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Reviewed 23 October 2023

This camp is so lovely, set overlooking the river in the Moremi National Park. The game drives were wonderful, the boat trip through the Okavango channels fascinating. The luxury tents were so inviting and comfortable. The food and drinks were excellent, the staff very friendly and our guides extremely knowledgeable. The only animal we didn't see was a leopard but we seemed to see everything else. It really was mind blowing. The funniest thing is that there is a resident hippo called Oscar who has decided that the camp is his home so everyone must be extremely careful not to bump into him. Staff must always accompany you to and from your tent because the animals can just wander in. It really makes for an amazing experience. Would love to stay here again.

Date of stay: September 2023
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Michelle Odumetse, Marketing at Camp Xakanaxa, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2023

Dear Valued Guest,

We love getting reviews such as yours - thank you!
We are delighted that the team at Camp Xakanaxa, including Oscar the hippo, made your stay a memorable one and that you enjoyed every aspect of your stay in camp!

We do hope to see you back in Camp Xakanaxa one day soon.
Until then we wish you the best.

Kind Regards,
The Desert & Delta Safaris Management Team.

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Reviewed 20 October 2023

Camp Xakanaka was the second safari lodge my family stayed at after Kambaku River Sands in South Africa. I loved both in very different ways.

What was commonly good amongst both: the staff was attentive, thoughtful and friendly. Our game driver, Monty, was super knowledgeable—answering all of our questions and finding us some cool wildlife. The food was delicious and the drinks were plentiful (there was a dedicated bartender making drinks pre-dinner).

The schedule was similar—early morning drive and evening drive with brunch & downtime in between. There are 2 pools—a plunge pool overlooking the river & a more private full length pool. There's a common lounge and a firepit overlooking the river too. There's wildlife constantly crossing the grounds—we saw bushbucks, warthogs, vervet monkeys, baboons, the resident hippo (Oscar), and even a few cape buffalo (the guides were always around to shoo them away & made us feel safe). We even saw a pair of Pel's fishing owls nesting in the tree & a spotted otter swimming by!

Getting there was a bit tough, but that's par for the course to get deep into the Okavango delta. We took a small plane from Maun. Had to make one stop to drop a few people off at a separate camp. The whole thing took around 40min. The small planes are loud, shaky & a bit nauseating, but it's well worth it in the end. The silver lining is you can see animals from above—making out elephants, hippos, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, etc. We even saw some eagles at eye-level.

The lodges were glamping tents. Canvas outer layer with a screen door slide. Very comfy bed, desk, couch, a nice bathroom with 2 sinks and a shower. There was a standing fan and a fan over the bed; no A/C. It was hot throughout the day & into the evening, but we were plenty cool with the fan to go to sleep without discomfort.

What really stood out was the wildness of Moremi in Botswana and the differing landscapes. On any given game drive, you can pass through so many different habitats—riparian, grassland, forest, bush, marsh, etc. The birdlife is INCREDIBLE. We saw eagles, kites, hawks, owls, storks, herons/egrets, rollers, beeeaters, kingfishers, etc. It's a true birders paradise.

We didn't see as much big game as we did in South Africa, but that's not really a knock on Botswana & Xakanaka as much as it is luck of the draw. We still saw a leopard, a bunch of lions, elephants, giraffe, zebra, a herd of cape buffalo, a ton of hippos (and a bunch out of the water), crocodiles, baboons, vervet monkeys, antelope, wildebeest, etc. There were African wild dogs in the area, we just missed them. You will not want for seeing incredible wildlife here.

The thing that really stood out was the boat safaris. You won't see much big game—sans elephant, hippos, crocs, and lechwe—but you will see a ton of birds (we got to see a huge stork nesting site—Maribou, saddle-bill, open-billed, etc.) and it's a beautiful experience to be on the water like that.

Xakanaka also provided a wildlife checklist, which I thought was a nice touch!

Don't miss Botswana on your safari list—it's truly a one of a kind place. And Xakanaka is the perfect place to stay if you want a vintage safari experience with more comfort and luxury than strictly camping affords!

Date of stay: September 2023
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Michelle Odumetse, Marketing at Camp Xakanaxa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2023

Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking time to review Camp Xakanaxa following your recent stay with us.

it sounds like you had an amazing safari experience at the camp, explained in your fantastic words. your detailed of service, staff friendliness, landscapes and boat safari paints a vivid picture of your adventure.

Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts and recommendations for those seeking a safari experience with luxury and comfort.

The Botswana's unique people "our staff" and wildlife truly make it a remarkable safari destination.

We hope to welcome you again should your future travels bring you to Botswana.


With Regards,
The Desert & Delta Safaris Team

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Reviewed 16 October 2023

We stayed 3 nights at Xakanaxa and in our opinion it tried to accommodate too many guests and therefore lost the personal touch.
The game drives and boat trips are all good as you go on those with the same group of 6 people and our guide TS was excellent. Although sometimes in a bit of a hurry, and the roads aren’t built for speed.

The food, on the whole is very good, apart from our third evening, more on that later. The singing from the staff was great, and in general the service was first class, apart from our third evening!

Because there are 24 guests the time at dinner, the chance to discuss what others saw on their drives is lost as everyone doesn’t sit at one table. More on that later. Yes, it’s the third evening again.

Our third day was quite an adventure, and not a great last impression of Xakanaxa.

Our group of 6, various nationalities decided to head out on a full day drive to search for Cheetahs and Wild dogs which are usually found in the far flung corners of the reserve.

