Xigera Safari Lodge

This is the story of an ancient place; of rebirth, of family legacy, and of a lodge that is so pioneering, so authentic, that it reinvents the very idea of what it means to experience the African bush.

This is Xigera (“Kee-jera”), a bold new statement in Botswana’s most unspoilt wilderness, opening in June 2020 on the western side of the Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta.

Xigera is a labour of love, a miraculous and enchanting transformation that will create experiences that are, quite simply, extraordinary.

There are just 12 suites, all fully air-conditioned. Each one is an exquisite reimagining of the safari experience, showcasing the finest Southern African artisans and creating a design that is utterly in tune with its surroundings. Quietly surprising touches are everywhere, from the lily-inspired spa to the chance of a life-changing sleep-out beneath the velvet night sky.

But it is the people that define Xigera, as you'd expect from a Red Carnation creation, with 105 exceptional staff looking after 24 guests, allowing an experience of exclusive flexibility. Xigera offers a unique chance to explore the bush the way you want to, defined by the Red Carnation art of hospitality.

This is the story of Xigera. Opening June 2020…

  • Situated on the western side of the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta of Botswana
  • Sprawled under a beautiful canopy of ancient trees, with epic views over the floodplains
  • Guests arrive by light aircraft transfer or chartered plane (25 miles from Maun) and approach the lodge via an elevated bridge
  • Suspended on stilts and connected by elevated walkways to protect the pristine environment
  • Two luxury spa rooms, offering a diverse range of wellness treatments and restorative healing
  • Extensive spa programme with guest practitioners focused on mindfulness, wellness and holistic healing, tapping into the natural powers of the bush
  • Wellness areas including a state-of-the-art gym and an inky-dark swimming pool gazing directly over the river
  • With undulating roofs and scorched timber cladding, the architecture blends seamlessly with the surroundings
  • Sunken lounge featuring a massive copper-clad fireplace in the form of a lily, the Xigera emblem
  • Human-sized woven nests by renowned South African artist Porky Hefer rest on the decks for guests to nestle in
  • A curated collection of bespoke furniture and sculptures by more than 30 African artists and craftsmen including Andile Dyalvane, Dokter and Misses, Dylan Lewis, Porky Hefer and Ardmore Ceramics
  • An interactive kitchen and dining room, serving African-inspired cuisine and Mrs Tollman’s signature dishes
  • Bar and cellar with wines from the family’s award-winning boutique vineyard Bouchard Finlayson, and a world-class wine list 
  • A boma with a difference, where storytelling and stargazing take place around a totemic firepit sculpture by artist-blacksmith Conrad Hicks
  • Air-conditioned library stocked with research material, wildlife documentaries and hosting informative talks by visiting specialists
  • Shaded lily-inspired pavilion overlooking the water ’s edge
  • Children aged 12 and over are welcome, with a varied list of activities to tailor-make their experience
  • Dedicated to sustainability and eliminating single-use plastics, with what may be the largest solar farm in the Delta, enabling the lodge to be 100% solar powered, and thermodynamic geysers to provide hot water with minimal energy use

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