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Xakanaxa Camp

Xakanaxa Camp

Xakanaxa Camp overlooks a lagoon on the Khwai River in Botswana’s famous Moremi Game Reserve. Xakanaxa is the only property in the area to offer guests a year-round land and water experience. The permanent water of the Khwai River provides the camp with one of the best locations in Botswana.

Moremi is rated as one of Africa’s finest game viewing areas, offering sanctuary to abundant herds of elephant, sable, giraffe, tsessebe, lechwe, wildebeest, impala, and waterbuck. Predators include lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, and hyena. This region is a hugely varying habitat, from delta waterways to calm lagoons to riverine forests to open grasslands.

The camp’s main buildings are stylish and, in a rather unique touch, extend out over the Khwai River. Constructed on raised platforms, the decks maximize the views over the surrounding lagoons and islands. Local timber, reed, and thatch encompass an elegant lounge with a small but comprehensive library, a dining room, an expansive sundeck, a plunge pool, and a sala with daybed. A fire-deck is set under giant Jackalberry trees. The camp operates on generator power but at night all lighting is supplied by battery powered lamps, candles, and paraffin lanterns, creating the feel of an authentic African safari.

Accommodation is in thirteen twin-bedded, en-suite tents built on raised decks. The camp can house up to 24 guests plus a tour leader. The tents enjoy a water sprinkler system that aids cooling in the midday heat.

Dining at is a “traditional safari fare served with a pan-African touch,” generally served at the main dining room table. The day’s activities pretty much dictate when meals and refreshments are served. Most days begin with a light breakfast just before dawn! Upon returning to camp three or four hours later, guests enjoy a scrumptious brunch, including a selection of breakfast and lunch dishes. A siesta during the heat of the day is followed by high tea. Strike out on a late afternoon safari before returning to camp just before sunset. A chance to freshen up is followed by pre-dinner cocktails on the fire-deck. Dinners are usually accompanied by South African wines.

Xakanaxa is one of the few Botswana lodges that can offer year round game drives. The birdwatching is particularly spectacular, especially during spring and summer when the migrants breed. Huge numbers of breeding storks and herons are attracted to the world-famous heronries which lie to the north of the lodge. Game viewing by mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) provides a unique perspective, as does a powerboat exploration of the Okavango.

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