272500 hectare private concession in the Okavango Delta;
private airstrip - one hour to the lodge by road and boat transfer
9 air-conditioned tented suites;
private plunge pools; secluded salas ideal for relaxing massages; outdoor and indoor showers
Safari Shop; boma; complimentary laundry; WI-FI in guest areas
Children of all ages welcome;
Day and night game-drives; guided bush walks; birdwatching; mokoro and fishing trips; motorised boat excursions
The spirit of &Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp
Like the water lily from which it takes its inspiration, &Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp nestles deep in the heart of the game-rich Okavango Delta.
&Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp, offers a beautiful Botswana safari experience and enjoys luxurious solitude on its own Delta island within a 272 000 hectare (672 125 acre) exclusive wildlife concession. With only nine tents, this intimate camp offers an exclusive experience steeped in the wonder and magic of this extraordinary ecosystem.
Depending on the season you can float gently along clear, intricate channels and explore the myriad islands of the Delta or embark on exception game drives from the light and airy base of this ethereal camp.
Why We Love it
- Game drives, bush walks, scenic helicopter flights and horseback safaris allow you to explore this beautiful area from different perspectives.
- Exceptional wildlife, including elephant, large buffalo herds, tsessebe, hippo, lion, leopard, African wild dog and roan antelope
- Remarkable bird-watching with 450 bird species, including Pel’s Fishing Owl. Vast number of migrant birds in summer.
- Wonderful setting for health and relaxation >Seasonal water-based experiences include motorized boat, mokoro and fishing excursions
- Perfect for an end to a safari, nature lovers, birders, return travellers, couples, families, anyone looking for a change of pace.
In the midst of the Delta, surrounded by a mosaic of papyrus and reed beds, &Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp provides an exceptional Botswana safari experience. With sweeping views opening up onto a seasonal lagoon, this serene and isolated Camp combines the best of what the Okavango has to offer.
Layered guest areas look out onto classic Delta silhouettes. Connect with friends and family in the spacious games area or treasure quiet moments in one of our secluded reading spots. Puddles of shade invite you to indulge in dreamy moments on a carefully placed mokoro bench. Share stories over the flavours of delicious meals in the open sided dining room or give in to the romance of African nights spent around a roaring fire under starry skies in our open air boma. A fully-stocked Safari Shop offers chic outdoor gear, African art and jewellery.
Care of the Land, Wildlife & People
Rhinos Without Borders
Rhinos Without Borders is an initiative aimed at combatting the scourge of rhino poaching in Africa. Since 2008, 6 128 rhinos have been poached in South Africa, severely affecting …
Rhinos Without Borders is an initiative aimed at combatting the scourge of rhino poaching in Africa.
Since 2008, 6 128 rhinos have been poached in South Africa, severely affecting the African icon’s numbers. With a rhino killed at an average rate of one every eight hours, there are more rhinos being poached than born every year. &Beyond believes that translocations are fundamental to secure the survival of this endangered species. This initiative was designed to help counter the scourge of poaching and preserve this rare African icon for future generations.
The project was born out of the first ever private game reserve donation of rhino to another country, during which &Beyond translocated six white rhino from &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa to Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Facilitated in partnership with RHINO FORCE, this conservation coup was generously funded by lead sponsor Motorite Administrators. After years of negotiation and planning, the initial translocation of the Rhinos Without Borders project was begun in early 2013 with the full support of the Botswana Rhino Management Committee.
Botswana was carefully selected for its extremely low poaching rates, thanks in part to its “no tolerance” policy when encountering potential threats. Each rhino, when translocated, will be fitted with specially designed telemetry devices for ongoing research and monitoring purposes.
As part of the process of transferring skills and preparing for the arrival of the rhino, &Beyond provided intensive tracking and monitoring training for game scouts from Botswana, held at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve. The game scouts were familiarised with the use of the satellite collars and tracking equipment intended to monitor the movement and behaviour of the six rhino after their release. A portion of this equipment, as well as anti-poaching uniforms and binoculars, was supplied by the Chipembere Rhino Foundation.
&Beyond is playing are fundamental role in securing the ongoing survival of endangered species and this project aims to increase Africa’s dwindling rhino populations for future generations to enjoy. The Okavango Delta has proven to be a successful rhino relocation habitat and Botswana has a strong security and monitoring framework in place, with the country’s military helping to protect the endangered species.
Following the success of this project with all six of the translocated rhino thriving in their new habitat, &Beyond then partnered with Great Plains Conservation in 2014 to move an additional 100 rhino from South Africa to the relative safe haven of Botswana.
Where appropriate, the rhinos will be transported by air as opposed to road, in order to shorten the journey and lessen the amount of stress placed on the animals. The budget to translocate just one rhino is USD 45 000. The whole project, including ongoing monitoring and security, requires a total budget of USD 4.5 million. Both &Beyond and Great Plains Conservation have embarked on a number of fundraising activities yet the project calls on all members of the travel industry to join hands in order to make a difference.
