Xobega Island Camp is set on a private island in the Okavango, adjacent to the renowned Moremi Game Reserve. Xobega (or Gcobega) Island is ideally located and easily accessible for 4 x 4 self-drivers, and also for guests flying into the nearby Xakanaxa airstrip.
You arrive at the tree-filled island via boat from the Mboma or Xakanaxa boat stations. Hippos rule the waters around the island, lions are heard across the water, and a Pel’s fishing owl takes up residence in the trees.
Accommodation at Xobega is in 10 light en suite Meru-style canvas tents, each equipped with twin beds. The bathroom is open-air and is accessed via a zip-doorway from the tent. Everything about this camp is eco-friendly, from the sole use of solar-power, to bucket showers, and chemical toilets. Basic, but beautiful, and designed for safari enthusiasts. The tents are situated short distances from the main area of the camp, and pathways lead between the vegetation.
Inside each tent are twin beds made up with full bed linen, duvets and pillows, and a mosquito net hanging overhead. There is sufficient space in a tent for a third stretcher, however no children under 12 can be accommodated on the island. Each tent also has a small veranda area.
Xobega Island Camp is unfenced in an area where wildlife abounds. It is a thoroughly wild paradise where the central area is home to a dining tent, and two lounge gazebos containing wicker furniture, perfect for outdoor relaxation.
The dining tent boasts a coffee station, and a long family-style dining table. There is an open Boma, which is, in effect, a fire pit under the trees surrounded by canvas chairs, creating an excellent spot for evening gatherings.
A small wooden jetty is the ‘doorway’ to the island and you are met by the Xobega host and staff as you step off the boat and are directed along tree-lined pathways to your tent.
Boating is the main game viewing method, as there are no game drives on the island; however, short, guided bush walks can be arranged upon request. Morning and afternoon boat cruises take you exploring the Delta. Bird watching is excellent, whether by boat or at the Camp itself.
Enjoy icy refreshments at the most beautiful time of day as the boating safari continues, or a stop off at an island for sundowners.
Mokoro safaris are optional and can be taken from Mboma boat station on transfers in and out of Xobega Island.
This location is easily reached by self-drivers (4 x 4 only) travelling from Maun, through the Moremi Game Reserve from either North or South Gate, to the boat station, where you will be picked up transferred to Xobega. This area of the Okavango Delta is dominated by hippos and is a true water safari experience in Africa's greatest wetland.