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&Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp

Romance-steeped experience in the iconic Okavango Delta

&Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp

Flooding in the Okavango Delta may be a seasonal phenomenon, but this camp has a unique, wild beauty to it all year-round. Reachable only by boat for a portion of the year, this camp offers one of the most exquisite approaches around. Wildlife is rich with some of the best big cat viewing in Africa, as well as roan antelope, hippo and wild dog. Guides are top-notch and, in addition to game drives, offer walking safaris, mokoro and boat rides when water levels allow. Horseback safaris and helicopter rides are also available for those who fancy an unforgettable splurge.

At the lodge

The hotel

Bedouin-style tents furnished with a light palate of blonde timber and soft pastels, along with ample outdoor lounging areas, give this camp a unique whimsical and airy feel. Circular sofas and chaises, hanging swings and a well-placed mokoro bench invite both gathering and solitude. Overlooking the seasonal floodplain, magnificent Delta views stretch 180 degrees for as far as the eye can see. In the evenings lanterns dapple the dining and fireside areas; the jetty can be transformed into a romantic dinner for two.

The rooms

No view is unremarkable from any of the nine tents, each furnished with a large four poster bed, deep bathtub and indoor and outdoor showers. Laze on your deck in the shade of the cushioned sala or cool off in your own private plunge pool. Tents are slightly elevated and built cleverly, with a light footprint. Spaces are breezy with ample light to enhance the sense of the outdoors.

On safari

Experiences

Long, relaxing days are structured around a morning and afternoon activity. Game drives are always exciting - guides may venture off-road, though this is always done with the utmost sensitivity. Walks and mokoro rides are the best way to experience the serenity of the bush and get close to easy-to-overlook creatures. Boat rides and catch and release fishing can be a nice change of pace from drives, while helicopter and horseback riding may be arranged at an extra cost. Cultural evenings will get you in touch with local Botswana flavour.

When to go

Okavango Delta by month

January

Season: Wet
  • This is the wettest month of the year with an average of just 10 days of rain expected, providing a unique experience in this lush landscape.
  • Incredible birding and the start of the birthing season, providing excellent game viewing with high predator excitement.
  • The vegetation is lush and green, animals are in presine condition and birds are in full breeding plumage providing incredible photographic opportunities.
  • Make sure you have your insect repellent packed, the wet season is also mosquito season.

February

Season: Wet
  • This time of year is the height of the wet season, on average rain falls only a couple of days a week, leaving plenty of time to explore this lush green paradise.
  • Good game viewing with high predator excitement during the birthing season.
  • The vegetation is lush and green, animals are in presine condition and birds are in full breeding plumage, providing incredible photographic opportunities.
  • Keep your insect repellent handy, particular in the early morning and late evening, as this is mosquito season.

March

Season: Wet
  • March is still relatively hot and considerably drier than January and February, expect sporadic afternoon showers.
  • Still good predator excitement with many young antelope learning the harsh lessons of an unforgiving wilderness.
  • A great time for land based explorations with water based activities only available at a handful of camps.
  • Be sure to pack mosquito repellent at this time of year.

April

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures start cooling with a handful of rainy days at the end of the wet season, welcoming in the floods from the North, indicating the start of the Delta flooding.
  • As birds look to migrate, game starts to make its way back into the region as other water sources become more scarce.
  • A great time of year to explore the Delta wilds by land before the flood waters rise too high.
  • Mosquito's are still around but not as prevalent, pack your insect repellent just in case.

May

Season: Dry
  • The perfect time for delta explorations, flooding is approaching its peak towards the end of the month, providing the perfect conditions for water based activities.
  • Temperatures are comfortable with little to no rain expected.
  • The ideal time for photography, animals are in their prime after the season of plenty, however migratory birds are beginning to fly North.
  • Mornings and Evenings can be a little nippy at this time of year, a couple of extra layers will surface during the month of May.

June

Season: Dry
  • Flooding is reaching its peak, creating one of the ideal months to visit this watery wonderland.
  • Temperatures are cool with little to no rain expected, making for comfortable safari conditions.
  • Wildlife of every shape and size migrate into the delta, taking advantage of this water source in the dry season.
  • Include a warm jacket in your essentials as morning and evening temperatures are chilly.

July

Season: Dry
  • The height of the water levels are achieved, ensuring a great diversity of activity in the Delta region.
  • Temperatures are warm during the day with little to no rain expected.
  • Enjoy some of the best wildlife viewing on the planet with incredible variation and big game encounters.
  • Pack a warm jacket for the chilly mornings and evenings.
  • Without a cloud in the sky, stargazing is an absolute treat during the month of July.

August

Season: Dry
  • The ideal time to visit this region with plenty of water around, leading to great water and land based safari, depending on your preference.
  • Temperatures are beginning to climb but still very comfortable, with little to no rain expected.
  • Enjoy some of the best wildlife viewing on the planet with incredible variation and big game encounters.
  • Include a warm jacket on your packing list because mornings can be chilly at this time of year.

September

Season: Dry
  • The perfect time to visit the Delta, the flood levels have began their decline, increasing the size of the islands and the weather is ideal for game viewing.
  • Temperatures are warm with midday temperatures climbing, clear blue skies are still to be enjoyed.
  • Home to the best wildlife viewing in Botswana at this time of year, encounter a myriad of species, all on your doorstep.
  • Very few mosquitoes are present during this time of year, making for a carefree safari experience.

October

Season: Dry
  • The flood levels begin to drop with the temperatures and humidity reaching their peak, expect some rainfall in the later days of the month.
  • Excellent wildlife viewing with incredible variation and big game encounters, the animals begin to disperse with the arrival of the rains.
  • Visibility is still good with sparse vegetation, making it easier to spot the animals of this region.
  • A full day in the bush is not recommended during October, as many of the bush species seek refuge from the midday heat.

November

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are still hot and humid with the first true rains of the wet season, it should be noted that in most cases rains are just passing afternoon showers.
  • Wildlife will start to disperse with the receding floodwaters, making the delta game viewing exceptionally good, instead of world class.
  • As vegetation becomes green wildlife becomes more difficult to spot but that much more beautiful photograph.
  • Be sure to include a water based camp on your itinerary, ensuring the complete Delta experience.

December

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are not as persistent with occasional afternoon showers soothing the heat of the day.
  • The "emerald season" is now in full swing, foliage is green and plentiful, flowers are in bloom and the migratory birds have returned.
  • The readily available water and green vegetation means animals enjoy prime condition, ideal for photographic enthusiasts.
  • Mosquitoes can be an issue at this time of year, be sure to pack some insect repellent.

Wildlife


The Okavango Delta boasts some of the best game viewing in Africa, with numerous species present across a range of wet and dry habitats. Encounter the Big Five in this region, with black and white rhino only present in the Moremi section of this conservation area. The numerous hoofed species including giraffe, zebra, lechwe and warthog, which are preyed on by lion, leopard and the endangered African wild dog, providing frequent hold-your-breath moments while on safari.

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