General

Xakanaxa is located in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, rated as one of Africa’s most beautiful game reserves, offering sanctuary to abundant herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lechwe, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, sable antelope and much, much more. Lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and hyena complete the picture.

Towering riverine forests, open savannah, seasonal floodplains, permanent lagoons, rivers and the intricate channels of the Okavango Delta surround the camp. This makes for a varied habitat which ensures that the safari traveller has the opportunity to experience year-round boating and mokoro trips, as well as extensive game drives

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, impala and waterbuck. Lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and hyena complete the picture.

Xakanaxa is one of the few Botswana lodges that can offer year round:

  • boating trips.
  • extensive 4×4 drives into outstanding game country.
  • Birding is 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 lies to the north of the lodge.
  • Our guests are offered two activities of their choice per day, or an all day outing can be arranged.

Abou The Camp

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. 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.

Lettie Letsile, ably assisted by Timothy Hanks Damion, 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 Lettie, a great number of the camp staff have been looking after guests at Xakanaxa for more than ten years.

Accommodation

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
  • Ensuite 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
  • Gowns supplied in each tent
  • Poncho with hood and warm lining provided in each tent for warmth/protection from rain
  • Kist with a lock and key in each tent for safekeeping of valuables

Camp Description

  • Permanent flowing river in front of camp
  • Superb site on the bank of the Khwai River overlooking the Xakanaxa Lagoon
  • Covered lounge and bar area under thatched roof
  • An elevated thatch-roofed, reeded dining room and viewing deck
  • Evening campfire on deck elevated over the river
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Curio shop
  • Plunge pool

GUEST ACTIVITIES

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.

Activities Include:

  • Game drives in open Land Rovers. (Four 10 seater Land Rovers are available. However only 6/8 guests are accomodated per vehicle)
  • Water game viewing in mokoros in conjunction with powerboat exploration of the Okavango. This activity is of a 30-minute duration and is done in conjunction with a powerboat exploration of the Okavango. (Four mokoro 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

TRAVEL INFORMATION

What to Pack

When travelling on safari in Botswana, it is best to wear clothes of neutral and natural shades that blend better with the natural surroundings of the African bush. White and brightly coloured clothes are not advised. For the duration of your stay on safari, the dress code is informal and casual. You will not be required to dress up for evening meals during your stay.

  • Good quality sunglasses preferably polarized
  • Tinted fashion glasses are not good in strong light
  • Bush hat for protection from the sun
  • Swimming costume
  • T-shirts and one long-sleeved cotton shirt for cooler evenings
  • Long trousers/slacks, shorts/skirts, tracksuit, underwear and socks
  • Good walking shoes (running / tennis shoes are fine), as well as strops or sandals.
  • Sweater/anorak/parka.

These may be required for early morning and late afternoon game activities throughout the year. It is always a good idea to dress in layers on activities to accommodate the early morning and late afternoon change of temperature. Winter months will definitely require a warm jacket and perhaps a beanie, gloves and a scarf.

  • A complimentary laundry service is included at all properties incorporated in our safari packages
  • If you wear contact lenses, we recommend that you bring along a pair of glasses in case of dust irritation
  • Binoculars (and Newman’s Birds, if you are a keen birder)
  • Malaria tablets and anti-histamine cream
  • Insect repellent. E.g. Tabard, Bugg-off and Peaceful Sleep
  • Basic medical kit (aspirins, elastoplasts, Imodium, antiseptic cream,etc)
  • Protective sun-tan lotion particularly for pale and sensitive skins
  • Tissues or ‘wet wipes’