Okavango Delta, Botswana
A mosaic of prolific floodplains, dense woodlands and semi-deserts, Botswana’s landmass is a recipe for wildlife prosperity. With fewer than 2 million people in a nation the size of France, it’s the animals that rule this precious tract of planet Earth, and it’s the adventurous traveler who is handsomely rewarded for taking southern Africa’s road less traveled.
The remote safari camps of the Okavango Delta pepper the breathtaking floodplains, reached exclusively by small, light aircraft. In the heart of the delta’s permanent flood zones, &Beyond Africa sister lodges Xaranna and Xudum capitalize on the utter romance of the Okavango Delta. Two islands rising from the crystal clear channels defining the delta, these recent additions to Botswana’s landscape offer the ultimate in haute safari-style R&R. Activities here include leisurely boat rides for wildlife viewing, walking safaris, fishing, cooking lessons in the interactive kitchen and lazy days on the mokoro—a small dugout canoe designed to glide through the papyrus-lined banks of the floodplains.
Amenities such as private rooftop sun decks and delta-facing plunge pools are idyllic when you simply want to indulge in romance while keeping the wildlife in the background. For those apprehensive about the rigor of a safari honeymoon, Xaranna and Xudum offer the perfect respite from the intense schedule that dominates most African safari experiences. andbeyondafrica.com