FROM $ 660 PER PERSON SHARING
- Single supplements and child discounts may apply
- Price varies with seasonality and room options
- Indicative price is for low season
- Wilderness Safaris
Xigera Camp is one of the most private camps in the Okavango Delta. It is situated on a magnificent forested island, overlooking crystal clear waterways, and is surrounded by deep channels and lush vegetation. Its 10 luxury tented suites have been built on raised platforms right into the lush riverine forest, and each tent commands beautiful views of the floodplains from its raised verandas. Tents are connected to the main living areas with a series of walkways and bridges.
What makes Xigera Camp special?
Marooned on a magnificent forested island, overlooking crystal clear waterways, Xigera Camp is a classic Okavango water camp, with activities focusing on boat and makoro trips. It is a true wetland paradise, surrounded by deep channels and lush vegetation.
One of the highlights of the camps is the daily 'newspaper' - a sand pit built into the bridge connecting the camp to the neighbouring island to capture paw prints. This is 'read' each morning to find out who visited the camp overnight!
Xigera Camp is the only camp in the area, guaranteeing total privacy, and is completely solar powered in order to minimise its ecological footprint on this pristine environment.
As the floodwaters of the Okavango rise, one of the largest inland deltas in the world takes shape. Animals and birds migrate here in their thousands from the arid Kalahari that surrounds this paradise, and 1 500 square kilometres of parched land transforms into a network of waterways, forested islands and open grassy plains. Buffalo, elephant, letchwe, lion, leopard, hippo, crocodile and many other animals congregate in huge numbers, and the game viewing in the Okavango is stupendous.
Xigera Camp overlooks a small lagoon and a huge floodplain, in a section of the Delta that never really dries up. Pel's Fishing-Owl, African Skimmer, colourful Kingfishers, Slaty Egret, Wattled Cranes and other incredible water birds are common here, making the area a birder’s mecca. This area is also the best place in the Delta to see the illusive water-loving sitatunga antelope.
The feeling of living in the middle of a riverine forest is one of the most distinct features of Xigera Camp. The 10 luxury tented suites were designed specifically with this in mind. Each of the tents is built on raised platforms with verandas that look out onto the floodplain below. They and are connected to the main camp and neighbouring island by a labyrinth of walkways and bridges. The camp has an almost tropical island feel to it, made even more luxurious by the shady lounges and bar area. The camp pool is perfect for the midday heat. After all, the river belongs to the hippos and crocodiles, and they don’t like to share!
The heart of this camp is the central fire deck, and at night guests gather for fireside cocktails to watch the twinkling fireflies that transform the river by night. After dinner in the outdoor ‘boma’, the star deck is the perfect place to lie back and observe the heavens. Overlooking the floodplain by day, guests can relax in the pool, or peruse the delights of the little curio shop.
Xigera is a water-based camp, offering guests an opportunity to experience the waterways of the Okavango Delta. The majority of the game viewing is done by makoro or small boat. In the peak months, guests are able to boat through over 60 kilometres of floodplain and channels to reach the islands where there are regular sightings of buffalo, elephant, zebra, giraffe, lechwe and sitatunga as well as numerous other delta species. Lion and leopard can also be seen crossing the deep channels as they move between islands. Hippo and crocodile can be seen from the mokoros and there is an abundance of birds all year round.
While out on the water, short walks to explore the little islands along the way showcase the delta’s incredible diversity, and don’t forget to bring the fishing rods that are supplied by the camp along, as in some areas fishing is permitted. Sundowners on the water or looking out onto an open plain heralds the return to camp for dinner around the fire in the traditional ‘boma’. After dinner there is nothing better than to lie out on the star deck, while listening to the singing of frogs and the grunting of hippo, happy in the knowledge that you are truly in the middle of your own private piece of paradise.