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Camp Xakanaxa

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8/10

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Price rating 3

Highlights

- Surrounded by amazing diverse game
- Relatively high traffic location
- Located on Khwai River bank
- Wheel chair accessible lodge

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Overview

The Moremi Game Reserve, emerging along the Okavango Delta, is characterised by open savannah, immense riverine forests, permanent lagoons, seasonal floodplains, and rivers and channels. With such varied landscape comes varied game. Camp Xakanaxa (pronounced ka-ka-na-ka) provides guests with a prime base from which to explore this intricate mix of wildernesses through year-round safari boating and vehicle game drives. Being a National Park, the area can be busy with game vehicle traffic, but the density of wildlife in this area more than compensates.

A sanctuary to herds of elephant, buffalo, lechwe, giraffe, impala, waterbuck, sable antelope, wildebeest, cheetah, wild dog, hyena, and many, many more, Moremi Game Reserve surrounds Camp Xakanaxa in diverse game. In addition to this extraordinary list of wildlife, guests can expect to spot lions feasting and leopards lazing atop tree branches during their excursions into one of the most vibrant wild territories in Africa. The area offers unique bird-watching opportunities that arise from spring and summer season migrant breeding. Camp Xakanaxa is one of a few camps that provide year-round explorations into this great wilderness in open Land Rovers or powerboats guided by safari experts.

Set into the bank of the permanent flowing Khwai River overlooking the Xakanaxa Lagoon, Camp Xakanaxa’s main lodge provides a stunning panorama view of the stretching waterways in its backyard. Its authentic and natural feel is achieved in its thatched roof lounge and bar area as well as its elevated thatch-roofed and reeded dining room and viewing deck. The lodge is designed to offer the best possible perspective of the surrounding game and wilderness whilst also maintaining a luxurious resting area. This is most evident in its infinity pool and swimming pool. What sets this lodge apart from most other lodges in the area is that it is wheel chair accessible. The lodge’s homeliness is intended.

Thirteen Meru-style classic luxury safari tents serve as the Camp’s guest accommodation. Each tent is raised and features an en-suite bathroom. Unique water sprinkler systems designed to cool off guests during the midday heats are also installed. There are no family units, so children between the ages of 6-11 years are expected to share with their parents. Families with more than one child under the age of 12 must separate so that one parent shares a tent with one child. Only children over the age of 6 years are welcome. An additional cost is required by families with children aged between 6 and 11 as they must book private activities. Camp Xakanaxa accommodates a maximum of 24 guests at any one time, so guests are likely to see more of the game and surrounding landscape than they will of each other.

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Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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