Sleek decor with water lily motif inspired by delta location
Exotic wildlife: Lions, hippos, elephants, buffalo, leopards and much more
Tasty Pan-African food
Camp is not enclosed; not safe from animals after dark without guide
Some complaints of inconsistent hot water temperature
A bit difficult to reach (a pro for some!)
This ultra-remote, luxurious safari lodge on an island in Botswana's Okavango Delta isn't a hotel, it's an experience, where everything -- including the excellent food and the guided excursions (game drives, bush walks, river cruises) -- is included in the price of the stay. Guests can get up close to exotic wildlife on both land and water (think: lions and hippos), and even arriving to the property is an adventure, requiring transport by small plane, safari vehicle, and a boat. The nine safari "tents" are fully screened in and thoroughly high-end, with huge soaking tubs, four-poster beds, lots of wood, and private pools. The decor blends rustic charm with bright, contemporary style -- not an obvious combination, but it mostly works.
Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp is located on an island in the beautiful Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world, on a private 672,000-acre wildlife preserve. Arriving to the hotel is a bit of a trek -- to be expected in a destination this remote -- requiring a flight in a small plane from Maun to the Xudum airstrip (where staff will be waiting), a short ride in a safari vehicle, and then a boat trip to the lodge's dock (during which guests will first get to experience the delta's natural beauty).
Northern Botswana's diverse and exotic wildlife has made it a tourist destination for the affluent and adventurous, and the region now hosts a number of luxurious safari lodges. It embodies the fantasy of Africa: a land with open savannahs, sandy deserts, and shimmering orange sunsets, where elephants, lions, leopards hippos, buffalo, hyenas, zebra, cheetahs, crocodiles, and giraffes are still wild. Botswana has been a democracy since the 1960s, and is relatively wealthy (thanks to its diamond mines); crime rates are low and the locals are friendly.
25-minute flight from Maun to the Xudum airstrip
45 minutes by safari vehicle and boat from the airstrip to camp
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