A story of remarkable renewal
Xigera is our love letter to the magic of the African bush.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
The story of Xigera Safari Lodge is one of renewal. Of rebirth and family legacy, and of the pioneering spirit that drives us to seek out Africa’s wild spaces. The same spirit that inspired this remarkable reimagining, perhaps a complete reinvention, of an Okavango Delta safari.
This is Xigera (pronounced ‘kee-jera’), named for the Pied Kingfisher that makes its home amid the watery channels of Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve.
Every aspect is handcrafted to beguile our guests’ senses and stir their souls – from the evocative interiors to one-of-a-kind encounters.
But Xigera is equally a line in the sand. A raising of the bar. A bold statement in the realm of luxury safaris, and an Okavango Delta safari experience like no other.
"The Acorn boasts a fascinating history. Built as a coaching inn in the 16th century, it was originally called the Kings Arms and brewed its own ales with water drawn from the source of the river Frome. When The Acorn was built, there were six pubs in the village; now, we are the only one remaining. Thomas Hardy’s ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ is set in the area and The Acorn is the pub mentioned as ‘The Sow and Acorn’.
We began managing The Acorn in 2017 and we are extremely proud of our longstanding team members, who are so passionate about what they do. Our team have helped us earn some fantastic awards, such as Dorset Pub of the Year and Chef of the Year. The hotel works as one department and guests are always impressed at how well we get along.
Sustainability is always one of our top priorities. We grow our own herbs and vegetables, are involved in numerous recycling projects, volunteer for beach clean-ups and collect any unused water to nourish our garden.
The Acorn is all about local produce and guests love our pub classics such as local beer battered fish and chips with a lovely local pint of ale. Our area is also an attraction in itself, with beautiful green rolling hills packed with stunning walks and impressive beauty spots.
We look forward to welcoming you to our village pub very soon."
- Natalie and Richard Legg, General Managers