Xaranna Okavango Tented Camp Reviews

Read what our previous clients thought of Xaranna Okavango Tented Camp

Client Score: 4.5
Xaranna Okavango Tented Camp

Jillian & Carla McInerney

3

Accommodation fabulous, staff, food and facilities fabulous. Wildlife limited. Our guide not the best. I think he would not be able to track his own 'shadow'....which was a shame for a 5 star lodge. Xaranna is a water activity based lodge, and for those activities it was very enjoyable. For us Xaranna was perfect to be between Chobe under Canvass and Sandibe.

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Mr and Mrs Ross and family

5

Tranquil spot. A good contrast to Jacks and Sandibe, being totally water based and fun to get to. Less wildlife on offer- although we chose to only do the water based trips. Gliding through the reeds in a Mokoro was good for the soul, as were the views of sunrise across the delta. 'Rooms' are tents in wooden platforms sleeping 2 each. Each had a mini unheated pool overlooking the delta- kids loved those- I dipped toes only. Staff are very friendly and have beautiful voices- the choir comes out often! Kids were entertained with card games, Jenga and watching the monkeys raiding the communal areas for food.

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Jaap Slotema and Carol Harding

2

Very dated. Wholes in the mosquito net around the bed. stains in the carpets. Furniture broken. Ice machine and freezer broken, so no ice. It would appear that management is too inexperienced..

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Jacob & Laura Harris

5

Xarana was the highlight of the trip. We were the only guests there so were truly spoiled. Out butler Kenneth was so accommodating and a very calming presence. Our guide Dennis and tracker Balebi went above and beyond expectation looking for wild dogs which they knew we really wanted to see. The assistant manager Mothusi organised a surprise lunch in the bush and dinner on our private deck which were phenomenal. Xarana is a truly special place.

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Erin Solis

5

The tents were beyond luxurious-- we felt like we were living a dream. The boat ride to the camp was one of the most memorable experiences. The setting of this camp is truly unique. Perhaps because we only stayed the one night, we did not find that the service or the food was up to par with that of Nxabega. The service and food were still excellent at Xaranna but Nxabega just took it to the next level. The guides at Xaranna seemed most interested in locating lions (which we had seen at Nxabega many times) and we were find to go along with it-- but after (2) four hour game drives, their efforts seemed fruitless, which didn't bother us in the least, but did seem to bother the guides. We had a great time and a great adventure regardless. It did seem, however, that there was significantly more wildlife at Nxabega than at Xaranna-- at least during the game drives. Animals in their water environment were teeming at Xaranna but the game drives were rather desolate. It was the reverse experience at Nxabega. We loved Xaranna too! Particularly Seren the manager. She opened some special bottles of wine which was such a welcome treat!

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Anonymous

5

The Xaranna camp is one of the most beautiful places we have stayed - and we have traveled quite a bit. the bungalows are absolutely luxurious and decorated very tastefully. Compared to Nxabega, xaranna seemed more suitable for honeymooners, as there is more privacy and more flexibility in terms of staff/ facilities, e.g. phones in the rooms - that way you can call the front desk and ask for a pick up after dark. At Nxabega that is not possible, we had the last Bungalow which was a bit difficult logistics wise. The food at Xaranna was amazing as well.However, animal sightings were very limited - but that might have been due to rain fall.

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Janice, Melbourne

5

Accommodation is that of luxury, with both indoor and outdoor showers and a huge bath and a king size bed, mine overlooked the lagoon, also all had a nice plunge pool to cool off in. Resident hippo live in the lagoon and elephants walk through the camp, so the wild life experience is right at the door step of the camp. One night sitting in the main hall the hippo and her baby came out of the lagoon and fed on the grass just below the deck of the main hall. This was quite amazing and by all accounts unusual as they normally went the other side of the lagoon away from the camp. There was also a resident bush buck that wondered around which enable up close photos. There is quite a lot of different experiences on offer, canoe rides through the lagoons, flat bottom motor boats around the vast lagoons and driving safari. The wildlife viewing is quite different in the delta, much harder to locate as there is a vast amount of reeds and vegetation so the animals can hide, also a number of island surrounded by water which are harder to get to. Whilst something of a challenge we saw giraffe, elephant, impala, zebra and buffalo, some much easier to spot than others. Bird viewing on the canoe and boat trip was also quite good. The staff were excellent, helpful and nothing was too much trouble. The food was great and plentiful with a different menu each night and plenty on offer for breakfast and lunch, not to mention the high tea prior to the game drive. You certainly never go hungry and staff are truly helpful. The only challenge in this area is with the driving safari, we did get bogged several times in the muddy terrain and the guide and tracker spent ages trying to get the vehicle free. Whilst this was just another experience for us I could imagine it could be quite frustrating for some and I felt particularly sorry for them working so hard to free the car in the hot humid conditions around 39c and very humid. I couldn't understand why the vehicle didn't come equipped with a winch which would have made the job much easier and would suggest this is something that &beyond consider to make the experience of the guest and the job of the staff better.

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Anonymous

5

Our favourite destination. We just regret we didn't stay another night. The children were actually a bit sad to leave, they'd become so attached to our lovely guides 'MD' and Vincent and to the camp manager Grant. But I could list so many of the staff at this camp who made our stay a memory of a lifetime. It was the way the made the stay so bespoke - our children could wander into the kitchen to look at the food being prepared and choose what they wanted and they could wander round the camp with ease. It was a dreamy sort of place in the wilderness where ironically as an urban family we've never felt so at home and welcome. Favourite memory: lunch by the hippo pool.

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