Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA
Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp is a small intimate camp, set on a secluded island offering a superb array of water and land based wilderness activities. Nestled in the heart of the watery wonderland that makes up the Okavango Delta, it is surrounded by a mosaic of papyrus and lagoons filled with swaying reeds, water lilies and teeming with hippos. Reachable only by boat during the high-water season, the Xaranna Camp provides exceptional water experiences.
There are only nine tented suites at the Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp, that enjoy luxurious solitude on its own Delta Island. The safari tents are organic in design, delicately decorated in shade of khaki and a playful decor of soft lily pink. Each tented suite boasts an indoor bathtub and al fresco shower, private plunge pool, as well as a romantic sala for afternoon siestas. The overall atmosphere of the camp is cool, light and airy, in keeping with the gentle beauty of its environment.
Set in roughly 62,000-acre private concession in the southern Okavango Delta, Xaranna Camp enjoys excellent game viewing. The area is home to a large number of species, including the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga. Whist supporting the continent's largest surviving concentration of elephant and buffalo, lion prides, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog are encountered. Other adventures at Xarana include bird watching, horse riding and helicopter flights.
Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA
Stay Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp has only nine safari tents, with sweeping views of the spectacular Delta scenery. All tents have a large bedroom with four-poster beds of blonde wood squat on bleached floors and a stylish dressing room. En-suite bathrooms come with freestanding tub, indoor and outdoor showers and an infinity pool big enough for laps. Xaranna’s air-conditioned tents are furnished with trendy embroidered lily pad-shaped cushions and fat-bottomed hippo side tables, blending with surrounding nature.
The Camp The main areas of Xaranna are all positioned carefully to maximise the extensive views opening up onto a permanent lagoon teeming with hippo. The intimate guest sitting area boasts a spacious reading area, perfect for afternoon relaxation. The elevated dining area features shady verandas with an open-air boma where exotic candlelit dinners are served beneath the stars.
ChildCare Children of 6 years and above are welcome to stay at the Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp and can partake in mekoro activities. Children aged 6 to 11 can participate in regular game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion. An extra bed can be arranged for a child sharing its parents’ tent. Childminders can be arranged, if requested.
Safari Wildlife around the Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp is rich with some of the best big cat viewing in Africa, as well as roan antelope, hippo and wild dog. Lion, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog share the floodplains with large herds of elephant and buffalo. Hippo inhabit the deeper channels and lagoons, while honeybadgers can be seen in broad daylight. Tall termite mounds are homes for families of dwarf and banded mongoose.
Experience A typical day at the Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp involves game drives during dry season or drifting down reed-lined waterways in a makoro, watching for hippo and elephant crossings while appreciating the rich birdlife; hundreds of iridescent dragonflies and jewel-bright kingfishers. Other activities at Xaranna include guided game walks on the islands to track animals as they move through the bush. Fishing is permitted between the months of March and December. Horseback safaris and helicopter rides are also available.
Location Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp is set on a secluded island in the private 25,000 hectares of wilderness concession. It is located to the southeast of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve in the centre 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.
Getting There Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta, which is best reached from Johannesburg by a 2-hour international flight. To reach Xaranna, you fly into the Xudum airstrip and then take a 45-minute game drive to the lodge. You can also take a 90-mins flight from Kasane followed by a 45-minute game drive. During the flood, this drive is followed by a boat ride into camp – a wonderful introduction to your time in the Delta.
When to go Botswana’s winter months from May to October are dry and cool with chilly nights. Botswana has hot, wet summers from October to April. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between December and February, sometimes continuing into March, with rain generally in the form of afternoon thundershowers. Best time to travel is all year round.