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Xaranna

Xaranna

Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp is situated in perfect solitude on its own island within a 62,000-acre private concession. The camp is southeast of the Moremi Game Reserve in the center of one of the most unique regions in the world, the Okavango Delta. The Okavango River is born of two rivers that meander down from the Angolan highlands more than 600 miles away. The river disappears beneath the sands of the Kalahari, creating a lush inland delta in the midst of this otherwise arid country. Some parts of the delta remain permanently flooded while its outer reaches experience high water levels only from May to September.

Xaranna is located on the channels and lagoons of the southern seasonal part of the delta. The area is home to an incredible diversity of wildlife, including some animals adapted to the semi-aquatic lifestyle, such as the red lechwe and sitatunga. Lions, cheetah, leopard, and African wild dog are occasionally encountered, while hippo make the deeper channels and lagoons their home.

The area supports the continent’s largest concentration of elephant and buffalo, while roan and sable antelope are often spotted in the open woodlands. Leopards roam throughout the Okavango, but they are rarely encountered because they are most active at night and stick to the dense riverine forests. The Okavango is also a haven for birding enthusiasts with many hundreds of species found here including the elusive Pel’s fishing owl.

Accommodation at Xaranna is in nine light and airy tented suites that offer great views across the delta. Four-poster beds of blonde wood sit on bleached floors. The en-suite bathrooms have luxurious baths and indoor/outdoor showers. A covered sala is perfect for relaxing or wiling away a few hours. Maybe the best place to take in scenery is from your own private pool.

Meals are arranged around the day’s activities. Coffee is served at sunrise before setting out on a morning game drive. A hearty breakfast follows. Lunch and afternoon tea are enjoyed ruing the heat of the day prior to setting out on an afternoon adventure. And guests enjoy dinner and drinks under starry African skies.

Twice daily game drives in an open air 4x4 safari vehicle are accompanied by an armed guide and tracker. Game drives track the big five but are sure to encounter a wide variety of other animals. Bush walks are perhaps the most authentic way to experience the Okavango. An armed guide leads the way and imparts knowledge about the local flora and fauna.

River cruises in an electrically powered “eco-boat” or a mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) explore the network of channels, waterways fringed by dense reeds and papyrus. Fishing expeditions can be arranged during the fishing season.

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