Camp Xakanaxa

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Camp Xakanaxa was one the first set up in Botswana’s mesmerising Okavango Delta. Today, it has a welcoming balance between old-school rustic charm and modern conveniences and, being fenced, is a good choice for families travelling with pre-teen children. It is also wheelchair-friendly and has four open-roofed Land Cruisers for game drives in Moremi Game Reserve, and three power boats for exploring the gentle reeded waterways of the Delta.

There are 12 twin-bedded Meru-style tents and a separate guide’s tent for those who bring along a personal tracker, guide or other staff. There is also one of the largest swimming pools in the Delta and a cosy fire pit for convivial sundowners.

As part of the laid-back atmosphere of Africa, Camp Xakanaxa has an ‘open bar’ where you can help yourself to your favourite tipple and the kitchen staff will be happy to prepare some local dishes if you want to extend your Delta adventure to your taste buds!


  • Year-round water- & land-based activities
  • Child-friendly & fenced camp
  • Wheelchair-friendly design
  • Swimming pool
  • Riverside location & views


  • Boat excursions
  • Game drives
  • High tea on offer
  • Bird watching
I particularly enjoy the variety of the safari experiences; while on a boat trip once we had to turn around as we could not get past the many hippos in the water! A true bush experience.
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Standard Tent

Accommodation at Xakanaxa Camp consists of 12 spacious, very comfortable safari tents set on wooden platforms, each with an en suite bathroom comprising a hot shower, flush toilet, hairdryer, toiletries and a wash basin.

The tents are tastefully furnished and overlook the Khwai River. Each has a private viewing deck with comfortable loungers and all rooms have safes, power points, reading lamps and ponchos in case of game-drive downpours.

Family Tent

The family tent at Camp Xakanaxa offers a two bedroom, two bathroom option for families. With a private deck and spacious open-plan lounge to gather in after a day of exploring the Moremi.


The main lodge is made from local timber, reed and thatch and is positioned to overlook the Khwai River and Xakanaxa Lagoon. The area is made up of various comfortable lounge areas, a help-yourself bar and an elegant, open-sided dining area with an enormous communal dining table where guests assemble for meals.

These living areas spill onto an expansive wooden deck with idyllic views of the river. Private plunge pools and sun decks overlook the teeming Delta waterways, while a larger swimming pool brings the camp together for opportunities to spend lazy days in the sun. After dinner lounge around the campfire and watch myriad twinkling stars in the clear African night sky.

A safari shop stocks unique presents and holiday essentials.


The kitchen is renowned for its creative safari fare served with a Pan-African touch, all accompanied by South African wines. A light pre-drive breakfast consists of fruit, cereals and yoghurts while brunch on return is more substantial, with salads, pastas, cheese and other dishes on offer. After your siesta and before heading out again, nibble on sweets and savouries at high tea. Dinner is a 3-course affair, with the main course being a buffet.

Guests usually eat together at a long table in the main dining room but Camp Xakanaxa also caters individually for those wishing to dine in private. Be sure to ask for Lettie’s homemade melon jam for your toast!

General facilities

  • Library
  • Swimming Pool
  • Bar


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Dates Board Price
2022-07-01 — 2022-10-31 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,060
2022-11-01 — 2022-11-30 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $810
2022-12-01 — 2022-12-31 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $600
2023-01-01 — 2023-03-31 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $615
2023-04-01 — 2023-06-30 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $855
2023-07-01 — 2023-10-31 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,105
2023-11-01 — 2023-11-30 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $855
2023-12-01 — 2023-12-31 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $615

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

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Traveller Reviews

Camp Xakanaxa

Susie Jennings

"Xakanaxa Lodge, with the traditional safari tents, was far beyond what we had expected!"

Lisa Prach

Our favorite place was Xakanaxa. Our guide was so knowledgeable about the animals and birds and had a lot of great stories to share. We were so lucky in our sightings: within 10 minutes of being there we saw a young leopard just 3 meters from our veh icle! I had never paid much attention to birds while on safari before, but the Okavango area was a great place to become interested!
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Richard Baker

All flights perfect - although my wife was not keen on 4 seater planes, bravely closed her eyes for the whole journey! Facilities and Accomodation at Xakanaxa were excellent. We were thrilled with the luxury tent, being ardent caravanners, and it s proximity to the waters edge. The staff at the camp were very helpful and genial. The food was good but the dinners were slightly dissappointing (set meal). The game drives in the company of a family from Australia/South Africa were both varied and exciting. The highlight was the tracking of a leopard and being face to face with it 3 metres away for over an hour which was both frightening and beyond belief! Our guide was very informative, familiar with his surroundings and catered for all our needs and requests. We found the whole 3 day experience to be very relaxing and yet the next game drive was always eagerly awaited! The flight to Kasane was in a bigger light aircraft with just us and the pilot. A better experience for my wife!
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Deborah Daly

