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“Great Accommodation and Service!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of andBeyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge

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andBeyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge
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51 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Great Accommodation and Service!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

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.
Highly recommended!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank John M
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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

Xudum is a treasure! It was my last stop of a five week African adventure and it couldn't have been a better experience. The decor is recycled chic and very attractive. The staff and managers are incredibly friendly and helpful; the service and food top-notch. Lincoln, our guide, was knowledgeable, interesting and so much fun. The game drives and boat rides were customized to meet our wish list and blew us away even though we had been on many drives during the past weeks.

Botswana is a wildlife lover's dream come true - - the landscapes, amazing; the people even more so!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2013

Xudum (pronounced koo-DOOM) is a remarkable place in a watery, wildlife wonderland.

A visit begins with the grandest entrance. After a short drive from the airstrip, you are taxied by flat-bottomed boat through the reeds, lily pads and ghostly community cobwebs to the lodge. The speedy, 45-minute journey foretells the silent and secluded beauty of Xudum.

We expected to view animals from the channels of the Okavango Delta. We were surprised by the quality of the game drives on land. Our ranger, Arnold, was our best guide and storyteller out of more than a dozen lodges in six countries of Africa. He is skilled, knowledgable and charming.

Arnold knew where to find prides of lions stalking, wild dogs hunting and leopard showing off. The leopard we found was a charismatic young male. Instead of sheltering in the bushes, he walked boldly in sunlight, allowing us to track him for more than an hour.

The accommodation at Xudum are excellent. The architecture, including the rooftops decks with beds, creates the impression of a tropical tree house. Every morning we found fresh elephant tracks on the sandy path to our house. We felt safe in a paradise.

The lodge is meticulously appointed. Many of the furnishings are clever constructions of recycled materials. It is a sort of Hemmigway-meets-Robinson-Crusoe atmosphere.

Like our ranger, the employees are charming. The chef has the brightest smile and delivers excellent food for every meal. (There is a lot of food on these game-cum-eating safaris.) Her kudu and vegetarian selections were delicious. (The eland was too tough to cut with a serrated knife. It was our first taste so we could not tell whether it was the cut of meat or the preparation.)

Note: The liqueur, Amarula, is very fine on porridge.

Rarely does a housekeeper stand out in a lodge. At Xudum, Sarah was devoted and sweet. She left messages on our bed about our day, ran baths for us and delighted when we joked that she wore giant elephant slippers at night to leave the elephant tracks.

There some service glitches. Our "butler" was mostly wry and disinterested except when she was completely surly. There were some logistic gaffs that prevented us from getting full mokoro (Botswana's answer to the gondola of Venice) ride or boat safari.

When our Land Rover got stuck in the sand on a game drive after dark, it become a memorable moment. Arnold could not get us out so he called for help. While a second vehicle was dispatched immediately, Arnold turned the still darkness into an astrology lesson. If my 68-year-old mother was nervous (we were tracking leopard when it happened), she relaxed. We were collected and returned to the lodge.

Xudum is exceptional and, we are learning, typical of &Beyond.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank RPCanuck
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2013

The best luxurious African tour operator andBeyond will exceed anyone's expectation. From the planning and organizing to arrival at the airport and the whole trip was superb!!
It deserve a 7 star rating! We went in 5 of their hotels around Africa and Xudum was new. Everything was excellent! Location , accommodation, food, service and activities made us feel like we were royalties!
Salute to all the people behind andBeyond! We will go back anytime and we are always dreaming o doing another trip soon with you guys!!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Portland, Oregon
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83 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

I highly recommend Xudum. My comments mirror what others have already written. By comparison, we stayed at Ulusaba in Sabi Sands two years ago and, while it was perhaps slightly more deluxe, we prefered Xudum and the Okavango Delta. It's more remote, less crowded (fewer game vehicles), and has better game viewing than Sabi. One minor criticism: the food isn't as "amazing" as some suggest. If you're a foodie, you'll find the meals more hearty than gourmet. If you want great food, go to Cape Town and Franschhoek.

