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Unique, authentic and pioneering, this is the ultimate Bush experience.
The African wilderness is the birthplace of humankind. At Xigera, we have an innate, powerful connection with the earth, the bush, the rivers of the continent. Our lodge, which is 100% solar powered, is surrounded by palm-filled islands, breath-taking floodplains and riverine forests in the heart of the Okavango Delta. A pristine lacework of islands, papyrus swamps and dense trees, it is easy to see why this corner of Botswana is known as Africa’s ‘last Eden’.
Deeply connected to and inspired by the Delta, the Xigera Lodge has been sensitively designed to echo the surrounding natural world. Baobab, knob thorn and marula trees damaged by elephants have been transformed into hand-carved benches, while hand-forged copper and steel consoles emulate the flowing rivers. The collection of extraordinary works of art and design, each one handmade and unique, is ground-breaking in its scope – created by a roster of Africa’s most globally recongised designers and the first of its kind on the continent for a design project of this scale.
At the entrance to Xigera Lodge, a magnificent hand-woven cane hippopotamus sculpture awaits to welcome you to the heart of Botswana. This is where your journey begins…
- 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