Xakanaxa Camp was a great experience, more rustic than our other locations but having hippos munching on the grass outside our tent was a great experience. Lettie and the team were so welcoming and our guide Monthsu was fabulous in helping us get so very very close to the big cats in the delta area. Never was anyone so persistent at trying to find leopards as Monthsu!
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Deborah Daly

Leroo La Tau was such a great location, the ability to be able to see so many zebra and wildebeest in the one location. We were just amazed, particularly to find that it was the biggest migration outside of Serengeti – what a treat! We did go out to the Madagadiki pans however probably not the best time of year to get the best out of the area; however we did have the chance to visit the magnificent Boabab trees which was an amazing, if not bumpy trip!
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Reiko Mori

At Xakanaxa, the tent looked rustic from outside, but once I looked inside, it was very charming with lots of ornaments and candle lights. I felt detailed thoughtfulness in each points. Lettie, the manager, always took care of me such as joining dinn er by sitting next to me. There, I heard sounds of footsteps of hippos at night just outside of my tent! I tried to see but I couldn't. In front of the restaurant, I watched mom and baby hippos and crocodiles. In the daytime, I watched hippos, elephants, lions, buffaloes, impalas, kudus, leopards, many kinds of birds, and the highlight was cheetahs in the morning drive on the departure date! That was my first time to see wild cheetahs!!! They were amazingly beautiful. All the companions were very happy. Mokoro drive was also comfortable and I also saw bathing elephant. The stays were very relaxing, but I suppose I put on weight with eats, safaris, siestas, eats... (^^,)
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Steven Peterson

Xakanaxa: The room selection, Room 8, was very good. Again close to the lodge, but little noise. The view was perfect. It was a nice balance of chic rustic and luxury. Again, food/staff was very nice. The delta was a nice contrast to Simbambili terra in. Fewer animal experiences, but still very good. We enjoyed the 'feel' of the lodge.
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Dave Meyer

Xakanaxa which I still can't come close to pronouncing, was really different and Janelle is glad it was only 2 days, but excellent chance to experience a different type of Safari and also to see birds. I even spotted a Leopard in a tree this morning before the Guide and after another had missed her 2 min earlier!!! Got kudos for that one, lots of fun and great memories.
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Kathryn Taghon

"Xakanaxa was a lot of fun. The tent lodge was every bit as comfortable as the other lodges. The landscape perhaps more diverse. We also were treated to viewing another pack of Wild Dogs. We wouldn't be disappointed to return."

Carrie Ahern

"Accommodation at Xakanaxa Camp was slightly superior to the Kwando ones, if one had to be picky, and had a great pool. Great sightings of hippos."

Marie-Line Pagnoux

Okavango and Xakanaxa Camp were the best for us. It reminded us of our first experience you proposed to us in Honey Guide near Kruger: small structure, tents, people very friendly, guides very ambitious: we saw lions, leopard, cheetahs, and so much species of birds : no comment, just marvellous.
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Morgan Goheen

The Xakanaxa Camp was especially magical. The accommodations were very nice, although they were in the process of remodelling their main dining area. Because their facilities must a be temporary (to allow a move if there is too much pressure on the local wildlife), we were provided a tent on a platform. It was nicely furnished, including with a huge bed. Our private adjacent bathroom facilities were "open" on the top under the roof, but included three sections (toilet, sink, and shower areas). We were carefully instructed to keep our possessions from not being left in the bathroom and to keep the door to the bedroom area closed to prevent any raids by the local baboons. Night time left us with a cacophony of animal and bird sounds, including hippo, hyena, etc. The food there was excellent. The Camp also made sure that we were provided snacks and beverages (including "sundowners") on our safaris. Again, the staff was very professional, gracious, and competent. It was interesting to me that most of the staff at the other two lodges were men, although the staff we saw here was almost all women, except for the men who escorted us to and from our dinner at night with a flashlight. On our drives we saw amazing and wonderful wildlife, birds, and plant life... Ollie's explanations were great - he seemed to be able to answer every question we asked, no matter how obscure. He was obviously intelligent, knowledgeable, and experienced. All in all, we couldn't have been more pleased with our stay.
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Neha Dakwala

The trip was easy and enjoyable, plus we loved the accommodations. Everything far exceeded our expectations - the food, the camps, the safaris, the people, the staff. I can't say enough great things! We were very happy with Xakanaxa camp - they were very comfortable, great food, and extremely friendly staff. Xakanaxa was the most luxurious, but we were the only two guests in the camp so it was very quiet.
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Dorothy Holland

It was a dream come true for Robert as he is an avid bird watcher. Montso our guide was extremely knowledgeable and remarkable at tracking the wildlife. We were told Leopards were quite difficult to find but Montso managed to find three in one after noon, we saw every thing even a black mamba. The Hippos were the highlight for Charles and I especially Amadeus the resident Hippo who would wonder round during the night and munch outside our tent. The accommodation and food were of the highest standard and nothing seemed too much trouble in this relaxing atmosphere.
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