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.
Xakanaxa has a small plunge pool for guests to enjoy between safaris as well as a curio shop.
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 tailor-made 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.
When to travel
Botswana’s winter is during our British summer, and the weather is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat, and cold at night. The summer months (British winter) 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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Location and directions
Okavango Delta, 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 traveller 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.