my poler was very good at pointing out the various small creatures and vegetation along the way, it was just a ‘taster’. If you are particularly interested in mokoro trips, talk to us; there are other camps in the Delta where the use of mokoros is much more extensive.
Both game viewing and birding are very good in the Moremi Game Reserve, though unlike in the private concessions of the Delta, night drives and walking safaris are not allowed, and game vehicles may not drive off the tracks – even if interesting game is spotted further away. This is particularly irksome in the green season, when the grass is still quite high. Do also be aware that you are likely to see other vehicles while on a game drive.
On our last visit to Xakanaxa the game seen in camp was nearly as worthy of comment as the game outside. A bushbuck had taken up semi-residence in camp, taking advantage of the juicy grass and relative safety from the many lions in the area. Hippo could be seen in the lagoon and were frequent visitors around the camp at night. Within the reserve, it was rutting season, and we watched some male impala who were fighting amongst themselves for control of the females. The birdlife around Xakanaxa both from the boat and on land was superb, and we managed to track down a female leopard, too.
Camp Xakanaxa Reviews
“Amazing! Accommodation fantastic tents with loads of character and what a setting. (A special mention must go to the Ladies Loo with a view!!!) Staff made you feel right at home. Really enjoyed the way guides and staff sat with you at meal times making the whole pace feel like one big family, and the food WOW! Guides were excellent…” – Lesley0608
“We had an amazing experience at this camp. The staff and accommodations are excellent here and we were so comfortable during our stay. This is the camp where I proposed to my girlfriend. The manager Ben was extremely accommodating and the staff including Loveness, Tshiamo, Rosemary and our field guide Conrad were excellent.” – Michael N
“Wonderful camp great service accommodation and food but it’s the guide and incredible wild life that made this place really special. Our guide was both enthusiastic and very knowledgeable and could answer all our questions.” – joed6900