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REASONS TO LOVE XIGERA SAFARI LODGE

Located on the western side of the Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta is a bold new safari lodge. Xigera, pronounced “Kee-jera” and named after the local pied kingfisher is a love letter to 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.

Following are the ways Xigera is reinventing the idea of the African Bush experience. 


1. AN EXTRAORDINARY LOCATION

Xigera overlooks the verdant floodplains of the Okavango delta, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is well placed on the western edge of the Moremi Game Reserveto offering remarkable experience both on land and on water.

 

2. OUR FAMILY

Nearly 70 years of passion, care and attention to detail have been dedicated to Xigera. This pioneering camp is the dream and vision of the Tollman family, the pinnacle of a life’s work creating extraordinary hospitality for both Xigera and the Red Carnation Hotel Collection.

 

3. HOW WE MAKE GUESTS FEEL

With exceptional staff members and just 24 guests, Xigera offers a truly personal, unique and memorable safari experience led by legendary wildlife and conservation expert Mike and Marian Myers.

 

4. PASSIONATE EXPERTS

Inspired by a deep love and understanding of the African bush, our Xigera guides are led by legendary wildlife and conservation expert Mike Myers. With over 40 years of experience, he has brought together a team with great experience and knowledge, revealing a truly authentic safari experience and allowing guests an enriching and educational way of discovering this majestic corner of the Okavango.

 

5. AT ONE WITH NATURE

Awake each morning to perfect views of the breathtaking floodplains, and listen as the bush comes to life. Birdsong and the rustle of passing wildlife – or even the distant roar of a lion – signals the start of each day’s new adventure, allowing guests to connect and be in harmony with nature.

 

6. UNIQUE DESIGN AND CURATED ART

Gently undulating architecture and scorched timber cladding blends seamlessly with the surroundings, while the meticulously designed interiors by Toni Tollman, in collaboration with the award-winning Southern Guild gallery, are a vibrant reflection of the landscape, featuring exceptional one-off works by Africa’s most globally recognised artists.

 

7. CUISINE WITH A SENSE OF BELONGING

Guests can indulge in comforting signature dishes created by our founder, Beatrice Tollman, as well as African-inspired menus crafted by our talented chefs, with a focus on healthy, nutritious choices. The boma, circling a fire pit sculpture by Conrad Hicks, allows al fresco meals beneath a blanket of stars, while the world-class wine list showcases the family’s award-winning Bouchard Finlayson vineyard.

 

8. EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCES

One-of-a-kind activities are carefully tailored to guests’ specific interests and timings, from exploring the bush on a thrilling photographic game drive, or on foot with our wonderful guides, to discovering the Okavango’s most remote waterways by boat, or drifting gently across serene lagoons in a glass-botoom mokoro, culminating in feet-in-the-water sundowners.

 

9. THE RESTORATIVE POWER OF THE BUSH

Drawing on the deep connection between soul and nature, The Spa at Xigera offers a profoundly regenerative environment for guests to heal and let go. Using the natural healing ingredients of Tata Harper and B|Africa, our bespoke flora-inspired wellness line, guests can benefit from a truly restorative experience, where the inspiring wilderness provides both the setting and the therapy.

 

10. XIGERA CARES

In partnership with the Treadright Foundation, Xigera is fully solar-powered, single-use plastic-free and we encourage our guests to join us on our conservation journey to safeguard this precious landscape for generations to come.

 

PLATINUM SAFARI JOURNEYS

Depending on interests, choose a trip to linger longer in more of Botswana's natural wonders or delve deeper into a celebration of art, innovative design and sustainable travel.

 

Platinum Botswana  |  10 Days 

Botswana (Selinda, Makgadikgadi Pans & Okavango Delta), Johannesburg

Relax on arrival in Johannesburg in a suite or private villa. Fly to Jack's Camp to explore the Makgadikgadi Pans, a landscape of space and otherworldly desert vistas. One of Africa's most storied and iconic camps, enjoy quad biking, bushman walks, game drives and meerkat encounters. Next, explore the Selinda Reserve, one of Botswana’s most prolific wildlife areas at Great Plains' Zarafa Camp. Use the Zarafa Camp provided Swarovski HD binoculars and Canon camera to shoot elusive leopard and endangered African wild dog. Experience exclusive, unrivaled flexibility at Xigera Safari Lodge with no set times, no itineraries, just the unique chance of exploring the bush at a personalized pace.

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The Ultimate Botswana Luxury Safari | 10 Days

Cape Town, Botswana (Linyanti & Okavango Delta), Johannesburg

Enjoy Cape Town, exploring the Silo's art scene and private tours of  the Cape Peninsula and nearby Stellenbosch and Franschoek. Fly to the LInyanti Reserve to stay in your newly renovated Duma Tau tented camp set between two “elephant highways.” Experience a scenic helicopter flight over the Delta’s labyrinthine waterways and board the Queen Silvia for a cruise along the river.  Re-wild yourself at Xigera in one of the 12 suites. The lodge is 100% solar powered, with a dedicated focus on sustainability. The passionate staff caters for your every need and guide you to experience the Moremi Game Reserve on your own time from feet-in-the-water sundowners to glass-bottomed mokoros (African gondola).

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Photo credits: Mike Myers, Xigera Safari Lodge

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