Xigera (pronounced “Kee-jera”) holds a very special and historic place in the Okavango Delta, having first opened as a pioneering water-based camp in the 1980s, located in the heart of the game-rich Moremi Reserve. Since then it has had a few incarnations but none more spectacular than its latest rebirth.
The location of the camp is particularly special since it accesses both permanent water channels and floodwater lagoons as well as a patchwork of islands and riverine forest, so wildlife viewing activities range from boating and mokoro safaris to game drives by vehicle and even walking. Even your arrival is breath-taking, the approach to the lodge being via an elevated bridge over a papyrus-lined waterway.
Just 12 suites (their design inspired by the flight of the Pel’s fishing owl) sit suspended on stilts and connected by raised wooden walkways under the shade of ancient trees. Each has its own spacious deck leading to a comfortable daybed with views over the pristine floodplains. The indoor and outdoor space covers a vast 1,980 sqft and comprises a lounge, bedroom, bathroom and dressing area as well as your private deck. All are exquisitely decorated with handcrafted materials and fittings in warm neutral tones chosen to compliment the natural environment. An astonishing 105 members of staff look after just 24 guests, making every experience seamless. This is safari at its finest.
While wildlife viewing is the primary reason to be here, Xigera spares nothing in providing a tranquil haven for soothing spa treatments and massages while the in-house yoga instructor offers daily sunrise and sunset practice as well as private sessions for mindfulness and meditation.
Aesthetes will appreciate the thoughtful interior design, with pieces commissioned from Cape Town Gallery, Southern Guild. Look out for hand carved tables and chairs by Adam Birch, ingenious woven nest seats by Porky Hefer and a spectacular firepit sculpture by blacksmith-artist Conrad Hicks. Xigera curates contemporary African design at its finest.
Don't miss the opportunity to spend the night (or simply dine) in the Baobab Treehouse. Set over three floors with panoramic views on each level, it offers a chance to be completely immersed in the wilderness while being fully protected from the elements.
- Soul safari seekers
- Wildlife enthusiasts
THINGS TO DO ON THE RESERVE:
- Fully absorb the sights and sounds of the Okavango Delta.
- Dine at leisure under the stars by candlelight to sounds of gently rippling water.
- Relax in the spa or simply contemplate life from the sanctuary of the yoga pavilion.
- Sleep out in the Baobab Treehouse, yours exclusively for the night.
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
- Enjoy daily game drives in custom-built 4x4 vehicles.
- Go catch and release fishing just outside the Moremi Reserve.
- Drift along waterways in traditional dugout mokoros.
- Walk with an expert guide and enjoy the diversity of local birdlife.
- Set out on a dedicated photographic safari.