Rating: Deluxe Price from: £470 - £810 pp full board
Xigera (pronounced Keejera) is a luxury tented camp set on a large island in a riverine forest in the Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta. A paradise for birdwatchers, Xigera is home to the Pel's Fishing Owl, African Skimmer, Slaty Egret, Wattled Crane, Lesser Jacana and a host of eagles, vultures, raptors and kingfishers. It also boasts the highest density of the rare sitatunga antelope found anywhere in the Okavango Delta. A wooden footbridge connects Xigera Island to the island next to it, and guests are often treated to close-up views of lion, hyaena or leopard padding across the bridge as they move between islands. 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.
Accommodation at Xigera is in 10 luxuriously furnished tented rooms with en-suite facilities and an outdoor shower. Each room is raised on a wooden deck, giving superb views of the seasonal floodplain and waterhole. Meals and evening drinks are enjoyed under the thatch of the raised lounge, pub and dining area overlooking a permanently flowing channel. A traditional African boma offers alternative dining under the African stars. Wooden walkways winding through the forest connect the rooms to the main living area, and there is a small plunge pool amd a curio shop.
Photographs courtesy of Wilderness Safaris.
Open: Xigera Camp is open all year.
Location: Xigera Camp is situated on Paradise Island in Moremi Game Reserve. Xigera airstrip is just a short drive from the camp.
Rooms: There are 10 guest tents, reached along raised walkways from the main lodge. Beds are draped with fine mosquito netting and there are bedside tables with lamps. Mesh windows along both sides of the tent admit light and a fan keeps the air cool. There are easy chairs, a table and tea and coffee making facilities. The fully equipped bathrooms have twin ceramic basins, a large mirror and shower, a separate toilet and an outdoor shower. Youâ€™ll be provided with toiletries. Activities: You can explore by 4x4 vehicles on game drives, take mokoro rides in the waterways, and go for motorised boat safaris. Nature walks on nearby islands and seasonal catch and release fishing are also offered. Bird watching is a firm favourite.
Facilities: There is a large, open plan lounge, library, bar and dining area. The lounge is an inviting area with huge sofas, while the dining area is dominated by the long dining table. The whole structure is open to the front and sides, for wide ranging views. To the front is the camp fire, and a little further off thereâ€™s a boma for outdoor drinks and meals. The camp has its own jetty for boat rides. There is a laundry service and a gift shop.
Dining: Most meals are eaten together as a group, though private dinners can be arranged.
Children: Children aged 6 years and over are welcome. Families with children between 6 and 12 must book private activities. The minimum age for mokoro rides is 13.
Health: This is a malaria area.
Communication: There is no internet access or mobile coverage. The manager communicates with head office via a radio.