&Beyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge

Bush Fire at &Beyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge

Official Statement: Bush Fire at &Beyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge

It is with deep regret that we inform our guests and travel partners that a bush fire broke out on one of &Beyond’s concessions in the Okavango Delta on the evening of 17 May 2019. Teams from &Beyond and neighbouring lodges worked tirelessly to control the fire, however, the prolonged drought in Botswana and the resulting dry conditions in the Delta contributed to the quick spread of the fire. On the afternoon of 18 May 2019, windy conditions caused the blaze to jump our fire breaks and move through &Beyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge, destroying the guest areas, guest suites and staff village.

All guests and staff were evacuated in good time and are safe and unhurt. As a result, the lodge has been rendered unusable. Alternative arrangements at surrounding lodges or in Maun have been made for all guests who were at the lodge at the time of the fire.

Regional Director of Southern Africa, Jason King, commented: “We are devastated at the loss of one of our all-time favourite lodges in the Okavango Delta. However, we are also grateful for the support that we have received in our ongoing attempts to fight the fire, which is still blazing. Our staff have showed incredible spirit and have dedicated so much effort and energy in fighting the blaze, putting our guests’ safety and wellbeing first at all times, even in the face of much personal loss and destruction. We would also like to thank our neighbours, who have come together without a moment’s hesitation to help us during such a critical time.”

The fire is currently being contained.

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