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Wilderness Safaris Xigera Camp
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

My husband and I had a good time at Xigera camp. It is primarily a water-based camp and the wildlife is not very profuse. Having said that the staff is terrific and will do everything to make your stay to a success. E.G. My husband and I asked to have our dinner at a separate table and they immediately set up a table and our own waitress was very apt and nice.
In the right season this camp must be a birdwatchers paradise.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Louisa F
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

I do Deluxe Vacation Tours to South Africa, Zambia & Botswana. We stayed at Xigera Camp for 2 nights in early June. Simply a spectacular Water Camp in The Delta and I am already planning another trip for 6-8 Guests to join me this November, to travel with me back to Xigera Camp! I am also taking Guests to other breathtaking Camps in Botswana. Join me back to Xigera later this year on a trip of a Lifetime!

Room Tip: Room #'s 4-10. Absolutely wonderful!
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank George K
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

We had high expectations at we had travelled with Wilderness before to the Delta and that trip had been absolutely wonderful. Xigera was a wonderful place with absolutely spectacular views and nature, and as such a breathtaking experience. We had asked for a guide that would focus on birds. However he was not as good as expected, the person had been hoping from camp to camp for the last three years staying approx. 5 or 6 months in each. He mixed up birds on a number of occasions. The kids also wanted to go in a Mokoro, but we were to told by our guide that that would not be possible for our less than 13 year old daughter. That was something that no one had told us about in the lead up to this vacation. When we asked if my son and wife could go, and that we would go on a game drive he said that that would not be possible as he personally had to be with the Mokoro ride, and could therefore not take us out. We left it at that but as a result the wow factor was not there. The food was wonderful and the cooks really looked after us. One definite down side was the sewer smell that we had in our family tent; each day in the afternoons the smell would come up especially in the second tent. As far as we could establish, nothing was done about it during our stay as it persisted till we left for our next camp.

Xigera is located on a small island attached to a bigger one by a bridge. There is lots of water around, which is good for birds but less so for mammals. The game drives were limited to the big island. As a result there were limited numbers of mammals to be seen.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank AvH123
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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris Xigera Camp, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2013

Thank you for your comments and feedback which we value greatly. We are sorry to hear that there were a couple of points that made your stay less than exceptional.

On orientation, our guests are told about all activities on offer as well as who their guide is, and that the guide will discuss options/activities with them. We are very sorry to hear that during your stay at Xigera Camp the opportunity for a mekoro activity was not honoured. Your guide should have discussed with camp management about the difficulties of co-ordinating the activities and therefore ensuring that land as well as water activities for your family would be accommodated. We sincerely apologise and would like to assure you that this has been addressed by our Experience Manager with all the guides at Xigera Camp.

With regards to the minimum age for activities, in particular the mekoro excursions, it is quite correct that the minimum age is 13 and it is in fact a legal requirement. The minimum age for the mekoro activity is mentioned in our Xigera Camp information sheet which would have been sent to you by your journey specialist coordinating your safari. However, Xigera Camp offer kiddies mekoros which take place in an area where the kids can play around and swim ensuring that our younger guests can also be accommodated. We are certain that camp management would have offered these kiddies mekoro.

Provided our reservation teams are aware of any special interests this information will certainly be passed on to the camps. At Xigera Camp we employ a lot of “newer” guides who are very keen and knowledgeable but perhaps do not have the extensive birding knowledge as was required at the time of your visit.

The sewerage odour was reported, and has been resolved. Thank you very much for bringing this to our attention. It seems that the pipe in the back of the second bedroom of the family room toilet was being shifted out of place with the movement of the room when walked in. We extend our apologies for the discomfort this may have you caused you during your stay.

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Reviewed May 27, 2013

We spent two nights at Xigera, and like many of the other reviewers, found this to be a beautiful lodge but short on game. Know that you are going to experience the peacefulness of the delta ecosystem, and plan your game viewing for elsewhere. That being said, we arrived to find an elephant right outside our camp, and heard another crunching next to us during the night (did not feel unsafe as the tents are on platforms). Tents were very comfortable, service was excellent, with special attention from the wonderful Olivia, who is amazing! Food was excellent, and we got to enjoy dinner in the boma one night, complete with African singing and dancing. We enjoyed our boat and mokora rides, but saw little game on these other than the eyes of hippos in the water at a safe distance. We did game drives, and enjoyed the copious knowledge of our guide Moreri, and were able to see the pel's fishing owl as well.

Room Tip: We were in room 2, good location for views of the water.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank BigBree
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

We stayed at Xigera in April as part of our Honeymoon and thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff were very welcoming, warm and helpful, the service and management were exemplory. Food was excellent, drinks were excellent and, whilst we are not big eaters or drinkers by any means, sometimes you can feel a sense of ‘portion control’ with all inclusive (as we found with another Wildreness Camp we stayed in after Xigera!) but the food was of outstanding quality and plentiful, as were the drinks.

This wetland camp is such a refreshing change between land camps, much calmer and more relaxing and is a birdwatcher’s delight. We stayed in tent no. 2, which had a lovely view and outside seating to enjoy it. The tents are very well furnished and the flask/water bottles are a great idea. We were also thankful of the complimentary laundry service!

We did one mokoru trip, two boat rides (where we felt like we were in a James Bond movie – zooming along through the Delta in our steel hulled motor boat!), and one jeep drive. I agree with other reviews that you don’t see as much big game as in a land based camp (that’s why it’s different), but we saw plenty -lots of elephants, hippos, a few giraffes, reed bucks, impalas and many many birds – all with a very different perspective from the water. It gives a fantastic, memorable Delta experience and if combined with another camp it would be perfect for any traveller.

A final delighter was our little 5 seater plane flight into, and out of, the airstrip near Xigera it really was a highlight and very memorable, the scenery was simply stunning!

We definately want to go back and would recommend this camp.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank BEY1
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