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In an ever-changing fragile eco-system of 15,000 square kilometres, the Okavango Delta fans out over the Kalahari sand system, making it the 1000th Natural Wonder of the World. Right at its heart in this unique and magnificent wetland is Xigera Safari Lodge. Xigera is dedicated to guarding this precious jewel that belongs to Botswana, and to empowering local communities, alongside environmentally conscious hospitality and sustainable conservation.
The Xigera Energy Centre, a sophisticated solar hybrid power system, supplies over 95% of Xigera’s energy needs, saving the lodge an estimated 175 000 litres of diesel, and the environment 500 tons of carbon emissions each year. The fact that diesel no longer powers the lodge means less diesel being transported through these areas, compounding the saving of greenhouse emissions and lowering the impact on the land and wildlife. With the installation of what may be the largest solar farm in the Delta, we will in the future be able to charge our game-drive vehicles using solar technology. Hot water will be provided with thermodynamic geysers, using a minimal amount of energy, while SolarView tinted glass will be used for energy-efficient air conditioning.
We have engaged an arborist specialist to protect as many of our trees during the build as possible, and have undertaken monitoring and record-keeping of our fauna and flora, as well as working closely with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks to ensure we protect the whole area we traverse. We have also installed an Earth Cycler composter for all of our organic waste, to allow us to send compost to local communities for their garden projects.
We continue to reduce most unnecessary single-use plastics and we remain committed and dedicated to achieving these important steps by December 2022.
Together with The TreadRight Foundation and The Travel Corporation family of brands, we hope to leave a positive impact on local people, wildlife and the planet to #MakeTravelMatter. We are committed to ensuring that the unique wildlife surrounding Xigera survives and thrives – this is only the start of our journey…