Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp is set in a private concession of 8 000 hectares (19 800 acres) to the southeast of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve in the centre of one of the most unique regions in the world, the Okavango Delta. Renowned for its lush waterways and abundant wildlife, the Okavango is home to a number of aquatic and land species.
Nxabega means "Place of the Giraffe" in the language of the "River Bushmen", the Bayei, who live in remote parts of the Okavango. Nxabega is on the edge of the Delta in a 7000 hectare exclusive wildlife concession on the western border of Moremi Game Reserve. The camp houses a maximum of 18 guests, and nestles under a dense stand of African Ebony and Strangler Fig trees. Ten East African safari tents stand on raised wooden platforms with private verandahs. Nxabega is ideally located for a combined visit to Sandibe Safari Lodge, in the south-east of the Delta. Nxabega has excellent game viewing opportunities all year round. The camp is a unique combination of the Okavango water wilderness experiences of poling in a mokoro (dugout canoe) and boating, with guided wilderness walks and big game watching on evening game drives. Lion and hyena are routinely seen in camp at night - birding is exceptional.
Situated under dense stands of African Ebony and Strangler Fig, the stylish accommodation comprises just ten East African style safari tents on raised wooden platforms. Each tent has an en suite hot/cold shower and a private wooden verandah, shaded under a canvas canopy. A maximum of 18 guests may be accommodated at the camp.
The lavish new camp is a mixture of Afro-chic and classic safari. There are ostrich egg chandeliers, cow hide rugs, leather headboards and porcupine quill lamp shades.
Nxabega's ten classic Hemingway tents have been styled to match the calm elegance of the main lodge. Crisp white linen, soft hide headboards, parchment lampshades and dressing tables with leather boxes set the scene.
Award-winning Pan-African cuisine combines wholesome African flavours with innovative flair and sophistication. From breakfast in bed, lamplit cocktails on a river island to walking picnics, the staff at Nxabega handle any special requests with delightful aplomb. Private bush dinners are an incomparable end to the day. Bush dinners are served in a clearing in the bush under a star-studded sky. Dining under the stars is an unforgettable African bush experience.
The magnificent elevated main building overlooks the floodplain and is made from local timber, reed and thatch. There is a dining room, lounge and expansive sundecks. The elevated observation platform offers unobstructed views over the floodplain. There is an outside dining and campfire area, a swimming pool, curio shop and interpretive centre.
The camp's main area is an open residence of ragged-edge thatch and burnished teak, bearing all of the grace of a gentlemen's club. There are finely-panelled walls inset with enormous mirrors, bookshelves and sculptural wooden artefacts collected from around Africa.
Yet the gentle beauty of the surrounding Delta has not been forgotten. The walls concertina to open up the sultry views. Papyrus-lined permanent waterways and plains line this exclusive wildlife concession on the edge of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve.
Morning and afternoon/early evening game drives in open Land Rovers afford unmatched year-round adventures into Okavango's kalei
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