Xigera Safari Lodge (pronounced keejera) lies nestled in riverine forest on the aptly named after the Pied Kingfisher that makes its home amid the watery channels of Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a, a breathtaking landscape of seasonal floodplains and riverine forests, tawny grasslands and verdant papyrus wetlands. Drawing inspiration from its ancient setting, Xigera rests effortlessly within the wilderness of this World Heritage Site.
There are 12 beautiful suites, each resting effortlessly in this wild landscape. For multi-generational safari travellers, there is the impressive two-bedroom Family Suite, located on two islands and bridged together with an extraordinary bronze lily centrepiece, the emblem of Xigera. 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; every experience can be tailor made to your wishes… an entirely new imagining of the African bush.
Built with sustainability in mind – Xigera is 95% solar-powered – the lodge is equally a unique celebration of African art, culture and creativity: a living gallery of African talent. Xigera showcases an extraordinary collection of pan-African art and design, created by a roster of 76 of Africa’s most globally acclaimed designers. It is a collection that is bold in vision and groundbreaking in its scope, the first of its kind on the continent.
There are two luxury spa treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art gym and serene swimming pool looking out over the Okavango Delta where the focus is on mindfulness, wellness and holistic healing. Storytelling and stargazing take place around a totemic fire-pit in a boma with a difference.. There is a fabulous waterside lounge area featuring a massive copper-clad fireplace in the form of a lily, the emblem of Xigera. Human-sized woven ‘nests’, created by renowned South African artist Porky Hefer, rest on the outdoor decks. The culinary experience is interactive, with an open kitchen-dining room as well as a welcoming bar with a world-class wine list and cellar showcasing the finest vintages
As Xigera has permanent water all year round, the emphasis here is on water activities. Spend the day discovering the Delta’s many channels by poling on a mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe), or explore the area via a motorized boat. Game drives are offered in state of the art 4×4 vehicles from where an abundance of wildlife such as lion, red lechwe and spotted hyena can be seen. Guests can also explore the surrounding area on foot. The camp is a delight for bird-enthusiasts with Pel’s Fishing Owl and African Skimmer amongst a host of other species such as raptors, waterbirds and colourful kingfishers that can be seen in this part of the Okavango Delta.
The area is known for remarkable mammal sightings including red lechwe, spotted-necked otter, elephant, buffalo, reedbuck and tsessebe Predators include lion, spotted hyaena and leopard. Guests are sometimes treated to close-up views of lion or leopard using the footbridge connecting Xigera to the next island! 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.
What makes this Botswana Safari game viewing destination so unique is that there is no other camp located in the vicinity, and guests at Xigera are thus ensured complete privacy. If you want to experience what it feels like to live in the middle of a riverine forest, then Xigera is the perfect offering for you.