Like the water lily from which it takes its inspiration, &Beyond Xaranna nestles deep in the heart of the watery wonderland that makes up the Okavango Delta. This serene and remote camp with only nine tents offers an exclusive experience steeped in the wonder and magic of this extraordinary ecosystem.
&Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp enjoys luxurious solitude on its own Delta island within a 272 000 hectare (672 125 acre) exclusive wildlife concession. Taking its inspiration from the water lily, Xaranna is a delightful camp with just nine ensuite safari tents that combine canvas and bleached timber. The overall atmosphere of the camp is cool, light and airy, in keeping with the gentle beauty of its environment. The safari tents are organic in design and are delicately decorated in shade of khaki and soft lily pink. Each tent boasts a romantic outdoor sala, private plunge pool, indoor bathtub and al fresco shower.
The guest areas are all carefully positioned to maximise the sweeping views out across the channels, with classic Delta tree-line silhouettes. The camp celebrates Botswana’s iconography, with humorous design touches used throughout. The intimate guest sitting area boasts a spacious reading area, perfect for afternoon relaxation. The elevated dining area features shady verandas with mesmerising views leading out onto an open-air boma where exotic candlelit dinners are served beneath the stars. A fully-stocked Safari Shop offers chic outdoor gear, African art and jewellery.
A maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and overgrown islands with its own unique wildlife, the Okavango Delta lies like a sparkling jewel at the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Here the Okavango River, flowing more than a thousand kilometres from Angola, disappears beneath the sands, creating a lush inland delta in the middle of this otherwise arid country. Known as the river that never finds the sea, the Delta’s crystal clear channels spread over the thirstlands of the Kalahari with their papyrus-fringed banks and fertile floating islands.
Adapted for life in and out of water, the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga are found in this watery wilderness. Lion, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog share the floodplains with large herds of elephant and buffalo. Hippo inhabit the deeper channels and lagoons, while honey badgers can be seen in broad daylight. Tall termite mounds are home for families of dwarf and banded mongoose. Iridescent dragonflies, frogs of every colour and jewel-like kingfishers live in the papyrus-lined banks.
Weather & climate
Botswana has hot, wet summers that last from October to April. Temperatures can rise to over 40°C and usually drop to 25°C at night. Winters (from May to September) are dry and cool and the nights can be chilly. The rainy season, usually experienced in the form of magnificent afternoon thundershowers, is from late December to the end of February, sometimes continuing into March. Summer rains bring spectacular migrant birds to Botswana. The average annual rainfall is approximately 500 mm.
The currency is Botswana pula. US dollars are also widely accepted, however notes dated before 2003 or higher denomination notes are no longer accepted.
Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express are accepted by most restaurants, shops and hotels.
Visas and documents
South African passport holders travelling to Botswana do not require a visa.
Travellers to Botswana must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months from date of travel and should have at least two blank pages available in their passport.