A quiet seaside retreat
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.
Architect Anton De Knock created this modern interpretation of a classic Cape Dutch homestead as a reflection of the Bouchard Finlayson winemaking philosophy: embracing innovation while honouring tradition.
Through extensive research and with her unique sense of style, Toni Tollman played an integral role in shaping the aesthetic vision of The Homestead, guiding the use of local raw materials, artworks and furnishings.
In keeping with the vernacular style of Cape Dutch architecture, The Homestead is roofed with traditional thatch and centred on a central ‘great room’. From this communal gathering space, and the spacious courtyard, magnificent valley and ocean views dominate the horizon.
Beneath The Homestead is the remarkable vaulted wine cellar, used to host special events, unique tasting experiences and international visitors. In its unique architecture, with deep brick arches and dramatic lighting, The Homestead is testament to the talent, workmanship and expertise of South African craftsmanship.