Renowned for its beauty, Nxabega (pronounced na-becka) is in the very heart of the delta and offers both a water and a land experience. The camp overlooks wetlands, delta channels, and grassy floodplains, which host lion, leopard (rarely seen), elephant, and buffalo, as well as several unique bird species; African ebony and strangler figs shade the main camp. Because it's a private concession, you can take a night drive in an open vehicle and spot big predators as well as the small nocturnal ones like civets (black-and-white badger-looking creatures), bush babies (similar to furry, flying squirrels), and genets (small spotted cats). En-suite safari tents are on raised teak platforms, each with a private veranda overlooking the water and bush. The main lodge is made of thatch and wood; the high-roofed and paneled dining room has an almost medieval banquet-hall feel. The food is excellent but don't worry, you'll lose some of those extra calories by taking a guided walk on one of
the nearby islands to track game and spot birds. Boat excursions and bush walks are offered, and the staff will even arrange wilderness picnics or breakfast in bed. Like many of the larger safari companies, &Beyond, which runs Nxabega Camp, has a community and sustainable development program in the region which they operate through the nonprofit Africa Foundation.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
27–11-809–4300-in South Africa