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One of the best known water based concessions, the Xaxaba Concession lies in the permanent delta and borders the famous Chief’s Island region of the Moremi Game Reserve. The area changes hugely with the floods as three quarters of the area is seasonally inundated.
This is an exclusively water-based area and so tracking game is not a feature of visiting the area. There is a lot of game here however and you will see antelope such as lechwe, tsessebe, reedbuck and kudu (but not roan or sable) when out on a walking safari as well as zebra and giraffe. From the water you will have a good view of hippopotamus and crocodile. Leopard are common because the riverside forest is their preferred habitat but they are always difficult to see wherever they are because they rely on surprise and concealment.
This is a paradise for birders. This is the kingdom of giant, malachite and pied kingfishers and also saddle billed storks, as well as lapwings and knob-billed ducks. When the summer begins, migrants such as paradise flycatchers and carmine bee-eaters.
There are small areas of permanent swamp with clumps of bulrushes and papyrus. Riparian forest around the Boro river is the dominant characteristic of the area which includes leadwood, jackalberry, fevertree and sausage tree and also notably huge strangler figs which can envelop and smother their host tree. Sedge and grasses are found on the floodplains, especially ‘silver spike’ grass.
Access: By light aircraft
Best Months: All year round
One of the original Okavango camps, Delta Camp lies in the heart of the great Okavango Delta in a particularly scenic location. This is a charming camp with plenty of character, and a focus on tranquil activities, only mokoro and walking is offered here - no motorised activities. Built from locally grown reed and grass, this simple, eco- friendly lodge offers informative walking safaris within the Moremi Game Reserve – the perfect outdoor classroom.
Deep in the Okavango Delta, on the edge of Chief’s Island, lies Oddballs Camp –a low-impact eco – lodge with views overlooking the magnificent Delta. One of the original Okavango Camps, Oddballs is a rustic camp with great character and is best suited to those looking for an adventurous Okavango experience. Activities focus on walking safaris on Chief’s Island and mokoro trips, when water levels permit. Overnight mokoro safaris are also offered.
Gunn’s Camp has a splendid location on the banks of the Boro River, overlooking Chiefs Island and the Moremi Game Reserve. The camp is set under leafy palms and African Ebony and blends naturally with its unique surroundings. Gunn’s is a small traditional camp, simple and more affordable than most Okavango camps. The focus is on walking, boating and mokoro excursions. No game drives are offered unless water levels are extremely low.
One of the largest camps in the Okavango Delta, Moremi Crossing has been built on a palm fringed island overlooking Chief’s Island. While not as intimate as many camps, Moremi Crossing boasts a lovely location and is one of the most affordable camps in the Okavango. The focus here is on walking and water activities. No game drives are offered unless water levels are extremely low.
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