By taking action, Rhinos Without Borders has already succeeded in translocating 37 rhinos (excluding the initial 6), with seven rhino calves having been born in Botswana, signifying a huge milestone for this initiative. An operations centre has also been set up in Botswana for continuous monitoring and surveillance. A further 40 rhino are still to be translocated in 2017.
Additional funds are being raised to move further batches of rhino to undisclosed destinations within Botswana.
For more information or to donate to the cause, please visit www.rhinoswithoutborders.com
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Rates & Offers
&Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp enjoys luxurious solitude on its own Delta island within a 272 000 hectare (672 125 acre) exclusive wildlife concession. Taking its inspiration from the water lily, Xaranna is a delightful camp with just nine ensuite safari tents that combine canvas and bleached timber. The overall atmosphere of the camp is cool, light and airy, in keeping with the gentle beauty of its environment. The safari tents are organic in design and are delicately decorated in shade of khaki and soft lily pink. Each tent boasts a romantic outdoor sala, private plunge pool, indoor bathtub and al fresco shower. The guest areas are all carefully positioned to maximise the sweeping views out across the channels, with classic Delta tree-line silhouettes.
What it will cost…
2017: Per Person Per Night
USD 1 045
USD 1 045
USD 1 770
USD 1 770
USD 1 770
USD 1 770
USD 1 770
USD 1 045
USD 1 045
2018: Per Person Per Night
USD 1 075
USD 1 075
USD 1 820
USD 1 820
USD 1 820
USD 1 820
USD 1 820
USD 1 075
USD 1 075
- Three meals daily
- Soft drinks
- House wines
- Local brand spirits and beers
- Teas and coffees
- Refreshments on game drives
- Laundry (excluding Chobe and Savute Under Canvas)
- Safari activities
- Emergency medical evacuation insurance
- Transfers to and from the lodge airstrip and park fees
What's not included
- Telephone calls
- Safari shop purchases
- All items of a personal nature
- Fine wines
- Premium brand spirits and cigars
- Landing fees
- Administration fee
- All rates are inclusive of VAT and in US Dollars.
- Accommodation rates are per person per night sharing.
- A single supplement of 50% applies from the first single room. A single supplement will be charged when an adult is sharing with an infant.
- Triple room only allows for children under 12 years to share with two adults.
- Long-Stay Rates: May be applied for a combination of &Beyond lodges in Africa (subject to seasonal availability of the offer), for the same guests on a single itinerary. These cannot be used in conjunction with any other &Beyond offers, including Signature offers.
- All pricing is indicative and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
- &Beyond Trading Terms apply
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Botswana long stay offer Stay longer for Less
Take advantage of…
Savings up to 15% per person per night off our published rates with longer than 3 night stays at a combination of &Beyond’s Botswana lodges and camps.
Savings % for 4 - 5 night stays
Savings % for 6 nights and longer
Long-Stay savings may be applied to nights at a combination of &Beyond lodges in Africa (subject to seasonal availability of the offer), for the same guests on a single itinerary.
These savings cannot be used in conjunction with any other &Beyond offers
Long stay savings however can be applied to any nights added to any of the &Beyond offers
Standard lodge rate inclusion and exclusions apply
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Fly me around Botswana Spoil yourself with an unforgettable 7 night Botswana wildlife experience and enjoy complimentary flights between the camps
Take advantage of…
Fly me around Botswana – a land of dramatic contrasts, from the crystal-clear waters of the Okavango Delta to the large elephant herds in the Chobe National Park and the unpredictable Savute Channel, which runs dry and floods seemingly at random.
Spend seven nights at a combination of up to three &Beyond lodges and camps in Botswana and enjoy complimentary flights. Save up to USD 4530 per person per 7 night journey.
2017: Per Person Sharing
USD 5 000
USD 5 000
USD 5 000
USD 5 435
USD 5 435
USD 5 435
USD 10 250
USD 10 250
USD 10 250
USD 5 435
USD 5 435
USD 10 250
- Seven night’s accommodation at any combination of &Beyond lodges in Botswana
- As of 01 June 2017 a lodge supplement for &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge will apply.
- Standard &Beyond lodge inclusions.
- All inter-camp flights.
- Road transfers between Kasane and &Beyond Chobe Under Canvas.
- Park fees where applicable.
- Standard meet and greet at Maun International Airport or Kasane Airport on arrival.
- Airport departure taxes at Maun and Kasane Airports.
- Administration fee.
- Rates are per person sharing per stay.
- Rates exclude airport taxes and standard &Beyond lodge exclusions.
- Single Supplement: A single supplement of 50% applies from the first single room.
- Child sharing rates are for children between 6 and 16 years of age. Children aged 5 years and younger do not qualify for the offer and will be quoted on normal rates. A single supplement will be charged when an adult is sharing with an infant.
- A group supplement may apply to bookings with more than 12 guests.
- Upon cancellation or change in travel dates, &Beyond may need to pass on flight cancellation/amendment costs. No credits are permitted for flights not used.
- Offer is subject to bed category and fare class availability – if applicable fare classes or room categories are not available, a supplement may apply. Offer is not applicable to &Beyond family suites.
