With only nine en suite tents and set within a 7 000 hectare private concession in the western Okavango Delta, Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp offers guests a deluxe entry into one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. At Nxabega – which means ‘place of the giraffe’ – you could happen on grazing lechwe, aquatic antelope uniquely adapted to their water world, or swimming marsh bucks. Birders might get one of the ultimate ‘big ticks’: an amber-winged Pel’s fishing owl that swoops over the Delta by night.
A classic Okavango excursion is a tranquil mokoro or canoe trail through the reeds where you will be up close to pale pink lilies, miniscule frogs and jewel-like kingfishers. Of course, the Delta is also home to bigger game: expect elephant, buffalo, lion and – if your luck is in – a gorgeous tree-climbing leopard. Speed freaks and anglers will enjoy motor boating while sunset cruises to picturesque viewing spots round out the day before dinner.
Nxabega’s very roomy tents are strung under black-wooded ebony trees and anchored by a luxurious dining and living area with views onto the water. Because the concession is unfenced, diners can sometimes enjoy views of passing elephant families, the matriarchs gently keeping their little ones in line and guiding them through the glistening water.