&Beyond Xudum Delta Lodge
Xudum Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana
At a Glance
Explore the Okavango Delta channels by mokoro
Go on game drives in the early morning and late afternoon with expert guides
Relax during the heat of the day in your private plunge pool
In room massages are available if you need a bit of pampering
Watch wildlife from the privacy of your suite's rooftop deck
Enjoy delicious Pan African cuisine
Best time to Visit
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Botswana’s winter is May to October when the weather is hot during the day (not stiflingly hot) and cold at night. Botswana's summer months (November to April) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.
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Situated near the permanent channels of the delta with sweeping views of the vast floodplains, Xudum Delta Lodge's nine beautifully designed suites include large bathtubs and romantic alfresco showers as well as private plunge pools.
Xudum Delta Lodge is situated on its own private island in one of the Okavango Delta's reserves, overlooking a permanent lagoon which teems with hippos and attracts all types of water bird including herons and storks.
The lodge has just nine stylish "safari suites" each with far-reaching views over the lagoon. The suites are designed in contemporary style and with an en-suite bathroom complete with bathtub overlooking the lagoon. But the crowning jewel of the rooms is the hideout on the upper level. With incredible views over the Delta, this is a perfect place to game-view or rest in the afternoons. At night, should you wish, the hideout can be transformed into a truly wonderful sleep out under the stars. Inside, each suite has air-conditioning and ceiling fan which offers real relief during the very hot months.
Like the rooms, Xudum's main area is also split level and the whole area has been designed to take advantage of the incredible views everywhere you look! There is a bar and dining area, and the lodge also has a well stocked safari shop with all the essentials and also a good selection of wildlife books about the area.
Activities from Xudum Delta Lodge focus on exploring the surrounding area with your expert guide and include day and night game drives in fully equipped 4x4 vehicles, guided walks into the bush, and mokoro and boat trips on the surrounding waters. The guiding at Xudum is renowned and the lodge, while not in the most game-rich area of the Delta, offers guests the opportunity to explore the waterways and to enjoy some really spectacular birdwatching while staying in this luxurious and beautifully crafted lodge.
Accommodation is in nine split-level safari suites decorated in homely tones of chocolate and ebony all feature a large bathtub and romantic al fresco showers. Each suite also has a private plunge pool and a lofty rooftop look-out with magnificent Delta views.
Children are welcome. However children 5 years and younger cannot participate in the regular game drives and mokoro activities. Children 16 years and older can participate in guided walks and mokoro activities. Childminders can be booked at an additional cost. Children aged 6 to 11 years are accommodated on game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion.
The inventive, layered guest areas boast dramatic decks with 180° views of the surrounding breathtaking wilderness. Yet, the decks cleverly remain discreetly within the tree line. The well-stocked Safari Shop offers chic safari gear, African art and jewellery. If you are feeling the need to be pampered, massages can be arranged upon request.
Activities include morning, afternoon/early evening and night game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, boating and mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) adventures in the Delta, and guided walks. It should be noted that this is an excellent area for bird-watching. Helicopter transfers and flights are available at an extra cost. Fishing is permitted between the months of March and December.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
Xudum is the more grown up of &Beyond’s flagship lodges in the Delta. Whole lodge is built out of darker wood and has a couple of swinging chairs made from tyres and side tables made from tins cans – bringing together African amazing ability to mend and make something out of nothing. The main area has the most beautiful views out over the floodplain and it was a real treat sitting there and watching the sun come up over the reeds before going out on our action pack morning game drive. The huge rooms are incredibly comfortable and I had a lovely afternoon curled up by my plunge pool reading.
&Beyond Wild Child programme
Specially designed activities ensure your children get the most out of their safari experience, with activities such as tracking footprints and making traditional bows and arrows to add to game drives with their parents.
Boat safari in the Okavango Delta
Travel through the waterways of the Okavango Delta on a boat safari, exploring the papyrus reeds and hippo habitats with your guide. The smooth ride offers a soothing alternative to time spent in a vehicle. Always subject to water levels.
Fishing in the Okavango
Fishing trips offer visitors to Botswana an opportunity to enjoy a different safari experience. In many areas the fishing is fantastic, you'll also enjoy fantastic wildlife and birdlife over your time on the water. NB not available within national parks.
Game Drives in Botswana
Viewing wildlife from a vehicle is the best way to get up close to big game. Allow your professional safari guide to cover ground to guarantee you some unforgettable sightings in Africa's premier safari destination.
Game drives in the Okavango
One of the best ways to see the big game of Botswana's Okavango Delta is on a game drive with a knowledgeable guide. Explore in open-sided vehicles to maximise your viewing opportunities, this is a truly wildlife rich environment.
Helicopter ride over the Delta
The Okavango Delta is a vast patchwork of deep-water channels, shallow lagoons and date palm islands, fringed with the ubiquitous papyrus reeds. A doors-off scenic helicopter flight is an exhilarating way to take in these sights and a real treat, too!
Mokoro trips in Botswana
Botswana's northern safari areas are full of water channels just waiting to be explored. Larger boats can be used to explore the wider channels but for the aficionado, mokoro trips into the smaller channels are a real treat. Always subject to waterlevels
Walking Safaris and Nature Walks
Walking in the African bush with a professional safari guide is a fantastic experience. Enjoy a completely different perspective on foot than from a vehicle.
Location & directions
Xudum Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge, Botswana is ideally situated amidst a mosaic of papyrus and reed beds within this exclusive 25 000 hectare (62 000 acre) wildlife concession, southeast of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Xudum is located along the channels and lagoons along the southern, seasonal portion of the Okavango Delta.
How to get there
Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta, which is an 11-hour international flight to Johannesburg, followed by a two hour international flight.
Fly into the Xudum airstrip, a mere 20-minute flight from Maun, followed by a 40-minute game drive to the lodge.
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