Xobega Island Camp

Gcobega Island, Okavango, Moremi Game Reserve, Maun, Ngamiland East Botswana
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Gcobega Island, Okavango, Moremi Game Reserve, Maun, Ngamiland East Botswana
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LoveToTravel1210 wrote a review Apr 2018
Nicosia, Cyprus86 contributions24 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I really loved my stay at Xobega Camp. From the moment I arrived until my departure I felt welcomed and spoiled. My tent was comfortable, with an open-air bathroom, bucket shower, and chemical toilet. The toilet/bathroom situation was not very comfortable for me, but it was not very difficult either. The camp itself is lovely, clean and well kept and the staff is very warm, friendly and courteous. The food was also very good. The island is beautiful, it really felt like paradise. There is also wifi in the main area and a charging point. I have to say a big thank you to Paul, who was the greatest guide. He showed me the Delta in all its beauty and shared so much of his knowledge about its special ecosystem and animals. The Delta is such a magnificent and stunning place. It was an extraordinary experience being there and I cherished every minute.
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Date of stay: April 2018
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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MrTshepiso wrote a review Dec 2017
Maun, Botswana81 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The boat transfer from Xakanaxa boat station was lovely and our captain SK was knowledgeable.
I loved Xobega Camp camp, rustic with 10 Meru-style canvas tents equipped with twin beds and en suite, open-air bathrooms, bucket showers, and chemical toilets. The camp itself is lovely with all the tents laid out among mature riverine forest. The camp is very clean and comfortable, staff warm, welcoming and obliging. The manager was also friendly and was always with us to answer our questions.
WI-FI and a charging point in the main area.
I personally did not like the chemical toilets - especially when you are sharing but I understand it’s because of the world heritage status. But much better than a long drop loo…
The boat ride out to the island was great with stunning bird life at the heronry, a few crocs and hippos. You can easily combine Xobega with its sister camp Tuskers. Or it can go well with mobile tented camping safari and mid range/budget lodges
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Date of stay: November 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Nicole Eddy wrote a review Jul 2017
Cape Town, South Africa6 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What an experience to be camping on an island in the Delta. We were woken early in the morning by Santos the local elephant snoring & farting while sleeping with his head resting on a termite mound just a few metres from our tent. Emax the guide was also incredible, teaching us about the small and big wildlife surrounding the island. Would definitely recommend!
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Date of stay: June 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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markuslunzml wrote a review Oct 2018
Munich, Germany1 contribution2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
It is absolutely not worth the money (800 us$ per night) . We had a simple tent with holes where the mosquitos came in. The toilett was a camping toilett that was smeared with excrements. The food was ok and very simple. The beverages, that should be includes according to our voucher should be charged additionally (what be did not accept). The promised activities where just transportation to the Island and one short sunset cruise. The staff was not friendly and did not care about our concerns by heart. We felt absolutely uncomfortable during our stay. We can absolutely not recommend this camp.
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from 674brettt, Marketing at Xobega Island Camp
Responded 25 Oct 2018
Hi There We are sorry that you didn't enjoy your stay. We have taken up your concerns with management, and will work at rectifying the issues. We are a rustic, simple and eco-friendly camp; and we're sorry that the camp didn't meet your expectations. Your vouchers were incorrect, and your agent has been updated. As compensation we have actually covered the drinks for the duration of your stay. With regards the toilets, because the camp is eco-friendly we use chemical toilets. Thanks Xobega Island Camp
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Warwick H wrote a review Jul 2016
Kasane, Botswana9 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I drove from Maun to Mboma Boat Camp, then hopped on a boat to Xobega. The drive itself was great (incredible sightings incl. wild dog and abundant plains game), through incredible scenery and unspoiled wilderness. Forests, pans, rivers, open grassy plains - all beautiful. This is not just a transfer in other words - the drive is a real part of the experience. The boat ride out to the island was great; stunning bird-life, a few crocs and hippos. We cruised through narrow little channels which opened out periodically onto surprisingly cast lagoons. The camp itself is lovely with all the tents laid out among old-growth riverine forest - very clean and comfortable, staff warm, welcoming and obliging. Evening boat cruise a must. Dinner (roast chicken) was excellent, and it was great to spend the evening in the communal dining area chatting with the other guests about their adventures. All round immensely enjoyable, topped off with a sighting of a setutunga (a rare antelope I'd never seen before). If you're self-driving through Botswana, be sure to make a stop here - you won't regret it.
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Date of stay: July 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Karen v wrote a review Jul 2016
Cape Town Central, South Africa255 contributions118 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A 45min boat trip from Boma Boat Station through narrow reeded channels past crocodiles and numerous birds gets you to Xobega island where the friendly staff wait to greet you. The camp manager gives you an overview of the rules of the Island and how to be safe and then you get taken to your tent. The tents are basic but perfectly functional with bathroom facilities including two canvas basins (one for hand washing and the other for face washing), a piped sink for toothbrushing, a bucket shower and a chemical toilet. Given the remoteness of the camp and the aim of not destroying the natural surroundings what has been achieved is very comfortable. We had a guided sunset tour which included many hippo sightings and on return to the camp saw elephant foot prints and spittle right next to our tent.. Supper was a disappointment, but did not distract from the whole experience of being on the Island and was somewhat offset by a good packed lunch that we received the next day. Our return boat trip was made memorable by two female red lechwe jumping right in front of the boat and narrowly avoiding ending up in our laps.
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Date of stay: July 2016
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from 674brettt, Marketing at Xobega Island Camp
Responded 19 Jul 2016
Hi Karen Thanks for your valuable feedback. We're glad you enjoyed the game viewing and natural surrounds; and our appreciation of our surrounds. We aim to have as little impact on the environment as possible. With regards to the food, we are actually in the midst of chef training and constructing a menu. We do realise this area needs polishing and are putting in every effort to ensure the safari experience involves good food as well as game viewing! Thanks again! The Xobega Island Team
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Dragos H wrote a review Aug 2019
Huningue, France58 contributions27 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This was the "real" Okavango delta experience - in a very basic, but well-maintained camp on an island with 3 resident elephants... which we did not meet, however (there were there the night before we arrived). Tents were clean, but indeed, a bit worn-out. Very friendly staff, though some were not that fluent in English. Food was fine - what we needed to get used to is the idea of ordering your hot water for the bucket shower (which is not a lot - on the first attempt, one refill did not do it for my son & me, so I was left with soap all over, and no water! Luckily, as we were 3, I could continue in my wife's neighboring tent)... The island is full of birds and vervet monkeys - thus the formal interditcion to leave anything outside, or the tent open (we left a breach open, and our biscuits were promptly stolen). Unfortunately, when confined to the island there is no way to walk around - exit the camp and you're in bushland where encounters with elefants or even predators are likely. And boat safaris won't take a lot of the day - especially when the same boat is needed to take people from/to Xakanaxa - thus, well, bring a good book! There is no perspective view from here either, as you're fully surrounded by trees (except for the boat pier) behind which you can hear hippos grunting (but can't see them). Watch for the big fat green African pigeons in the sausage trees - and for beeeaters in the bushes after tent 10 (but don't push too far out there, camp personnel says).True, once you're on the boat, surise and set make for magnificent shows. All in all - the true, no-frills experience of the Okavango.
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Date of stay: August 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Mike340 wrote a review May 2019
Cape Town is home382 contributions221 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Of the five camps we stayed in during our trip to Zambia and Botswana, this was the least impressive. That does not imply that it was not enjoyable in itself.

