The Red Carnation Hotel Collection has broadened its luxury portfolio in Africa with the opening of Xigera Safari Camp on the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
The highly-anticipated relaunch coincided with the reopening of the borders between Botswana and neighbouring countries including South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
The bulk of Red Carnation’s hotels are in the United Kingdom, including six in London alone. But the upmarket hospitality company, owned by The Travel Corporation, also has several African properties including Bushmans Kloof, The Twelve Apostles Hotels and Spa and The Oyster Box in South Africa.
The Tollman family’s Travel Corporation acquired Xigera Safari Camp more than three years ago. An opening had been flagged earlier in the year for a June 2020 debut. But that was put on pause thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company used the extra time provided by border closures to refine the property and have finally decided that now is the time to open the doors.
Xigera lies within a remote area of the Moremi Game Reserve, on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta. A vast number of animals, including elephants and lions, roam the biodiverse, majestic savannah.
The property features 12 guest suites that take full advantage of this remarkable location. The rooms are cocooned by the boughs of indigenous forests and overlook seasonal floodplains filled with wildlife. Spread across two islands to retain the aura of wilderness, and ensure privacy and peacefulness for guests, each suite sits on raised stilts, allowing both wildlife and the life-giving waters of the Okavango to pass beneath.
Each suite is air-conditioned and sprawls over 184-sqaure-metres of indoor and outdoor living space, with airy bedroom, a separate lounge and dressing room area.
Bathrooms are both indoor and outdoor and feature a free-standing bath overlooking the Okavango wilderness.
The Baobab Treehouse Experience allows guests to ascend 10-metres to the top of the ‘baobab’ structure, where they will find an open-air deck for lounging, reading and watching wildlife. They can also sleep underneath the stars in an open-air king-size bed.
“The Tollman family’s legacy project has come to fruition – sharing a lifetime of love for Africa and handcrafting every aspect of this transformation to beguile each guest and stir their souls,” Xigera Lodge shared on Instagram.
Fiona Dalton, CEO of The Travel Corporation, Australia told LATTE she was excited for the new opening.
“Marrying exceptional design with true eco-sustainability in a natural landscape that reflects the incredible natural beauty of the Okavango Delta in which it resides, is Xigera,” she said.
“This stunning new destination is Red Carnation Hotels triumphant love letter to the African bush and a place so special it is set to redefine what it means to safari in Botswana.
“This unique offering represents a very special opportunity for our trade partners to present a very different luxury safari experience to Australians when we can travel again.”
For more information, see xigera.com.
All images featured are courtesy of The Red Carnation Hotels Collection