- Exact itinerary is dependent on client preference and / or availability.
- This offer may not be combined with other &Beyond offers. However, additional nights may be added by using our applicable long-stay rates.
- Validity periods are as specified in the rates table above. Should a booking fall over two rate periods the rate will change and we reserve the right to re-quote.
- Maximum of three &Beyond lodges per package.
- Flight routing only as follows:
- Maun – Okavango Delta – Savute – Maun (or reverse)
- Maun – Okavango Delta – Savute – Kasane (or reverse)
- Kasane – Okavango Delta / Savute – Kasane (or reverse) – a supplement of USD 150 will be charged on this routing.
- International or regional flights to/from Maun or Kasane are excluded from the offer.
- &Beyond Trading Terms Apply
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Our favourite lodge experiences
Frequently asked questions
What should I expect on a Botswana safari?
With its remote wildlife areas and vast stretches of sparsely populated land, a Botswana safari tour is a very different experience than a safari elsewhere in Africa. Whether in the …
With its remote wildlife areas and vast stretches of sparsely populated land, a Botswana safari tour is a very different experience than a safari elsewhere in Africa. Whether in the wide expanses of the Kalahari Desert and the Makgadikgadi Pans or among a network of channels and lagoons in the Okavango Delta Botswana, the scenery is distinctive. The pace of safari is gentler, with time spent slowing down and enjoying the smaller details. Wildlife sightings may not be as frequent as on a South African safari or in East Africa but they are more exclusive, most often only shared with those on your safari vehicle.
Botswana is an exclusive safari destination and tourism is strictly regulated. As a result, prices may appear higher than elsewhere in Africa, but the experience is unfailingly of a high quality, most often in very remote and untouched parts of the country. The most beautiful destinations in Botswana can only be reached by light aircraft, which also influences the cost of your safari, although it adds to the experience.
Camps and lodges in the Okavango Delta are generally situated on private concessions. This means that guests are able to participate in a wider range of activities, including game drives, nature walks, boating excursions or trips in traditional canoes known as mokoro. In areas where lodges can be easily accessed by land game drives can continue after dark, providing a glimpse of the nocturnal activities of Botswana’s wildlife.
Lodges in the more remote areas of Botswana do not have electricity and rely on generator power for lighting and refrigeration. Generators may often be switched off at night, which means that air conditioning may not function during this time. Should you have any medical requirements that call for a 24-hour electricity supply, most lodges will be able to oblige, with the exception of some tented camps or mobile operations.
Why visit the Okavango Delta?
The largest inland delta in the world, the Okavango Delta is the most unexpected wonder – water present in a desert. The broad Okavango River sinks into the dry sands …
The largest inland delta in the world, the Okavango Delta is the most unexpected wonder – water present in a desert. The broad Okavango River sinks into the dry sands of the Kalahari Desert, creating a lush and waterlogged oasis with crystal clear lagoons and channels, reeded islands and fertile floodplains. Dubbed “the river that never finds the sea”, this magical oasis spreads over more than 15 500 km² (almost 6 000 square miles) and yet is so fragile that, if it were denied water for even a decade, it would revert to a semi-desert.
This breath-taking environment constantly adapts and changes with the ebb and flow of the floodwaters that seasonally inundate large portions of the Delta. Although dry for two thirds of the year, during the winter months the rising floodwaters create a maze of marshes, small wooded islands and shallow lagoons. Water lilies and other aquatic plants flourish in the shallow water, while water birds inhabit the banks of papyrus. As relatively little water can be found elsewhere during this time, the wildlife is drawn to the clear waters of the Delta.
On the edges of the Delta, where land blurs with water, breeding herds of elephant splash gently through shallow channels, the long necks of a family of giraffe materialise slowly out of the Delta skyline and graceful sitatunga antelope hide in the reeds. It is a place where you can wonder at the antics of wild dog in the morning and cast a line for tiger fish in the afternoon, wake in the dappled shade of a forest and enjoy dinner beneath the boughs of a massive baobab at full moon.
At the heart of the Delta lies a secluded network of waterways and islands where life slows down even further. Beautiful little reed frogs cling to the water grasses and a variety of incredible bird species make their appearance, from jewelled kingfishers and bee-eaters to ponderous herons and cranes and solemn-looking owls. Red lechwe scamper through the shallows and wild cat, serval and pangolin can be spotted at night, when the moon reflects off the backs of a family of hippo coming out of the water to graze, turning them into slabs of shining silver.
The Okavango Delta is home to a large number of species, including some that are specially adapted to the semi-aquatic lifestyle, like the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga antelope. Lion prides, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog may be encountered, while hippo reside in deeper channels and lagoons. Honey badgers are observed during daylight hours. Roan and sable antelope favour taller grass in open woodlands and families of dwarf and banded mongoose occupy large termite mounds.
