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Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

A good contrast to Jacks and Sandibe, being totally water based and fun to get to. Less wildlife on offer- although we chose to only do the water based trips. Gliding through the reeds in a Mokoro was good for the soul, as were the views of sunrise across the delta. 'Rooms' are tents in wooden platforms sleeping 2 each. Each had a mini unheated pool overlooking the delta- kids loved those- I dipped toes only. Staff are very friendly and have beautiful voices- the choir comes out often! Kids were entertained with card games, Jenga and watching the monkeys raiding the communal areas for food.

Date of stay: August 2015
Trip type: Traveled with family
Thank BurnsideSG
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Reviewed July 8, 2015

Our first stop (2 nights) on a 3-couple, 16-day safari through Botswana and Tanzania, Xaranna really set our expectations very high. Set on an island in the delta, it is truly beautiful. Tents are spacious and well-designed, with all areas looking through the trees to the water - bedroom (with added netting drawn at night), sitting area, twin sinks, bathtub and al fresco shower. We also had a private plunge pool. Tents are private and well-spaced. WiFi is available in the common areas. The staff are remarkable - nothing they wouldn't find to do to make it a wonderful experience. The common areas look down onto the water and jetty, where we received singing welcome and farewell from staff. Meals on the deck and around the fire were really gourmet, notwithstanding the logistics challenges with supply. Our Guide (KD) and Tracker (Action) were great hosts and teachers of all things in the bush. We had excellent game viewing from canoes and vehicles, as well as an educational 2-hour walk. On one occasion the staff surprised us with a lavish water-front picnic lunch across from the camp.

Room tip: All are fabulous - some requiring walking along sand paths so non-walkers should request a tent nearby the common area.
Date of stay: June 2015
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank cooperpeterj
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Reviewed May 21, 2015 via mobile

Drawing up to the jetty in the boat to the sounds of the beautiful voices singing in our welcome was the first hint that this was not going to be an ordinary place to stay. I spent 3 magical days in this magnificent place, and did not want to leave. The staff were just wonderful and nothing was too much to ask. Ollie ran the place with grace and humour and she was never without a smile, which was the same for the rest of the staff. The food was delicious, and I enjoyed one meal so much I jokingly asked for the recipe, I had it within 30 mins rolled up with a beautiful ribbon.
The safaris were wonderful and we saw lots of wildlife and the Rangers were amazing, they knew so much. The wildlife around the lodge was fascinating, it Included cheeky monkeys who were so cute.
The "tents" were very comfortable and beautifully furnished and laid out. My only complaint would be that the mosquito nets needed replacing.
All in all, I loved it here and could easily have stayed longer. Would highly recommend anyone to stay here if they visit the beautiful Okavango Delta.

Date of stay: April 2015
Trip type: Traveled solo
3  Thank claudiaw420
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Reviewed May 19, 2015

We spent a fabulous 3 nights at this wonderful sanctuary. The wildlife experiences were out of this world. The camp staff were friendly and couldn't have been more helpful. The camp management was totally customer-oriented.
The accommodation was fun (sort of luxury tents) and comfortable, not that much time was spent 'indoors'. A great deal of thought has been put into design and privacy.
The camp is situated on an island in the Okavango Delta and at this time of year is only reachable by boat or helicopter. Wild animals are free to roam, and do so within the camp, but at no time did we feel unsafe or threatened. Guests are fully escorted when walking through the camp after dark.
WiFi (free) is confined to the public areas, but it's obvious why when you get there!.
The daylight activities were water-based or game drives - in open-sided 4x4 vehicles with limited occupancy, so no overcrowding. The company has unique concessional rights to a large area, so no overcrowding at all, and no "queues".
Our only small niggle was that the lighting in the tented accommodation was a little dim.
Would we go back?.... Oh yeah.

Date of stay: May 2015
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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1  Thank NorfolkCommonMan
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Reviewed May 10, 2015

I didn't realise I was a lover of pure nature until I experienced that here. Love,warmth,hospitality,knowledge and co-existing with nature.Our trip coincided with a release of rhino's and to see some the next day in the wild with local protective elephants was mind blowing.1st class wholesome food,genuine hearts and wonderful private lodgings spoke to our hearts.The bubble bath and bubbles on our last night was great. Thankyou.Good luck to the rhino's.

Date of stay: April 2015
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1  Thank helene m
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