Xigera Safari Lodge


Overview

Situated in the remote western part of Botswana’s iconic Moremi Game Reserve, Xigera’s offers unrivaled access to extraordinary safari experiences while gazing out on the seasonal floodplains of the Okavango Delta. Its name derives the Pied Kingfisher that makes its home amid the watery channels of Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve. From bush breakfasts, wild picnics and ‘feet in the water’ sundowners to thrilling motorboat safaris, bespoke wilderness experiences and sunrise yoga, Xigera (pronounced ‘kee-jera’) showcases the magic and mystery of this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. This area is known for spectacular wildlife sitings including elephant, buffalo and hippo, giraffe, tsessebe, reedbuck with high densities of sitatunga antelope, red lechwe, spotted-necked otter and spotted hyenas. Big cats include famed lions and leopards. For birders, this concession lies in an International Birding Area (IBA) with many ‘Okavango specials’ being present, including Pel’s Fishing-Owl, African Skimmer, Brown Firefinch, Greater Swamp Warbler, Wattled Crane, African Pygmy Goose, and Lesser Jacana.

Xigera Safari Lodge offers just 12 beautiful suites and an exceptional Baobab Treehouse, each resting effortlessly in this wild landscape studded with llala palms with impressive jackalberry, mangosteen, and leadwood trees form an ancient canopy under which the lodge is nestled. The lodge has commissioned 30 of Africa's leading artisans to create pieces that celebrate the Okavango Delta's extraordinary natural surroundings. Amid this remarkable setting, Xigera’s design aesthetic is wholeheartedly dedicated to celebrating African art, design and creativity. Each piece has been handcrafted and inspired by the incredible natural surroundings with tailored experiences. After a day of exploring, Xigera surprises and delights guests with a variety of dining options within the lodges and out in the bush.

Xigera is a culmination of a lifelong dream of the Tollman family, founders of Red Carnation Hotels, drawing on six decades of devotion to unparalleled luxury in service. Conservation and sustainability are at the heart of Xigera, powering the lodge almost entirely through solar energy and eliminating single-use plastics. Your stay at Xigera helps to empower local communities to for a brighter future.

Accommodations

The Okavango Delta provides the palette of inspiration for the interiors of Xigera Safari Lodge. Its décor pays homage to both the human and natural heritage of this remarkable corner of Africa which was conceptualized by Toni Tollman, Philip Fourie and Anton de Kock – in collaboration with award-winning South African gallery Southern Guild.

Xigera offers 12 Suites and an exceptional Baobab Treehouse equipped with mosquito netting and a unique air conditioning and heating system with ceiling fans. Nine (9) suites are equipped with king-size beds (which cannot be split) and two (2) suites offer a twin bed configuration (which can be converted to into king beds using mattress convertors)

The Xigera Family Suite has a spacious lounge with two en-suite bedrooms (one with fixed king bed and the other room with twin beds which can be converted to a king bed). Each room has their own dressing rooms and outdoor shower, and private deck with outdoor gazebo area.

Children 12 years and older are welcome at Xigera and full adult rate is charged. There are four (4) guide/pilot/tour leader tented accommodations, each with three-quarter beds and shared en-suite bathroom facilities.

Amenities

• All-inclusive meals (including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages-excluding premium imported spirits, wines and champagnes)
• Expert Guides
• Mosquito nets
• Air conditioning and heating system and ceiling fans
• Wildlife Viewing
• WiFi

Activities

• Early-morning late-afternoon and night game drives in an open 4x4 vehicle
• Local village visits
• Birding Watching
• Mekoro & Boating Expeditions
• Guided Land and Water Safaris
• Sundowners
• Wine Tasting at Camp Cellar

Great Plains Conservation

Great Plains Conservation is grounded by a mission to find the right formula of conservation, communities and commerce. Its exquisite collection of safari camps, a study in sustainability, was designed to make a difference in the preservation of some of Africa’s most diverse and threatened habitats. Five passionate conservationists came together with one philosophy rooted in the fundamental appreciation of the good life, good people, good staff and good decisions that make a lasting impact on Africa’s national treasures and for iconic wildlife. Conservationists include Dereck and Beverly Joubert who are renowned wildlife documentary filmmakers and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence. Their philosophy is deeply rooted in genuine interactions with travelers, wildlife, nature and the local communities which they are able to help through their foundations of Community Uplife, Save the Lions, Save the Rhinos, and Save the Elephants. Guests of the company’s low-impact, high-quality safari camps reap the rewards as they achieve peace of mind in knowing that they are giving back to the environment and local people that inhabit its lands. Throughout Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe, the Great Plains team has crafted life-changing safari journeys, which, while leaving no negative trace on the acres they cover, leave an indelible footprint in the hearts of those who are fortunate enough to visit.

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Location

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Airstrip Co-ordinates: S22 44’32.91”, E19 23’ 9.16”. Airstrip length 100M

Xigera Safari Lodge is situated on one of the Okavango’s key waterways in the western Moremi Game Reserve of Botswana’s Okavango Delta with private access to a 4,500-hectare (11,120-acre) wetland paradise in the heart of the Delta. It is located approximately 20-minute drive from its private airstrip.

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