This lovely lodge by &Beyond is just as fine a property as sister Xudum and well worth considering for travellers who are looking for a luxurious stay in the Okavango Delta. Highly recommended!
ACCESS & LOCATION:
&Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Lodge nestles in the heart of the game-rich Okavango Delta, sitting on an island within an exclusive wildlife concession shared with sister property Xudum.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
Xaranna’s communal building is approached via a floating jetty and has two levels, both with wooden flooring and a canvas roof. On the lower storey, there is the dining room, with individual tables, an adjoining kitchen, and beautiful views! Up a flight of steps, and also accessed from steps up from the jetty, is the Lodge’s lounge area – this boasts big grey comfortable sofas and outside seating too. Another flight of steps from the dining area takes you down to a sandy open-air fire pit, complete with camp chairs. There is also a souvenir shop, to the rear, as well as many secluded spots for reading or just relaxing and enjoying the amazing view!
The guest accommodation at Xaranna consists of nine luxury tents, all well spaced along sandy walkways either side of the main lodge, providing plenty of privacy. The tents are constructed from wood, mesh and canvas, for that awesome authentic safari style. Their exteriors feature a private patio, a day bed, and a plunge pool! Inside, each bedroom is furnished with a four-poster bed plus mosquito net, as well as bedside tables, a cushion-covered sofa, and a writing desk. There is air conditioning and heating, guaranteeing comfort whatever the weather! A digital safe protects your valuables throughout your stay, while a hairdryer, bathrobe, slippers, and toiletries are all provided for you. The en-suite facilities feature separate toilet, bath and shower. While there is no tea and coffee station, you can order these beverages and other drinks using the Lodge’s intercom system. The décor throughout takes it cue from the waterlilies around the concession – plenty of pinks, greens and browns to create a floaty sort of feel! The tents are seriously opulent and you will be very much at ease here.
Understandably, activities from Xaranna are mainly water based! Guests can take a boat trip or go Spinner fishing (between March and December) directly from the Lodge. You can also glide silently through the channels in a non-motorised mokoro. This is a great opportunity to check out many animals that feed on the grass and reeds of the palm islands, such as crocodile, elephant, hippo, lechwe, and sitatunga. You can travel to the surrounding islands and explore them with an armed guard or take a game drive in one of the Lodge’s 4WD safari vehicles.
You have a significant chance of seeing a variety of animals, including leopard, wildebeest, zebra, antelope species, baboon, and warthog! Visit at the time of their migration, and you could spot big-game animals such as lion, elephant, giraffe, and buffalo. Take a thrilling helicopter ride to appreciate an aerial view of the Okavango Delta and its maze of waterways and floodplains. And if you fancy time to relax between activities, you can indulge in a massage in your tent before returning to the wild!