Xaranna

luxurious solitude on its own Delta island

Okavango Delta
2017
$860 - $1770

 

Okavango Delta- Mostly WET Camp

Price Range (2017)

$860 - $1770

Our Rating

Client Rating

Our Highlights

  • 9 ensuite safari tents
  • Private plunge pools
  • Safari Shop
  • Traversing 25 000 hectares
  • Good range of activities

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Safari Lifestyles View

 

We are not entirely sure that we like the interior decor too much in this camp, it is a little odd to see the use of light greens and so forth in a bush camp. However the camp is very well appointed and sits in a beautiful area, hence it’s rating.

 

Not really known as a consistent big game area, it is a place of contemplation and relaxation whilst taking advantage of the rather good water activities. There are game drives on offer but as stated, game is not so common as in other areas.

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Camp Detail

Camp Style

Wet Camp. Mostly water activities on Mokoro and Boats. Seasonal Game Drives

Location

Okavango Delta

How do I get there

By Light aircraft transfer to airstrip then private vehicle transfer to camp

Lodge Type

Classic style lodge with 9 fully en-suite Suites

Whats Included

 

  • Accommodation
  • All Meals
  • All drinks
  • Laundry Service
  • Game Drives - Daytime

Whats Not Included

 

  • Travel to and from the lodge
  • Private Vehicles
  • Personal Expenses
  • Premium Imported Drinks
  • Tips

Child Policy

 

Best for children of 5 years upwards

Up to 15 Years:   Cannot participate in walks and mokoro

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Wildlife

Land activities

Water activities

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Wildlife & Activities

 

Wildlife

 

The Okavango Delta and the areas surrounding Xaranna Tented Camp are home to a large number of species, including a number of species adapted to the semi-aquatic lifestyle, such as the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga. Lion prides, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog are occasionally encountered, while families of hippo hide in the deeper channels and lagoons. The area supports the continent’s largest surviving concentration of elephant and buffalo, while roan and sable antelope are occasionally spotted in the open woodlands.

 

Although predominantly nocturnal and difficult to spot, leopards occur throughout the Okavango, particularly in dense riverine forest. Apart from the more commonly encountered predators, the Okavango is also a stronghold for the endangered African wild dog, although sightings of this rare animal are relatively uncommon. Exhibiting a fascinating social structure, wild dog live in packs led by dominant pairs, with a strict social hierarchy.

 

One of the most common antelope in the Okavango, the red lechwe is especially adapted for the swampy conditions. Its splayed, elongated hooves give it a sure footing in muddy conditions, allowing it to inhabit the outskirts of the permanent swamps. With an incredible wealth of species, the Okavango is also a haven for birding enthusiasts. One of its most sought after species is the huge but elusive Pel’s fishing owl, which roosts in the densest evergreen thickets. A quintessential African sound, the haunting call of the fish eagle can often be heard echoing over the channels.

 

 

Activities

 

At Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp, it is our passion to share their knowledge and understanding of the bush and its inhabitants with our guests. Our highly trained guides and trackers will do their utmost to delight guests with a choice of the following activities:

Twice daily game drives - guests can explore the wildlife surrounding Xaranna on morning and afternoon game drives in an open air 4x4 safari vehicle, accompanied by an armed guide and tracker. The landscape traversed on game drives includes floodplains, as well as seasonal grassland, woodland, shrubland and savanna. Game drives track the Big Five, as well as a variety of other animals, including the semi-aquatic lechwe and sitatunga antelope.

 

It should however be boted that even though Xaranna does utilise game drivees when it can, they area is miostly wet, especially when the floods come in and most of the activities occure on water.

 

Interpretive bush walks - take a leisurely walk in the surroundings of the Camp to take in the sights, smells and sounds of the Okavango Delta, accompanied by an armed guide. Learn about how elephant are vital to the survival of the fan palm, try to spot the elusive Pel's fishing owl and keep a sharp eye out for the shy bushbuck.

 

River cruises in an electrically powered ‘eco boat’ or mokoro - explore the waterways of the Okavango by boat in the company of our experienced guides. Learn the fascinating details of the Delta's network of channels, fringed by dense reeds and papyrus. A good variety of fish can be found in the clear waters and fishing trips can be arranged on request during fishing season (1 March to 31 December). Spot the nests of weavers and warblers in the papyrus beds and watch out for malachite kingfishers among the taller stems. Beautifully coloured frog species, such as the painted reed frog, abound. Waterlilies brighten up the surface of lagoons, where sleepy hippo splash beneath the surface.

The Camp

Camp Overview

 

Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp is set in a private wilderness concession of 25 000 hectares (61 800 acres) to the southeast of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve in the centre of one of the most unique regions in the world, the Okavango Delta. Renowned for its lush waterways and abundant wildlife, the Okavango is home to a number of aquatic and land species.

 

In the midst of crystal clear waters, surrounded by a mosaic of papyrus and reed beds, Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp provides an exceptional water experience. With sweeping views opening up onto a permanent lagoon, this serene and isolated Camp combines the best of what the Okavango has to offer. Glide silently on a mokoro, exploring the mosaic of islands nestled among a labyrinth of channels.

Lodge Layout

 

The main living area is on raised decking with a thatched roof on gumpoles. The whole structure is designed to be totally open and most of the time the side canvas walls are rolled up to give a 360-degree open perspective. Large wooden decked steps lead up to the entrance of the main lounge.

 

The interior is very different to most classic camps in that it is very contemporary in stile, with plenty of soft furnishings in light colours but predominated with green and splashes of pink. There is also a seating area which is a permanent wood constructed semi-circular bench with soft furnishings in a similar colour scheme. Grass matting is provided throughout.

 

A large and very open but covered dinning area houses a very light coloured table with green and steel seats.

Room Description

 

Each large accommodation suite is quite unique.

 

Very contemporary furniture sits within the bedroom area which holds a large four poster bead that sits on a bleached wood base, and has an ornate mosquito net. Grass matting covers the wooden flooring.

 

A very sumptuous bathroom area houses a large roll-topped bath for your relaxation, together with some unique additions.

To the outside is a large area to relax with a view but the best addition here is a private plunge pool for each tent.

Camp Environment

 

Xaranna is situated in an area that boasts a number of permanent river channels that flow throughout the year. The steady water supply creates a distinctive layer of vegetation, with lush beds of tall papyrus, miscanthus grass, evergreen figs and ferns. This is a good birding area, with warblers, weavers and various types of kingfishers. Pel’s fishing owls are attracted by the large variety of fish found in the channels.

 

Clear lagoons are created where channels open up, dotted with floating rafts of water lilies, water chestnut and other aquatic plants. Families of hippo bask in the open water and Cape clawless otter may be spotted.

 

The abundant water in the Okavango’s permanent channels sustains a dense forest of tall trees, which are forced upward in search of ample sunlight. Little grass survives among the shrubs and creepers in their deep shade. Among the trees in this forest, the sausage tree is notable not only for its pendulous fruit and large, crimson flowers, but also for the fact that traditional mekoro (dugout canoes) are frequently made from its boughs or trunk. The riverine forest is home to prolific birdlife, with many characteristic species, including the elusive Pel’s fishing owl. Fruit bats are attracted to the abundant fig trees, and shy bushbuck also enjoy the dense coverage.

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