A story of remarkable renewal
Xigera is our love letter to the magic of the African bush.
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, and an Okavango Delta safari experience like no other.
"In 2008, The OGH - as it is now affectionately known - was purchased by Red Carnation Hotels and I was offered the honour to move to Guernsey and take up the position of General Manager. I am proud to be able to work with a committed team who thrive on continuing a long tradition of hospitality in this fine house.
Built in the early 18th century for a local merchant, the house was bought in 1796 to provide a permanent residence for the Lieutenant Governor. For 46 years, successive Governors lived here until it opened for the first time as a hotel in 1857.
I love nothing more than bringing the history and heritage of the house to life for guests. We are so grateful to live and work on such a beautiful island, to be surrounded by the sea, and to have the opportunity to enjoy all that it offers. There is nothing better than taking a cliff walk from St Peter Port to Fermain Bay, or enjoying fish and chips on the beach at Cobo Bay whilst savouring the sunset.
We are thrilled to have partnered with Dave Bartram, a local guide and manager of Le Société Guernesiaise’s herd of six steers. Dave treats our guests to a stunning tour and is also beekeeper to our hotel's own hive.
I very much look forward to welcoming you to The Old Government House Hotel and introducing you to our beautiful island."
- Andrew Chantrell, General Manager