Xudum belongs to &Beyond who have some fantastic lodges, but this one, as amazing as it is, really lets the product down. Designed for those wanting all the creature comforts you get in smart city hotels and it really takes the safari out of safari. The lodge itself is lovely if you are after this and not so great if you want to experience the wilderness. That aside, the game in the area is very poor and when the floods are up, there is very little land to game drive on.
Xudum Camp - The Details
Xudum Camp is located in South-West of the Okavango delta on a private concession, only a 20 to 40 minute flight from Maun (depending on the flight route) and only a 15 minute drive from the airstrip.
Xudum comprises a central area, containing an interactive kitchen, a bar, dining area and a raised sala lounge with panoramic views over the facing flood plains and sporadic delta islands. Each of the nine rooms is made from the finest wood, with a 7 x 5 metre main room and a 7 x 5 metre bathroom with a freestanding bath, an open indoor shower, 2 basins, masses of storage and a door leading out by your private pool to another shower…outdoor! The bedroom has a kingsize bed, with a four poster style mosquito net and within it, an air conditioner. There is also an air conditioner for the main room, a writing desk, mini-bar, slim gym kit and a walkway that runs round the whole structure.
The game around the camp is poor - especially during the high floods which leave very little room for game drives and walking, and also little room for the animals themselves. It is very much a water camp in the floods. But in general the game isn’t great and boating is a good option when here. There are also bush walks from the camp.