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 in Botswana, and an Okavango Delta safari experience like no other.
"Boontjieskloof (the farm on which Bushmans Kloof resides) was once a rooibos, citrus, potato and livestock farm, before opening as Bushmans Kloof in 1996. The homestead on the farm - now the Manor House - was once the main facility for guest accommodation. Red Carnation Hotels took ownership of Bushmans Kloof in 2003 and I was delighted to become General Manager in 2016.
I am most proud of each of our outstanding conservation initiatives, including the Anatolian dog project, our work with the Cape Leopard Trust, the preservation of our Cedar tree population, and the careful protection of our rock art, dating back 10,000 years. We also have a walled garden that produces vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers for the lodge, and offer community support to our local school.
Many of our Bushmans Kloof team have been with the lodge for over 25 years, and a great number of us hail from the local area. We are honoured to share this beautiful reserve with our guests, from the wilderness of the Cederberg Mountains to the Cape fynbos, a world-renowned floral biome with the most biodiversity of all the floral kingdoms.
Our signature experiences include dining in our shepherd’s hut or under the stars at Embers, enjoying delicious picnics in a field of flowers during flower season, visiting our rock art sites or taking a spectacular afternoon nature drive through the reserve.
We hope to welcome you to the beauty of Bushmans Kloof soon."
- Rory du Plessis, General Manager