Mike Myers, the General Manager of Xigera, our trailblazing new property in Botswana, is a legendary figure in Africa. With over forty years’ experience in the bush, he is devoted to making Xigera the epitome of the African wildlife experience. Here, he talks about this new one-of-a-kind lodge and his plans for revolutionising the safari experience.
Tell us about the location. Why is it so special?
Xigera is on the western edge of the incredible Moremi Game Reserve, in the north of the Okavango Delta. It is remote and wild– there are no fences to separate us from the epic Okavango scenery.
We’ve heard the suites are beautiful...
They really are! We have two types – large guest suites and an even larger family suite – all with broad verandas and magical views over the delta floodplain and its wildlife. With only 24 guests here at any one time, the feeling is one of peaceful seclusion.
What sets Xigera apart from other lodges?
This is set to be the most exclusive safari lodge on the continent. With just 12 suites, we sit on our very own private area of the Moremi Game Reserve with exclusive access to the wilderness. Our guests are unlikely to see another game vehicle. Even more remarkably, they can pick and choose when and how often they head out into the bush, whether in a vehicle, on foot, in a boat or in one of our fantastic mokoro canoes.
Where can guests relax during their stay?
There are a variety of beautiful public spaces with views of the surrounding floodplains. From relaxing with tea and delicious home-made cake in our sumptuous lounge filled with unique artworks, to perusing our extensive library, or star-gazing on our outdoor deck, they are spoilt for choice. Also, there is the thrilling outdoor boma eating area, the lovely picnic spot close to the lodge, as well as a spa, gym and a tranquil swimming pool overlooking the river.
You are known for your sustainable practices. Tell us more.
All water – including tap water – is drinkable, having been treated using reverse osmosis, a sustainable method of water purification. We provide reusable glass bottles for Xigera’s water. Our organic in-room amenities are by B|Africa and we are single-use plastic-free and the entire resort is 95% solar powered.
What’s a typical day at Xigera?
Every day is a unique adventure. Guests are free to design each day as they wish, doing as much or as little as they want. They might opt for a morning game drive, followed by a picnic lunch, and a mokoro safari in the afternoon. Or guests can just relax in the lodge, watching the fascinating comings and goings of the bush.
What else can guests do?
We will offer photography workshops, evening talks by visiting experts, conservation projects for guests to get involved in, and more. We limit our lighting at night, and with no other lodges nearby there is absolutely no light pollution. That means the night skies are simply remarkable.
What’s the best time of year to visit?
All the seasons offer incredible experiences. The high season is our winter (summer in the northern hemisphere), when the foliage is less dense and wildlife is easier to spot. Autumn and spring are both beautiful times of year, slightly cooler and filled with animal activity, while summer – the “green” season – sees the landscape erupt in lush, verdant hues, when you can witness the birth of impala lambs, as well as spot exceptionally rare migratory birds. The Okavango Delta fishing season runs most of the year, from March to December.
What should guests pack?
Less is more! Pack lightweight, neutral-coloured layers. Xigera does not have a dress code, and our full, complimentary laundry service means guests don’t need to bring too much with them.
Can Xigera be combined with other lodges?
Definitely. We also recommend our guests combine their stays with one of our sister hotels in South Africa: The Twelve Apostles Hotel in Cape Town, Bushmans Kloof in the Cederberg, and The Oyster Box Hotel in Durban.