Explore Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp
Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp is an intimate, exclusive, and rustic tented camp with a contemporary safari elegance situated in Botswana’s vast and virtually untouched freshwater wetland of Okavango Delta. Deemed one of the world’s premier wilderness areas and largest inland deltas, the Okavango Delta covers between 6 and 15 000 square kilometres of Kalahari Desert in northern Botswana and owes its existence to the Okavango (Kavango) River, which gives rise to the Delta’s vast and dynamic ecosystem.
Ideally positioned to explore the magnificence of the Okavango Delta, Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp is set within a 25,000-hectare (61,775-acre) private wildlife concession on the edge of the Delta, bordering the renowned Moremi Game Reserve; offering exclusive entry into one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.
The small size of Nxabega ensures a luxury safari experience that is both exclusive and peaceful.
Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp & Okavango Delta Wildlife
There are few wild destinations on Earth that offer the same unique combination of spectacular wildlife, beautiful scenery, palm-fringed waterways, remote islands, and vast unspoilt wilderness than Botswana’s Okavango Delta.
Deemed one of the world’s premier wilderness areas and largest inland deltas, the Okavango Delta is home to an abundant and remarkable diversity of wildlife and birdlife. As the Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp is situated near the channels of the Delta, guests can look forward to excellent game viewing opportunities and unique and thrilling wilderness experiences and adventures.
Unlike most river deltas the Okavango River empties onto open land, flooding the savanna and creating a unique and ever-changing inland delta. The Okavango Delta is affected by seasonal flooding, with the delta floods covering over 6,175 square miles/ 16,000 square kilometers every year. The Delta’s peak flood season takes place during May – October (with water levels being at its highest during June – August).
The Delta’s peak flood season coincides with Botswana’s dry season, which in turn coincides with great migrations of plains game from the dry hinterland. During the Okavango Delta’s dry season, around 260,000 mammals are estimated to congregate around the delta, resulting in pristine wildlife sightings and encounters.
The Okavango Delta is known as a world-famous stronghold for predators, including lion prides, cheetah, and leopard, as well as one of the best places to see the African Big 5, elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion, leopard, and several rare wildlife species. The Okavango Delta is also where you’ll find one of the richest pack densities of the endangered African wild dog.
When exploring the Okavango Delta keep an eye out for its semi-aquatic antelopes, the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga antelope, as well as roan and sable antelope frequently spotted in the open woodlands of the Delta.
A myriad of species, including zebras, giraffes, blue wildebeest, brown and spotted hyena, warthogs, baboons, to mention merely a few, can frequently be sighted on the Okavango Delta floodplains. Be sure to venture to the edges of the Delta, where land blurs with water, and marvel at breeding herds of elephant splashing gently through shallow channels – it truly is a bucket-list worthy sighting and safari experience.
The Okavango Delta is also home to several nocturnal wildlife species, including the rarely spotted serval and pangolin, which can be spotted on a night drive. Also keep an eye out for families of hippos that come out of the water at night to graze.
In addition to its vast diversity of wildlife, the Okavango Delta is a renowned birding destination, boasting over 500 bird species, including several sought-after species such as the Pel’s Fishing Owl (the world’s only fish-eating owl), bee-eaters and kingfishers.
What to do at Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp
Activities & Experiences
Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp boasts a range of unique and exciting experiences that can be added to your journey.
Safari Game Drives in the Delta
Explore the thrilling wildlife diversity of this large private concession on exclusive morning and afternoon game drives that continue after sunset. Game drives in the Okavango Delta are remote and secluded, with very few safari vehicles sharing the private concession. &BEYOND’s Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp’s professionally trained safari guides tailor game drives to each guest’s preferences, promising up-close views of unique wildlife, birdlife, and flourishing vegetation.
In this untamed landscape, sensitive off-road driving practices allow you to get up close to the area’s exceptional wildlife, for an authentic safari experience unlike any other. Each game drive is an adventure, balancing along narrow wooden bridges and splashing through shallow crossings in a rugged open safari vehicle.
Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp also offers exciting night drives where you’ll have the opportunity to witness some of the Delta’s incredible nocturnal wildlife species such as the rarely spotted serval and pangolin
Mokoro Boat Safari
Undoubtedly one of the top things to do, and certainly one of the most thrilling too, when visiting Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta is go on a traditional mokoro boat safari. Glide through a maze of clear channels, waterways, and opaque lagoons on traditionally made mokoro boats, once carved out of ancient Delta trees, but now made from environmentally friendly fibreglass.
