Solar panels on the Okavango Delta surrounded by bush and trees

Protecting the Okavango Delta

Powered by the sun. Plastic-free. Protecting the planet for future generations.

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Making travel matter

Together with The TreadRight Foundation and The Travel Corporation's family of brands, we hope to leave a positive impact on local people, wildlife and the planet to #MakeTravelMatter. We are committed to ensuring that the unique wildlife surrounding Xigera survives and thrives. This is only the start of our journey…

Wild Entrust Africa

Alongside The TreadRight Foundation, we have partnered with Wild Entrust Africa, a Botswana-registered not-for-profit organisation that focuses on conservation and management of wildlife and wildlife habitats through applied science, education and sustainable development. The purpose of this partnership is to facilitate sustainability programmes for Xigera Safari Lodge in the Moremi Game Reserve of the Okavango Delta.

Our Local Community

Born from our partnership with TTC and Wild Entrust, we are proud to be working with our local community in Habu Village. Guests at Xigera are given the opportunity to visit Habu Village, where they can tour the local school, villlage and gardens. 

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10 steps to sustainability

  • At Xigera we are proud of our state-of-the-art Energy Centre. This comprises a Tesla solar photovoltaic diesel hybrid system with lithium-ion battery storage.
  • The bulk of our energy requirements are supplied by renewable solar which will save in the order of 173,000 litres (45,701 US gallons) of diesel, thus preventing the release of about 191 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
  • By installing one of the largest photovoltaic farms in the Okavango Delta, in the future Xigera Safari Lodge will be able to charge electric game-drive vehicles using solar technology.
  • An on-site composter processes all organic kitchen waste, which is sent to local communities for sustainable kitchen gardens.
  • All water used in the lodge is purified via a state-of-the-art reverse osmosis treatment plant. The water is then re-mineralised, ensuring guests can safely drink the tap water throughout the lodge. We also provide bottled water – both still and sparkling water – in environmentally friendly glass bottles.
  • Hot water is provided via thermodynamic geysers, while SolarView tinted glass ensures temperature stability indoors for energy-efficient air conditioning.
  • During construction, a specialist arborist was contracted to ensure the protection of mature trees on the site. The Lodge has undertaken monitoring and record keeping of all fauna and flora, working closely with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks to ensure the continued protection of the lands we traverse.
  • Over 90% of the furniture and art pieces have been hand-produced in Africa by over 80 studios, designers and artists - the largest collection of African design anywhere in the world and intrinsically sustainable
  • The Lodge uses an entirely above-ground Calcemite sewerage system, with biodegradable chemicals for cleaning. The resulting grey water is safe to use for irrigation purposes.
  • We are proud to have removed all unnecessary single-use plastics from lodge operations.

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Mike Myers takes us on a tour of The Lodge's sustainable initiatives.