A quiet seaside retreat
Okavango Delta, Botswana
The story of Xigera Safari Lodge is one of renewal. Of rebirth and family legacy, and of the pioneering spirit that drives us to seek out Africa’s wild spaces. The same spirit that inspired this remarkable reimagining, perhaps a complete reinvention, of an Okavango Delta safari.
This is Xigera (pronounced ‘kee-jera’), named for the Pied Kingfisher that makes its home amid the watery channels of Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve.
Every aspect is handcrafted to beguile our guests’ senses and stir their souls – from the evocative interiors to one-of-a-kind encounters.
But Xigera is equally a line in the sand. A raising of the bar. A bold statement in the realm of luxury safaris, and an Okavango Delta safari experience like no other.
Summer, from October to March, is the ‘green season’ when dramatic afternoon thunderstorms soak the landscape, transforming the grassy plains into a verdant carpet of green.
The landscape is at it most scenic, though it can be extremely hot, with temperatures above 35°C. This is the best time for birding, with the arrival of summer migrant species.
Xigera Safari Lodge rests effortlessly in a remarkable corner of the Okavango Delta, amid the expansive wetlands of the Moremi Game Reserve. The area is clearly visible on satellite images as a hand-shaped emerald and sapphire smear of paint against the tawny canvas of northern Botswana.
The nearest major international airports are Johannesburg and Cape Town. Direct scheduled services land at Botswana’s Maun airport. From Maun, a scenic 25-minute flight by light aircraft will deliver you to the Xigera airstrip, a 10-minute drive from the lodge.
In an ancient land of water and wilderness, Xigera Safari Lodge occupies a spectacular location within a remote area of the world-famous Moremi Game Reserve, an area set aside to protect the Okavango’s most important wetland and island habitats. The Moremi Game Reserve was proclaimed in 1963 to protect the heart of the Okavango Delta. It takes its name from Chief Moremi III of the local Batawana tribe, and it was his widow whose concern over the impact of hunting led to the proclamation of the Moremi.