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 in Botswana, and an Okavango Delta safari experience like no other.
This 3km walk is circular, beginning and ending back at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa and taking approximately one and a half hours to complete. The walk commences in the hotel gardens before heading out onto the trails of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, part of the Table Mountain National Park. The route follows a gentle climb as you look down on the white sands and rippling waters of Camps Bay. The walk is easy, with level path available throughout.
You will cross some small streams before heading back down to the hotel with the majestic Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop. Shortly before the end of this walk, you will pass a stream running beside an abandoned kraal – a traditional African village of huts – which once formed part of a local farm. Arrive back at the hotel and enjoy a well-deserved post-walk refreshment.
Our gin-making experience features a unique opportunity to learn about the interplay of botanicals that define the craft gins of the Cape. Learn about the local botanicals and blend these with local, hand-harvested fynbos to create your own unique gin to take home.Explore The Leopard Bar
There are plenty of animal-spotting opportunities available on your walk from the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. Wildlife is diverse and prolific in our area and it is often possible to sight a dassie or rock hyrax. During your hike, you may also catch sight of mongooses, lizards, snakes, tortoises, and porcupines. Keep an eye out for southern rock agama lizards, distinctive reptiles with bright blue heads, often found in the Table Mountain National Park.
The word fynbos comes from Afrikaans, meaning fine-leaved plants. Fynbos is an evergreen shrubland located on the Western and Eastern Cape provinces of South Africa and this ecoregion is renowned for its native vegetation. In fact, South Africa’s Cape is well known for being one of the richest areas in the world for plant biodiversity. Of the 9,000 plant species that grow in this area, the vast majority are made up of native fynbos vegetation.
The waters of the western Cape are home to dozens of cetacean species, from families of orca and resident pods of bottlenose dolphins to the southern right whales that migrate here from Antarctica during the winter months (June to September).
Humpback whales and Bryde’s whales have also been known to grace the waters around The Twelve Apostles. Keep your eyes peeled and look to the waters for signs of movement and you might just spot a whale.