Graceful giraffe, with their impossibly long necks, and herds of zebra can be encountered on the floodplains. Lion, as well as other predators, can also be found in the area, particularly in the drier areas. Although predominantly nocturnal and difficult to spot, leopard occur in the dense forest are the water’s edge. The sparkling channels teem with a variety of fish, while hundreds of bird species, frogs and insects inhabit the reeded banks.
- The Okavango Delta is a large inland delta formed where the Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari.
- All the water reaching the Delta is ultimately evaporated and transpired, and does not flow into any sea or ocean.
- Each year approximately 11 cubic kilometres of water spreads over the 6,000-15,000 km² area.
- Some flood-waters drain into Lake Ngami. The Moremi Game Reserve, a National Park, is on the eastern side of the Delta.
- The Okavango Delta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa
Summer (October – April)
Min 20°C/69°F Max 30°C/86°F
Winter (May – September)
Min 6°C/42°F Max 25°C/78°F
During summer and spring, hot days usher in thunderstorms over a dry Delta, while in winter the land dries and the Delta fills with water.
What do I need to know about Botswana?
Botswana is one of the most stable and peaceful countries in Southern Africa, however it helps to be aware of your surroundings and keep your possessions close at all times. …
Botswana is one of the most stable and peaceful countries in Southern Africa, however it helps to be aware of your surroundings and keep your possessions close at all times. When travelling in the cities, keep your cameras and valuables out of sight.
Botswana is an exclusive destination and government strictly regulates tourism to the country. As a result, park entry prices and commodity prices are higher than elsewhere in Africa. Budget for this; it is absolutely worth it.
Be prepared that the most beautiful destinations in Botswana can be reached by light aircraft only. &Beyond are travel experts in Botswana and will help you organise transfers and shuttle flights.
Lodges in the more remote areas of Botswana do not have electricity. These lodges generally rely on generator power for lighting and refrigeration, but this power only runs at critical times of the day. Please be aware that you will not find a plug socket in your room/tent at many of these lodges.
US dollars are widely accepted; however, notes dated before 2003 are no longer accepted. Also, high denomination notes may not be accepted.
Banking hours at most commercial banks are Monday to Friday from 08h30 to 15h30 and on Saturday from 08h30 to 11h00.
ATMs are found throughout Botswana’s major city centres and shopping complexes.
The currency is the Pula, where BWP1 is made up of 100 thebe. Please check with your hotel for daily exchange rates.
Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express are accepted by most restaurants, shops and hotels. Proof of identity may be requested, so be sure to carry a passport or some form of photo identification at all times. Credit cards are not accepted at petrol stations.
It is advised you check with your tour operator or hotel concierge – they will know if there are any potentially unsafe areas along your travel route.
It is wise to avoid deserted areas, particularly at night. If you are on a self-drive journey then please ensure your car is locked at all times – park in well-lit, busy areas.
Dress-down (i.e., don’t wear excessive jewellery) when exploring Africa’s diverse cities. Concealed travel wallets are recommended.
Stopping for hitch hikers is not recommended.
Please be sensitive when photographing people. Botswana are renowned for being friendly; however it is courteous to ask permission before snapping away.
The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) is not allowed in any of the conservation areas we manage until such time as their impact on wildlife and anti-poaching initiatives can be assessed. This rule will apply throughout Africa, as our partners in various countries and regions have adopted a similar stance.
Passport & Visa Requirements
Guests visiting Botswana must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of travel and should have two blank pages available in their passport. It is advisable for visitors who intend travelling to Botswana’s neighbouring countries and back to apply for multiple entry visas.
It is essential that adequate travel insurance be taken out prior to departure. This should cover any medical situation such as hospitalisation, as well as cancellation, curtailment of arrangements and baggage. When you travel with &Beyond, you are automatically covered by our emergency evacuation insurance. This guarantees emergency evacuation to the nearest hospital should you suffer either severe illness or injury. This does not cover the cost of treatment once in hospital and in no way replaces your normal travel insurance. There are certain medical exclusions. Please advise us of any existing conditions in advance in order to arrange cover, subject to our insurer’s approval. Please contact us for further details.
Botswana is a malaria area and malaria prophylactics are highly recommended. Please consult your medical practitioner prior to travel. The use of additional precautionary measures, such as insect repellents and wearing long-sleeved clothing, long trousers and socks when outside at night, is recommended.
Any person entering Botswana from, or via, a yellow fever infected area must be in possession of a valid International Certificate of Vaccination against yellow fever.
Tap water in Botswana is purified and is safe to drink at hotels, lodges and other public places.
What the experts say
- Carry a record of your passport number, airline tickets and travellers cheques, and ensure these are kept in a safe place.
- Never leave baggage or luggage unattended.
Some areas in Botswana have malaria, so take precautions. Consult your doctor about the latest anti-malaria precautions.
When should I visit Botswana?
