Xigera Camp is a water and land paradise situated in the heart of the Okavango Delta within the Moremi Game Reserve. Permanent water in the Xigera Lagoon allows a remarkable variety of activities year round and the camp’s remote location assures a level of privacy and tranquillity rarely found.
Nestled in magnificent riverine forest, Xigera consists of ten luxuriously furnished tented rooms each with en-suite facilities and an outdoor shower. All are raised off the ground on wooden decks, offering a superb view of the seasonal floodplain and waterhole. Meals and evening drinks are enjoyed under the thatch of the raised lounge, bar and dining area overlooking a permanently flowing channel – or under the stars in a traditional African boma.
Activities at Xigera focus on water activities such as guided walks (on request, which require a special guide), motor boating and mokoro trips. They also offer game drives. Wildlife sightings may include red lechwe, antelope, lion, hyena, leopard and sitatunga antelope. Xigera is a delight for birdwatchers, with Pel’s fishing owl, African skimmer, slaty egret, wattled crane, lesser jacana and a host of eagles, vultures, raptors and kingfishers to be spotted.
During periods of low water levels, water activities may be possible but not guaranteed and outings will be mainly focused on game drives.
Luxury tented rooms, dining room, bar and lounge.
The camp focusses mostly on water birds and mammals including otter, the rare sitatunga and red lechwe. Bird highlights include Pel's fishing owl, African and lesser jacanas, slaty egret and African pygmy-goose. When floodwaters are low, you can occasionally see elephant, lion and leopard here.
Boat safaris, mokoro excursions, fishing and game drives are included on a shared basis.
Try out the natural swimming pool, a clear water lagoon where you can swim amongst the frogs and lily pads.
If you have any questions regarding our Botswana tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965
On behalf of my wife and myself, I would like to thank all at Reef and Rainforest for arranging so superbly yet another exceptional wildlife experience. As you are aware our ‘expeditions’ tend to be species led and this year’s brief was to observe and photograph the ‘Three Big Cats of Africa’ in a truly wild setting (i.e. no fences). Your recommended destination, Botswana, did not let us down, in fact the whole trip proved an outstanding success in all aspects.
We stayed in three camps (three nights in each) across the Okavango Delta and surrounding area, each provided a different environment which ensured our aims were met. Each camp was run to a very high standard, was extremely comfortable and provided excellent meals. The quality of guiding and tracking in all our camps was of the highest standard. As Botswana manages its natural resources so well all the camps were small (no more than 18 guests) ensuring a very intimate safari experience in pristine wild African habitat.
I am delighted to report our big cat objectives were realised. All observations were lengthy and offered excellent photographic opportunities. However, unexpectedly, the highlight of our spectacular trip turned out to be sightings of two separate packs of African Painted Dogs. We visited two dens, the first had a very healthy number of adult dogs, approximately fifteen and eighteen pups. The second had seven adult dogs and sixteen pups. At Lebala we had the privilege of spending a prolonged period of time following the pack of dogs as they hunted, an experience we will never forget.
When one also considers the significant mammal and bird species we observed, Botswana is truly a must visit destination for the wildlife enthusiast. Incidentally we also observed three serval and two African wild cats. We also thoroughly enjoyed our few days at Victoria Falls, possibly the most spectacular waterfall in the world, the hotel in Zimbabwe was excellent. Viewing the falls from the Zambian side and also the helicopter flight are both well worth doing.
This was our third consecutive trip with Reef and Rainforest, and I would be very surprised if there is not a fourth being planned very soon. Thank you all once again.