Reviews of Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp
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Beautiful and peaceful
Such a friendly and beautiful setting. Our "tent" was large, spacious with a beautiful and private view, indoor and outdoor showers, electricity, etc.
Our guide and tracker were SO knowledgeable, and it was a pleasure watching them collaborate and track lions, leopards, etc. - they were SO skilled!
The food was expertly prepared, varied and delicious. Both the boat and canoe trips in the late afternoon were peaceful, and the Okavango sunsets were stunning. We saw every animal we had hoped to see.
All staff were courteous, friendly and professional.
MY BOTSWANA: NXABEGA OKAVANGO TENTED CAMP
Although it was my fourth visit to Nxabega I was not disappointed and found the staff, guide and tracker friendly and helpful. I especially enjoyed having my own butler who attended my dining needs and remembered my likes and dislikes and what I liked to drink.
However there were changes, both environmental and campwise, since my last visit: giraffes and elephants had as far as I knew disappeared from the area but a cheetah had arrived and produced a litter of cubs which she was busy rearing in the territory she had established. Apparently the cheetah was found on farmland and rather than shoot her the farmer gave her to Nxabega.
A dozen fruit bats had taken over the ceiling of the Camp's entrance and a large family of baboons had established themselves around the camp. The baboons were destructive to the point that the camp hired a member of staff as a 'baboon scarer' to try and reduce the baboons' activities - although not always successful. My first sight of them was of a large male baboon prancing around on a roof with an orange cushion that had been taken from an unoccupied hut which the baboons had ransacked.
They had also gained entrance to the shop and I saw the assistant bent over a grill into which she was poking a stick with sticky gum on the end to try and retrieve what the baboons had put into the grill. It may be old news but the best story about the baboons was when they managed to obtain entrance to a Medical Doctor's tent where he had left his assortment of pills and medicines. The baboons ransacked the tent and everything the doctor and his wife had with them. They emptied pills, even those in childproof containers, and liquid medicines along with make-up everywhere and proceeded to smear it on the walls and furnishing. Apparently afterwards it was impossible to tell whether or not some baboons were "high" on drugs, whether the sleeping ones were unconscious through medication or whether eating the cosmetics had influenced their behavior.
The guide and tracker worked hard to give us as much good viewing as possible; in some cases going to extremes to make sure we did not miss something, e.g. a lion eating a buffalo.
The mokoro trips had changed and were no longer poled to where one could go ashore (as in the past for coffee) and the water plants seem more abundant.
The decor of the accommodation has been altered but I preferred the old layout; the new area between the washing and sleeping areas seemed irrelevant and, strangely, intrusive and was something I did not want to be bothered with.
Great location and staff
Enjoyed all the singing by the staff who all seemed to have excellent training in gospel singing!
Location was great, overlooking a body of water. The rooms were very private and very comfortable. The grounds could have been more educational if key plants had been identified with a short narrative about them. This is a missed opportunity as there are lots of plants and trees on the premises.
The staff were exceptionally attentive and we did feel like valued customers. Breakfasts should include toast as an option. On the whole lunch was the best meal with good variety and flavour.
Great location and great star-lit dinner
A great location overlooking a small lagoon, with vervet monkeys all round. Good guiding and a lot of very interesting wildlife sightings.
A great surprise and a great pleasure to have our dinner round a camp-fire under the stars, away from the lodge, on our first night
Good - but not prefect
Had this been our first camp we'd probabaly have like it better but coming after Little Vumbura it seemed to us a little formal and over regimented. We'd wanted to try an &Beyond camp having been to a spectacular one in India but this one is probably ready for an upgrade - or perhaps we were just over picky after our first two camps.
The tent was fine, though the bathroom was just behind a canvas flap so you had to know your companion very well. We liked the outdoor deck with a big parasol. We had one extremely noisy night when elephants decided to investigate the fruits on the tree right outside our tent. Elephants, hippos and baboons were regular visitors round camp but we never felt at all worried by them. On our first night we were taken straight from our game drive to a spot near the camp which had been beautifully decorated with lanterns, for dinner preceded by singing and dancing by the staff. For this and other meals we all sat at separate tables which felt a little odd after the communal dining everywhere else. But as nearly all the other guests were families with children perhaps it was easier. The food was fine but again a little formally presented.
Megan had warned us that this wasn't really the camp for great game viewing but I think we were surprised at how little there was - and actually started to feel sorry for the guide and spotter who kept assuring us that there was usually more to see! The guide has to be the slowest driver we've ever had , though he did manage to get us there in time to see a group of wild dog puppies devouring an impala under the watchful eye of their parents. Even the mokoro and boat rides, whilst again very relaxing, were lacking in wildlife sightings. Perhaps not the best time of year for this camp.
High quality tented accommodation
Lovely location, fine main building, great guiding.
Rainy season: slightly damp in the tent generally and a small leak.
Bathroom design, with shower in the middle of the room, not very convenient.
Nxabega third time around
After a short game drive from the airstrip we were soon being greeted by Goffa (manager) and staff and sitting down to brunch.
We didn't get the tent we requested but had a much better one overlooking the lagoon. Nxabega is excellent for birding and we had a brilliant guide (KD) and tracker(Fred). We had KD before when he was at Xaranna and he immediately recognised us. His bird identifaction was excellent and we did find three different leopards in three game drives (not bad considering we were looking for birds)!!
The food was very good and plentiful - including the bush BBQ where the whole camp staff had moved into the bush which was a memorable experience with the trees lit up by hanging lanterns.
Thoroughly recommended for birding especially when you have the game wagon to yourselves (which we were lucky to have for most of the time).
Great guides. Great location.
A marvellous place with excellent guides and excellent personnel. We had a wonderful experience there.
The rooms are great, but the textile-walls need some thorough cleaning.
Nxabega Safari Camp review
Water activities are excellent and we had a fantastic evenings fishing. The game was more scarce than other camps we visited, but we still saw elephant, giraffe, hippo, leopard and lots of birds.
Very attentitive staff who need no excuse to start singing and dancing. Lovely accomodation, although it is starting to show signs of wear.
Nxabega Safari Camp review
We loved this camp because the staff was so much fun--they enjoyed their jobs and their English was very good. This may be due to the manager, Patrick, who seemed like one of the family with staff and guests as well. He was always fun to socialize with whenever the opportunity presented.
At least four people greeted us upon arrival and departure for our treks, with one of the women making us smile with her wonderful ululating. Our tracker, T.T., even ran alongside the airplane waving goodbye when we left the camp. & Beyond still uses trackers which we think enhances the opportunity to find animals. With the tracker and the guide, K.D., we saw lots of animals., particularly lions. In fact, we almost ran over a pride resting in the tall grass, necessitating us to back up so the tracker could get in the vehicle.
The food here was exceptional and inspired me to try imitating some of the salads and egg dishes in particular. We even had a delicious meal served in the bush with romantic lighting of lanterns hanging in the trees overhead.