Few offer as much to visitors as Botswana. A favourable exchange rate, superb accommodation and infrastructure, coupled with a safe and stable environment make this a great country to visit. …
Few offer as much to visitors as Botswana. A favourable exchange rate, superb accommodation and infrastructure, coupled with a safe and stable environment make this a great country to visit. places in Africa
Botswana offers superb game viewing and safari activities throughout the year. The winter months (May to September) are dry, with warm and sunny days (26ºC / 79ºF average) but temperatures do drop dramatically at night. The summer months (October to April) are hot (25ºC / 77ºF – 45ºC / 113ºF).
The best time to see Botswana’s prolific bird life is during the wet summer, between November and March, when the Okavango Delta is teeming with migratory birds.
In the spectacular Delta the rising floodwater reach their peak in April or May. While the rest of Botswana lies in the grip of the dusty, dry season during winter, which last from June to August, the Okavango is a mass of shimmering lagoons and channels. The floodwaters start to recede in September or October. During the summer months from November to March, the warm days usher in photogenic afternoon thundershowers. This is also birthing season, when newly born antelope are trying out their wobbly legs and baby birds are venturing out of their nests.
Chobe National Park
In the Chobe National Park the dry winter brings even more wildlife to the banks of the Chobe River as water sources dry up elsewhere. From November to March summer brings the rainy season, during which wildflowers burst into bloom, babies are born and the exquisite carmine bee-eaters start nesting in the islands on the Chobe River.
In Savute, May brings increased sightings of African wild dog as the females begin to den. September to October is the driest season, when flocks of birds congregate around the artificial watering holes. As the rains begin in November, large breeding herds of elephant move into the wide open Savute Marsh. During the summer months of November and December thousands of zebra migrate through Savute in search of grazing.
How do I get to and around Botswana?
There are relatively few international flights directly into Botswana and it is often easier to fly into Johannesburg in neighbouring South Africa and catch a connecting flight in to Maun, …
There are relatively few international flights directly into Botswana and it is often easier to fly into Johannesburg in neighbouring South Africa and catch a connecting flight in to Maun, which is the gateway to Botswana’s premier wildlife areas. From here, a network of international scheduled charter flights will take you to your safari destination. Unlike private charters, these small planes carry a number of passengers headed for a specific region and may touch down at a number of bush airstrips along the way.
Because of the among of effort involved in getting to Botswana and the number of destinations worth visiting, it is recommended that visitors set aside ten days to two weeks for their Botswana safari.
Frequent flights link Johannesburg to Gaborone, Maun and Kasane – the gateways to the national parks and wildlife areas.
Shuttle/charter flights are the only way of reaching the majority of camps in the Chobe, Moremi, Central Kalahari and Delta areas. Scheduled light aircraft flights depart from Maun and Kasane and handle all inter-camp transfers in this area.
Although Gaborone, Maun and Francistown are accessible by 2-wheel drive cars, travel into Moremi, Chobe and the Central Kalahari can only be undertaken by 4-wheel drive. Self-drive clients have access to most of the Moremi, Savute and Chobe lodges, but lodges in the Okavango Delta itself are only accessible by light aircraft.
A large variety of guided safaris are available. Please see our &Beyond Expeditions, detailing a great diversity of guided camping, personalised and lodge-accommodated safaris.
Trains and Coaches
We do not recommend these modes of transport for travel within Botswana.
What to remember when travelling around Botswana
Botswana is not really a self-drive destination unless you are prepared for serious 4×4 driving and check weather conditions carefully, as these impact on the road conditions.
Although Gaborone, Maun and Francistown are accessible by 2-wheel drive cars, travel into Moremi, Chobe and the Central Kalahari can only be undertaken by 4-wheel drive.
How do I get to and around the Okavango Delta?
Access is via scheduled charter flights from Maun into the Okavango Delta, followed by a road and / or boat transfer to camp. Airlink have a flight from Johannesburg or …
How do I get to &Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp?
Access is via a scheduled charter flight from Maun into the Okavango Delta direct to the lodge’s airstrip, followed by a road and boat transfer to camp Airlink have a …
Access is via a scheduled charter flight from Maun into the Okavango Delta direct to the lodge’s airstrip, followed by a road and boat transfer to camp
Airlink have a flight from Johannesburg or Cape Town to Maun
Xaranna airstrip coordinate – s S 19˚38.003’E 022˚53.998’
What is the &Beyond WILDChild Programme?
WILDChild Program With its warm heart, welcoming people and sunny skies, Africa is a dream destination for a family holiday with children of all ages. A place where time slows …
With its warm heart, welcoming people and sunny skies, Africa is a dream destination for a family holiday with children of all ages.
A place where time slows down, it offers the luxury of a leisurely pace, ideal to reconnect and renew relationships among families, as well as grow friendships between the children and land, animals and people of Africa.
&Beyond’s WILDChild programme, designed especially for children visiting our safari lodges and camps in Africa, is filled with fun, interactive activities that offer opportunities to learn and discover new experiences and cultures. Deeply rooted in the love for the African bush, it not only creates a series of unforgettable moments for the whole family but forges strong bonds between our young guests, our planet and its people.
