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Xobega Island Camp is a remote destination that is only accessed via boat, which becomes the primary game viewing activity. Mokoro excursions are offered into the lagoons at the boat station.

Safari

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:

  • Morning and afternoon boat cruises around the Delta islands and through the hippo-filled channels
  • Birdwatching from the camp and boat – Pel’s fishing owls are known to nest on Xobega Island, giving avid birder’s something very special to look forward to.
  • Sundowners on the water – Guests can enjoy icy refreshments at the most beautiful time of day as the boating safari continues, or a stop off at an island for sundowners.
  • Mokoro safaris – Optional at boat station on transfers in and out of Xobega Island.
  • Photography – Whether out on the boat or relaxing on the island, always have a camera handy, especially if you are a keen birder.

Daily Schedule

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:

  • 06h00  Wake up call followed by coffee and rusks at the dining tent
  • 06h30  Depart for 3-4 hour boat cruise including a coffee stop
  • 10h30  Return to camp with hot bucket showers ready and waiting
  • 11h30  Brunch is served in the dining tent, followed by afternoon siesta
  • 15h00  High tea is served before afternoon boat cruise
  • 16h00  Depart for afternoon boat cruise including sundowners
  • 18h30  Return to camp with hot bucket showers ready and waiting
  • 19h30  Dinner is served at camp, followed by campfire chatter

When to Go

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.

What to Pack

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.

  • Throughout the year, we recommend packing lightweight, neutral-coloured clothing with short sleeves
  • Bring sun protection in the form of sunblock, sun hats, and glasses.
  • Scarfs, jackets and gloves are needed for early mornings on the boat, especially in winter.
  • Comfortable closed shoes, sun protection in the form of hats, sunglasses and sun block.
  • Bring along cameras, binoculars and recording gadgets to keep a record of the many wildlife sightings.

What to Expect

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!

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