Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge

Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge
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Reviewed by Kate Siber

It is the world's largest inland delta and Botswana's premier wildlife-watching area. For birdwatchers and wildlife aficionados, the Okavango Delta is not to be missed, and one of the most comfortable places to stay is the elegant Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge, which opened in 2008.

Situated on a 62,000-acre private concession in northern Botswana, the lodge's nine suites have views over the wildlife-luring lagoon. Each suite has a rooftop viewing deck, which offers even more sweeping

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Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge is set in a private wilderness concession of 25,000 hectares to the southeast of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve in the centre of one of the most unique regions in the world, the Okavango Delta. Renowned for its lush waterways and abundant wildlife, the Okavango is home to a number of aquatic and land species.

Located in northern Botswana, the Okavango River is a unique natural phenomenon—flowing more than 1,000 km (620 miles) from its source in Angola, this river disappears beneath the sands of Botswana, creating a lush inland delta in the midst of this otherwise arid country. The Okavango Delta is in a constant state of flux, expanding and contracting according to the rainy season. While some parts of the Delta remain permanently flooded, others only experience high water levels from May to September, when rainwaters from Angola reach the outer stretches of the Okavango.

Covering approximately one third of the Delta, permanent swamp areas are lush and green, with groves of wild date palm, papyrus and water lilies growing around deep lagoons lined with riverine forest. Seasonal swamps, on the other hand, contain a network of small channels cutting their way through papyrus and reed beds to create islands of all shapes and sizes. Xudum is located on the channels and lagoons of the southern, seasonal part of the Delta.

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