Built around 1995, Xudum (GPS: XUDUM – 19°42.665’S, 22°52.987’E) is the oldest and the furthest south of Landela’s camps in Botswana. It’s situated to the south of both of its satellite walking camps, Eden and Mantis, towards the middle of the NG29 concession.
The tented dining room and lounge areas are comfortable, and overlook a wide floodplain on the fringes of the Xudum River. Nearby, the bar is built in a fork in the branches of an impressive jackalberry tree (Diospyros mespiliformis – which is also known as the ‘African ebony’ tree, although it’s only a cousin of the true ebony from North Africa which produces the sought-after, heavy black wood used for piano keys). In front of these, closer to the water, is an open-air fireplace for the cooler evenings.
Xudum has eight Meru-style tents with verandas and chairs. Seven are twin rooms, the eighth is a ‘honeymoon’ tent with a double bed. All have en-suite showers, flush toilets and washbasin (water heated by good gas geysers).
Activities are similar to Rann’s Camp – with the emphasis on the driving.