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.
The Bushmans Kloof Heritage Centre is the proud custodian of a remarkable collection of cultural artefacts collated by the celebrated anthropologist, Jalmar Rudner (1917-2003). The collection includes original San jewellery, hunting equipment, dancing sticks and musical instruments. Photographic portraits depicting Bushman culture and time-honoured customs are accompanied by informative texts. Our in-house curator and rock art guide is available to guide guests through the Centre. Outdoors, a medicinal herb garden allows guests to discover the traditional botanical remedies used by generations of the San and Khoikhoi people in the Cederberg.
Born in Sweden in 1917, Jalmar Rudner was a town planner by profession, but his true passion was anthropology and ethnography. Over five decades of research and fieldwork, he – together with his wife Ione – traversed southern Africa to study and record the continent’s remarkable rock art. Jalmar Rudner passed away in 2003, and Bushmans Kloof is today the proud custodian of his priceless treasury of culture, history and folklore.
Rudner and his wife were passionate recorders and collectors of San rock art and history. In the mid-19th century they undertook dozens of research trips, with their expeditions traversing southern Africa as far north as Angola and Zimbabwe. During their pioneering fieldwork the Rudners sourced artefacts from across the region, and enjoyed unique access to ancient and sacred cultural ceremonies.
Jalmar was appointed honorary archaeologist at the South African Museum in 1956, and was instrumental in establishing the Rock Art Recording Centre there to coordinate the preservation of these national treasures. His meticulous fieldwork culminated in the release of their seminal book, ‘The Hunter and His Art; a Survey of Rock Art in Southern Africa’. Published in 1970, this groundbreaking volume was one of the first comprehensive studies on the subject.
Bushmans Kloof are custodians of the legendary ‘Englishman’s Grave’. This is a poignant site, and one that enriches our cultural heritage. We maintain this lonely gravesite that bears the inscription, ‘Brave and True’. Dating back to the Anglo Boer War, it belongs to a British soldier, Vinicombe Winchester Clowes, a lieutenant in the First Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders. The memorial was erected by his mother after he died here on 30 January 1901 at the age of 21, when British forces were attempting to prevent incursions into the Cape Colony by the Boer Commandos under General Smuts.
His mother travelled from her home in Hertfordshire, and had the gravestone constructed over the simple hole where her son had been buried. For many years, Mrs Clowes made an annual visit to her son’s grave to lay a wreath there; a considerable challenge that involved five weeks at sea in both directions, as well as a day’s drive.
Bushmans Kloof is the proud custodian of South Africa’s cultural and natural heritage, working with a range of local and global sustainability partners.Discover more