We spent two nights at this upscale resort in the Okavango Delta region of Botswana. Service, food and accommodation are all superior and one wonders how the management and staff are able to cope in such a remote location.
The first thing you'll notice is that the airstrip for Xudum was destroyed in a flood some years ago. As a result, you need to land at Pom Pom airstrip on a neighboring island and then either be transported by boat for 50 minutes or be ferried across to the Xudum island and travel by Land Rover for about an hour. A great deal depends on the water level of the Okavango as to whether a boat can take you and your luggage and not get stuck on a sandbar.
The manager, Garth, is extremely friendly and helpful as is the assistant manager, Joyce. They were very attuned to our needs and made exceptional efforts to get us up at 4:30 am to catch a very early flight to Maun.
Accommodation is lovely with a small secluded swimming pool and a viewing deck on the second floor of all the bungalows. One can even sleep up there, just say the word!
The resort has the doubtful distinction of having a 'resident' leopard! That is to say, a leopard has moved into a den about 250 metres from the bungalows!
Land and water 'game drives' are offered and the guides are excellent. Wi-fi is available.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the freedom and exhilaration of the Okavango Delta at andBeyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge, with its unique rooftop hideouts in each of the nine private safari suites. Overlooking a sparkling lagoon, the earthy, handsome glamour of this striking lodge provides the perfect counterpoint to the natural bounty of this watery wilderness. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Xudum Delta Hotel Okavango Delta
- AndBeyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge Botswana