Lodge style Serene Delta hotspot
Paradise is here
Situated in the central west area of the Okavango Delta, deep within the Moremi Game Reserve in the private Xigera Concession is Xigera Camp (pronounced Keejera). Nestled in a riverine forest on the aptly-named Paradise Island, Xigera is surrounded by year-round water and lush vegetation and enjoys views over a seasonal floodplain and small lagoon. The crystal clear lagoon hosts hippos in the winter, seeking a refreshing plunge, and in the summer the plains are dotted with antelopes and other herds. Either way, it is magical. At Xigera you are located at one of the mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) route hubs: this is where local inhabitants moved down the waterways from the north-western area to Maun. Follow their ways today as you calmly slide through the high reeds and water lilies, with an experienced poler watching over you. To experience true Delta beauty, this remote, water-based camp offers a perfect balance between a rustic and chic, accommodation. As you marvel at bathing elephants, colourful waterbirds and frogs clinging to a grass reeds, you probably quickly agree with the name Paradise Island.
Xigera offers ten beautifully furnished tents including a family unit with two en-suite bedrooms linked by a short enclosed walkway. Raised off the ground, tents are built on stilted wooden decks and walkways, with a sliding door as the tent entrance. Animals can roam freely through the camp and especially the elephants love the blossoms of the surrounding trees. Waking up with an elephant at your deck is as close as you will ever get to wildlife. Tents include en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers (except for one bathroom in the family unit), lovely, locally made, bathroom amenities, mosquito nets, stand up fans and superb views over the floodplains from a small private deck. At the communal dining room, high quality African wines flow copiously, accompanied by delicious meals (don’t miss out on the kudu beef). There is a lounge and bar with open sides for sundowners, a campfire deck for cosy nights under star-studded skies, and a boma for special, traditional African dinner. During your siesta you can take a cooling plunge in the pool while overlooking the constantly flowing channel.
Activities at Xigera Camp
At the islands around Xigera Camp, there are regular sightings of buffalo, zebra, giraffe, elephants, the elusive sitatunga antelope and countless other Delta species. Big cats such as lions and leopards can be spotted as they fearlessly cross deep channels to move between islands. With the ability to boat through over 60 kilometers of floodplain and channels, you will encounter abundant birdlife and other dynamic life along the waterways. Guides know every channel of the waterway, and won’t hesitate to find exclusive species such as the Pel's Fishing Owl. They all share a deep commitment to the preservation of this exclusive area, making sure you will leave with that same dedication to this part of Africa. Whether you venture out in a safari vehicle, traditional mokoro, powerboat, or go for a short walk, the Delta is a magical place that holds surprises around every corner. After returning to camp, brunch can be enjoyed at a scenic dinner spot with 360-degree views over the Delta. During memorable African evenings, a warming fire welcomes you to a fabulous meal. Pour yourself a glass of wine, lean back, and take another sip of paradise.
Tripadvisor comments Xigera Camp
We'd been on safari in Southern Africa previously, but really wanted to experience the true spirit of the Delta, and Xigera and its staff delivered on all fronts. It's as magical as the photos look - and the days spent on the water are truly memorable: great wildlife sightings (not much big game), and wonderful birding. The lodge itself is wonderful - with great public spaces and lovely tents. Logistics handled perfectly, food and drinks were great.PhilAtty from San Francisco, California
The Botswana Delta is a world heritage site and with good reason. The bird and wild life is magical. The boat safaris up and down the channels are so amazing. Luxury tents are fabulous and languishing while watching the sunrise was like a dream.Judge J