Jacana Camp in Botswana

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The Jacana Camp is a truly water-oriented camp. The reserve of 60,000 hectares is situated approximately 25 kilometers west of Mombo, which is outside the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta.

During its peak flooding time—between April and October—Jacana Camp is transformed into a small island. After the floodwaters recede, game drives and night drives in open 4x4 vehicles are available, depending on water levels.

During the high-water season at the Jacana Camp, most of the activities take place in a mokoro (a type of canoe), a motorboat, or on foot. Exploring the surrounding waterways of the Okavango Delta is the best way to get a bird’s-eye view of the wetland’s bird and aquatic life.

These wetland areas are an important home to various bird species, including wattled cranes, large and small jacanas and other little-seen species like rails, crakes and moorhens. Pels fishing owls—one of the largest owls in the world—can also be seen here.

Jacana Camp has a splendid dry season, as well. Elephants, lions, cheetah, leopard, lechwe and buffalo make their homes in this area, and it is not hard to spot a predator stealthily moving toward its prey.

The Jacana safari camp itself has five meru-style tents, which are built on a wooden deck. The tents include en suite bathrooms with flush toilet and shower. While the bathroom is enclosed, it is roofless. The Jacana Camp tents overlook the floodplains, which can be a magnificent view. The main dining area is on the top floor of an elevated wooden deck. Downstairs, there is a cozy pub and lounge with an area for an open fire. This makes for an idea evening under a clear, starry sky.

This Okavango Delta safari camp can only be reached by light aircraft, and guests can customize their stay to include this and other camps with a different habitat.