Having previously been on safari's in Kenya and South Africa, we chose Botswana as we thought it would be different. This tented camp is situated in the Moremi national park and you have to respect their conservation rules so no driving off-track to get closer to the game, no night drives or walking safaris but they do offer you a power boat ride through the waterways, a short trip in a mokoro (an amazingly relaxing experience) and the game drives are in open land rovers with your designated guide. There is an abudance of wonderful bird life in the Okavango Delta and we saw birds so beautiful they were breathtaking; we also saw many hippo, giraffe, zebra, impala, elephant, kudu, warthog, waterbuck and a pack of wild dogs along with numerous other animals although the lions and leopards were hard to find - we did see one lioness though and I'm not sure if this varies at different times of the year, maybe. The camp itself is one of the older ones but is extremely well run and efficient and we were very well looked after. The food is excellent - everything is homemade including beautiful cakes and pastries and meals are taken at communal tables where everyone chats about their experiences of the day and much can be learned from conversations with the guides who eat with you - it's a really nice atmosphere. You help yourself to drinks from two well-stocked fridges/drinks cupboards. The tents are clean, well appointed and well maintained and the housekeeping is very efficient with little touches that make it special. All the tents are quite private with wooden decks furnished with tables and chairs and with a view of the Khwai river, albeit obstructed by the height of the reeds and grasses. You do have to remember that they are tents though and electricity is limited to certain times of the day and the bathrooms are open-air, which we didn't find a problem at all. The regime is for a 5:30 wake up call, light breakfast on the main deck followed by a game drive which lasts about 3.5-4 hours. After a short break, brunch is served in the main dining room which overlooks the river. You then have time to relax before afternoon tea and your second game drive or boat trip, which lasts about 2.5 hours. Time for a shower and change before dinner. There are plenty of seating areas to sit and relax, some are situated around a firepit which is lit at night - a lovely touch. There is a plunge pool overlooking the river and a larger pool the other side of the camp and there are many books available if you want to find out more about the wildlife. There are many animals wandering around the camp and their two resident crocs - Popcorn and Hot Chocolate can often be seen in the river. The camp is lovely in the evening, lit by paraffin lamps and candles, it's all very pretty and very peaceful. The whole operation is seamlessly managed by Lettie, a lovely lady who takes great care to cater to her guests every need and oversees everything in a quiet and unassuming way - she runs a very efficient operation without it appearing overly obvious that it is a managed operation. We didn't stay at any other camps in Botswana so can't compare Xakanaxa to others but we had a very pleasant stay - a most enjoyable experience.
All the tents line up along the river - I don't think there's much to choose between them.
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Thank you for your wonderful, detailed review as well as for the beautiful images that you have uploaded.
It is always so helpful to future travelers when they are able to read a review as detailed as yours, and we really do appreciate the time taken and the kind words for our team at the camp.
We look forward to welcoming you back again.
Lettie and the team at Xakanaxa Camp
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