Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp

Xudum Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana

At a Glance

  • Private plunge pools

  • In room massage

  • Explore the delta channels by boat and mokoro

  • Guided bush walks

  • Game drives

  • The architecture and infrastructure is guided by the principle of a light footprint

  • Delicious Pan African cuisine

  • 25 000 hectares (62 000 acres) of pristine wilderness shared by only 18 guests

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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

I love the shop at Xaranna it is full of all the niknacks that are found around the lodge…very dangerous for the credit card.

If you’re into fishing this is the place to be. Spend the morning or afternoon trying your hand to catch the abundant tiger fish and bream that live in the waters below. If you catch enough good size ones your fish may be featured on the menu for dinner that night.

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

Description

Xaranna Tented Camp is a small intimate camp with sweeping views opening up onto a permanent lagoon teeming with hippo. The Camp combines the best of what the Okavango has to offer, both on land and the water, accompanied by expert guides and trackers.

Reachable only by boat during the high water season, this intimate camp with only nine tents offers an exclusive experience steeped in the wonder and magic of this extraordinary ecosystem. Xaranna enjoys 25,000 hectares of pristine wilderness which will be shared by only 18 guests at any one time, meaning a totally private experience. Xaranna's guides are among the best and will gently introduce guests to the surrounding area and its resident game.

As well as excellent big game viewing there are diverse bird and plant species to enjoy, including the elusive Pel’s fishing owl. Bee eaters frequent the area and can often be seen in their noisy colonies and kingfishers can often be spotted darting in and out of the reeds.

Guided walking, 4x4, mokoro and powerboat adventures are all on offer - and the boat trips up the swollen waterways are a particular highlight, the boat able to drift up almost silently to game, giving amazing photographic opportunities.

Meals are a relaxed and friendly affair, complemented by delicious pan-African cuisine. The carefully positioned guest areas maximize the sweeping views across the channels, with classic delta tree-line silhouettes. The main guest areas offer a spacious games and reading area as well as a shaded veranda for dining.

Each spacious tent enjoys gorgeous views, as well as a romantic sala and private plunge pool.

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Accommodation

The camp features nine sleek en-suite safari tents with breathtaking views over the channel. Each tent has a luxurious four poster bed of blonde wood squat on bleached floors together with a romantic sala and a alluring private plunge pool. The en-suite features a deep, warm comforting bath tub and a refreshing shower.

Childcare

Children are welcome but children aged under 6 years are not permitted on game drives, 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 at the lodge manager’s discretion. An extra bed can be arranged for a child sharing its

parents’ suite. No more than 1 triple in camp at any one time.

Facilities

The intimate guest sitting area boasts a spacious reading area, perfect for afternoon relaxation. The innovative dining area features shady verandas overlooking the channels of the Delta. A fully stocked Safari Shop has chic safari gear, African art and jewelry.

Massages can be arranged. Helicopter transfers and flights available at an extra cost.

Activities

Activities revolve around game viewing with morning, afternoon/early evening game drives in open 4x4

safari vehicles, boating and mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) adventures in the Delta, and guided walks. The camp is in an excellent area for birdwatching. Fishing is permitted between the months of March and December.

Reviews

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Kelly Connor (Staff)

Open aired and decorated in whites and pinks you feel close to the beautiful elements but secure with all your creature comforts. Elephants crossing in the channels ahead of your during breakfast, meandering down channels made by hippos and spotting the rare Pels fishing owl are just some of the unique activities that take place in this beautiful water based camp.

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Louisa Verney (Staff)

I loved Xakarana’s unique take on safari lodge design. The lodge is constructed with lots of light wood and filled with funky white artifacts; from huge wooden hippos on the walkways to little crocodiles on the tables. The color scheme is pink and green – which sounds a bit random…but it works. It is about as far from a traditional lodge as you can get, so I think it does have a slight ‘Marmite’ element to it but I loved it.

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.

Location & directions

Xudum Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana

Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp is set in a private wilderness concession of 25 000 hectares (61 800 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.

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