Jacana Camp

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Set on an island and surrounded year round by water, Jacana Camp is a quintessential Okavango Delta ‘water camp’.

Located on a beautiful island in the Jao Concession on the Moremi Game Reserve, Jacana Camp is a typical Delta camp. Surrounded by seasonally-inundated floodplains and papyrus swamps, Jacana Camp has five en-suite Meru-style tents, including a family tent, built on raised wooden decks to facilitate its panoramic views of the Okavango Delta. The main dining area is on an elevated platform between two magnificent sycamore fig trees and surrounded by dense wild date palms. Jacana Camp also has a cosy lounge with an area for an open fire under the stars; and a plunge pool for cooling off in the midday sun.

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Rates

Price starting from $ 745 per person sharing per night.

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Rates may be different for different room types.

Overview

Set on an island and surrounded year round by water, Jacana Camp is a quintessential Okavango Delta ‘water camp’. The surrounding wetlands are densely populated with swamp specialists like sitatunga and red lechwe antelopes and the area abounds with hippo, elephant, crocodile and other big game. It is also home to a rich variety of water birds including wattled cranes, Pel’s fishing-owls, both species of jacanas as well as other seldom-seen species such as rails, crakes and moorhens.

Water-based activities such as fishing expeditions, boat trips and peaceful game viewing by mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) make the most of these beautiful, watery surroundings. Walking safaris are offered year round and, depending on water levels, game drives are available from about September to May as the floodwaters recede.

The Bush Buddy programme has been specially designed to appeal to pre-teens and teenagers with age-appropriate activities, snacks, gifts and arts & crafts.

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Rooms

The main area consists of a mezzanine style lounge with sofas and arm chairs, the bar and just round the corner is the swimming pool, all of which look out over the flood plain. The camp faces the African sunset making every G and T a memorable one. Meals take place on a raised platform above the lounge area, also looking out at the water-filled pan. The food is varied and of a high standard in true Wilderness fashion. There is a small fireplace and boma behind the main area for relaxing after supper.

There are 5 tented rooms, all raised about 5 feet high, which look out over the flood plain and have their very own decking to enjoy the view. The rooms aren’t large, but very cosy and fit the character of the camp very well. They are all en-suite with semi out door showers, nothing over the top or fancy, but just right and offer the perfect level of comfort. One of the most unique Africa Safaris one can experience, Jacana is a must for any intrepid traveller to the continent.

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Facilities

Incorporating many natural elements, a cleverly designed and multi-level central area includes a cosy bar and lounge near the camp’s open-air fireplace, a quiet library and reading area on a separate floor and a restaurant on the top floor with endless views of floodplains and waterways.

The camp’s facilities include a plunge pool and a curio shop plus a gazebo with hammocks – ideal for a nap in between safari activities. There is a raised hide located about 40 minutes from camp which can be used by small groups for thrilling sleep outs. As part of the Bush Buddy programme, children from six to 17 will enjoy everything from cooking in the great outdoors to learning the secrets of the San Bushmen’s paints and inks used to create their mystical rock art.

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Activities

Mokoro Excursions

Glide seamlessly along the waterways of Jacana in a mokoro (a traditional dug-out canoe and spot some of the small fascinating creatures of the Delta – maybe even hippo and crocodile – as well as the wealth of waterbirds of the region.

Boating

Trips in 12-seater and 7-seater boats in the waterways to the east of camp allow for good game viewing in the channels further away.

Game Drives

Land-based game drives are offered when the inundation levels are lower, typically in the summer months. These drives reveal the likes of elephant, zebra and other plains game, and potentially the predators of the region. Our open 4×4 Land Rovers, each accommodate a maximum of seven guests, thus allowing each guest a ‘window’ seat.

Fishing

Fishing with a limited supply of basic equipment (spinner rods and a small range of lures) is on offer seasonally on a catch-and-release basis.

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Wildlife

Jacana Camp is set in the Jao Concession, a true wetland area, ideal for the rare sitatunga and abundant red lechwe. In the summer months when the inundation has receded, lechwe, tsessebe and elephantare prevalent, while lion, and occasionally leopard, may be seen. Wildlife concentrations in this area of the Delta depend on water flow and volume, changing from season to season. Birdlife is abundant; enthusiasts can spot Pel’s fishing-owl as well as African and lesser jacanas and other Okavango specials such as slaty egret and African pygmy-goose.

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Jacana Camp Reviews

“Our second visit to Jacana. A gentle, most beautiful area. Travelling on the water in a mokoro (dugout canoe) or flat bottomed boat is incredibly peaceful. The wide expanse of water induces peace and tranquility. Guides are wonderful, the staff are lovely, tented accommodation lovely and comfortable. Food was adequate, not great, but more than acceptable.” – JEHSAH

“This was the second “wilderness” camp on this trip (sixth Wilderness Safaris camp in the past year) — the location can’t be beaten (a water camp in the Delta — we were there after the first wave of water from the North) and the camp itself (with just five tents) is unique and special. Our “game drives” were great — often more through the reeds and papyrus (especially for birds) than on land (but we did spent much time with good success on land).” – RAKlein

“We stayed at Jacana between two stays at Kwando camps, and found the water based activities and quality of accommodation and hospitality at Jacana a welcome respite. Jacana is on an island and doesn’t offer an abundance of predator style viewing. What it does offer in terms of wildlife is wonderful bird life and plenty of hippos and elephants and antelope. The beauty of the waterways was breathtaking.” – impossible50

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