Xigera Camp

Xigera Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana

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 centre of the Delta

  • Spectacular birding including many species of waterbird and owl

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Botswana’s winter is May to October when the weather is hot during the day (not stiflingly hot) and cold at night. Botswana's summer months (November to April) 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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Description

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

Having been taken over by Red Carnation Hotels in 2019, Xigera has closed to undergo a complete refurbishment. With its opening date confirmed for June 2020, Xigera is set to become one of the most luxurious lodges in Botswana. Xigera Camp (pronounced Keej-ra) 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.

Comprising twelve stunning suites and plenty of communal space, the lodge is nestled under a canopy of ancient jackalberry, mangosteen and leadwood trees with each suite offering incredible views looking out onto the endless 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, a host of raptors and other water birds and colourful 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, as well as in open 4x4 game vehicles within the Moremi Game Reserve.

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Accommodation

Accommodation is in twelve luxuriously furnished tented suites, eleven standard and one Xigera Family Suite - each with en-suite facilities, an outdoor shower, air conditioning and eco-amenities. 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 12 years. with a full adult rate charged. Children aged between 12 and 16 must share a suite with one adult, with no children under he of 13 permitted to go on walking safaris and mokoro activities.

Facilities

Xigera boasts African-inspired cuisine, and evening drinks are enjoyed in the lounge and dining area complete with an open fireplace overlooking a permanently flowing channel, or under the stars on the star deck or even in the traditional African boma. For those hot days there is a swimming pool to offer the perfect way to cool off and feel refreshed. A bar and well-stocked wine cellar are ideal areas for socialising with other guests, while the air-conditioned library is the perfect hideaway to read a good book. For those seeking to keep fit whilst away, a well-equipped gym and wellness centre are available for use.

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.

While the emphasis at Xigera remains on water activities, game drives are also offered year-round in open 4x4 vehicles which come complete with bean bags to rest cameras on and hot water bottles and blankets for the cooler mornings.

Reviews

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Louisa Verney (Staff)

Xigera Camp is one of the little gems of the Delta as it has permanent water and therefore offers year round water activities such a boating and mokoros trips - which are what the Delta’s all about. During the flood game drives become quite difficult so the waterways are the ultimate way to travel. For mefloating silently through the narrow channels surrounded by the tall reeds of the Okavango delta in a mokoro from Xigera Camp was magical and one of the great game viewing experiences. The beautiful waterlillys, fabulous birds and elephant wading across a channel ahead of us were unforgettable. However the experience is so relaxing it is difficult not to doze off with the water lapping against the side of the boat and the birds chirping in the distance.

Experiences

  • Boat safari in the Okavango Delta

    Travel through the waterways of the Okavango Delta on a boat safari, exploring the papyrus reeds and hippo habitats with your guide. The smooth ride offers a soothing alternative to time spent in a vehicle. Always subject to water levels.

  • Fishing in the Okavango

    Fishing trips offer visitors to Botswana an opportunity to enjoy a different safari experience. In many areas the fishing is fantastic, you'll also enjoy fantastic wildlife and birdlife over your time on the water. NB not available within national parks.

  • Game Drives in Botswana

    Viewing wildlife from a vehicle is the best way to get up close to big game. Allow your professional safari guide to cover ground to guarantee you some unforgettable sightings in Africa's premier safari destination.

  • Game drives in the Okavango

    One of the best ways to see the big game of Botswana's Okavango Delta is on a game drive with a knowledgeable guide. Explore in open-sided vehicles to maximise your viewing opportunities, this is a truly wildlife rich environment.

  • Helicopter ride over the Delta

    The Okavango Delta is a vast patchwork of deep-water channels, shallow lagoons and date palm islands, fringed with the ubiquitous papyrus reeds. A doors-off scenic helicopter flight is an exhilarating way to take in these sights and a real treat, too!

  • Mokoro trips in Botswana

    Botswana's northern safari areas are full of water channels just waiting to be explored. Larger boats can be used to explore the wider channels but for the aficionado, mokoro trips into the smaller channels are a real treat. Always subject to waterlevels

  • Walking Safaris and Nature Walks

    Walking in the African bush with a professional safari guide is a fantastic experience. Enjoy a completely different perspective on foot than from a vehicle.

Location & directions

Xigera Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, 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.

How to get there

Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta, which is an 11-hour international flight to Johannesburg, followed by a 2-hour international flight. From there you will need a short flight (20-minute) to get you to the Xigera airstrip and it is then a 10-minute drive to camp.

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