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In an ever-changing fragile ecosystem 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 73,000 litres of diesel, and the environment 191 metric tons of carbon emissions each year. It is powered by a 400kW Tesla plant that uses the latest technology Lithium Ion batteries and Tesla invertors.
- Being diesel-free means that less diesel is 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, Xigera 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.
- An arborist specialist has been engaged to protect as many trees during the build as possible.
- The Lodge has 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.
- Xigera continues to reduce most unnecessary single-use plastics and remains committed and dedicated to achieving these important steps by December 2022
- The Lodge uses a completely above-ground Calcemite sewerage system, with biodegradable chemicals for cleaning so as not to compromise the system. The grey water that is the final product is completely safe to use for irrigation purposes.
- There is a composter on site for organic kitchen waste, which will be sent to local communities for their garden projects.
- Water is purified using a Reverse Osmosis process, by passing water through various semi-permeable membranes to remove tannins and unwanted elements. Water is then sent through a mineralising process to enable guests to drink the water from the taps. This also provides drinking water for our staff, and allows the Lodge to provide still and sparkling water in glass bottles.
Together with The TreadRight Foundation and the TTC 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…