As one of the very first safari camps built in Botswana, Xakanaxa (which is pronounced ka-ka-na-ka) has gone to great lengths to preserve the original feeling of a truly classic African safari bush camp, while being careful to include every luxury and convenience that is required for a truly memorable getaway.
Situated along on the bank of the Khwai River, in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, Xakanaxa provides guests with big game and fantastic birding. It’s a year round land and water safari experience and as one of Africa’s finest game-viewing areas, offers sanctuary to large numbers of plant, animal and bird species.
The camp itself offers 12 luxurious safari tents positioned on wooden platforms near the river’s edge. Bathrooms have hot and cold running water showers and flushable toilets and light is supplied by hurricane lamps.
The elegant lounge, library and dining room are gracefully built from local timber, reed and thatch. The expansive sundeck has a plunge pool and day bed, as well as a fire-deck, which is set under the shade of giant Jackalberry trees. The thatched dining area is open fronted, with a large central dining table made from old railway sleepers. The food is wholesome and delicious and the service is of a very high standard. Xakanaxa prides themselves on their friendly, rustic atmosphere.
Owned by Mr Wolfgang Burre, who is a pioneer of Botswana’s photographic safaris, you are guaranteed incredible game drives and boat trips. Conducted by a team of experienced and professional guides, guests get to experience a large variety of differing vegetation. From mopane forests to lush grassy plains and bubbling waterways. All of the Moremi game can be seen on the game drive, from lions, leopards and wild dog to wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, elephant, sable and giraffe. The boat trips, which can be taken in a powerboat, or a traditional Okavango Delta canoe called the mokoro, meander along the twisting channels of the Delta, which is one of Africa’s greatest natural wonders. Birding in this area is spectacular, especially during the spring and summer months when huge numbers of breeding storks and herons are attracted to the heronries, which lie just north of the lodge.