Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Situated in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve with a prime location on the banks of the Khwai River overlooking the Xakanaxa Lagoon, Xakanaxa Camp (pronounced Ka-ka-na-ka) is one of the only safari camps which can provide guests with an authentic, year round Okavango Delta land and water safari experience.
Towering riverine forests, open savannah, seasonal floodplains, permanent lagoons, rivers and the intricate channels of the Okavango Delta surround the camp and makes for a varied habitat with abundant game year-round.
The camp itself oozes warmth and charm. Accommodation is in twelve luxury tents set on wooden platforms near to the water. 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.
To match the high standard of the facilities, game viewing and location, is the high standard of service offered by the staff. The staff are friendly, helpful and the guides extremely knowledgeable. In fact a great number of the camp staff have been looking after guests at Xakanaxa for more than ten years ensuring that a stay at Xakanaxa will not soon be forgotten!
Commercial flights to Maun and Kasane followed by charter to Xakanaxa airstrip.
140 kms in a 4 x 4 vehicle from Maun (approximately four hours drive).
12 traditional Meru-style tents - all tents can be arranged as single or double beds.
Children over the age of 6 years are welcome
Max 1 child sharing with 2 adults
Powerboat trips - the ideal way to explore the large, adjacent Xakanaxa Lagoon and the channels around it – an area that is especially good for birding in the spring and summer months, when the migrants breed.
Xakanaxa is one of the few independently owned camps in northern Botswana.
The camp is open all year. Birding is quite spectacular, especially during spring and summer when the migrants breed. The Summer and Winter seasons are as follows:
Summer: September - April
Winter: May - August
Xakanaxa Camp is involved in responsible tourism initiatives such as the Xakanaxa’s Salvinia molesta Project. The project has been very successful and Baams, one of the camps guides, continues with this ongoing process.
The Salvinia molesta (Kariba weed) project focuses on growing and releasing weevils, which feed on and destroy the alien plants. Kariba weed is an alien plant from south-east Brazil and has taken over many of southern Africa’s waterways. The areas that were almost completely covered in this weed are now cleared. Baams continues to check for new growth in the Delta and also in waterholes within the Moremi Game Reserve. This project has already seen a large decline of this invasive plant in the entire Okavango Delta.
Xakanaxa also supports Thari-E-Ntsho Storytellers in Maun, a charity set up to pioneer cultural tourism amongst unemployed youth and aspiring artists by showcasing and preserving Botswana’s art, culture and nature using primary and secondary medium for local and international audiences in a central location.
This year, Xakanaxa will be supplying a toilet for the performance area at the property.
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Xakanaxa Camp was the very first camp within the Moremi Game Reserve.