There is nothing like Xigera. Of course there is the thrill of living in a luxurious apartment-size suite posturing as a tent, baboons gamboling on your deck and elephants on the flood plains below, but this is something else. An open-air art gallery … showcase of Africa’s design talent … an experiential feast for the eyes … the Tollman family’s ‘love letter to the bush’ – however you describe it, this is not décor as you know it.
On entering you are greeted by one of Porky Hefer’s playful handwoven cocoon-like nests, but you hardly take it in as your gaze is drawn to BronzeAge Art Foundry’s enormous hand-beaten copper lily above the fireplace, and beyond that, the white ceramic Ardmore lamps that anchor theLeopard bar in such an inviting glow. Later, at your leisure, you have time to take in Madoda Fani’s magnificent abstract ‘Woodpecker’ ceramics and the Chuma Mweni tables dotted around the fireplace, Sarah Honmen’s bronze pods and ConradHicks’ floral bowls. To admire the Cecil Skotnes paintings that sit so comfortably, like old friends reunited, with that of Lucky Sibaya.
With 90%of the furniture and furnishings commissioned from 80 of Africa’s best artists and crafters, the camp is rooted in the continent, but every detail – from the lily pads embossed on the bronze floor of your shower, to the choice of Mwena ceramic – is considered, ready to wow a globe-trotting audience.
Food too is superb; house wines are Bouchard Finlayson; service is as you would expect from a Red Carnation hotel. All equalled by the game-viewing. The Tollman family motto is ‘in pursuit of excellence’; after more than half a century of creating some of the world’s best five-star hotels, they sure know how to achieve it.
• 12 luxurious suites of 184sqm (1 980 sq ft): 9 kings, 2 twins plus a family suite (king plus twin beds)
• Private deck with outdoor gazebo for each suite
• Lounge and dining areas with open fireplace
• Traditional outdoor boma and fire pit
• Bar and wine cellar
• Air-conditioned library and suites
• Television and Wi-Fi
• Gym and wellness centre
• Swimming pool
• Star deck
• Additional guide/pilot accommodation (4 tented rooms)
• Fully inclusive
• Experienced safari guides
• Breakfast, lunch or an intimate picnic in the bush
• Explorations by traditional mokoro boat with a glass-bottom and motorboats with an elevated deck for wildlife spotting
• ‘Feet-in-the-water’ sundowners cocktails
• Morning and afternoon game drives
• Walking safaris with expert guides (outside of Moremi Game Reserve)
• Seasonal catch-and-release fishing (outside of Moremi Game Reserve)
• Photographic safaris
• Daily laundry
• A1-night Baobab Treehouse Sleepout for two adult guests, subject to availabilityand weather permitting
• Scenic helicopter flights
• Spa treatments
• Private yoga sessions
• While the emphasis at Xigera is on water activities in the Okavango Swamps, game drives are offered year-round.
• Day game drives are in open 4x4 vehicles (four four-seater vehicles and two six-seater vehicles. Night drives are not permitted in Moremi Game Reserve National Park, but there’s plenty to see until dusk.
• Water-based activities are in two-seater glass-bottomed mekoros (a first for the Okavango Swamps!); and six-seater motorboats, two of which are glass bottomed for underwater viewing and two have a super structure with roof seating available (seasonal water levels permitting).
• Check in 14h00
• Check out 11h00
• Maximum 24 guests
• Children over 12 welcome
• Children aged 12 to 16 must share a suite with one adult
• Children under 13 may not participate in walking or mekoro activities for safety reasons
• No pets allowed
• Smoking policy: only allowed on private deck of guest's suite
• Security deposit