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Discover a pristine wilderness. The culmination of a lifelong dream of the Tollman family, drawing on six decades of devotion to unparalleled luxury in service. The love letter to the magic of the African bush...Xigera Safari Lodge is the fourth and latest African property to join The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, which in 2020 celebrated a century of hospitality. It was nothing short of a dream come true for the Tollman family to become custodians of Xigera. Protecting the land and its wildlife while empowering and uplifting local communities is a cornerstone of the philosophy underpinning this remarkable new safari lodge. Blending African design with unique luxury, outstanding cuisine, with extraordinary wilderness experiences, Xigera’s pioneering concept is reinventing the art of an African safari.
The story of Xigera Safari Lodge is one of renewal or rebirth and family legacy and of the pioneering spirit that drives us to seek out Africa’s wild spaces. The same spirit inspired this remarkable reimagining, perhaps a complete reinvention, of an Okavango Delta safari.
Resting on the western edge of the Moremi Game Reserve, overlooking the verdant floodplains of the Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Xigera has the gift of offering remarkable experiences both on land and on the water.
Each of Xigera’s 12 guest suites takes full advantage of the remarkable location, cocooned by the boughs of indigenous forests and gazing out over seasonal floodplains filled with wildlife. Spread across two islands to retain the aura of wilderness and ensure privacy and peacefulness for guests, each suite sits on raised stilts, allowing both wildlife and the life-giving waters of the Okavango to pass beneath.
Revel in a perfect medley of materials, textures, and colors. Design exists cohesively in a jewel-like layering of materials and texture within each suite, including timber, bronze, and hand-carved wood. Individually, each suite is remarkable. As a whole, Xigera is a living gallery of African art and design, a unique celebration of the continent’s creativity, honoring indigenous traditions while seeking out bold new interpretations.
A feast for the senses - Your journey of discovery doesn’t end when the mokoro slips ashore, or the 4x4 returns to camp. Dining at Xigera offers guests a unique culinary safari, seamlessly blending fresh local ingredients and African inspiration, with the tradition of refined cuisine that has long been a hallmark of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection.
Xigera's menu collection - The ever-changing menus at Xigera has been created by some of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection’s most talented chefs and are faultlessly executed day after day by the wonderful Executive Chef Ziyaad Brown.
A culinary adventure - At the heart of Xigera lies The Boma, Blacksmith Conrad Hicks' totemic sculpture Structure of Self. This is the centerpiece of al fresco dining, where you can savor Africa's vibrant flavors while soaking up unforgettable Okavango views from the terrace. From bush breakfasts and wild picnics to ‘feet in the water’ sundowners, memorable outdoor dining experiences are waiting to be discovered in the bush...
Curate your dining experience - As with so much of Xigera, let you create and curate your own dining experience. The talented chefs have an ‘anything, any time’ approach, allowing you to choose what you would like to eat, when you would like to enjoy it, and where you would prefer to dine. Whether it’s a bush breakfast or a picnic on your private deck, the chefs are always happy to oblige. They say the Swiss invented the clocks, but Africa owns the time. At Xigera, that time is yours to savor.
Vintage wines in the wilderness - Sundowners at Xigera is an essential daily ritual. Drink in the astonishing vista of the Delta spread out for you in all its unpredictable, tangled beauty. The lounge bar and open fire-pit bar provide the perfect vantage points as the sun sets and the shadows lengthen, or you might enjoy a cocktail on a mekoro, boat, or at the end of a game drive.
The healing power of nature is ephemeral yet undeniable. From the simple serenity of escaping into this untamed wilderness to the deeply humbling nature of immersing yourself in a vast and ancient landscape, your hours at Xigera will leave you feeling revived, refreshed, and rejuvenated. Hand-in-hand with the simple restorative powers of being at one with the natural world, the spectacular spa provides a tranquil haven for travelers. Meticulously designed to frame breathtaking views of the seasonal flood plains and lush riverine forests, the spa exists in perfect harmony with the surrounding landscape in its soothing color palette and organic textures.
Fittingly, architect Anton de Kock found inspiration for his design in the eternal cycles of nature, reassuringly repetitive and unyieldingly regular: “They are the perfect continuum of opposites: of life and death, of light and dark. The Sun, the Moon, the entire Universe as well as the ‘circle of life, which is synonymous with the wilderness.”
Spa therapist laying out oils - Nurture your body. At Xigera Safari Lodge, the extensive selection of body and facial treatments has been custom-created to focus on three pillars of wellness: Restoring, Calming and Purifying. The signature B | Africa spa treatments are complemented by an exclusive collection by Tata Harper, creating holistic spa rituals that offer a multi-sensory escape for guests.In tune with the nature-first commitment to sustainability, all treatments showcase wellness products that are hyper-potent, 100% natural and non-toxic.
From rare birds to the Lodge's beautiful resident leopard, discover the incredible animal life that makes their home in the Okavango Delta. Africa's wild spaces - Across its 15 000-square-kilometers, the unique Okavango Delta ecosystem is home to an astonishing selection of habitats that support a remarkable diversity of wildlife. In your suite, discover a bird and mammal compendium to explore during your stay. Encouraging you to record your sightings within its pages and take it home with you, to become a complete record of your Xigera wildlife experience...
The Okavango Delta provides the palette of inspiration for the interiors of Xigera Safari Lodge, with even the smallest details showing a deep connection to the natural world beyond the lodge. In every sense, Meticulously created and
crafted the décor pays homage to both the human and natural heritage of this remarkable corner of Africa. Conceptualized by Toni Tollman, Philip Fourie and Anton de Kock – in collaboration with award-winning South African gallery Southern Guild – the Xigera Design Collection is breathtaking in both its scope and bold vision. Solar panels on the Okavango Delta surrounded by bush and trees.
Powered by the sun. Plastic-free. Protecting the planet for future generations. Embracing sustainability today, for a future tomorrow. Xigera Safari Lodge occupies a remarkable location in the heart of the Okavango Delta. On the surface, this UNESCO World Heritage Site may appear abundant with life, resilient to humankind's impact. Still, this delicate ecosystem requires constant protection to safeguard it for future generations. It is why conservation and sustainability are taken so seriously at Xigera Safari Lodge. From energy production to eliminating single-use plastics, caring for the environment, and empowering the local community are priorities in every aspect of lodge operation.
Xigera Safari Lodge is deeply rooted in the Okavango Delta, a breathtaking landscape of seasonal floodplains and riverine forests.
Xigera Safari Lodge offers 12 spacious suites, each individually designed to offer a unique experience of the Okavango.
Offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences, from culinary safaris, private game drives, helicopter safaris, to wellness in the wilderness.
Each of Xigera’s 12 guest suites takes full advantage of the remarkable location, cocooned by the boughs of indigenous forests and gazing out over sea...