There's nothing quite like it

Xigera, an Okavango Delta Safari Lodge, is Red Carnation Hotels’ love letter to the magic of the African bush. Every aspect is handcrafted to beguile guests’ senses and stir their souls – from the evocative interiors to one-of-a-kind encounters.

Transformed by Africa’s life-enhancing beauty, it is a story of remarkable renewal. Of rebirth and family legacy and the pioneering spirit that drives us to seek out Africa’s wild spaces. The same spirit inspired this remarkable reimagining, perhaps a complete reinvention, of an Okavango Delta safari.

This is Xigera (pronounced ‘kee-jera’), named for the Pied Kingfisher that makes its home amid the watery channels of Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve. The culmination of a lifelong dream of the Tollman family, drawing on six decades of devotion to unparalleled luxury in service.

The Tollman family has long had a profound love for Africa and as the new custodians of Xigera Safari Lodge they are delighted to bring Red Carnation’s generous hospitality, personal service and exceptional design aesthetic to Botswana for the first time.

But Xigera is equally a line in the sand. A raising of the bar. A bold statement in the realm of luxury safaris, and an Okavango Delta safari experience like no other.

About Xigera Safari Lodge

Xigera Safari Lodge offers just 12 beautiful suites and an exceptional Baobab Treehouse, each resting effortlessly in this wild landscape. Amid this remarkable setting, Xigera’s design aesthetic is wholeheartedly dedicated to celebrating African art, design and creativity. Each piece has been handcrafted and inspired by the incredible natural surroundings; every experience can be tailor-made to guests’ wishes… an entirely new imagining of the African bush.

The Okavango Delta provides the palette of inspiration for the interiors of Xigera Safari Lodge, with even the smallest details showing a deep connection to the natural world beyond the lodge. Meticulously created and crafted, in every sense, the décor pays homage to both the human and natural heritage of this remarkable corner of Africa. Conceptualised by Toni Tollman, Philip Fourie and Anton de Kock – in collaboration with award-winning South African gallery Southern Guild – the Xigera Design Collection is breathtaking in its scope and bold vision.

Situated in the western reaches of Botswana’s iconic Moremi Game Reserve, gazing out on the seasonal floodplains of the Okavango Delta, Xigera’s unique location offers unrivalled access to extraordinary safari experiences. From bush breakfasts, wild picnics and ‘feet in the water’ sundowners to thrilling motorboat safaris, bespoke wilderness experiences and sunrise yoga, Xigera showcases the magic and mystery of this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a leading Okavango Delta safari Lodge.

Conservation and sustainability are at the heart of Xigera, powering the lodge almost entirely through solar energy and eliminating single-use plastics. Caring for the environment is a priority in every aspect, but the lodge also pours enormous effort into partnering with local communities, providing both empowerment and employment.

The Okavango Delta safari lodge, Xigera, pairs perfectly with the Great Plains Conservation Réserve Collection and Relais & Chateaux member safari camps in Botswana. These include Duba Plains Camp and the 2-bedroomed Duba Plains Suite of the northern Okavango Delta. Equally, in the private Selinda Reserve, perfect luxury Botswana safari camps that one should include in your Botswana safari are Zarafa Camp, 2-bedroomed Zarafa Dhow Suite, Selinda Camp and the 2-bedroom Selinda Suite.

Accommodation and number of guests allowed on the concession

12 Suites – 9 Suites with king-size beds (which cannot be split) and  2 Suites with twin bed configuration (which can be converted to into king beds using mattress convertors)

The Xigera Family Suite which offers an interleading lounge with two en-suite bedrooms (one with fixed king bed configuration and the other room with twin beds which can be converted to a king bed), each room has their own dressing rooms and outdoor shower, and private deck with outdoor gazebo area.

Children 12 years and older are welcome at Xigera and full adult rate is charged.

4 guide/pilot/tour leader tented accommodation, each with three-quarter beds and shared en-suite bathroom facilities.

Location and Activities

Xigera Safari Lodge is situated on one of the Okavango’s key waterways in the western Moremi Game Reserve of Botswana’s Okavango Delta with private access to a 4,500-hectare (11,120-acre) wetland paradise in the heart of the Delta.

Xigera Safari Lodge is surrounded by picturesque papyrus swamps and open floodplains studded with llala palms. Impressive jackalberry, mangosteen, and leadwood trees form an ancient canopy under which the lodge is nestled.

This pristine wetland paradise is home to a great variety of wildlife. The area is known for remarkable mammal sightings including elephant, buffalo and hippo, giraffe, tsessebe, reedbuck, and regular sightings of the elusive sitatunga antelope, red lechwe, and spotted-necked otter. Predators include lions, spotted hyenas, and leopards.

Guests are sometimes treated to close-up views of lions or leopards using the footbridge connecting Xigera Safari Lodge to the next island!

This concession lies in an International Birding Area (IBA) with many ‘Okavango specials’ being present, including Pel’s Fishing-Owl, African Skimmer, Brown Firefinch, Greater Swamp Warbler, Wattled Crane, African Pygmy Goose, and Lesser Jacana.