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A beautiful concession in the western Okavango.
This well known private concession at the head of the Xudum River is on the western boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve. With a variety of habitats the concession benefits from access to the permanent waters of the Xudum supporting good populations of game all year round.
Animals – Leopard particularly enjoy the woodland habitats of the Pom Pom Concession. Lion and spotted hyena are other predators found in this area. Wild dog are sometimes seen here. Giraffe love the Pom Pom concession. Zebra, blue wildebeest, red lechwe, impala and elephant are all common. Cheetah are a rare sight.
Birds -The area is known for its water-birds but there is a profusion of raptors such as bateleur and martial eagles; in this concession you will find a really wide range of dry-land species and aquatic birds. Bee eaters, kingfishers, squacco herons and slaty egrets are amongst some of the birds that will be seen here. It is also a perfect habitat for the Pel’s fishing owl. Kanana Camp sits on the Xudum river and guests there can access two heronries: a smaller one and a second that is as large as the heronry at Godikwe. Egrets, storks, cormorants, herons and a wealth of other birds are found in this nursery during the breeding season.
Plantlife – Pom Pom concession is at the centre of the Delta and has the full range of Delta habitats. Therefore if you visit here you will see wide open floodplains with tiny palm filled islands, both real fan palms and wild date palms. Pom Pom also has waterlogged marshes with reeds and papyrus and forests of magnificent riverine trees such as sausage tree, leadwood and jackalberries. There are areas with large expanses of wild sage and also acacia woodlands.
Access – By light aircraft: this is a private concession where guests’ trips are booked well in advance and the terrain is anyway not suitable for vehicular access.
Best Months – There is excellent game here all year round. Concentrations of game are higher in the dry season, but the variation is not as marked as in peripheral areas: this is the centre of the Delta! Birding is best in the wet months but, again, is excellent all year round.
Camps – Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp | Kanana Camp | Pom Pom Camp
Meaning “Place of the Giraffe,” Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp is known for its luxurious and elegant tented accommodation with breath-taking views of the Okavango Delta. This is an intimate, stylish camp which offers the experience of water and wildlife on twice-daily game-drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles, mokoro and powerboat excursions (water levels permitting).
Kanana Camp is a hidden jewel set on the Xudum River in the southwest Okavango. A luxurious tented camp with year-round water and land activities, Kanana also boasts excellent game viewing. The area encompasses a necklace of islands dotted with palms, figs, ebony and knobthorn trees, and is home to a myriad of birds, plants and animals. Set on a private concession, activities at Kanana include game drives, walking, boating, mokoro trips and a sleep out option.
Kujwana is the home of Okavango Horse Safaris, the first riding specialist in the Okavango who offer one of the finest riding safaris in Africa. Set in the beautiful western corner of the Okavango, Kujwana is the largest and most established of their camps, and where all their safaris begin. Days are usually spent exploring on horseback with other activities like game drives and boating offered to enrichen the Okavango safari experience.
Long established Pom Pom Camp is a charming camp set on the scenic island of Pom Pom in a private concession at the head waters of the Xudum river system. Lying on the western boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve the game viewing in this pretty area is varied and interesting, enjoyed through a variety of land and water activities. A traditional, comfortable and friendly camp, Pom Pom is an old favourite in the Okavango.
Set on a private concession in the pretty western corner of the Okavango, Mokolowane Camp lies on the Matsebi River and consists of five tree houses. It is a simple and charming camp reached by a full day ride from Okavango horse Safari’s main camp, Kujwana. The focus is horse riding but other activities are offered.
For the most adventurous travellers the simple fly camp on the longer itineraries with Okavango Horse Safaris provides the ultimate authentic safari experience. Visited for a couple of nights as part of the 10 night riding safari, this is a very rustic but comfortable camp set up especially for your visit. Visited between stops at the permanent camps, this unique experience of sleeping under the stars is sure to leave you with memories for life.
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