Experience the freedom and exhilaration of the Okavango Delta at &Beyond Xudum, with its unique rooftop hideouts in each of the nine private safari suites. Overlooking a sparkling lagoon, the earthy, handsome glamour of this striking lodge provides the perfect counterpoint to the natural bounty of this watery wilderness.
Sprawled along the banks of a lagoon and guarded by a resident family of hippo, &Beyond Xudum lies deep within an exclusive 25 000 hectare wildlife concession. Nine playfully crafted split-level safari suites in handsome tones of chocolate and ebony feature large bathtubs and romantic al fresco showers. Rising high as the treetops, an open upper level entices guests to while away the afternoon in a lofty hide or enjoy a private dinner under the stars, while a private plunge pool promises instant refreshment on a sunny day.
Guests can indulge in a playful moment or two on a big tractor tyre swing in the shade of the trees or gaze out over the lagoon from the quiet comfort of the massive couches in the multi-layered guest areas. An interactive kitchen allows guests to tantalise their taste buds while watching the chefs at work. Guests indulge in a water and wilderness experience, from mokoro excursions to thrilling night game drives and guided daytime walks.
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.