Xakanaxa is an excellent camp, professionally run and in a great setting. We stayed 2 nights after driving in (99% fly in) and were impressed by the level of service and luxury of the place. The camp has recently had a refurb and it shows, with a great little splash pool that is right out of some Condé Nast fantasy, and the dependence on hurricane lamps and candles was a big plus in the evenings (no horrible energy saving lightbulbs here!). The camp also has a 'proper' swimming pool (bigger than most) where you can comfortably while away the lazy afternoons.
I also felt the camp was excellent value for money - it looks like the camp does its best to keep occupancy levels high, offering discounts and the like to fill the tents. Also is was 100% Batswana run, no expat white-hunter types giving the orders, which for me was a positive.
Some negatives to keep in mind before you book - there is no electricity at night, hence no electric fan - so if booking November, December you may find it a bit sticky at night. The child policy (children over 6 are allowed) means you risk having noisy kids running about spoiling the tranquillity (no children in camp during our visit however). It is in the Moremi wildlife reserve, hence no walking safaris and no night drives. It is right next to another camp and down the road from a camp site, so you will run in to other vehicles on game drives.
Finally I'll say that I the slickness of the operation does make you realise that the camp, along with most in the Delta, are safari conveyor belts, with tourists flying in and flying out, and the staff doing the same thing day in day out, doing their best to make you comfortable and your trip memorable. Recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, which is rated as being one of the finest game viewing areas in Africa, Camp Xakanaxa has one of the best locations in Botswana. Accommodation is in twelve tastefully furnished tents with twin or double beds and en-suite facilities with shower, hand basin and w.c. The tents are situated on the edge of the lagoon and from their private viewing deck, with comfortable loungers, one looks onto the reed fringes at the waters edge. The camp, with its eclectic mix of furnishings from all over Africa, has a dining room, lounge/bar area, fire deck and plunge pool all slightly raised on wooden platforms with spectacular views over the lagoon. The reception area boasts a curio shop. At night the camp looks stunning as it is lit by dozens of paraffin lamps and candles. The game drives in this sector of Moremi take one down winding tracks, through Mopane forests and across lush grasslands. The waterways are either forded by vehicles or crossed on rustic log bridges. The camp faces out over the Xakanaxa Lagoon on the Khwai River, where combined boat and mokoro (dug-out canoe) trips explore the sinuous channels and floodplains of the Delta, one of Africa’s greatest natural wonders. Birding in the area is excellent, especially in the spring and summer months when the migrants are breeding. To the north are the world famous heronries, which attract large numbers of breeding storks and herons. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Xakanaxa Camp, Botswana Hotel Moremi Game Reserve