Xaranna Camp

Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

On Request

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Xaranna Camp

Surrounded by a mosaic of papyrus and reed beds, Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp provides an exceptional water experience. With sweeping views opening up onto a permanent lagoon, this serene and isolated Camp combines the best of what the Okavango has to offer.

UNLEASH IT: IN THE HEART OF THE WATERY WONDERLAND THAT MAKES UP THE OKAVANGO DELTA.

We Love
  • Situated on a permanent channel of the Okavango Delta it is an exceptional water experience
  • Serene setting of this remote and isolated camp with exceptional water activities available year-round
  • Scenic helicopter flights explore the Delta from above
Need to Know
  • Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.
  • Camps move to a different site every five or six days. This is a true African experience, with campsites in remote areas where guests can expect to see few other people or vehicles.
  • The lodge is not fenced off and we request guests be extremely vigilant at all times. Guests are accompanied at all times when walking around the lodge at night.

The Review

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. Float gently along clear, intricate channels and explore the myriad islands of the Delta from the light and airy base of this ethereal camp.

Wildlife
Adapted for a life in and out of water, the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga are found in this watery wilderness. 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.

Why Stay
Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp enjoys luxurious solitude on its own Delta Island with just nine ensuite safari tents that combine canvas and bleached timber. The overall atmosphere of the camp is cool, light and airy, in keeping with the gentle beauty of its environment. The safari tents are organic in design and are delicately decorated in shade of khaki and soft lily pink. Each tent boasts a romantic outdoor sala, private plunge pool, indoor bathtub and al fresco shower.

The guest areas are all carefully positioned to maximise the sweeping views out across the channels, with classic Delta tree-line silhouettes. The camp celebrates Botswana’s iconography, with humorous design touches used throughout. The intimate guest sitting area boasts a spacious reading area, perfect for afternoon relaxation. The elevated dining area features shady verandas with mesmerising views leading out onto an open-air boma where exotic candlelit dinners are served beneath the stars.

Experience
A typical day starts with morning tea and discussion with your guide about what you hope to see that day. Explore the floodplains and grasslands of the Delta in search of the Big Five.

Return to the Camp for hot breakfast dishes, a quick siesta and lunch. Later afternoon, set out in search of wildlife once again. Explore the crystal clear channels of the Delta on a mokoro or in a motorised boat. Dozens of bird species, frogs and other intimate details of the Delta lie waiting to be explored at eye level.

Getting There

Most major international airlines from Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia fly to Johannesburg, South Africa, which is the easiest route into Botswana. Air Botswana operates scheduled flights to Maun or Kasane. From there, it is a short flight by light aircraft to the Nxabega airstrip, where they will be welcomed by staff. A 2 hour drive in an open safari vehicle completes the journey to the Camp.

 
Xaranna Camp Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

Xaranna Camp

Okavango Delta
Nine light and airy tented suites look out onto spectacular Delta scenery. Four-poster beds of blonde wood squat on bleached floors, offering up extensive views. An en suite bathroom promises the luxury of a deep, warm bath and a refreshing shower waits either indoors or al fresco. Lull your senses with the splash of nearby waters as you recline in your covered sala or enjoy the cool comfort of your fully sized private pool.

Rating                               Classic Camp
Type                                 Safari Camp
No. Rooms                         9 classic tents
Max Occupants                   18 guests
Occupancy/Tent                  2 (triples not available)
Interests                            Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Internet                             Yes, within guest area only
Credit Cards                       Visa and Master Card

Electricity & Water
220AC. Please note that the generator is generally switched off overnight; with prior notice we are able to provide 24-hour electricity for guests with special requirements


Policies

Children Policy
    Children 5 years and younger cannot participate in game drives or nature walks;
    Children aged 6 to 11 can participate in regular game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion
    Children aged 12 to 16 can participate in mokoro activities at lodge manager’s discretion;
    Children aged 16 and over can participate in nature walks

Other Policies
    All stocked drinks are included in the nightly tariff.
    Laundry is done daily and is inclusive in the nightly tariff with the exception of “smalls” i.e. underwear, which are not washed due to local customs.
    Curios and tips/gratuities can be settled on check out.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay.
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.
    Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:     12:00 PM
    Check out:     11:00 AM
    Suggested stay:  1 night

 

Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta and the areas surrounding Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp are home to a large number of species, including a number of species adapted to the semi-aquatic lifestyle, such as the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga. Lion prides, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog are occasionally encountered, while families of hippo hide in the deeper channels and lagoons. The area supports the continent’s largest surviving concentration of elephant and buffalo, while roan and sable antelope are occasionally spotted in the open woodlands.  

One of the most common antelope in the Okavango, the red lechwe is especially adapted for the swampy conditions. Its splayed, elongated hooves give it a sure footing in muddy conditions, allowing it to inhabit the outskirts of the permanent swamps.

With an incredible wealth of species, the Okavango is also a haven for birding enthusiasts. One of its most sought after species is the huge but elusive Pel’s fishing owl, which roosts in the densest evergreen thickets. A quintessential African sound, the haunting call of the fish eagle can often be heard echoing over the channels.


When to go

Botswana has hot, wet summers from October to April. Winters (from May to September) are dry and cool and nights can be chilly. The rainy season is from late December to late February, sometimes continuing into March, with rain generally in the form of afternoon thundershowers; average rainfall is approximately 500mm / 20”. Best time to travel is all year round.

Summer: Average of 18˚C to 32˚C / 64˚F to 90˚F, although temperatures can rise over 40˚C / 104˚F
Winter: 8˚C to 21˚C / 46˚F to 70˚F

Currency    
US dollar bills printed between 1996 and 1999 are not accepted in Kenya or Tanzania, as there was a large amount of illegal processing of dollar bills in East African during that time. Traveller’s cheques are no longer accepted in Kenya due to fraud

Visa and Health
The Okavango Delta is a malaria area and necessary precautions should be taken

All visitors to Botswana need a valid passport, but no visas are required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, EU countries, Israel, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA. On arrival you’ll get a 30-day entrance stamp. Extensions are available for up to three months. You may be asked to show an onward air ticket or proof of sufficient funds for your intended stay.


Getting There

Most major international airlines from Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia fly to Johannesburg, South Africa, which is the easiest route into Botswana. Air Botswana operates scheduled flights to Maun or Kasane. From there, it is a short flight by light aircraft to the Nxabega airstrip, where they will be welcomed by staff. A 2 hour drive in an open safari vehicle completes the journey to the Camp.

Light aircraft transfers have 15kg luggage restrictions in soft, squashable bags plus 5kg of hand luggage. The size of the cargo pod of a Cessna 206, which is generally used on inter-camp transfers, is 72cm wide and 29 cm high. Travellers going for safaris are advised not to take hard suitcases as they will not fit on light aircrafts.

Phinda Airstrip        (seasonal –availability on request)
Coordinates:         
GPS Coordinates    S 19˚42.734’    E 022˚53.176’
Camp Closure        Open Year-round