Relatively new – it was established on the foundations of an older camp in 2008 – And Beyond Xaranna is situated in the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana. Owned and managed by wild country specialists And Beyond, Xaranna is luxury accommodation of the highest order. The camp itself is located on an island in a 250,000 hectare private concession.
Unobtrusive, natural-looking, the rooms and dining area look out onto the delta’s channels, and Xaranna is filled with secluded spots – perfect for reading or for simply enjoying the sight and sounds of the delta. The food and service is excellent.
Each of the nine high-spec tented bedrooms of And Beyond Xaranna boast en-suite bathrooms, private salas, their own plunge pools and al fresco showers. Constructed using blonde wood, the four poster beds are large, comfortable, and sit on a bleached wooden floor. The overall style of the suites takes its lead from a well judged juxtaposition of the ephemeral and the solid: the canvas, its colour, together with the position of the suites’ main elements, give an impression of space and lightness, while the woods, which are natural and heavy looking, serve to anchor the rooms in their delta habitat.
Activities include game drives, walking safaris and mokoro (local boats) trips. The guiding here is particularly good, and traveller feedback makes much of the manner of the delta’s guides – which is both gentle and confident.