Room Tip: They are all good. Just depends whether you want to be close to the lodge or more remote.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank KonaNimmer
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2013

We spent 4 nights in April 2013 at Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge. It was simply amazing and magic! Beautiful room, amazing location, excellent food, outstanding service and staff members!

The trip from Pom Pom Airstrip to Xudum takes more or less 2 hours but gives you already an entertaining stalk possibility of the awesome flora and fauna of Okavango and Xudum. Once at the lodge, a warm welcome of the staff lets you feel immediately at home! At all, the whole staffs were so friendly, helpful, charming and servable and everything and everyone was simply outstanding.

BT our guide was very sensitive to our wishes. Thanks to him and to Justice we had the chance to spot a leopard by day in the middle of the bush. And a few days later during our night stalk we tracked a leopard not far from our camp… such an exciting experience!

Zie, the chef was really the magic ingredient inside our menus. She performed simply delicious menus, tasty and light: 3 Michelin like!

Tumi, our waitress, performed a 5star service and our maids Sarah and Oatamele let us feel like lords in our castle in the bush.

Everybody, with the cheerful attitude took kindly to us and let us feel very special guests. Thank you so much for the very special and magic time we had with you!

Mokoro trip was nice but to act with caution. Helicopter flight and massage service in the room (additional costs) were amazing and recommendable.

Overall! MAGIC XUDUM, we will be back again!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Claudia C
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Brisbane, Australia
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30 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2013

We loved the delta so much last year, me went back again. Xudum was fantastic for game viewing, much better than I'd expected. The first evening was extraordinary! Not long after packing up from sundowners having seen ellie, antelope, and various other general game we headed back towards camp with the spotlight on , we saw a spring hare and then 5 lion on the hunt. We tracked them for not more than 15mins or so, it was clear they had something in their sights and it didn't take long before the noise confirmed - they had a kill. It was a young kudo - whilst this was an amazing experience to watch unfold and its mother nature in the raw - it is somewhat stomach churning at the same time. The drive back to camp was rather quiet with just the fireflys to distract me and a good stiff drink to recover once in camp.

We were lucky with sightings, coming across a number of very little babies - elephant, giraffe, buffalo and various antelope. We had a visit in camp by a herd of elephants with one male on the outer of the herd remaining parked outside our hut near the plunge pool all afternoon. It was so amazing watching this big ellie so relaxed grazing so close to us. We did a walk one morning which is a great way to learn more about all the little things and to see some of the general game from a different persective, the rangers are totally competent - you feel very safe in their hands. The lovely part about the delta is you can do boat trips rather than hours in vehicles - it is, in our opinion, the best way to see the delta and its inhabitants. There is nothing like coming across a great big elephant in the middle of the waterlillies.

The camp was lovely, the common area is well thought out and the interactive kitchen with Z & Ida was brilliant, our butler Tumi was a gem. The food is first class yet not over done or big portions and if you happen to be there to witness a special occasion - sit back and soak up the singing and dancing, it is truely wonderful, I want to go back just to have a birthday there!

The huts are well spaced out, the interior is a bit dark & heavy feeling for our personal taste. The weather is clearly hard on these structures so maintenence is a daily challenge. Having said that, the little issues we had were addressed quickly by Joyce and her support crew - the service by the housekeeping, kitchen/dining staff at the camp was excellent.

Its hard to pick one over another when you stay at a couple of different camps, its like splitting hairs over the tiniest little bitty detail - they all have things that you love and things that could be better and every guest has a different take, every day the animals are in different places, doing different things. Which ever camp, which ever company you go with at this level - its going to be good.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank K8C
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Additional Information about andBeyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge

Property: andBeyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge
Address: Botswana, Botswana
Region: Botswana > North-West District > Okavango Delta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 71 Speciality Lodging in Okavango Delta
Hotel Class:4.5 star — andBeyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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 
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Xudum Delta Hotel Okavango Delta
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