Xigera

Reviews of Xigera

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Below are independent comments from 33 of our travellers who have visited Xigera, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
P&A from London
Arrived on: 19-May-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Fantastic camp!

I can't recommend this camp highly enough.

The location and staff are fantastic (special shout out to Onks) and considering where they are, the food and service is also very good.

On our first drive we saw two teenage lions attempt to catch an impala and on the evening drive we saw the whole pride catch and eat an impala. An experience we will never forget.

Top that off with the access to the river, both mokoro and speedboat it really was the highlight of the trip.

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Mr and Mrs N. from Bucks
Arrived on: 16-May-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Xigera review

Wonderful location and the staff and the service they provided was exemplary. Indeed it was the friendliness. professionalism and hospitality of every single member of staff we met that made our stay at Xigera so memorable and enjoyable. Everyone from the managers downwards worked together to create a very warm and welcoming environment.

The rooms, common areas and food were good and in line with expectations for accommodation at this price point. The outlook and privacy of our rooms were both wonderful. Perhaps the common areas could have been enlivened with a bit more art work and/or local craft pieces. The pool deck area was quite small for the number of guests and while we would have welcomed and enjoyed the opportunity to sit out there in the afternoon, all seats and loungers were invariably fully occupied.

The activities provided were great and the standard of guiding excellent.

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Mr P from Horsham
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Xigera review

Our guide, Lesh, was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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XX from London
Arrived on: 14-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Very enjoyable

Great experience but felt substantially more "corporate" than the other places we visited. Fantastic location and very good facilities with beautiful "tents" and excellent food. The best part of the stay however was attributable to our fabulous guide, Wyse, who was exceptionally knowledgeable, skilled and provided exceptional experiences in the delta.

Actually enjoyed the Boma - really enjoyable without being kitsch!
(Found the singing from staff as we arrived rather embarrassing.)

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V & A
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Xigera review

Although game drives were available while we were at Xigera, we had chosen it so that we could focus on water based activities and it proved a wonderful and tranquil contrast to the land based and slightly more frenetic activities we had enjoyed at Little Kwara and Lebala.

Our guide Dips was unfailingly patient and accommodating of our (extremely amateurish) attempts to photograph at least some of the prolific birdlife we encountered, and thanks to him we were also lucky enough to see a sitatunga during one of our excursions.

The setting and decor of the camp was lovely and the whole operation very polished; one occasionally had the sense of being completely surrounded by staff eager to help and make one feel welcome, but on the whole this wasn't necessarily a very bad thing!

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Ms R - London
Arrived on: 26-May-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great place for a wet safari

Lovely setting, great people and they've obviously got things running fluidly here. From the airstrip pickup and subsequent boat ride to the lodge, to the food and rooms themselves, it all was top quality and went to plan. Our room was wonderful; a treehouse chalet overlooking the lagoon complete with all mod cons as well as nightly turn downs etc. There's a swimming pool too, lovely place with sun loungers overlooking the river.

Food was plentiful, lovely and in a very scenic restaurant overlooking the small channel. Three course evening meals including local specialities such as Kudu as well as brunches and high tea. Boat trips and Makoros are what it's all about - enjoyed the Okavango and its scenery, it's tiny frogs and wonderful birdlife. With guides Des and Keem we were able to find Pel's Fishjng Owl and they both knew the wildlife and the history of the data very well.

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Sheffs
Arrived on: 17-May-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Xigera

We loved it. The cabin was comfortable, and we saw lots of birds, and some game from our back porch.

The staff were very nice, and guides were excellent.

The outdoor Boma dinner our last night was fabulous. Singing and dancing were marvelous.

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Dr B - Canada
Arrived on: 11-Mar-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mokoro rides at Xigera

Surprisingly low water levels as the summer rainfall was very sparse, resulted in no boat rides however the mokoros could still get through the waterways so a partial water camp.

Must be an excellent location when the waters are high, the wildlife was excellent and we saw the elusive Pell’s fishing owl. I would consider returning to see the lodge in it’s watery version.

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Expert Africa comments

It does indeed seem that Botswana is in for a particularly interesting year in 2015. As this traveller experienced, there has been significantly lower than average rainfall which has certainly meant that wildlife viewing has been very mixed in some areas. Places where we would expect it to be great at this time of year, aren’t seeing as much as we would expect, and others, where we possibly wouldn’t expect it, seem to be producing some interesting sightings. The camps in the Delta are certainly struggling with very low water levels in the early part of 2015. Hopefully as the flood waters arrive from the Angolan highlands, which are said to have been good this year, unlike Botswana's rain fall, the water levels will hopefully pick up somewhat making these more watery areas more true to form!

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Arrived on: 31-Jan-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Xigera Review

Delightful camp , feels deep in the delta ! Staff all welcoming and friendly and working well as a team . The cultural evening held on Mondays was a joyous musical memorable time in the boma. They all love singing and dancing . I know they do it every Monday but they really seemed to enjoy doing it .

Tents very comfortable and we enjoyed our walkway to it . Food delicious and again the chefs took pride in their work. Tables all looked so attractive in the evenings with lots of effort put in the the napkin designs which we all loved

Our guide Onks was delightful , patient , knowledge and good fun . We loved our mokoro trips with him and Brendan the poler. We were very lucky with a leopard sighting and also many birds . We knew it was not an area for lots of big mammals.
Re water levels , although we were there in the rainy season the big rains that fall in Angola and take many months to reach the further reaches of the delta had not arrived so water levels were still low . ie the huge lagoon I front of our tent was totally dry .
There was enough for the mokoros but not the boats. We therefore had the majority of the game viewing in the jeeps .
Because Xigera is advertised as a water camp we probably expected more water based activities. Having said that I know water levels /climate can be unpredictable. We chatted lots to the guides about the best times to come for a truly water experience and it's June July time .

Having made the mistake / misunderstanding 2 yrs ago when we stayed at Sandibe and there was no water for mokoros at all then and we were a bit disappointed we had hoped to get it right this time . I think it would be really helpful in your literature if you explained clearly the different seasons and what you can expect in each one . My mistake this time was assuming that the rainy season would mean masses of water, but actually it all fills up later on.
No problem really , we will just have to return later in the season for the really water experience!!


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Mr. & Mrs. K - Somerset
Arrived on: 7-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Xigera review

Fantastic!

Thought Kanana was excellent but this was even better. First class management and all staff. Great fun with excellent guides. Great food and wine. Sundowner experience in the bush was superb!

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