Xigera Camp (pronounced keejera) lies nestled in riverine forest on the aptly named Paradise Island, right in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. The Camp forms part of the Moremi Game Reserve and is surrounded by lush vegetation and deep waterways. This wetland paradise is home to the extremely rare Sitatunga antelope which prefers the wetlands and floodplains found on the island’s permanent water channels.
The Camp comprises of ten luxuriously furnished tented rooms consisting of a clever mix of canvas and wood, each with their own outdoor shower and on-suite bathroom. Enjoy an early cup of coffee on the veranda whilst watching the sun rise over spectacular views of the Okavango’s seasonal floodplains and lagoon.
Guests can also enjoy chilled drinks and meals in Xigera’s thatched main dining area, lounge and pub overlooking the permanently flowing channel. There is also a boma which provides a romantic setting under a clear African sky. On a hot summer’s day guests can go for a refreshing dip in the small plunge pool. All ten tents at Xigera Camp are connected to one another, and the main camp via raised wooden walkways, and there is even a footbridge which connects a neighbouring delta island. Guests have been treated to close-up views of lion and leopard using the bridge. A sand pit built into the bridge captures paw prints of unseen nightly visitors, and this provides the novel idea for guests to ‘read the newspaper’ in the morning to see which animals walked through the camp at night.
As Xigera Camp features 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 depend on flood levels and are offered in open 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.
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 Camp is the perfect offering for you.
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