Situated in a large landscape of the Kalahari in the north of Botswana, the Okavango Delta, is a natural heritage site with a network of both permanent and seasonal river systems flooding the often parched Kalahari landscapes.
There are many unexplored islands hiding in the depths of the channels and on the wide open stretches of crystal clear water. Forgotten paradises unmarred by the civilisation and hidden tropical jungles framed by palm trees are in abundance. One such unexplored stretch of land is Xobega Island, home to only one camp — Xobega Island Camp. There isn’t much water traffic coming past the camp because it’s so remote. Upon arrival, you’ll see a quick gap in the lush vegetation and staff stand on the banks, waving the motorboat in with warm welcomes.
Sausage trees peppered in the low-lying lush areas welcome you to this forgotten paradise. The rustic yet supremely comfortable tents provide the perfect hideaway from the world. The lounge, relaxation corner, boma area, and dining region provide all the amenities you need while indulging in the spoils of paradise. With 10 Meru-style safari tents with en-suite open-air bathrooms, this truly is the ultimate wilderness experience.
Because of the diversity of the area, the vegetation is unique. Palm trees, papyrus reeds, sausage trees (mekoro’s were originally carved from the trees), lily pads and grasses hug the waterways. Wildlife harmoniously functions together on this intricate water system and in the dry season the Okavango River floods, bringing with it a change in wildlife behaviour and seasonal synchronicity with biological cycles. The wildlife is nothing short of phenomenal and the area has one of the highest concentrations of game in the world. Endangered African wild dogs, cheetah, leopard and lions all roam freely within in the floodplains. Big cats have adapted their way of life and avidly cross channels in shallow areas. Seeing a cat swim is a rare experience.
Wildlife unique to the area includes the lechwe, Pel’s fishing owl and the rare sitatunga. There are over 400 species of bird and in one boat journey, you will probably see juvenile birds of prey balancing on overhanging trees and hear the call of the African fish eagle, a sound which is synonymous with Africa.
There is literally a fluttering of colour and an array of birds as you cruise through the channels. Deep beneath the surface dwells the shifty looking Nile crocodiles, bloats of hippo and over 71 species of fish, the most commonly seen being tiger fish, tilapia and catfish. Botswana is the land of giants. Expect to see elephants trundling through shallow waters and huge breeding herds enjoying the constant availability of water.