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 in Botswana, and an Okavango Delta safari experience like no other.
Discover lIfe on the Delta
The glittering waters of the Okavango are at their highest during the dry season. Most of the water that floods the Okavango Delta each year comes from the Angolan Highlands, travelling over 1,700km to reach the Okavango’s unique geological space. The Delta sits in a tectonic trough, formed 50,000 years ago when an earthquake in Southern Africa shifted the earth’s plates. Where the Angolan floodwater used to flow through Botswana, it now finds it home in this remarkable plain.
Climate and location
In the wilds of Southern Africa, the seasons track in roughly six-month periods of ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ seasons. In the Okavango Delta, the dry season runs from May to October, and the wet season from November to April.
While you might think that the wet season would be the best time to take to the waters, the water levels are actually at their lowest during this period; the floodwater that creates the Delta’s deep channels takes up to six months to reach the area from the Angolan Highlands.
This unconventional climate creates a unique combination of flooded plains and dry, dusty islands. Each year, when the deluge of floodwater reaches the Okavango, the wetland doubles in size.
Explore the Wildlife on the Delta
We are very lucky at Xigera to see a huge variety of animals on our water and land-based safari game drives. On the waters of the Okavango Delta, you’ll likely spot hippos and a huge variety of birdlife. From the land, you’ll have a chance of spotting antelope, warthogs, elephants, zebras, lions, monkeys, cheetahs, wild dogs, giraffes, buffalos, hyenas, kudu, lechwe, impala, ostriches and more.Keep up to date with our latest sightings
The Okavango Delta’s remarkable terrain includes marshland, deep watery channels, open plains and tall grasses. You’ll find that you’ll get more from land excursions versus water excursions depending on the season. When the water is high during the dry season, you’ll love our water-based excursions - involving glass-bottomed mokoros, motorboats and double-decker boats. These excursions are unavailable during the wet season due to low water levels. Our land-based safaris can be enjoyed in the comfort of our custom-built 4x4 safari vehicles or on foot on a thrilling walking safari.
When we set out to create a luxury safari lodge within the breathtaking setting of the Okavango Delta, we began with a simple philosophy at the heart of our project: MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®. The Okavango Delta is a delicate ecosystem, and while it may seem steadfast and stable, it requires constant protection to safeguard it for future generations. In partnership with the TreadRight Foundation, we’re committed to creating a positive impact on the people we meet and communities we inhabit, protecting wildlife and caring for the planet we call home.
If you’d like to learn more about the Okavango Delta and its unique ecosystem, there are countless nature documentaries featuring this miraculous habitat. We recommend watching BBC Two’s Earth's Greatest Spectacles (Okavango), BBC One’s Nature's Great Events (The Great Flood), BBC Two’s Hippos: Africa’s River Giants, Walking with Elephants, Into the Okavango, and National Geographic’s The Flood.