Nxabega Okavango Safari Camp

Nxabega Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana

At a Glance

  • Day and night game drives

  • Guided game walks

  • Relax by the swimming pool

  • In room massages on offer

  • Explore the delta channels by boat or mokoro

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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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Insider's View

Exploring the Delta by mokoro is the ultimate way to see the game from a different angle. Also as the mokoro are silent we saw fantastic birds and the small animals such as a painted reed frog, which was the same size as my finger tip and beautifully marked.

Relax by the large pool and watch the herds of elephants wandering by.

A fantastic mixture of both water and land safaris. The game is brilliant with lots of predators and plenty of antelope

Enjoy the view from your private deck and swing chair as resident elephant enjoy a snack in the flood plains out front!

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Nxabega Okavango Safari Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Okavango Delta and Moremi

Description

Nxabega Okavango Safari Camp is situated under dense strands of African ebony trees in an exclusive wildlife concession. With only ten elevated tented suites, Nxabega offers some of the best flood plain views in the Delta.

Nxabega Okavango Safari Camp is unique in that it combines the Okavango water wilderness experience with the excitement of viewing the big game normally associated with ’land’ camps.

The lodge has been beautifully hand-crafted and was deliberately designed to ensure that its open-plan dining room, lounge, library and expansive decks all offer the best views over the endless floodplains of the delta. The nine contemporary tented suites, including one family suite, are tastefully decorated in natural colors in order to feel light and airy, and feature traditional touches such as linens hand-stitched with patterns reminiscent of traditional Botswanan basket designs. All suites have private decks with a swinging bench and en-suite facilities, and the tents open out towards the delta with front-facing beds, giving guests spectacular views over the floodplain. Families have the opportunity to benefit from added space and privacy by connecting two tented suites with a covered walkway.

There is a choice of daily activities including meandering along the floodplains of the delta by mokoro, exploring the deeper channels by motor boat, nature walks accompanied by an unarmed professional guide or tracking game by open 4 x 4 safari vehicle in the mopane forests and open grasslands. The added highlight of an evening game drive by spotlight ensures you a complete Botswana experience.

Nxabega is located in riverine forest which is home to prolific birdlife, including the elusive Pel’s fishing owl, and fruit bats are attracted to the abundant fig trees, feeding on the juicy fruit after dark. The camp is situated on the channels and lagoons of the southern, seasonal part of the Delta. This is one of the most important wetland sites remaining in Africa. In the wet season, the pans fill with water attracting flocks of flamingo and other migratory water birds.

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Accommodation

Nine exclusive tented suites are strung out on either side of the handsome thatched guest areas of the camp. The tents are thoughtfully designed, blending in perfectly with their surroundings. Each room has spacious en-suite facilities, including both indoor and outdoor showers, while a private wooden deck with a swinging bench invites guests to contemplate at the water’s edge. Two tented suites can be connected with a covered walkway to create a perfect space for families to use, giving ample amounts of privacy.

Childcare

Children are welcome. However, regretfully, children 5 years and younger cannot participate in the game drives, nature walks 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, and children aged 12 to 16 on mokoro cruises, at the lodge manager’s discretion. Please check details when booking.

Children can take part in &Beyond's fantastic program, WILDChild, which allows children to take part in fun and educational activities, such as fishing.

Facilities

Private bush dinners, breakfasts in bed, lamp-lit cocktails on a river island or a walking safari with al fresco picnic are provided with pleasure by Nxabega’s warm and friendly staff. There is a swimming pool for guests to enjoy between safaris.

Activities

Activities at Nxabega Okavango Safari Camp are all based around game viewing with an option of twice daily game drives - guests can explore the rich wildlife surrounding Nxabega on early morning and late afternoon / evening game drives in an open air safari vehicle. Alternatively guests may chose to take a leisurely walk in the surroundings of the Camp to take in the sights, smells and sounds of the Okavango Delta, accompanied by an armed guide.

River cruises in an electrically powered ‘eco boat’ or mokoro are also on offer for guests to explore the waterways of the Okavango by boat in the company of an experienced guide. Learn the fascinating details of the Delta's network of channels, fringed by dense reeds and papyrus.

Birdwatching is excellent and fishing is permitted between the months of March and December.

Reviews

5

Sian Frost (Staff)

Nxabega is a really beautiful camp with a huge expansive deck in front of the lodge and a large pool area. The rooms are lovely with a nice deck and swing chair over looking the flood plain. Being an &Beyond property the service and food are exceptional, this property also has a proper coffee machine so cappuccinos are on the menu - a luxury you don't realise you miss when you are in the bush!

5

Meg Shepro (Staff)

Nxabega's newly redesigned camp provides contemporary style in a classic bush setting. Built with the elements in mind, this luxury camp will have you feeling at one with nature while ensuring your utmost comfort and safety. The concession is teaming with resident game so you'll be sure to never have a dull movement with your dedicated guide and tracker on safari.

5

Anna Hearn (Staff)

Nxabega Camp has always been a huge favorite of mine from my first visit back in 2006; it's a beautiful camp, understated and elegant, and I was hugely looking forward to returning to see it again. I was not disappointed! The main camp area retains its classic, dark-wood look with a number of interesting artifacts dotted around; but the deck in front has been extended right through to a pool deck, where we enjoyed a private dinner under the stars. Our game-viewing was great - the combination of guide and tracker really makes a huge difference and another pair of eyes - we had some great sightings including fabulous leopard and a very majestic lion who regarded us with a somewhat baleful eye before turning and meandering slowly into the bush.

Our guides really came into their own later in the evening when we wanted to head out and take photographs of the Milky Way - my husband being a keen star photographer. They happily took us out to the airstrip and enthusiastically searched for a point of reference - this time a termite mound - for us to photograph, the Milky Way behind. We were impressed; it's this kind of "going the extra mile" that Nxabega is renowned for - and there were other guests at camp who commented the same. It's a super camp with excellent service and I was delighted to visit again.

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Louisa Verney (Staff)

I loved Nxebega. The camp had a great atmosphere and the staff could not have been nicer and friendly. In the afternoon we went out in the mokoros which was so relaxing (a few of us even dozed off). As I was there in December it was the start of the rainy season so as the afternoon wore on the sky got a more and more menacing shade of black - the contrast against the bright green reeds was stunning. We made it back to the camp in the nick of time before the heavens opened and spent a lovely evening playing a very competitive game of Jenga. I felt so cozy and dry tucked up in my tent listening to the rain pounding down on the tents roof.

Experiences

  • &Beyond Wild Child program

    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 maximize 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.

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Location & directions

Nxabega Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana

Nxabega is set in a private concession of 8 000 hectares (19 800 acres) to the southeast of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve in the center of one of the most unique regions in the world, the Okavango Delta. Renowned for its lush waterways and abundant wildlife, the Okavango is home to a number of aquatic and land species.

How to get there

Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta, which is an 11-hour international flight to Johannesburg, followed by a 2-hour international flight. From there you will need a short flight (thirty minutes) to get you to the Nxabega airstrip. A Nxabega representative will eagerly await your arrival with an open safari vehicle, ready to take you on a short 15–minute transfer to the camp.

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