Wilderness Safaris Xigera Camp
FROM: $ 680
per person per night
Wilderness Safaris 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 the magnificent Xigera Camp surrounding 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.
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 ten 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.
Conservation & Community
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 or 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.
With a splendid diversity of habitat there are a multitude of species to encounter. The variety and numbers of animal and bird species allows us insights into some fascinating behavior and compelling interactions. Our open Land Rovers accommodate a maximum of seven guests – thus allowing each person a ‘window’ seat.
Exploring the concession by night yields fascinating sights of nocturnal animals including predators who often hunt under cover of darkness, from hyena to owls.
Glide silently through pristine waterways of the Okavango Delta in a mokoro (traditional-style dugout canoe) to gain a unique perspective on the diversity of life both big and small in this fascinating ecosystem. Water-level dependent, boating is another idyllic form of water wildlife viewing.
On request and dependent on the availability of a walking guide, nature walks with skilled, armed guides are a wonderful way of getting close to nature and observing the smaller things not always seen when travelling by vehicle.
Wildlife at Xigera Camp
Xigera is a true water camp: This is the land of the sitatunga antelope and Pel’s fishing-owl. Waterbirds are seen in large numbers including rufous-bellied heron and the secretive white-backed night-heron. Other special birds are greater swamp-warbler, coppery-tailed coucal and Luapula cisticola brown firefinch, swamp boubou, Hartlaub’s babbler and western banded snake-eagle. One may be surprised by the presence of lion, leopard, hyaena and buffalo as they wade and swim between islands in search of food.
Xigera Camp Reviews
“We stayed at several of the Wilderness camps…Xigera Camp was delightful. The location is stunning, the water activities were fascinating, and sometimes felt a little dangerous (hippos under water, oh my). We enjoyed meeting Petunia, the camp hippo. Our room was amazing, the guides and everyone was so kind and generous.” – Bitty55
“We spent 2 nights at Xigera Camp and it was a dream. Such a beautiful place in the heart of the magnificent Okavongo Delta. The camp is fabulous. You have the visit of the elephants and hippos. Waouh! Our guide Rueben is a very nice and passionate person.” – Figaro75
“We’d been on safari in Southern Africa previously, but really wanted to experience the true spirit of the Delta, and Xigera and its staff delivered on all fronts. It’s as magical as the photos look – and the days spent on the water are truly memorable: great wildlife sightings (not much big game), and wonderful birding.” – PhilAtty