“Get your children traveling early. Expose them to the people, the food, the real culture of your destination.” – Joss Kent, &Beyond CEO
Expeditions may involve activities such as tracking and fishing, making traditional bows and arrows, beading, crafting and painting, as well as fun in the lodge garden or kitchen and more. At each of our African lodges, as young, sleepy heads take shelter in the comfort of their beds after a day full of thrills, they will find an assignment for the following day’s expedition laid out on their pillow, ready to fill their dreams with anticipation. Each expedition is carefully selected according to the interests and ages of the children and will be carried out in the care of our friendly staff, from rangers and trackers to child minders and cooks.
The children’s activities available at each of &Beyond’s lodges attempt to tie in with that particular environment, as well as the local heritage of the region. For example, at &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in Namibia youngsters may experience stargazing as well as Bushman games that teach them the culture of the region, including how to find food and water in the desert. Meanwhile, in Botswana’s Okavango Delta adventures may include fishing expeditions and making necklaces with the Delta’s beautiful water lilies.
Each WILDChild adventure is made up of unforgettable moments to cherish forever and, to help keep memories of their safari fresh, each young traveller will receive a WILDChild backpack with a special scrapbook and other goodies at the &Beyond lodge where they begin their journey. Throughout the safari, the scrapbook is filled up with mementoes of special times in the bush, from notes and drawings to stickers.
At each subsequent lodge our young guests will receive a different educational or bush-oriented gift, as well as fresh expeditions to carry out, so that each stop adds to their collection and their experience continues to grow throughout their journey. Each &Beyond lodge has something different to offer, whether it is a solar torch, a magnifying glass or a compass. Specially sourced by &Beyond, all our gifts consists of quality products made of recycled or sustainable materials where possible and used to encourage interaction between the child and their ranger or guide, who helps them unravel the mysteries of the African bush and introduces them to local customs and traditions.
To add to each child’s experience, the Safari Shops at &Beyond’s participating lodges and camps also stock a range of WILDChild goodies, including scrapbook stickers and clothing. Through purchasing these mementoes, our young guests not only provide themselves with a tangible reminder of their African adventure but also contribute towards the Community Leaders Education Fund scholarship programme, which assists students from the communities bordering &Beyond’s conservation areas with funding for their tertiary education.
WILDChild in the Making
At the end of your extraordinary family adventure, along with treasured memories of time spent together, you will find your WILDChild has fallen irrevocably in love with the animals, people and landscapes of Africa, a true conservationist in the making.
Journeys to inspire
What other people say about us
2015 – House and Garden by larien31st May 2017
&Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge, Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp featured in House and Garden Magazine
2015 – Latte Magazine by larien31st May 2017
&Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp featured in Latte Magazine – Bushman experience
Fair Trade Tourism
&Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp receives the Fair Trade Tourism rating 2016
Putovanja Za Dvoje
&Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp is one of Putovanja Za Dvoje magazine’s Top 10 Safaris 2011
&Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp is one of the 101 Best Hotels in the World in the Tatler Travel Guide 2009
&Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp is Oyster.com’s Best Glamping Retreat 2016
Condé Nast Traveler
&Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp is on the Condé Nast Traveler Hot List of the World’s Top New 140 Hotels 2009
&Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp receives the highest possible rating for ecotourism in Botswana and its 5-star grading is renewed by Botswana Tourism 2013
Condé Nast Traveller
&Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp in on the Condé Nast Traveller Red Hot List of the World’s Best New Hotels (Africa, Indian Ocean & Middle East) 2009
Stories from The Bateleur
UNESCO unveils 1 000th world heritage site
UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has officially named Botswana’s breathtaking Okavango Delta its 1 000th World Heritage Site...
by Claire Trickett5th August 2016
UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has officially named Botswana’s breathtaking Okavango Delta its 1 000th World Heritage Site. A natural wonder, the Okavango Delta is a maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and overgrown islands teeming with wildlife. Known as “the river that never finds the sea”, it lies like a glittering jewel at the heart of the Kalahari Desert.
&Beyond boasts four exquisite lodges in the Okavango Delta where guests can explore this magnificent World Heritage Site by mokoro (dugout canoe), on foot, on game drive or by helicopter. The landscape is nothing short of miraculous, the game experience truly unique and the sunsets to die for. You haven’t fully experienced Africa until you have spent time in the Delta.
Celebrating 25 years of luxury experiential travel
They say time flies when you’re having fun and that has certainly been the case for all of us here at &Beyond...
by Claire Trickett8th August 2016
They say time flies when you’re having fun and that has certainly been the case for all of us here at &Beyond. Hard to believe we’re already a quarter of a century old! As we celebrate #25YearsandBeyond, it’s a wonderful opportunity to look back and reflect on some of our proudest and most cherished moments, but most importantly it is a time for us to give our sincere thanks and gratitude to the countless loyal guests, dedicated travel/media partners and committed conservationists, without whom these 25 years would not have been possible. 2016 is a year of many &Beyond milestones:
25 years of delighting guests in order to make a meaningful difference to conservation in Africa.
20 years of empowering the youth through Africa Foundation’s Community Leaders Education Fund (CLEF) bursary programme.
