A treehouse standing ten metres above Botswana’s red earth. A private deck overlooking the Okavango Delta. A safari lodge powered by the sun and in balance with local communities.
The recently opened Xigera Safari Lodge is aiming to provide the new standard in the Okavango Delta, an area that was already setting the standard for African safari lodges.
Most eye-catching is the Baobab, a treehouse where guests can sleep out in the bush, in a three-story structure built to resemble the iconic baobab trees. It has an open-air upper deck for sleeping under the stars (and watching the elephants), and a staircase trunk.
The lodge is powered by its own solar farm, is fully plastic free, and is part of a conservation program that supports both the local community and the wildlife. Relatively uniquely, this allows for air-conditioned suites without using a noisy and pollutant generator.
Luxury lodges are not new in this part of Africa and Xigera’s design follows a trusted style. Suites blend into their surroundings and have large decks for game viewing. Mostly it’s a wetland experience, as this part of the Okavango is in flood for half of the year. They’ve even built a glass-bottomed canoe for one of the activities.
A more distinctive approach is apparent throughout the interiors. Xigera has put local African art at the heart of its style. Most of the sculptures and paintings are specifically commissioned, from coffee mugs by ceramist Chuma Maweni to an eight-metre wide water lily.
All the artists are African, the lodge weaving another distinct characteristic into the wilderness experience.
It all adds up to a lodge with an incredible attention to detail. And this attention to detail is needed if Xigera is to fulfill its aim to reinent the luxury safari industry, in the most luxurious safari destination there is.