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.
Bouchard Finlayson’s portfolio of world-class wines are painstakingly crafted to offer a perfect expression of the unique Hemel-en-Aarde terroir, and in this scenic valley the ancient soils and a cool maritime climate offer the ideal conditions for cultivating elegant Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Founder Peter Finlayson is widely regarded as the pioneer of Pinot Noir in South Africa, and Bouchard Finlayson has won worldwide acclaim for the quality and complexity of the Pinot Noir produced here at the southern tip of Africa. From groundbreaking viticultural techniques in the vineyards, to constant innovation in the cellar, Bouchard Finlayson has earned its reputation as one of South Africa’s leading boutique cellars.
As a boutique cellar, Bouchard Finlayson produces around 16 000 cases of wine per year. Our focus is on crafting exceptional New World expressions of Pinot Noir, alongside terroir-driven Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, while our red and white blends speak to the versatility and talent of the winemaking team led by Chris Albrecht, and supported by founder Peter Finlayson.
Key to that experimentation is more sustainable cellar practices, and thanks to the use of modern fining and settling agents the majority of Bouchard Finlayson wines are now 100% vegan-friendly.