Xudum

This sister camp to Xaranna overlooks a seasonal lagoon

Okavango Delta
2017
$860 - $1770

 

Okavango Delta - Mostly WET Camp

Price Range (2017)

$860 - $1770

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Our Highlights

  • 9 suites – air conditioned
  • Private plunge pools
  • Interactive kitchen
  • Safari Shop
  • Traversing 25 000 hectares

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We must stress that this part of the Okavango Delta is not famous as a big game area, but this is not why you would come to Xudum. This camp is an ideal last stop off after you have been to other camps and have had your fair share of game drives.

 

Xudum does conduct game dives but they are likely to be reasonably unproductive, the better option here is to take advantage of the waters and stick to mokoro and motorboats. With these excursions you will see quite a lot and feel as relaxed as you will feel in this very well appointed lodge.

 

The camp is quite luxurious and in a beautiful setting. In fact you may just want to while away your time in you own private plunge pool by your accommodation.

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Camp Detail

Camp Style

Wet Camp. Moslty 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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Land activities

Water activities

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Wildlife & Activities

 

Wildlife

 

Renowned for its abundant wildlife, the Okavango Delta and the areas surrounding Xudum Delta Lodge 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. Families of hippo wallow in the deeper channels and lagoons. The area supports the continent’s largest surviving concentration of elephant and buffalo, while roan and sable antelope roam the open woodlands. Lion, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog are occasionally also encountered.

 

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 a dominant pair, with a strict social hierarchy. Lion may be sighted near Xudum and, although predominantly nocturnal and difficult to spot, leopards are fairly common throughout the Okavango, particularly in dense riverine forest.

 

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 channel

 

 

Activities

 

Morning, afternoon/early evening and night game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, boating and mekoro (traditional dugout canoe) adventures in the Delta, and guided walks. Excellent area for birdwatching. Helicopter transfers and flights available at an extra cost. Fishing is permitted between the months of March and December.

The Camp

Camp Overview

 

Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge is set in a private wilderness concession of 25 000 hectares 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.

 

Surrounded by a mosaic of papyrus and reed beds, Xudum lies deep within an exclusive 25 000 hectare (62 000 acre) wildlife concession. Nine playfully crafted split-level safari suites feature large bathtubs and romantic al fresco showers. Each suite also has a private plunge pool and a lofty rooftop look-out with magnificent Delta views. An interactive kitchen bustles with activity. Guests indulge in a water and wilderness experience, from mokoro excursions to thrilling night game drives and guided daytime walks.

Lodge Layout

 

The lodge nestles in the tree line overlooking the floodplains and as such has excellent views over the Delta. The main living area is a fabulous two storey construction with a separate dining area. The main building has a ground floor almost akin to an open air gentleman’s club. A vast array of seating is available in darker African colours surrounded by objects of interest again with an African flavour.  Close by is a bar with a good wine selection for your choice.

 

To the front is a sizeable decking area with another range of seating and areas where you can dine under the stars.

 

Above this area is a large sized thatch covered deck, which again has extra lounge seating and provides you with a wonderfully high vantage point.

 

Separately to the side of the main area is a covered dining room should meals not be able to be had under the stars

Room Description

 

There are 9 suites to Xudum cap and they all superbly fished. All suites are on a high deck to take advantage of the views. Each suite has two rooms of equal size. The first being the bedroom with its large four poster bed and ornate mosquito netting. There is a small lounge area and a writing area. The whole room is nicely constructed out of wood and has the addition of an air conditioner to keep you cool on the hot evenings.

 

The very large bathroom has an open plan aspect to the outside. A separate room to the bedroom, it has large grand windows to take in the views. The bath is a contemporary designed, free standing unit in the middle of the wooden floor. A large open shower area stands beside together with a double basin unit. The whole bathroom area has its own decking outside which leads you on to your own private plunge pool with a view. Outside you will also find another shower.

 

The last marvellous point about these units are the separate outside staircases that lead to the roof level where there is a rooftop sala covered in thatch with tremendous views. It is possible to arrange to sleep out at night in these salas.

Camp Environment

 

 Xudum 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 another 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 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.

 

Groves of tall fan palm up to 20 metres in height grow on the outer edge of the floodplains or on the larger islands. Interspersed with short, shrubby vegetation, these are a favourite for elephant. In fact, the fan palm relies on this animal for its propagation, as the seed can only germinate once it has passed through the elephant’s digestive system. The elephants seem to enjoy this arrangement, relishing both the palm’s fruit and leaves. Fan palms are also a favourite nesting site for many bird species, with white-backed vultures building their nests in the crown and Dickinson’s kestrel preferring cavities that occur in their trunks.

 

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