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.
Led by General Manager Roberto Rosa, an innovative and seasoned hotelier with more than three decades of experience. This hotel is renowned for passionate, genuine, warm hospitality with the highest of standards of comfort, service and attention to detail.
"The Oyster Box has been making memories for visitors for as long as anyone can remember. The original cottage was built around 1863 as a navigational beacon for passing ships and, in 1952, was sold to a local family who opened a tea garden that became a restaurant, then a hotel. Following its purchase in 2007 by the Tollman Family, the hotel underwent a two-year rebuild, transforming it into what it is today.
Family-owned to this day, the Tollman’s personal touch is instilled in the team and exceptional service is the hotel’s hallmark. I am so proud to lead this team who work with such genuine care to create memorable guest experiences. My personal favourite experiences include a feast at the Curry Buffet, our legendary High Tea, and our award-winning Spa, nestled in lush sub-tropical gardens.
The hotel’s location makes for easy adventuring. A five-minute walk brings you to the 18,000-year-old Hawaan Coastal Dune Forest, home to a variety of wildlife. The popular Promenade doubles up for exercise and magnificent sunrises.
As committed custodians of the planet, we have integrated the best use of water, energy and the treatment of waste. The recent establishment of two bee colonies on the roof provides honey for both guests and the kitchen.
However you choose to spend your time at The Oyster Box, we hope you will find your own special place in our story and personally discover why so many guests are compelled to return."
- Roberto Rosa, General Manager