Xobega Island Camp is a remote destination that is only accessed via boat, which becomes the primary game viewing activity. There are no game drives on the island; but mokoro excursions are offered into the lagoons at the boat station. A summary of activities is as follows:
Boating safaris are the main attraction at Xobega Island, while mokoro safaris are easily organised. Daily routines change according to guests’ itineraries; however, the below is a guideline of day-to-day activity:
Botswana is a year-round destination and ‘when to go’ depends on preference regarding game viewing, landscape and weather. Your journey to Xobega includes driving through Moremi Game Reserve, where big game famously resides, while Xobega itself is an all-round water-based safari experience.
In September and October, temperatures can soar to the early 40°Cs and it is the driest period, with game keeping close to the remaining waterholes in Moremi. The rain begins in summer, and runs from November to April and transforms the area into a prime birding destination.
For unforgettable big game viewing, the winter months (June, July, August) are the best as the bush is thinner, making visibility better, and the permanent waterholes and lagoons are alive with wildlife.
The climate in Botswana brings very hot, dry periods and also very wet seasons. Winter (June, July, August) packs cold nights and mild, dry days. Depending on what time of year you travel, you will need certain essentials.
Xobega Island Camp is a private piece of a very special place in Africa. A rustic, bush camp marooned on a tree-filled island in the World Heritage Site, the Okavango Delta. Glamping doesn’t get better than this!
Guests can expect an adventurous, outdoors experience, with thrilling boat rides involving territorial hippos, a plethora of birdlife, and island life under canvas without the luxury of plumbing and electricity, but solar power and hot water provide just the right amount of comfort. This is a wilderness experience embracing all the elements of nature & is perhaps not suited to elderly guests, or those who would prefer luxury.
Groups of friends or families will enjoy the sunset boat cruises complete with gin & tonic, and simple, delicious dinners concluded by chatter around a campfire. Embrace nature at Xobega!