Xaranna is a different camp with a very current feel to it. Not the type of place you would expect to stay in on safari. The prominent colours of the camp are lime green and white! It has tried to be contemporary and it just doesn’t fit in with its surroundings. More to the point, when the floods are up, which is when the delta is in peak season, there is very little land for game driving and night drives are hindered by the flood levels, therefore limiting activities. If you’re not after an authentic safari but more so the current and spruced up feel to life, then Xaranna is a good best bet.
Xaranna - The Details
Xaranna is located in the south west of the Okavango Delta on a private concession. The airstrip is only 15 minutes from the camp and the flight from Maun is about 20 to 40 minutes depending on the flight routing.
Xaranna is a the sister camp to Xudum, both sharing the same concession area. Similar to Xudum in service and layout, quite different in style. Xaranna is more a contemporary camp, very bright and has a loud character to it in the sense of it being modern. The finishing’s in the main area are noticeably more current than Xudum and the layout slightly different. There are two main areas separated by a walkway; one slightly more raised than the other which is predominantly the lounge side of it, although it can be used for dining as well, and the other side which is mainly for dining.
Each room has a surprise round every corner. The accommodation is a permanent tent, 12 x 5 metres in size, with great balcony views and a raised walkway / platform which goes right round the tent. The interiors also keep the contemporary style with the walls of the tents being made from wood.
The rooms have air conditioning, a writing desk, mini-bar, a circular relaxation sofa, slim gym kit, freestanding baths, 2 showers, 2 sinks and a mosquito net with interior fans. Most of all, each room has a private swimming pool and lounging area. Ideal for summer visits!
The game in the area can be poor as the floods really do affect that area of the delta, thus limiting game drives. But boating in the area is a great activity to pursue while game walks are possible from the camp and the night drives only when the flood level are down, which is sadly in the season.