Reviews of Xakanaxa
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For me this camp was too big and felt more like a hotel than a safari camp so the atmosphere was different somehow. My guide was not so good as at the other camps at pointing things out, and my second night I was late being collected for dinner because I had been forgotten. But staff were friendly and it was easy to make individual arrangements for example on my last morning I was able to fix up a boat trip, which was usually an afternoon activity.
The boat trip from Kwara Camp was a great way to arrive and the cabin was lovely - lit by candle light at night. There are two swimming pools here - one relativley big. There is also a very good shop! There was less game here but again I saw new varieties and cheetah for the first time.
This was a camp that grew in our appreciation of it over the four days we stayed. I was a little worried at first in that, being within the Moremi reserve and its restiction on the ability to drive "off road", we might find our drives rather limited. In reality there turned out to be a large number of tracks (some not often used) but still enabling us to legitimately traverse to get our game viewing opportunities.
The boat activity had plenty of scope to get excellent pictures.
Also, we transferred to Xakanaxa from Little Kwara by boat which made a pleasant change from the light aircraft transfers elsewhere in the delta.
Very plush. Very nice. Good food and good guidesRead more about the whole safari
I loved the non-intrusive atmosphere - completely low key, but absolutely spot on. Wonderful array of self service drinks.
We had been rather spoiled with the previous wild life experience, and there was not quite the array of life, but Ngande found two groups of lion for us, and a leopard in a tree apart from smaller fry.
Wonderful artefacts decorate the lodge,and i loved the semi-tame bush buck, and the sculptures.
Luxury camp with international clientele.Read more about the whole safari
Whilst our guide, Montsho was very good/experienced, after Lebala the restrictions of being in the national reserve diminished our enjoyment of the wildlife.
We were very impressed with the food which was the best on the trip. The showers were the best too. This was a larger camp and didn't quite have the "inclusive" feel of Lebala and Kwara but the quality of the facilities was the highest of our trip.
A very nice camp recently refurbished
With few guests we had a guide to ourselves which made birdwatching more relaxed.
The restrictions of the national park did not affect our activities.
The boat safari was a bit disappointing partly due to the high water levels.
The food was excellent with a good variety of interesting meals
Lighting was "interesting" - candles and hurricane lamps with minimal electricity.
Postcards sent from the camp yet to arrive.
Everything at this camp was excellent. The tents were beautiful and clean and the all the facilities were beautiful. The food was excellent, whole team was brilliant and our guide, Baams was brilliant.
Although we had been told that the dinning area was under construction, we actually preferred the alternative which was much more charming.
The park was beautiful with its huge Mopane trees and water.
The camp was well run, with friendly helpful staff. Our tent was next to a hippo 'bedroom' which made it very noisy (in an exciting way at night). We certainly required our escort to our tent. One night a Genet ran across the branch in front of the tent, and every night we were serenaded by frogs and hippos.
Food was very good. We especially enjoyed the hot toast for breakfast. We also loved the variety of birds who joined us for breakfast.There was an attractive seating area with an open fire for the evenings.
There was a lot of water in the reserve (more than usual for this time of year) but despite that we managed to move around the surrounding area. Sometimes it seemed a boat would have been more appropriate than a jeep.
Our driver/tracker was excellent, and so we saw virtually all the animals possible and a great variety of birds. (Lion, Elephant, Hippo, Crocodile, Leopard, Kudu, Zebra, Giraffe, Buffalo, Lechwe, Wattled Crane, Saddle-Billed Stork, Southern ground hornbill, Pels Fishing Owl) This was despite the fact that in this camp our vehicle was not allowed off road. We were lucky in that the camp was not crowded so we mainly had the vehicle to ourselves.
In particular the leopard was wonderful. A large male, in broad day light moving in an unhurried way. In full view for about 20 mins . He seemed to pose for photos and spent about 7 minutes cleaning himself on the road track.
The boat transfer to Kwara was lovely and made a change from those small cramped planes. Our thanks to Water and Letty.
Greatest surounding landscape ever!!!!
Xakanaxa was just brilliant.
The surounding landscape was breathtaking, the camp itself was wonderful, and so were its people; very friendly, yet again amazingly professional. The tent was super having a wonderful view of the fields and the water. The food was good, and our guide did his best so that we see as much wildlife as possible.
It was a great stay!!!