Xigera Camp

NOTE: Xigera Camp will close in August 2018 and undergo an extensive rebuild. Look for it to reopen in 2019 as a Wilderness Safaris Premier Camp. 

Xigera Camp (pronounced Keejera) lies on the aptly named Paradise Island, surrounded by deep channels and lush vegetation within a remote area of the productive Moremi Game Reserve. For much of the year this magnificent area epitomises the permanently flooded section of the Okavango Delta, with palm-filled islands, riverine forests, a multitude of clear water channels and expansive floodplains.

There are nine raised luxury tents with en-suite facilities, an outdoor shower – and superb views of the classic Okavango Delta floodplains that surround the camp. Meals and evening drinks are enjoyed in the lounge, bar and dining area overlooking a permanently flowing channel or under the stars in a traditional African boma. For those hot days there is a small plunge pool in which to cool off.

Highlights

  • This true wetland paradise is a delight for birdwatchers and lovers of tranquil beauty
  • The best place in the Delta to see the elusive sitatunga antelope
  • Learn about the fascinating formation of the incredible Okavango Delta

Whilst the emphasis at Xigera is on water activities, making this the perfect ‘water camp,’ game drives are offered all year round.

Game Drives

Game drives explore further afield, where wildlife like lion, leopard and hyaena, buffalo and elephant can be seen. Our open Land Rovers each accommodate a maximum of seven guests allowing each guest a ‘window’ outside seat. Please note that there are no night drives at Xigera. 


 

Mokoro Excursions*
There is no better way of viewing game and capturing the essence of the Okavango than by traditional mokoro (dugout canoe). The Okavango-born guide and poler will reveal the wiles and secrets of living in the Delta while you spot tiny frogs and colourful waterbirds. *This activity is water-level dependent.


 

Boating*
Water-level dependent, boating is another idyllic form of viewing water-based wildlife. Hippo and crocodile are often seen on these adventures, and sometimes even the elusive sitatunga. *This activity is water-level dependent.  


 

Fishing
Fishing with a limited supply of basic equipment is on offer seasonally on a catch-and-release basis. Please note that fishing takes place in waters outside of the Moremi since fishing is not allowed within the Game Reserve.


 

Birding
Xigera Camp is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Aside from the famous Pel’s fishing-owl, waterbirds large and small, colourful and secretive are seen here, such as African skimmer, slaty egret, wattled crane and much more. 

LOCATION

  • Okavango Delta, central west area
  • Private area within the Moremi Wildlife Reserve

HABITAT AND WILDLIFE
Xigera Concession
The 6 000-hectare (15 000-acre) Xigera Concession is a wetland paradise within Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of the Delta. Situated on one of the Okavango’s key waterways, it is surrounded by picturesque papyrus swamps and wooded islands and is renowned for the highest density of the elusive sitatunga antelope in the Delta. Although the area is not known for big game, mammal sightings include red lechwe, spotted-necked otter, elephant and tsessebe. Predators include lion, spotted hyaena and leopard. Guests are sometimes treated to close-up views of lion or leopard using the footbridge connecting Xigera’s island to the next! This concession is a delight for birdwatchers, many of the key swamp-dwelling specialists being resident. Notable are Pel’s Fishing-Owl, African Skimmer, Brown Firefinch, Greater Swamp Warbler, Wattled Crane, African Pygmy Goose and Lesser Jacana.

Game Viewing
Xigera is a water-based camp offering guests an opportunity to experience the waterways of the Okavango Delta. In the peak months, guests are able to boat through over 60 kilometers 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 can be seen from mokoro and there is an abundance of birds, a special being Pel’s Fishing Owl.

CAMP DESIGN AND FACILITIES

  •  Situated on large island, surrounded by deep channels and lush vegetation.
  •  Lounge, dining room and bar under thatch on a raised wooden deck.
  •  Traditional boma for dining under the stars.
  •  During winter months knee blankets are provided during dinner.
  •  Menu of massage treatments (at an additional cost) - conducted in the privacy of the guest’s tent.
  •  Fire deck.
  •  Curio shop.
  •  Library.
  •  Pool in main area.
  •  Star deck.

ACCOMMODATION
Number of Tents
This camp can accommodate 18 guests and 02 children plus 02 guide/pilot/tour leaders sharing, subject to concession numbers and/or concession availability.
9 x units in total comprising:

  • 8 x twin-bedded tented rooms each with two three quarter beds
  • 1 x family tented unit with two three quarter beds in each bedroom (consisting of 02 bedrooms, with their own bathroom, sharing an entrance and linked by an enclosed walkway). The second bedroom has no outside decking and no outdoor shower.

Unit Description

  • Canvas tented rooms with a sliding entrance door, on elevated wooden deck offering a great view and with elevated wooden walkways.
  • Each room comprises of en-suite facilities with a separate toilet and outdoor shower, writing desk and chair, easy chair, mosquito net, tea and coffee making facilities and an electronic safe.
  • During winter months hot water bottles and extra blankets are provided.
  • No air-conditioning, however, a pedestal fan is provided in all the rooms.
  • Seasonal bathrobes, slippers, liquid soap, body wash, shampoo and conditioner, body lotion, room spray, insect repellent, insect spray, mosquito coil, shower caps, vanity kit with cotton tip swabs and cotton wool pads, sewing kit, tissue dispenser, laundry bag and umbrella are supplied in each tent.

ELECTRICITY

  • 100% solar powered (solar panels and inverters provide electricity and hot water). A generator is used for emergencies.
  • 220V multi-plug adaptor charging facilities for mobile devices. Additional charging facilities (available on request) for the use of sleep apnoea machines (guests to provide own device, spare batteries, charging unit and adaptors).
  • Thermodynamic geyser heated water.

CHILD POLICY

  •  Children of 06 years and older are accommodated.
  •  For families travelling with children between 06 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
  •  Children between 06 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
  •  The minimum age for boating activities is 06 years, while mekoros have a minimum age of 13 years.

LAUNDRY FACILITIES
Laundry services are provided on a daily basis (weather permitting) and included on the FI rate basis. A mesh laundry bag is supplied for ‘smalls’ so that guests may place their underwear in this bag which will be machine washed and returned in the mesh bag. Environmentally friendly detergent available in the rooms or can be provided on request. Note that laundry services may be limited as a result of water shortages in camp.

RATE BASIS
Fully Inclusive (FI) – includes accommodation, all meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, all local drinks and laundry. Excluded from the rate are premium imported brands and champagne, gratuities, curio purchases and any other items of a personal nature.

As well as being involved in conservation, Xigera Camp makes sure to donate funds and time to communities and centres.

Solar Power

In 2011 the generators at Xigera were turned off and the power for the entire camp was switched across to a new photovoltaic solar plant consisting of a total of 135 solar panels producing a maximum of 30kW of renewable energy – enough power from the sun to run the entire camp including all fridges and freezers.


Keeping the Environment Clean
Waste water in the form of sewage and grey water (e.g. shower water) is treated in an Above Ground Sewage Plant or STP. This treats the water with a dense system of bacteria in a network of tanks above the ground, being sterilised with UV or chlorine, before being allowed to enter the environment. This ensures that we do not contaminate the natural water system in the area.

Xigera and Maun Council Centre
Xigera Camp donates the time of certain camp staff and funding to the Maun Council Centre which is an AIDS counselling centre.

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