Reviews of Nxabega Tented Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
36 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Nxabega Tented Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp review"
Guides great" See all these reviews: 13n in South Africa; 6n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp review"
Good animal sitings including wild dogs, honey badger, leopard!" See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana; 4n in Zimbabwe
"Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp review"
I would go back there in a heartbeat." See all these reviews: 10n in Namibia; 9n in Botswana; 3n in Zimbabwe; 1n in South Africa
"Great safari at Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp"
"Beautiful and peaceful"
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." See all these reviews: 6n in Botswana; 1n in South Africa
"MY BOTSWANA: NXABEGA OKAVANGO TENTED CAMP"
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." See all these reviews: 13n in Botswana
"Great location and staff"
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." See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana; 1n in Zambia; 1n in Zimbabwe
"Great location and great star-lit dinner"
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" See all these reviews: 25n in Namibia; 8n in Botswana
"Good - but not prefect"
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." See all these reviews: 11n in Botswana
"High quality tented accommodation"
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." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana
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