Climate and Landscape
July at Xigera was very pleasant, especially during the day as guests got to peel off their layers; some even challenged the cool water in the swimming pool. The trees began to shed their leaves though we recorded a couple of unseasonal rain showers towards the end of the month.
Though not well known for big game, we had fascinating sightings at Xigera during July. This included our resident female leopard Mmadiphala, who finally revealed her cub after a long period of hiding. Both the plains and the closed habitat species were recorded this month with tremendously exciting sightings of the elusive sitatunga, encountered numerous times along the channels. Once again our guests enjoyed excellent sightings of elephant which were attracted by the perennial grasses along the channel.
Birds and Birding
Xigera has different habitats which combine to create a magnificent birding area. The shallow-seasonal floodplains are good hunting spots for most of the fishing birds. Our resident Pel’s fishing-owl has been spotted at Tent 9 in the jackalberry tree as well as in front of the management units.
We have been able to offer the most amazing activities with boat cruises heading to Chief’s Island, especially on full-day activities where the guests get to experience a bush lunch out on a small island. It is the most serene experience enjoying the water and scenery with the only sound being bird calls. Guests also enjoy stunning sundowners in and around Xigera Camp, entertained by herds of elephants.
Staff in Camp
Managers: Kelly, Claudine, Alex, Alex Alufisha, Dineo , Rose
Guides: Onks, Lesh, Dips, Des