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Xigera Camp

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Nestled in a magnificent riverine forest overlooking crystal clear waterways so characteristic of the Delta, Xigera Camp epitomizes the region providing a tranquil Delta experience. It is a true 'water' camp with activities focusing on boat trips.

At a Glance

  • Explore the delta channels by boat and mokoro

  • Rooms are raised off the ground on wooden decks and offer sublime views over the floodplain and lagoon

  • An abundance of wildlife in this lush, watery center of the Delta

  • The morning newspaper; a sand pit in the center of camp records the night-time patrols of lion, leopard and hyena

  • Spectacular birding including many species of waterbird and owl

Adventure, Honeymoon, Off the beaten track, Wildlife

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Description

Xigera Camp (pronounced Keejera) is located on a riverine island right in the heart of the Okavango Delta. This part of the Moremi Game Reserve is a true wetland paradise, with Xigera Camp surrounded by deep channels and lush vegetation. Permanent water year-round allows a variety of activities such as mokoro trips, game drives and motorboat outings. Xigera Camp is the only camp in the area - ensuring total privacy.

The ten tented rooms are raised on platforms and connected by wooden walkways to the central living area and even the neighboring island. The tented rooms have great views of the small lagoon and the seasonal floodplain. Surrounded by water, Xigera Camp is like a secret labyrinth in the heart of the Okavango Delta. It is a paradise for bird watchers, with Pel's Fishing-Owl, African Skimmer, Slaty Egret, Wattled Crane and a host of raptors, other waterbirds and colorful kingfishers to be seen. Nature enthusiasts will also be rewarded as the wildlife is excellent and the scenery unrivalled. Game viewing can be particularly enjoyed at Xigera by mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) or by boat. When water levels permit, game drives are an attraction. During drier years, drives are available throughout the year, but if there has been a very high flood, drives take place only from late September to April.

Guests are sometimes treated to close-up views of lion or leopard using the footbridge connecting Xigera Camp's island to the next! The camp 'newspaper' (a sand pit built into the bridge to capture paw prints) is 'read' each morning and provides information on unseen nightly visitors to camp.

Accommodation

Accommodation is in ten luxuriously furnished tented rooms - each with en-suite facilities and an outdoor shower. Raised on wooden platforms and walkways, each tent offers superb views of the seasonal Okavango Delta floodplains and the lagoon. The feeling of living in the midst of a riverine forest is one of the most distinguishable features of Xigera Camp.

Childcare

As the camp is not particularly suited to very young children there is a minimum age of 8 years. Food and meal times can easily be adjusted to suit the younger guests.

Facilities

Meals and evening drinks are enjoyed in the lounge, pub and dining area overlooking a permanently flowing channel or under the stars in a traditional African boma. For those hot days there is a small plunge pool to take a dip in which the perfect way to cool and feel refreshed.

Activities

A mokoro ride is mandatory at Xigera Camp. On this traditional dug-out canoe, the only sounds are the rustling of the wind through the reeds, the lapping of the water against the boat, and the call of the African Fish-Eagle. The blue of the sky is mirrored in the water, broken only by large round water lily leaves and their stunning purple and white flowers.

When water levels permit, game drives are an attraction. During drier years, drives are available throughout the year, but if there has been a very high flood, drives take place only from late September to April.

Location & Directions

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Xigera Camp is built in one of the most beautiful corners of the Okavango Delta, situated on "Paradise Island" within the Moremi Game Reserve. Xigera is set in what is truly a wetland paradise, surrounded as it is by deep channels and lush riverine vegetation.

When to go

Botswana’s winter is during our British summer, and the weather is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat, and cold at night. The summer months (British winter) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.

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