Going on an authentic mokoro boat safari gives you the opportunity to explore the Okavango Delta like you never have before, all while sitting mere centimetres above the water as you silently pass by unsuspecting wildlife. At the heart of the Delta lies a secluded network of waterways and islands where life slows down even further. Encounter grazing herds of elephant and red lechwe on palm islands, while crocodiles and hippos wade nearby under the watchful eye of the elegant African fish eagle.
Not only is going on a mokoro boat safari in the Okavango Delta one of the most unique, not-to-be-missed bucket-list worthy experiences, but the ultimate way to discover the Delta’s hidden gems, secret spots, and rare sightings you’d miss on a traditional game drive.
Guided Walking Safari
Going on a guided walking safari through some of Africa’s best game viewing territory is perfect for all nature and wildlife enthusiasts eager to experience something slightly more adventurous and adrenalin-inducing. With a fresh and thrilling view-from-the-ground, you get to discover a multitude of natural wonders, tread in the tracks of the Delta’s diverse wildlife, experience exceptional (and often hair-raising) wildlife and remarkable birdlife sightings, explore off-the-beaten-track hidden gems, and fully immerse yourself in the Delta wilderness, all in the company of your highly experienced walking safari guide.
Going on a guided walking safari in the Okavango Delta also gives you the opportunity to learn about and discover the complexities of tracking; observe exactly how your guide interprets the signs and sounds of the bush; smell and taste the wild herbs of the Delta as your guide explains their traditional uses; and explore the many small miracles of the bush you’ll typically not see – from the magnificent tapestry of a spider’s web to the microscopic world of the dung beetle. A Delta walking safari truly is a dynamic bucket-list experience and adventure guaranteed to captivate and engage all your senses.
Boating in the Delta
Explore the tranquil waterways and intricate network of winding channels and glassy lagoons of the Okavango Delta onboard a sleek, motorised boat. Covering great distances, you’ll be able to discover everything the Delta has to offer from an entirely different vantage point.
Besides magnificent views of the watery landscape, the unique perspective from the boat offers great sightings of water birds, such as ponderous herons, colourful bee-eaters, solemn owls, and jewelled kingfishers. Keep a look out for tiny reed frogs clinging to stilt-like grass, creating colourful dots along the water’s surface, as well as several of the Delta’s wildlife species that are harder to spot on a traditional game drive. Going on an exhilarating boat cruise is by far the best way to discover the watery heart of the Okavango Delta’s vast and majestic landscapes.
Scenic Helicopter Flight
Take to the Okavango Delta skies by enjoying an exhilarating scenic helicopter flight when visiting Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp. The Delta is one of the world’s greatest natural phenomena, featuring a series of both permanent and fleeting waterways and floodplains created when the waters of the Okavango River sink into the sands of the Kalahari Desert.
With many of the Delta’s remote areas generally inaccessible or not reachable in any other way, an aerial perspective is one of the best ways to get a true feeling for the Delta’s vast land-water spaces. Keen photographers and thrill seekers can even opt to have the doors removed for unrestricted views of the unfolding vistas below.
In addition to being deemed one of the world’s premier wilderness areas, the Okavango Delta is also renowned as one of Africa’s top fishing destinations due to its diverse variety of fish. Seasonal catch-and-release fishing excursions take place in the Panhandle region, where the Okavango River feeds into the labyrinth of channels and lagoons that make up the heart of the Delta wetland.
Notable fish species include the African pike and the sleek catfish. If you are after the impressive Tiger fish, embrace your adrenalin-fuelled inner angler, and set your rod up at Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, cast it into the water and watch for the lightning quick olive-coloured back and silvery underbelly of your catch.
Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp Accommodation
Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp is renowned for its elegant and luxurious, yet rustic tented accommodation. Boasting breathtaking views of mature mopane woodlands, seasonally flooded grasslands, and expansive lagoons and channels, it offers guests the ultimate escape in the heart of the Delta wilderness.
Tucked away in a riverine forest, this exclusive Okavango oasis boasts nine luxury tented suites, including a spacious family suite with an enclosed interleading walkway. Blending harmoniously with the environment, the nine private Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp suites are set on raised wooden platforms, cradled under a canopy of towering ebony trees. Each of the en-suite tented suites are linked to the main lodge by a sandy path through the bush along the edge of the island.
