Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
XIGERA CONCESSION, OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA
Xigera Camp is nestled in a riverine forest right in the heart of the Okavango Delta, on the aptly-named Paradise Island, Xigera. This part of the Moremi Game Reserve is a true wetland paradise, with Xigera Camp surrounded by deep channels and lush vegetation. Guests are sometimes treated to close-up views of lion or leopard using the footbridge connecting Xigera Camp to the next island. It has ten luxuriously furnished tented rooms, each with en-suite facilities and an outdoor shower.
In the floodplains surrounding the camp 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.
Summer activities in Xigera Camp include 50% Game drives and 50% Water activities. During winter, its 20% Game drives and 80% Water activities. Whilst the emphasis at Xigera is on water activities, game drives are offered all year round. This is a good multi-activity camp. Walking safaris are organised on request. There are no night drives until the Moremi Wildlife Reserve rules change.
Xigera Camp XIGERA CONCESSION, OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA
Stay Xigera Camp is a Classic Safari Lodge with 10 luxurious tents. There is one family unit which comprises one standard guest unit, linked by a short-enclosed walkway to a second unit. The second room comprise of a room and bathroom but no outdoor shower or front veranda. All rooms are raised off the ground on wooden walkways. Tent entrance is a sliding door with great view.
The Camp The Xigera Camp is situated on a large island whose entrance is by footbridge over a permanently flowing river that flows in front of the camp. The camp has a “tropical” and “jungle” feel about it. The main communal area has dining room and bar under thatch which is connected by wooden walkways to living areas. An open air Kgotla (boma) is used for dinner around campfire (weather permitting). There is curio shop and a plunge pool.
ChildCare Children of 6 years and older are welcome to stay at the Xigera Camp. For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for. The minimum age for boating activities is 6 years, while mekoro has a minimum age of 13 years.
Safari The Xigera is a good multi-activity camp. Whilst the emphasis at Xigera is on water activities, game drives are offered all year round. During drier years, drives take place only from late September to April. 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. Power boating seasonally available depending on water levels.
Experience Fishing in the Xigera Camp area is on a catch and release basis (fishing is prohibited in Botswana in January and February for fish breeding purposes). The camp has a small stock of basic rods and reels but fly-fishing equipment is to be supplied by guests if required. Please note that guests boat for about 30 minutes first to reach waters which are outside of the Moremi since fishing is not allowed within the Game Reserve.
Location The Xigera Camp, Botswana is located in a private Xigera concession in the central western part of the Okavango Delta and within the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. It is built in one of the most beautiful corners of the Okavango Delta, on a "Paradise Island" within the Moremi Game Reserve. Xigera is set in what is truly a wetland paradise, surrounded by deep channels and lush riverine vegetation.
Getting There Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta, which is best reached from Johannesburg by a 2-hour international flight. From Maun, there is a short 20-minute flight to get to the Xigera airstrip followed by a 10-minute drive to Xigera Camp.
When to go Botswana’s winter months from May to October are dry and cool with chilly nights. This is also its high season. Botswana has hot, wet summers from October to April. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between December and February, sometimes continuing into March, with rain generally in the form of afternoon thundershowers. Best time to travel is all year round. There is great fishing from March to December, with catches of tiger fish, bream, catfish and tilapia.