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Over Camp Xakanaxa
Als één van de eerste safari-camps in Botswana, heeft Xakanaxa Camp het originele Afrikaanse bush karakter weten te behouden, maar wel met een uitstekende service en het zal u hier dan ook aan niks ontbreken. Met een eersteklasse locatie aan de oevers van de Khwai-rivier, aan de Xakanaxa lagune, worden hier het hele jaar door safari's aangeboden. Met maar twaalf prachtig ingerichte canvas tenten, voelt u zich echt volledig afgesloten van de buitenwereld. De tenten hebben overigens een badkamer, voorzien van alle nodige faciliteiten. Dat is nog eens luxe kamperen! Per 4-WD voertuig, Mokoro (Botswaanse kano) of motorboot gaat u op zoek naar de wilde dieren die zich in de begroeide wildernis schuil houden. Alle maaltijden, lokale drankjes en safari-activiteiten zijn inbegrepen.
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KamerbeschrijvingenLuxury Safari Tent
: Ventilator, kluisje en badkamer met douche en föhn.
Gelegen aan de Khwai Rivier op de Xakanaxa Lagoon in het Moremi Game Reserve.
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De Okavango Delta is een absolute 'must see' tijdens uw reis door Botswana. In de delta leven enorm veel dieren. Okavango vormt zonder twijfel een van de laatste vrijwel ongerepte natuurgebieden ter wereld.
Van het Angolese hoogland stroomt de Okavango-rivier zuidwaarts, via het noorden van Namibië naar de vlakten van Noord-Botswana. Hier loopt het water uit over de Kalahariwoestijn en vormt het de grootste inlandige delta van de wereld: een labyrint van duizenden grote en kleine stromen en kreken, die kleine eilandjes omringen.
De Okavango Delta is 15.000 km² groot en bestaat uit uitgestrekte gebieden met papyrusriet, lage vlakke eilandjes bedekt met bomen, kristalheldere waterwegen en palmen.
"Our favorite lodge of the trip."
Part of the Desert and Delta Safaris group of game lodges, this was in some ways the most primitive of the four we visited. The accommodations are tents on platforms, but no less comfortable than the brick and mortar cabins we stayed in elsewhere. Each featured a full bathroom, comfortable sleeping, and more of a feeling of being amidst the environment than sheltered from it. The lodge was comfortable for gathering and dining, and the food was great. The highlight for us was the superbly led game drives that offered one fabulous viewing after another.
This lodge is built on the banks of the Khwai river going into the Xakanaxa Lagoon. From the bar and the restaurant decks you can enjoy a beautiful view on the endless delta, while from the rooms the view is quite limited as the vegetation is dense - still, each tent is equipped with a nice front deck with a couple of comfortable chairs if you want to read outside or have a look around. From our deck early in the morning we saw Oscar the hippo having a stroll around the tent before going back into the water (the tent is elevated and the staff is in control, so no worries). The tent is luxurious for a tent, but still it is quite basic for a room, it has the essential amenities though and the service is good. The food is also good. The real highlight was the game drive. The landscapes are amazing, and the animal viewing in this area of the park is superb, even for cats, which are not what the delta is most famous for. The lodge organises a small boat trip on the delta, which is a real plus as the lagoon is beautiful and you can see elephants swimming and reaching the fresh grass on the little islands at the centre of the lagoon. We had the afternoon G&T watching a great sunset and an elephant nearby having its own snack.
"A truly unique camp with the best staff!"
Camp X exceeded all expectations. The accommodations are a beautiful, large tent with a lovely bathroom and deck. It was not bug-free, but it was in the middle of the bush so that was to be expected. We were woken up one night by buffalo eating right outside of our tent! The staff is what makes Camp X even more special - Ollie and the camp management staff made us feel like valued guests, even saving us lunch on the day of our arrival after our flight was delayed and we arrived several hours late. Emmax, our guide, was an excellent spotter - he even spotted an owlet (a tiny owl)! All of the staff went out of their way to accommodate us and share their knowledge, and even Oscar, the resident hippo, made an appearance for us. One of my fondest memories was sitting around the fire with Ollie while she shared stories of her childhood in Botswana. I saw other reviews that thought the boat cruise could be skipped - while we didn't see as many animals as we did on land, watching an elephant bathe in the reeds at sunset made it all worth it. Camp X was one of the highlights of our trip!
"Great viewing of hippos, zebra, and birds; mixed service"
The best part of Xakanaxa is the wildlife that strolls through the camp at night. Oscar the resident hippo, of course, but we also had a group of buffalo and a group of hippos. We awoke to lions roaring in the distance one morning. Food and drink were very nice; the pool is refreshing, the fire pit is wonderful. There is great birding on the grounds, and you can get up close and personal with a boabab tree. What were the problems? First, the roads in the park are in terrible shape, so the trucks must go very slowly and you get tossed around a lot. This really cuts in to the amount of time you have for useful animal viewing. Second, I agree with others that the boat ride (water safari) can be skipped. You just ride through pampas grass; maybe see a few birds. But you have better viewing from land in the trucks. Third, our driver/guide was not very good. His language skills were limited, and he tended to repeat himself over and over. By the time we got to dead tree island, he must have repeated its name at least 20 times. He was also challenged by the transmission of his truck. Can't tell whether the problem was him, the truck, or both. Fourth, I accidentally left an aluminum water bottle in the tent the day we left. When I went back to get it (15 minutes later), the staff had taken it. In a good lodge, someone would have brought it out to us and asked if we meant to leave it. But not here, evidently. We didn't have time to discuss this with the staff. Unlike others, I had no problem checking my work email (via web mail) using the computer.
"Best stay our whole trip!"
I cannot say enough good things about Camp X. From the moment we arrived off the bush plan there was Emmax waiting for us and ready to give us an incredible experience. We also had a stay at another safari lodge, but this was incredible! Emmax is an egale eye, pointing out things I would have never seen on my own from the tiniest birds to owlettes (little owls) to tracking a lioness and her cubs - talk about patience and skill! He was also incredibly knowledgable. He always had more to tell us about the cultural or habits or practices of whatever animal we were observing. He made the trip! Add on top of that Ollie and the management staff who were ace! They went out of their way to look after us, make sure we were comfortable and enjoying ourselves. Oh! And they went out of their way to accommodate my lactose intolerance - at every meal, snack time and tea time there was a lactose-free option! I was so incredibly thankful for their attention to detail. That all said, I have seen other who critized the place for not having wifi or air conditioning or for having to use mosquito nets. To those people all I can say is read the description! This place does not lie about what they do and do not have. They are very upfront about the limitations. And that is because they are in the bush! They are completely self sustaining and everything has to be flown in! I was fully aware of the amenities going in and thought this was the best stay of my 2 weeks in southern Africa. If you want to see animals in the wild with highly skilled guides and a staff that really cares then go here!
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