1 year of creating tailormade luxury travel and family adventures in South America.
The welcome addition of the exclusive &Beyond Vamizi Island…
The launch of our &Beyond Private Jet Expeditions.
And last, but certainly not least, the long-awaited return of our beloved &Beyond Matetsi Private Game Reserve…
That’s a lot of birthdays … and you know how much we LOVE a reason to celebrate! So that’s why we’ve decided to turn our bi-monthly BATELEUR magazine into a far more regular and interactive blog. This way we can share our heart-warming stories more often and engage with our readers on a more personal level. You can expect regular updates from our teams on the three extraordinary continents that we operate on. They will be inspiring stories from the field that truly encompass what &Beyond is all about: guest delight and natural luxury; destination inspiration and travel tips; family travel; wildlife and our world-class rangers, trackers, naturalists and divemasters; conservation and community initiatives; as well as a celebration of the food, cultures and many inspiring Humans of &Beyond. It’s time to reflect on #25YearsandBeyond; a quarter of a century of unforgettable stories, laughter, tears and pure camaraderie. We invite you along for a ride down memory lane. For the rest of the month, we’ll be sharing some of our favourite celebrations, memories and victories with you. What we’d really love though, is to hear from you! What are your favourite &Beyond memories? Whether you’ve been travelling with us for 25 years or 25 minutes, we’d love to hear your stories.
Safari by numbers: The beginner’s 101 guide
Welcome to Safari 101, the beginner’s guide to getting the most out of your luxury safari adventure…
by Claire Trickett24th August 2016
The Big Five? The Super Seven? What’s it all about? Welcome to Safari 101, the beginner’s guide to understanding the local lingo and getting the most out of your luxury safari adventure.
Give me five
Many moons ago, when hunting was once rife in the African bush veld, hunters coined the term “Big Five” to classify the five most dangerous animals to hunt on foot: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino.
Thankfully the hunting heyday is over and nowadays protected conservation areas abound that are thriving with wildlife, just as nature intended. Fear has rightly been replaced with intrigue and the beloved Big Five is now a highly sought-after quintet of magnificent African icons that every wildlife enthusiast hopes to catch a glimpse of while on safari.
Good things come in small packages
The “Little Five” is merely a clever play on words, highlighting five pint-sized critters that bear the same namesakes as their mighty counterparts: the ant lion, leopard tortoise, elephant shrew, buffalo weaver and rhino beetle. This of course adds depth to the overall game drive experience, revealing both the big and small wonders of nature to curious minds.
Beauty is only skin deep
Perhaps a far cry from their majestic counterparts, the unfortunate “Ugly Five” definitely gets a bad rap. We don’t think any animals are ugly; each is loveable in its own way, yet the hyena, vulture, wildebeest, warthog and marabou stork remain the unlucky recipients of this far from endearing moniker.
This less than glamorous gang of underdogs is often depicted negatively in mainstream movies and cartoons, which doesn’t help with their increasing unpopularity. Alas, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and no safari would be complete without the Ugly Five. What would the Great Wildebeest Migration be with no wildebeest…?!
Images courtesy of &Beyond guides: Daryl Dell, Steve Walker and Dan Fenton.
You’ll often hear safari fanatics talking about the “Super Seven”, which is an extension of the Big Five that includes both cheetah and the highly endangered African wild dog. If you manage to see the Super Seven, congratulations, you can consider yourself an accomplished safari expert.
Did you know that India has its own wildlife checklist too? Guests visiting the dense tropical forests and world-famous tiger reserves of India are all on the lookout for the Subcontinent’s “Big Seven”, which includes the tiger, leopard, Asiatic lion, Asian elephant, rhino, water buffalo and gaur. So if you have already witnessed Africa’s Super Seven, then it’s time to explore the magnificent jungles of India on a luxury tiger safari.
The holy grail
To graduate from expert to master, one must witness the near-impossible “Elusive Eleven”, which is no mean feat. Considered the holy grail of the bush, these 11 shy, mysterious and extremely difficult to track animals are on every safari addict’s bucket list: aardvark, aardwolf, African civet, African wild cat, bushpig, caracal, honey badger, pangolin, porcupine, side-striped jackal and serval.
If you have seen the Elusive Eleven in the wild, then you are in a very elite league of extremely fortunate safari goers that have major bragging rights.
Images courtesy of &Beyond Guides: Daryl Dell and Jason Glanville.
Once you have conquered the safari on land, it’s time to test your skills in the underwater world. The unofficial fourth “C” in our company ethos is Care of the Ocean and &Beyond now boasts three luxurious island properties in our portfolio where guests can take to the sea and learn all about its curious and colourful inhabitants.
The “Marine Five” are an eclectic bunch: the mighty whale; the feared shark; the intelligent dolphin; the playful seal; and the comical penguin.
Our Marine Five and Big Five Safari is an 11-day adventure through South Africa’s Big Five reserves and coastal areas. Enjoy exhilarating game drives, whale watching, shark cage diving, nature drives, cave explorations, beach trips, horse riding and wine tasting.
