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Xigera Camp
10 Tented Rooms

Nestled in a magnificent riverine forest, Xigera consists of luxuriously furnished tented rooms with en-suite facilities and an outdoor shower. Each room is raised off the ground on a wooden deck offering a superb view of the seasonal floodplain and waterhole. Meals and evening drinks are enjoyed under the thatch of the raised lounge, pub and dining area overlooking a permanently flowing channel. A traditional African boma offers alternative dining under the African stars. Wooden walkways winding through the forest connect the rooms to the main living area. For those hot days there is a small plunge pool in which to cool off.

A feature unique to Xigera is the wooden footbridge connecting Xigera Island to the island next to it. Guests are often treated to close-up views of lion, hyaena or leopard padding across the bridge as they move between islands. 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.

Xigera Concession - Okavango Delta, Botswana

Year Round

Botswana is an all-year-round wildlife destination. However, there are certain seasonal concerns of which groups with special interests should take note: The best birding months are November - March, when the delta is brimming with migratory birds. The best botanical months are December - May, when the vegetation is lush and green and most plants are in flower. Botswana's popularity as a destination is such that seasonal differences are not as marked as in other African destinations. Traditionally, however, peak season is from July to October and middle season is from May to June. Note that availability is at a premium during these seasons so you will need to book well in advance. November to April is a less popular time for travel to Botswana. This is the wet season, and due to the abundance of water, it is less certain that one will see wildlife at perennial water holes. Also, the heavy rains can make dirt roads impassable.

Game Drives, Boating, Nature Walks & Birdviewing

Xigera has something for everyone in an area where there are no other Moremi camps. Permanent water all year round allows one to enjoy an unparalleled variety of activities including foot safaris, mokoro trips, game drives and powerboat outings in total privacy. Enjoy a true Delta experience while you sit back in a mokoro (dugout canoe) and silently glide through the wonders of the tranquil Okavango waterways observed by a myriad Delta creatures. Watch the sunset and the birds gliding home to roost from a motorboat on the Xigera Lagoon. Observe the wildlife and unique Delta scenery from the comfort of a Land Rover or, for the adventurous, track animals on foot. Or simply take in the beautiful sunrise from your comfortable bed while sipping your morning tea or coffee.
Local Info

Situated in the Moremi Game Reserve, but on the extreme western boundary, the Xigera reserve is probably at the very centre of the Okavango alluvial fan. This magnificent area epitomises the permanently flooded section of the Okavango. Palm filled hardwood islands, hardwood riverine forests and a multitude of clear water channels and flood plains are what the delta wetland is all about. This is the land of the Sitatunga antelope and Pels fishing owl. Water birds are seen in numbers. Activities centre around the use of boats and mekoro, but short game drives are available during the drier times and seasonal fluctuations in the water. One of the great secrets of the Xigera operation is the presence of Okavango born tribesmen as guides. Some of these men were born a stones throw from the present location of the camp and know every turn and tree in this magical wetland. Although it is considered to be a permanent delta camp, one may be surprised by the presence of lion. leopard, hyena and buffalo on the islands. These animals will happily wade and swim between islands in search of food. The owners are Hennie and Angie Rawlinson who have lived in the Okavango for 20 years.
Owners & Hosts

Hennie and Angela Rawlinson are a well-respected couple from Maun, with incredible experience in the Okavango Delta. Hennie built the original Xigera way back in 1986. Prior to his Xigera days, he was one of the region's best camping safari guides. Hennie is a commercial pilot and runs a charter operation in Maun. Angela met Hennie while he was managing Xigera in the 1980s and the area has a very special place in their hearts. When the lease at Xigera came up for tender in 1998, they focused all their attention on winning the lease. Hennie and Angela reckon that it was their passion for the area which showed in their writing and won them the tender. They now have this prime site within the Moremi Game Reserve for the next 15 years and they have a built a superb camp which is an absolute winner.
Guest Reviews

"I'd happily recommend Xigera to anybody, really felt closer to the Okavango Delta here, and enjoyed the more personal contact with the guides. The stillness of the mokoro trips and walks were wonderful, Craig, Liza, Xolani and all guides could not have been more charming and helpful."
- D.B and L.B., Sydney Australia

"The interest and dedication of the guides must be complimented. We felt at home and part of the scene. Overall a most enjoyable stay which will remain with us for a long time. A big thank you to Craig, Lisa and Xolani."
- F.G and P.G., Cuermavaca Mexico

"After being acclimatized, lying in bed in our tent with the curtains open and looking at the stars and listening to the animal (hippo) sounds was fantastic. The birthday brunch was heavenly."
- H.v.M. and V.v.M
One of Botswana's best kept secrets, Xigera is built in one of the most beautiful corners of the Okavango. Xigera Camp (pronounced Keejera) is a waterland paradise situated within the Moremi Game Reserve.
The luxury tented camp has permanent water all year round and offers foot safaris, mokoro-ing (a mokoro is a dug-out canoe), and boating trips in total privacy. Whilst the emphasis at Xigera is on water activities, game drives are offered if water levels allow. Xigera has something for everyone, in an area where there are no other Moremi camps - particularly with regards to the wonders of the quiet Okavango waterways, which offer perfect mokoro opportunities and a true Delta experience. Game drives give guests a different perspective of the area. Boating takes one further afield and walks offer the opportunity to get close to wild Africa. New park regulations that are expected to come into force soon will allow night drives.

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