All of Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp suites are the epitome of luxury and exclusivity. From spacious and stylishly furnished indoor and outdoor living areas, open-designed en-suite bathrooms boasting both an indoor and screened outdoor rainshower, to an extended private veranda and deck complete with a shaded sitting area, irresistible hanging daybed, and glorious Delta outlooks – Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp will exceed all your expectations.
The thatched main area of this premier Delta wilderness escape is surrounded by large wooden decks on several levels, featuring comfortable seating from which to admire beautiful uninterrupted views over permanent floodplains where game is plentiful. As the 25,000-hectare private wildlife concession within which Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp is situated is unfenced, guests are often lucky enough to enjoy views of passing elephant families, the matriarchs gently keeping their little ones in line and guiding them through the glistening water.
Expansive indoor and outdoor sitting and dining areas include a range of guest-pleasure amenities that can be enjoyed right throughout your stay, including, but certainly not limited to: an interactive food and coffee bar complete with trained baristas; an idyllic fireplace setting ideal for enjoying a nightcap during the colder months; an exquisite and extensive pool area with stunning shaded salas and loungers perfect for soaking up the African sun or savouring a poolside cocktail; a dedicated massage sala; and a spectacular open-air boma, set under the dappled shade of the camp’s massive ebony trees, ideal for those buffet feasts under the stars. And that’s merely scratching the surface of what this exclusive and intimate &Beyond Okavango Delta hidden gem has to offer.
- Al Fresco Dining
- Stunning sparking pool
- Signature shop
- Massage Sala / Wellness Treatments
- Bar & Lounge
Best time to go to Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp & the Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta’s winning combination of permanent wetlands and abundant resident wildlife makes it one of the top year-round safari destinations in Africa.
When planning your trip, it is important to consider the Okavango Delta’s seasonal nature. The Okavango Delta has two distinct seasons, namely the dry winter season (April – October) and wet summer season (October – March). Each Delta season offers a unique experience in terms of wildlife, birdlife, vegetation, and safari adventures and experiences.
As most people (both local and international) travel to this unique pulsing wetland at the heart of Botswana for its pristine wildlife, April – October (dry season) is considered the best time to visit the Okavango Delta.
Reasons to visit the Okavango Delta during the dry winter season
Prime time for wildlife sightings
Optimal visibility due to sparse vegetation
Water levels reach its peak
Mild temperatures & minimal rain
Around 260,000 mammals congregate around the delta
Delta floods reach its peak | Great time for mokoro, boating & canoe safaris
The Okavango Delta is largely mosquito-free during its dry season
Peak migration period for animals to the Okavango Delta
Reasons to visit the Okavango Delta during the wet summer season
While the wet summer season (mid-October – March) is not typically considered the best time to visit the Okavango Delta, especially as it pertains to wildlife sightings, it offers visitors an entirely different and equally remarkable Delta experience.
Excellent bird watching as migrant birds are present | Peak breeding season for many migrant bird species
Start of the birthing season in the Delta | Plenty of newborn wildlife
Excellent photography opportunities as Delta landscapes transform into a beautiful lush green paradise
Lush greenery due to high rainfall
Due to the permanent water source a lot of wildlife remain in the heart of the Delta
It is the low season which means the Delta is far less crowded
Great predator sightings due to the increase in newborn wildlife
Animals are in good condition and visitors can expect excellent game sightings in the Kalahari
Okavango Delta Climate
Winter: April – October (beginning of October)
- Extremely low levels of rainfall
- Mostly dry conditions
- Mild – moderate day-time temperatures with a bit of sunshine
- Average day-time temperatures: +/- 25°C/80°F
- Early mornings are cold: +/- 7°C/45°F
- Extremely cold evening temperatures with temperatures often dropping below 0°C
- June to August is peak Delta flood season
Summer: October – March
- High levels of rainfall
- Rainfall is erratic, unpredictable, and highly regional
- Afternoon thunderstorms and short showers
- High day-time temperatures
- Average day-time temperatures: +/- 31°C/88°F
- Peak summer temperature: +/- 40°C (typically October)
- Morning temperatures are mild – moderate
Getting to Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp
By air: Air Botswana operates scheduled flights from OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) to Maun or Kasane. Airlink operates scheduled flights from OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) and Cape Town International Airport to Maun. Maun is the tourism capital and third largest town in Botswana. From there, you will embark on a short flight by light aircraft to an airstrip in the bush, where you will be warmly welcomed by the wonderful staff. A two-hour drive in an open safari vehicle or boat transfer completes your journey to the renowned &Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp.