Reviews of Xakanaxa
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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!!!
Xakanaxa jewel of Moremi
This camp had a certain sadness about it, due to the fact that the previous managers had just left due to the ill health of Flo.
Our guide had been in his present job for over 20 years and lacked some of the enthusiasm of the guides at the previous camps, however the game viewing was excellent, the highlights being Lionesses with their young, a pride of 12 lions,E lephants, Buffalo, Hippo and Zebra all with their young.
The food here was exceptional as were the rooms and laundry facilities. We enjoyed the plunge pool and the wonderful river aspect. A lovely, lovely setting with great facilities. A great camp run by lovely Lettie and her fantastic cooks.
The guides were more reserved than at previous camps and didn`t initiate conversation with guests.
Great time at Xakanaxa
Xakanaxa was my favourite lodge on this trip.
It is set within Moremi National Park which means some restrictions such as no night drives and officially no off-road but this is more than compensated by the abundance of game and the general level of service.
The accommodation was very carefully thought-out and provided all that you needed without being too over the top. A good variety of activities were provided and nothing was too much trouble.
For those looking for a game-rich experience and a very comfortable hospitable lodge this may well be what you are looking for!
This camp in the Moremi reserve is in a stunning location and the best decorated / designed camp we went to in Botswana. The owners did put a lot of effort in the decoration and setup - really amazing. However the camp accept more guests than the other camps we have been to so with all the turnover there is less of a community/family feeling.
We did mainly game drive in the Moremi reserve, we 've seen a lot and the environment is stunning with great colors, forest, water and plains. We had the chance to follow a price of lions with cubs following bufallos and two wild dog sighting (including a kill).
We found that the standard of guiding is not as good as in Chitabe or Kwando Lebala (our guide was not enthousiastic or willing to spend time just watching a scene) and there are more vehicles in the reserve which is expected as it's not private. We also did a very nice and refreshing afternoon boat trip where we've seen lot's of birds very close, but we would have liked to have more Mokoro possibilities (only 10mins of Mokoro during the afternoon).