The chefs at the camp had prepared an excellent buffet lunch for us which we had out in the bush. While heading back towards camp, about 90 minutes away, we had a puncture.
The wheel was changed by TS while we kept a lookout. Unfortunately the spare was under inflated and that didn’t last long and punctured too. At this point we were well away from the main tracks so there was no chance of any passing traffic so we were stuck.

TS put in a call to the camp to get another wheel brought to us, which would be over an hour, then checked all the bush around us to make sure there were no wild animals lurking. We got some of the picnic chairs out of the vehicle and tried to find some shade while keeping at least one ear and one eye on full alert!
Fortunately nothing came to investigate these stranded people during the next 90 mins, a new wheel and spare were delivered and we headed back to camp arriving at 7:30, 13 hours after leaving. Having not seen a Cheetah or a Wild dog.

Well, we thought, that was an adventure, now for a relaxing final dinner and a chat and chuckle about it. Oh how wrong we were!!!

It was a quick turnaround for dinner at 8 so not enough time for us both to shower before being collected from our tent!

8 o’clock came and we were asked to head to the dining area. We were directed to a different table from the one we had been at for the previous two nights which meant we weren’t sat with our game drive companions with no explanation. There was further shuffling as some people were taken off in drips and drabs to another area for a private dinner. a bit of a shambles.
By 8:25 the chef was ready to announce dinner but there were no other members of staff to accompany her. Finally two others joined her, obviously I was more than a bit grumpy now as I would have had a chance for a shower, nap, relax and still been there in time!

So it was time, at last, for dinner, however, we were sitting with people we were meeting for the first time, including staff members!

The menu was a little strange. The soup was fine. The main courses were chicken or Oxtail. Not too bad so far, but the accompaniments were Polenta, Dumplings, and very al dente vegetables. The wine waiter who had been so good serving drinks for the first two nights seemed to have been seconded to the private dining, so the drinks became self service.

The American couple that were part of our game drive group had received a bottle of champagne as both were celebrating significant birthdays in October. They brought us over some champagne and were also perplexed as to why we were not sitting with them. All in all very strange organisation.

To top it all off, two of the people we were sat with left the table before finishing the main course, two went to sit by the fire and the other two left soon after. The staff members we were sat with also disappeared as they were having to act as waiters for the evening

As my title suggests, there are too many guests for all the staff to be aware who has been on drives with who. My personal view is if you can’t sit all your guests at one long table that allows interaction, then there are too many.

Would we go back - no, it’s not for us and we’ve been going on safari holidays every other year for the last 20 years.

I hope it doesn’t sound like a complete whinge, we saw a lot, and two thirds of our stay was good, but when you pay a lot of money for these stays you have high expectations which weren’t met fully.

All of the above was raised with the Lodge Manager Andy before we left, so hopefully there was something useful in it for him too.

Room tip: Beware if you have a bad back. The roads aren’t great
Date of stay: October 2023
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Michelle Odumetse, Marketing at Camp Xakanaxa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2023

Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your stay with us at Xakanaxa. Xakanaxa area has good wildlife experience usually even though this also depends on the time of the year when you visit. Our guides spend more time with the guests ensuring that they get the best experiences in the wilderness. Our guides are highly trained and knowledgeable about the areas they operate in and naturally they are supposed to be at their best. In view of the experience you had we are definitely going to establish what the glitches were and please accept our profound apologies on the unfortunate experience you had with the tire puncher.

We will address your concerns to ensure that something like this never happens again.

We would be very happy to welcome you again at Xakanaxa in the not so distant future.

With Regards,

The Desert & Delta Safaris Team.

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Reviewed 16 October 2023

I loved everything about this camp, and our guide Keti! The room was lovely and spotless. The people were so kind and cheerful and always ready to help with any wanted or needed. Our guide was so knowledgeable and fun and made each outing a pleasure!

Date of stay: October 2023
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Michelle Odumetse, Marketing at Camp Xakanaxa, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2023

Dear Vicky,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review from your stay at Camp Xakanaxa.

We are pleased that you had an incredible experience. Camp Xakanaxa is the best place to disconnect from the rest of the world and appreciate nature. We will let the team know that you enjoyed your stay including the ever-amazing guides who always ensure the guests experience becomes a memorable one.

We hope to welcome you again to our paradise.

Kind regards
The Desert and Delta Safaris Team

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Reviewed 26 September 2023

This place is excellent. Great people, large luxury 'tents' marvelous food and fantastic game drives. It was very hot for us during the day but the cool water of the pool helped. No a/c but the temperature was comfortable at night so no problem with sleeping. We were so lucky to have Harry (Harrison) allocated as our guide. What a man...so friendly, fun, attentive and knwledgable. He found us lions, leopards as well as all the usual elephants, antelopes etc. Our highlight was when he detected the tracks of wild dogs and eventually found them. It was magical. We then had another first when he spotted a honey badger, another first for us. Oscar the hippo caused the odd detour on our accompanied short walks to thevdining area but with cuation he was no problem. During the night we could often here him, and others outside our tent. A couple of buffalo wandered into camp one night but we were always kept safe.

Date of stay: September 2023
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Michelle Odumetse, Marketing at Camp Xakanaxa, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2023

Dear Geoff and Ruth,

Thank you for reviewing your stay with us at Camp Xakanaxa.
Wow you had an incredible stay with us filled with spectacular sightings. Harry is a wonderful guide who is certainly passionate and dedicated.

Kind regards,
The Desert & Delta Safaris Team

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