(11 tents) Desert and Delta Safaris
Approaching Xakanaxa Lagoon from either of Moremi's entrance gates, Camp Moremi (GPS: CAMPMO) is the furthest left (southwest) of the adjacent camps at the tip of the Mopane Tongue.
Camp Moremi is a very well-kept, established camp, with a central lounge area for breakfast and lunch, as well as a separate elevated (and very comprehensively stocked) bar, lounge and dining room. Most of this has walls that are partially open to the breeze, and is cooled by overhead punkah-punkah fans. Underneath this is a well-stocked curio shop (open for guests only) selling clothes, T-shirts, videos and books.
All of this is shaded by huge old trees, apart from an open area of lawn which is kept short by the hippos that regularly graze here at night. A lot of other animals venture into camp regularly, though elephants are kept at bay by a few strands of electrified wire around the perimeter. Amidst the lawn, there is a swimming pool raised up on a wooden deck and also a high observation platform with a super view over the Xakanaxa Lagoon.
Like all the camps in this area (and indeed most in Botswana), you'll find a lot of wildlife inside the bounds of the camp. As well as animals which pass through, a resident attraction here is Pavarotti, an elderly hippo who apparently feel safer with humans around – having switched his lifestyle (to avoid other hippos) so that he's on land by day and in the water at night. But be wary – he is still a wild animal and should not be approached.
Guests stay in one of 11 Meru-style tents, with proper doors (which must be kept locked because of kleptomaniac baboons) each positioned on raised teak platforms. These are well-furnished with sisal matting covering the floor, bright rugs and fabrics, wooden wardrobes, luggage racks, dressing tables, a table-top electric fan and director's chairs. Each room has facilities for making tea and coffee, and a private bathroom – with flush toilet, a large shower with glass screen, mirror and washbasin – next to the tent and the raised platform.
At the end of camp, the honeymoon suite (number 11) is raised up quite high and has been built with flair and imagination around a rather marvellous old jackalberry tree (Diospyros mespiliformis), which has five separate trunks growing up right through the middle of the room.
Activities concentrate on 4WD game drives in the area, though it's also possible to take motorboat trips around the lagoons and waterways. Note that Camp Okavango and Xugana are also owned by the same company, and it's a good combination to also stay for several nights at one of these as well as Camp Moremi, transferring between them using motorboats.