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Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp is nestled in a riverine forest within the Okavango Delta Safari Reserves, a private concession of 17,300 acres in Botswana’s iconic Okavango Delta. The delta has been called the “river that never finds the sea” and is a wilderness area that has no parallel. Pristine waterways with papyrus-lined banks meander through the countryside, and floodplains intermingle with palm-covered islands and riverine forests. Large old-growth trees, such as African ebony, and the hundreds of unique animal species complete the picture.

Nxabega means “the place of the giraffe” and has nine large en-suite chalets, linked together by sandy paths. The chalets are set on raised timber platforms and have a small veranda offering views out onto the floodplain. Each unit has a dedicated staff member who does the housekeeping and ensures guests are kept comfortable. A timber door opens up to a spacious interior with wall-to-wall sisal matting. Beds are three-quarter-size twins that can be converted to king-size. There are some gentle touches like snacks in jars and a coolbox that can be filled with drinks as you like. En-suite bathrooms have flushing toilets, wash basins, and showers.

The camp’s main area is a majestic thatched “boma” with teak panelling. It encompasses a large dining area, a lounge area with comfortable armchairs, a well-stocked bar, and a fireplace that is perfect for chilly evenings. The teak floors are polished, the fittings are locally crafted, and the décor distinctly African. A large outside deck doubles as an optional dining area. A raised timber walkway leads from the main area to the plunge pool and pool deck where there is plenty of seating.

Meals at Nxabega are taken in harmony with the day’s activities. It usually starts with an early morning cup of coffee before you head out for the morning game drive. Upon your return, a hearty brunch is served. Lunch and afternoon tea are enjoyed before you head out for the afternoon/evening activities. Dinner is usually taken under the stars.

The activities at Nxabega are both land and water-based. Daily and nightly safaris in 4x4 vehicles whisk guests into the delta and promise exciting encounters with the region’s diverse wildlife. Depending on the season, this could include impala, red lechwe, zebra, tsessebe, baboons, jackals, kudu, giraffe, hyena, leopard, steenbok, and African wildcat.

Bush walks are an ideal way to explore the wilderness on foot with a personal guide as one learns about the bush and the animals.

Mokoro excursions are perhaps the quintessential Okavango activity. Glide quietly along the waterways in traditional dug-out canoes, getting so close to animals that some are even surprised. See water birds such as African Jacana, African Fish-eagle, and even Malachite Kingfishers darting between the reeds, and your guide may even be able to find the rare Pel’s Fishing-owl.

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