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Botswana Safari

Xakanaxa Camp

Moremi Game Reserve - Okavango Delta, Botswana

Cheetah in the Moremi Reserve
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Xakanaxa (pronounced ka-KA-ni-ka) Camp is located 50kms to the west of the Khwai Gate in the northern sector of the Moremi Game Reserve. It is one of the few Okavango lodges which can offer comprehensive year-round boating and mokoro trips as well as extensive nature drives into excellent wildlife country. To the north and west of the camp are the permanent lagoons and waterways of the Okavango and to the south and east are the dry woodlands.

As the custodians of one of Botswana’s very first safari camps, the owners of Xakanaxa Camp have gone to extraordinary lengths to preserve its original African bush camp character whilst providing guests with every comfort.

Its prime location on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve ensures that it is one of the only safari camps which can provide guests with an authentic year round Okavango Delta land and water safari experience.

Accommodation            For images of Xakanaxa Camp, click Xakanaxa Images
Accommodation consists of thirteen luxury, spacious safari tents set on wooden platforms with en-suite hot and cold shower, flush toilet and wash hand basin. The tents are fully equipped, tastefully furnished and overlook the Kwai River. Each tent has a private viewing deck with comfortable loungers.

Thirteen tents in total consisting of:
• 12 x twin bedded tents – can be arranged as single or double beds
• 1 x guide/pilot tent (same standard as guest tent)
The camp can accommodate 24 guests plus tour leader.

Tent Details:
• All canvas, Meru-style classic luxury safari tents on raised decks
• En-suite facilities within tent – shower, hand basin and ablution facilities
• Fans in all guest tents
• A unique water sprinkler system aids cooling in the midday heat
• Plug points for charging equipment
• Soaps, shampoos and insect repellents are supplied in each tent
• A hairdryer is supplied in each tent
• Robes supplied in each tent
• Poncho with hood and warm lining provided in each tent for warmth/protection from rain
• Kist (safe) with a lock and key in each tent for safekeeping of valuables

The stylish main buildings extend over the Khwai River and are set on raised platforms to maximize the views over the surrounding lagoons and islands. Constructed of local timber, reed and thatch they comprise of an elegant lounge containing a small but comprehensive library, dining room, expansive sundeck, plunge pool and sala with day bed as well as a fire-deck set under giant Jackalberry trees. The reception lounge boasts a curio shop and facilities for charging videos, cameras and batteries.

The camp operates on generator power but at night all lighting is supplied by battery powered lamps, candles and paraffin lanterns, giving the camp an authentic African ambience. Bob and Flo Flaxman, ably assisted by Lettie Letsile, create a camp environment in which guests experience a seamless service in the warm, friendly style for which Africa is famous. The emphasis is on discreet personal service, to ensure maximum guest enjoyment. Like Bob and Flo, a great number of the camp staff have been looking after guests at Xakanaxa for more than ten years.

Camp Description
• Permanent flowing river in front of camp
• Superb site on the bank of the Khwai River overlooking the Xakanaxa Lagoon
• Thatched roof covered lounge and bar area
• An elevated thatch-roofed, reeded dining room and viewing deck
• Evening campfire on deck elevated over the river
• Wheelchair friendly
• Curio shop
• Plunge pool
• Laundry is done on a daily basis and inclusive in the nightly tariff.

Electricity and Water
• Camp has 220v generator, which runs from 05h30 to 19h00.
• Battery charged reading lights.
• Plug points are available in each tent, and the office for charging of equipment. Bring charging unit and adaptors.
• Gas heated water.

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.

Teas, coffees, mineral water and soft drinks as well as a wide range of alcoholic drinks are available to guests throughout the day at no extra cost (there is a Reserve List of drinks that are charged for).

Early morning light continental breakfast, brunch, high tea and dinner is included in the nightly rate, as are all safari activities and park entrance fees.

Daily camp activities follow a rhythmic pattern in harmony with nature– generally guests enjoy a light breakfast of coffee, tea, fruit juices, cereals, muffins and fresh fruit just before dawn and then set off on extensive safari drives, boat or mokoro outings. Upon returning to camp three or four hours later, its time for a scrumptious brunch, including a selection of breakfast and lunch dishes. A siesta is followed by high tea before guests set off again on a safari activity that returns to camp approximately half an hour after sunset. A chance to freshen up is followed by pre-dinner cocktails and snacks, dinner and coffee and liqueurs on the fire-deck.

Activity specifics
• Game drives via open Land Rovers (four 10-seater Land Rovers are available; however, only 6/8 guests are accomodated per vehicle).
• Water game viewing via mokoro. This activity is of a 30-minute duration and is done in conjunction with a powerboat exploration of the Okavango (four mekoros, each seating two guests).
• Power boating available year round (three x 8-seater boats).
• The Moremi Game Reserve regulations do not currently permit any of the following activities: Offroad driving, Night drives, Walking safaris, Fishing.

Location & Wildlife
The Moremi Reserve is rated as one of Africa’s finest game-viewing areas, offering sanctuary to abundant herds of Elephant, Sable, Giraffe, Tsessebe, Lechwe, Wildebeest, Kudu, and Impala. Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dog and Hyena complete the picture. Buffalo, Hippo, Crocodile, Red Lechwe, Waterbuck and Sitatunga antelope are some of the water-adapted species to be seen at Xakanaxa.

Birding is quite spectacular at Xakanaxa, especially during spring and summer when the migrant species breed. Most of Botswana's 550 species are resident or migrants, including Okavango specialties such as Pel's Fishing Owl and Slaty Egret. Huge numbers of breeding storks and herons are attracted to the world-famous heronries which lie just to the north of the camp.

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Water / Land Activity Table for Botswana camps:  Water/Land Botswana
Flying Times between Botswana camps:  Fly Times Botswana

For further information about the Okavango Delta, click More Okavango
For further information about the Moremi Game Reserve, click More Moremi
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