During their stay at Xigera, guests can escape even deeper into the bush and experience a night in the seclusion of a sculptural treehouse situated a kilometre away from the lodge. Nestled among a cluster of indigenous Croton trees, the structure – built in the evocative shape of a baobab tree – rises almost 10 metres above the floodplain, offering expansive 360-degree views from each of its three levels. Subject to availability and weather permitting, guests will be able to exclusively enjoy the Baobab for meals and have the opportunity to ‘sleep-out’ high above the floodplains. This unique activity will be at an additional cost.
The structure’s design was inspired by an iconic painting of a solitary baobab tree by Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef (1886-1957), one of South Africa's master landscape artists. Inside the tree’s ‘trunk’, a winding staircase rising almost four metres above the ground delivers guests to the first level – a spacious bathroom with a walk-in shower (powered by a gas geyser), double vanity and flush toilet.
The bedroom is located on the second level, appointed with carved timber furniture by celebrated designers such as David Krynauw, John Vogel and Adam Birch. Both the bedroom and bathroom spaces have canvas walls that can open up entirely to the outside environment or zipped up to allow for privacy and protection from the elements. Sounds from the surrounding bird-life, animals and insects waft through the tree-like branches and screened windows into the tented structure.
Ascend another level and the drama truly unfolds with an open-air deck for lounging, reading and wildlife-watching. It’s a quiet, hidden – and safe – perch from which to witness the magic of the bush at dusk or, if you choose to spend the night in the open-air king-size bed, to marvel at the jet-black sky punctured by thousands of stars.
With no electricity, the Baobab Tree House allows for an utter immersion in nature tailor-made to each guest. They can go there after lunch, have sundowners and a picnic-style dinner on the deck or depart the lodge after dinner and just sleep in the tree house. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience of the Okavango Delta’s natural rhythms – intimate, wild and free.