Xigera Camp

Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

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Xigera Camp

Nestled in riverine forest on the aptly-named Paradise Island, Xigera has ten luxuriously furnished tented rooms, a clever mix of wood and canvas, each with en-suite facilities and an outdoor shower.

UNLEASH IT: AT THIS CAMP SITUATED DEEP WITHIN THE DELTA SURROUNDED BY WATER AND LUSH VEGETATION.

 

We Love
  • If you are lucky, you might be treated to close-up views of lion or leopard
  • Xigera Camp has Okavango-born tribesmen as guides and know every turn and tree in the wetland
  • Xigera Camp donates a portion of each bed-night charge to the Motswe Wa Tsholofelo Orphan Day-care centre in Maun
  • Xigera Camp also donates the time of certain camp staff and money to the Maun Council Centre which is an AIDS counselling centre.
Need to Know
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
  • The minimum age for boating activities is 6 years, while mekoro has a minimum age of 13 years.
  • 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.
  • The Camp is 100% solar powered. A 220v generator is used for emergencies.

The Review

Xigera Camp (pronounced Keejera) is located on a riverine island right in the heart of the Okavango Delta. 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's island to the next! 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.

Wildlife
Located at the very centre of the Okavango Delta alluvial fan, Xigera is a water-based camp offering guests an opportunity to experience its vast network of waterways. 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 can be seen from mokoro and there is an abundance of birds, a special being Pel’s Fishing Owl.

Why Stay
Nestled in riverine forest on the aptly-named Paradise Island, Xigera Camp consists of ten luxuriously furnished tented rooms - each with en-suite facilities and an outdoor shower. Raised on wooden platforms and walkways, each tent offers superb views of the seasonal Okavango Delta floodplains and the lagoon. The feeling of living in the midst of a riverine forest is one of the features of Xigera Camp.

Meals and evening drinks are enjoyed in the lounge and dining area overlooking the permanently flowing channel or under the stars in a traditional African boma. The camp is finished off with a plunge pool and curio shop.

Experience
The concession’s year-round water allows for the Delta’s most sublime experiences – poling on a mokoro and motorboat outings. This is complemented by game drives in the area depending on flood levels.

Getting There

The Xigera Camp is located in a private Xigera concession in the central western part of the Okavango Delta and within the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 30 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane takes one hour and 25 mins. The flight from Kasane to Victoria Falls takes 20 mins but allow additional time for customs and immigration. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

 
Xigera Camp Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

Xigera Camp

Rating                       Classic Camp
Type                         Safari Lodge
No. Rooms                 10
Max Occupants           22
Special Interests         Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Location                    Xigera Concession


Accommodation

Standard Tent
There is nine standard tents with seven twin bedded tents and two king size bedded tents. There is one guide/pilot tent which is identical to a standard tent.

Family Tent
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.

Tent details
Tented safari camp with en-suite bathrooms is raised off the ground on wooden walkways. Tent entrance is a sliding door and a great view. Each tent has a safe, stand up fans, mosquito net and outside showers. Soaps, shampoos and insect repellents are supplied.

Camp Description
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.

Electricity & Water
The camp is 100% solar powered (solar panels and inverters provide electricity and hot water. Supplies power for hairdryers, fan and mini bar). A 220v generator is used for emergencies. Multi-plugs are available for charging camera and video equipment and laptops in the tent. Guests are also urged to bring two batteries for video recorders or cameras, as a battery can only be charged when the generator is in use.


Activities

Type: Summer 50% Game drives, 50% Water activities. Winter 20% Game drives, 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.

The main activity here is the game drives via 3 x 10-seater open 4 x 4 Land Rovers each accommodating maximum seven guests, allowing all guests an outside seat. All vehicles are equipped with books on trees, birds and mammals along with a pair of binoculars and Peaceful Sleep insect repellent. Walking safaris are organised on request as these are dependent on the availability of walking guides. There are no night drives until the Moremi Wildlife Reserve rules change

Birdwatching and water game viewing is via mokoro (eight mokoro with each seating two guests). Short walks around the islands are undertaken whilst out in the boat or on mokoro excursions. Power boating seasonally available depending on water levels (1 x 8 seater boat)

Fishing 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.

Suggested Daily Activity Schedule
Morning wakeup call is between 0500h and 0600h. Morning tea and light continental breakfast before departing for morning activity. Return to campsite by about 1000h for a brunch which has a selection of breakfast and lunch dishes. Afternoons are at leisure.

Afternoon tea (at 1600h or earlier in winters) is with a selection of sweet and savoury snacks. This is followed by game viewing activity which generally ends with drinks and snacks for sundowners, returning to the camp around 1900h, depending on the game sightings.

Pre-dinner drinks and snacks are served at the bar around 1930h. These are followed by a three-course dinner. All courses are served at the table except on Mondays (traditional night) when the starter and dessert are served whilst the main course is buffet style. By 2100h the group generally congregates around a campfire where coffee and liqueurs are served.

Seasons
Festive Season:      20 December 2013 to 10 January 2014
Low Season:          11 January 2013 to 31 March 2013
Shoulder Season:    01 April 2013 to 14 June 2013 & 01 November 2013 to 19 December 2013
High Season:          15 June 2013 to 31 October 2013


Policies

Child Policy
    Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
    For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
    Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
    The minimum age for boating activities is 6 years, while mekoro has a minimum age of 13 years.

Other Policies
    All drinks are included in the nightly tariff, with the exception of premium wines & champagne.
    Laundry is done on a daily basis and inclusive in the nightly tariff.
    Curios, premium wines & champagne and tips/gratuities can be billed to the tent number and settled on check out. Payment can be made by cash (US$, British Sterling), Travellers Cheques or the following credit cards: Visa or MasterCard.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:         2:00 PM
    Check out:     12:00 PM
    Minimum stay:    1 night

 

Xigera Concession

The 6 000-hectare 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!

Birdlife
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.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides – £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff and mokoro paddlers – £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) – £6.00 per person per day


When to go

Botswana’s winter is during our British summer, and the weather is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat, and cold at night. The summer months (British winter) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.

Visa
All visitors to Botswana need a valid passport for at least six months, but no visas are required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, EU countries, USA and other selected countries. A valid return ticket is required. On arrival you’ll get a 30-day entrance stamp.

Visas are also not required by transit passengers, provided they are continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, and do not leave the airport.

Health
Travellers arriving from or having transited through countries where yellow fever is endemic will be required to show a suitable certificate of vaccination in order to gain entry into the country. This includes endemic countries such Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, as well as of marginal risk countries such as Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia.


Getting There

The Xigera Camp is located in a private Xigera concession in the central western part of the Okavango Delta and within the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 30 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane takes one hour and 25 mins. The flight from Kasane to Victoria Falls takes 20 mins but allow additional time for customs and immigration. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

Airstrip Details
Xigera airstrip located 10 minutes’ drive from camp
Licensed for aircraft up to a maximum weight of 5700 kg MAUW (maximum all up weight), so King Airs can land here
Airstrip co-ordinates: S19.23.16, E22.44.51