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 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

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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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Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Xigera Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Okavango Delta and Moremi

Description

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.

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.

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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.

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 maximize 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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