The south-central Nxabega Concession is one of the Delta’s lushest and most attractive, and this camp boasts a prime spot amidst the abundant waterways and verdant vegetation. Game drives are available, and the wet season months when the reserve is paradoxically less flooded sees large herds of buffalo and antelope attracting predators to the open floodplains, but this is primarily a wet camp. Nxabega is perfect for visitors hankering after that definitive Delta experience, weaving in and out of lagoons, papyrus swamps and reed beds by mokoro or motor boat. On mokoro excursions you tend to notice the little things: tiny frogs clinging to the reeds; the alarm call of a red lechwe, far away and out of sight; and the vast array of colourful birds for which this concession is renowned, including regular sightings of the rare Pel’s fishing owl. Nowhere does mokoro activities better than Nxabega, and there are also fascinating guided walks during lower water levels.
The camp is extremely comfortable, with ten spacious safari tents nestled snugly on a tree island overlooking an expansive floodplain. Elevated on wooden decks with small private verandas, each has stylish, subtle furnishings inside. The main lodge has a lounge, dining area and a split level al fresco drinks deck, with only a short stroll to a refreshing plunge pool. Wildlife levels fluctuate throughout the year, not always following the pattern of other concessions, so Nxabega combines perfectly with its sister &Beyond “dry camp”, Sandibe.