Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
At a Glance
Day game drives
Explore the delta channels by mokoro
Relax by the swimming pool
On the banks of the Khwai River in the heart of The Moremi Game Reserve
Evening campfire on deck with stunning views over the river
Birding is quite spectacular, especially during spring and summer when the migrants breed
Best time to Visit
Good 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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Xakanaxa (pronounced Ka-ka-na-ka), set in the north of the Moremi Game Reserve, is one of the oldest camps in the Delta which has gone to extraordinary lengths to preserve its original African bush camp character while providing guests with every comfort.
Xakanaxa is one of the few Botswana lodges that can offer year round boating trips and extensive 4 x 4 drives into the outstanding game country surrounding the camp. Birding is spectacular, especially during spring and summer when the migrants breed. Huge numbers of breeding storks and herons are attracted to the world-famous heronries which lies to the north of the lodge.
Xakanaxa accommodates 24 guests in twelve classic safari tents with en-suite bathrooms are all on raised platforms set on the banks of the Khwai River. There is an elevated thatch-roofed, reeded dining room and viewing deck and guests can take a sundowner around the campfire on a deck which is elevated over the river. The kitchen is renowned for its traditional safari fare served with a Pan-African touch. Dinner is accompanied by excellent South African wines. Meals are generally taken around the main dining room table where tales of the day’s exciting experiences are recounted and discussed in great detail. Guests wishing to dine in private can also be catered for.
Xakanaxa is located 50kms to the west of the Khwai Gate in the northern sector of the Moremi Game Reserve. To the north and west of the camp are the permanent lagoons and waterways of the Okavango and to the south and east are dry woodlands.
Accommodation is in 12 twin bedded safari tents which can be arranged as a twin or as a double. The tents are canvas, Meru-style classic luxury safari tents on raised decks with en-suite facilities of a shower, hand basin and toilet. All tents have a fan and there is a unique water sprinkler system to aid cooling in the midday heat.
There are no specific childcare facilities and the camp has a minimum age 8 years.
Activities all revolve around game viewing and guests can chose two activities each day or take a picnic and enjoy an all-day drive. Bird watching, mokoro trips and boating are also offered. All activities are flexible and can be customized according to guest’s requirements.
There is also a plunge pool that guests can dip into to refresh in between safaris and a curio shop.
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.
Location & directions
Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
Xakanaxa Camp is situated within the Moremi Game Reserve, the central east area of the Okavango Delta. Towering riverine forests, open savannah, seasonal floodplains, permanent lagoons, rivers and the intricate channels of the Okavango Delta surround the camp. This makes for a varied habitat which ensures that the safari traveler has the opportunity to experience year-round boating and mokoro trips, as well as extensive game drives
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 (25-minutes) to get you to the Xakanaxa Airstrip, which is located a 15-minute drive from camp.