It was VERY hot during our stay - 100+ degrees F in early November. No electricity or fan (there IS no A/C) after 8PM (generators off during the night). Unable to sleep at night due to the stifling heat. Be aware during the hot season there will be no air movement as no fan during the night so visits during the cooler season may be preferable.
Very disappointed by the lack of wildlife - very curious. I was told here would be so much better than S.Africa; it was a big let down. A few elephants, cape buffalo, one leopard but only from a distance as it is not allowed to go off-track. The guide never seemed to drive more than 10 minutes from the camp. Would sit and talk & talk after the animals had walked away for 10 minutes. Are the animals gone from here or did the guide just not want to drive further? Also a guide is supposed to fetch guests in the evening to escort them to dinner in the dark. We were forgotten and we had to dash from our tent as there was a hippo on the path next to our tent - very scary when all we had was a flashlight! This was not just an over sight but could have had tragic consequences.
The bar/dining area next to the river is VERY nice - very Out of Africa decor to a "New" worlder. Bar is open/free during the day, but we were so hot, drinking alcohol did not appeal to us. The food I think was very good and plenty of it. The staff is bit reserved but that is fine and may be more local custom. Overall "nice" experience, but given the cost & distance, there are other places to consider for a better animal viewing and guest comfort.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Xakanaxa Camp, Botswana Hotel Moremi Game Reserve