The drive down from our previous night stop (Thobolos) was longer and more arduous than expected, so knowing that it would be impossible to arrive at the Xakanaxa boat station by 1500 as planned, so we phoned ahead to say we'd arrive by 1700. This was very efficiently and pleasantly dealt with and the boatman/guide SK was there to meet us just before 1700. He helped us with the bags and off we went on a magical tour of the Moremi swamps, about 45 minutes.

I marvelled at his skill in manoeuvering the power boat through the swamps, taking the best line through each corner smoothly, and spotting and stopping for us to take photos of the wildlife we encountered.

We were greeted by the staff singing on arrival and shown around and then taken to our tent. The tent was clean and well appointed, with insect repellent and nets, but the zips showed signs of significant wear. The water supplied for the outside shower was adequate but only just.

Dinner was good but not of the very high standard that we enjoyed in other camps. The lady who asked us for drinks had difficulty understanding what a gin and tonic was. Considering the price of the camp, I was a little surprised that not even a glass of wine or a beer with dinner was included. They weren't expensive, but that is not the point.

We slept well and had a good breakfast in the morning. The staff to whom we chatted at meals were pleasant, but this did not match the experiences we had elsewhere on this trip.

We were told about wildlife but, apart from on the boat ride from and to the boat station, saw very little.

I would have loved to have written a more positive review but this camp just lacks the special something that we found everywhere else.
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Date of stay: April 2019
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Alyssa L wrote a review Apr 2019
San Francisco, California23 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I cannot say enough good things about the wonderful staff at Xobega. Our guide SK was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, pointing out various animals and plants and providing history or information on things that we never would have been able to figure out for ourselves. The camp manager Sega was so funny and easy to chat with. I left the camp feeling as though I had made friends for life. The rest of the staff was very polite, friendly and helpful. The food was good but humble and rustic. Everything was made with care, despite the fact that the camp is in the middle of nowhere and there is no running water. The outdoor shower and toilets get a little getting used to, but there's something really magical about being able to shower outdoors with the monkeys jumping around in the trees above you. Truly an amazing experience- I know I'll be back.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Vicki M wrote a review Oct 2018
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An amazing eco experience close to Nature in the Delta. We had 3 nights at the camp and had a wonderful time. Our guide Sam had incredible spotting skills and all of the staff were delightful and very accommodating. While it is a basic camp, it is more than one could expect with the logistics of getting supplies in. Learning about the country, animals and the people made a very memorable holiday.
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from Sun Destinations
Cape Town Central, South Africa9 contributions1 helpful vote
Hi Flavia Please email the Xobega Island Camp's reservations office by visiting the camps website Regards
Sylvia S asked a question Jun 2018
Bodenheim, Germany7 contributions7 helpful votes
Hi, what about the mosquito net? Is it save and unbroken? Thanks for help. Sylvia
Answer from Sun Destinations
Cape Town Central, South Africa9 contributions1 helpful vote
Hi Sylvia, yes Xobega does provide mosquito nets and they are safe and unbroken. Regards The Xobega Team
Lynette1098 wrote a tip Aug 2018
PMB9 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"any room will be fine although I was hoping the Elephant would pass ours"
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AllAboardAfrica wrote a tip Apr 2016
Cape Town, South Africa7 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"All tents are the same, but some are a closer distance to the main camp area than others."
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