Adding a new 5 to the mix
Excluding Africa’s Super Seven and Elusive Eleven, there are four safari quintets (big, little, ugly and marine), which seems a bit of an oxymoron if you ask me. Surely there should be a fifth element to keep the fives well-rounded…?
Given the whole Khaki Fever phenomenon, I’m thinking there should be a Khaki Five? Or maybe even a Khaki Twelve, which would tie in perfectly with a ranger calendar with the proceeds going to conservation perhaps…? Just putting it out there.
Image courtesy of &Beyond guest: Mikelle Furman.
From the Big Five right down to the Little Five, we consider ourselves fortunate to be in their presence, to watch these animals undisturbed in their natural habitat, hopefully, for generations to come. Of course the safari extends far beyond the wildlife highlighted in this story. There are countless species revered for their elegance, speed, agility and peculiarity, and that’s the beauty of the experience. No two game drives are ever the same and you never know what to expect. Is there anything more beautiful than the graceful giraffe or more striking than the inimitable zebra? Share this on social media and tag us to let us know which animals are on YOUR wildlife bucket list?
25 Funniest wildlife photographs
Mother Nature has a wicked sense of humour and these 25 funniest wildlife photos are proof…
by Claire Trickett14th September 2016
Live. Love. Laugh. Life is better when you’re laughing. Fact. So this #WildlifeWednesday, we invite you to reconnect with your sense of humour.
Let’s face it, Mother Nature, in all her beauty and splendour, has a wicked sense of humour. Our extraordinary planet is home to the most curious of creatures, from bug-eyed bushbabies, dancing lemurs and long-necked giraffe-like antelopes, to scaly pangolins, duck-billed platypus, unicorn-like whales and seals with elephant trunks.
Ever wondered why dogs chase their tails? Why skunks emit such a pungent spray? Why flamingos eat upside-down? And do elephants really bereave their deceased? Do male penguins really scour the beaches looking for the perfect pebble to present to a female? What a weird and wonderful world we live in.
The often amusing antics of the animal kingdom certainly make us laugh. So, as we celebrate #25YearsandBeyond, we encourage you to have a laugh at the 25 funniest wildlife photos taken by our rangers and guests. May they put a smile on your face.
1. “C’mon, give us a kiss!” © Matt Yardley
2. “Even lion cubs are into photo-bombing these days.” © Paul Rubio
3. “When life (literally) bites you in the behind.” © Andrew Schoeman
4. “Must have been a good joke.” © Jason Glanville
5. “May I have this dance?” © Daryl Dell
6. “I’ve got your back.” © Jen Robertson
7. “Talk to the hand (foot).” © Harshvardhan Singh
8. “If Monday had a face.” © Timur Turker
9. Hang in there, the weekend’s coming.” © Tim Kiok
10. “When life turns you upside down, just adjust your view.” © Bruce Hedges
11. “You talkin’ to me?” © Scott Yammin
12. “Just lion around the airport lounge waiting for our flight.” © James Massek
13. “First one to blink loses.” © Alan Murray
14. “Brushing up on some bush skills.” © Simon Naylor
15. “Cat got your tail?” © Daryl Dell
16. “Let’s flip a coin. Heads, it’s mine. Tails, it’s mine.” © Matt Poole
17. “Strut your stuff on the cat walk.” © Matt Yardley
18. “But first, let me take a #selfie.” © Steve Walker
19. “Ugh mum, really?!” © Daryl Dell
20. “Be the master of your domain.” © Tim Kiok
21. When the paparazzi catches you unaware.” © Daryl Dell
22. “Tail-gate party.” © Daryl Dell
23. “Monday. Time to hit the ground running.” © James Massek
24. Landrover recovery.” © Glee Walker
25. “The cheekiest, chubbiest ‘Butterball’ of a cub.” © Jen Robertson
Did you know that there are seven official mealtimes for guests on an &Beyond safari?
by Claire Trickett21st October 2016
There are only a few rules when you’re on safari:
(1) don’t get out of the safari vehicle,
(2) don’t walk around the camp unattended at night,
(3) relax as much as humanly possible, and
(4) calories don’t count when you’re on holiday, so indulge at every opportunity (and boy, are there plenty of those).
Did you know that there are seven official mealtimes for guests on an &Beyond safari? That’s right! Welcome to the world of luxury safaris, where adventurous safari enthusiasts can indulge in the sheer luxury of irresistible, wholesome food (and LOTS of it!).
Don’t believe us? Here goes…
1. Freshly-baked biscuits and fruit (and much-needed coffee and espresso) are served just before sunrise to help wake everyone up.
2. Towards the middle of the morning game drive, as tummies start to rumble, the ranger will stop at a scenic location where guests can stretch their legs, recharge with some Amarula coffee and snack on wholesome muffins or heavenly crunchies (click here for our no-longer-top-secret crunchie recipe).
3. A plentiful breakfast buffet, complete with a hearty, made-to-order hot breakfast, awaits guests back at the lodge (or in the bush, if you’re lucky).