One of the classic water camps, Jacana offers mostly boat-based activities throughout the year. Jacana is situated about 25km west of Mombo, outside the Moremi Game reserve on the 60,000-hectare Jao Reserve.
Jacana Camp accommodates a maximum of ten guests in five deluxe meru-style tents. The tents are tastefully decorated, fitted with a fan and comfortable furnishings and set on wooden decks overlooking the floodplains. The bathrooms are enclosed, but roofless, offering an enjoyable and refreshing experience.
The camp’s facilities include a plunge pool, curio shop and gazebo with hammocks. There is a raised hide about 40 minutes from camp which can be used by small groups for sleep outs. The camp atmosphere is relaxed and down-to-earth and there are beautiful views from Jacana’s bar/lounge area across the delta floodplains.
The Okavango’s flood levels fluctuate throughout the year and thus the focus of activities varies with the timing of your visit. Generally though, activities are water-based and include fishing (basic equipment is provided by the camp), boating trips in the waterways to the east of the camp and water game viewing in a mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) which are both seasonal. Depending on water levels, game drives and night drives are available as the floodwaters recede from September to May (timing approximate).
Deluxe meru-style tents on wooden decks overlooking the floodplains. The bathrooms are enclosed, but roofless. There is also a plunge pool, curio shop and gazebo with hammocks.
The camp focusses mostly on water birds and mammals including otters, the rare sitatunga and red lechwe. Bird highlights include Pel's fishing owl, African and lesser jacanas, slaty egret and African pygmy-goose. When flood waters are low, you can occasionally see elephant, lion and leopard here.
Boat safaris, mokoro excursions, fishing and game drives are included on a shared basis.
Take a macro lens on your mokoro safaris if possible. Some of the reed frogs are impossibly small but make for great photos.
If you have any questions regarding our Botswana tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965
On behalf of my wife and myself, I would like to thank all at Reef and Rainforest for arranging so superbly yet another exceptional wildlife experience. As you are aware our ‘expeditions’ tend to be species led and this year’s brief was to observe and photograph the ‘Three Big Cats of Africa’ in a truly wild setting (i.e. no fences). Your recommended destination, Botswana, did not let us down, in fact the whole trip proved an outstanding success in all aspects.
We stayed in three camps (three nights in each) across the Okavango Delta and surrounding area, each provided a different environment which ensured our aims were met. Each camp was run to a very high standard, was extremely comfortable and provided excellent meals. The quality of guiding and tracking in all our camps was of the highest standard. As Botswana manages its natural resources so well all the camps were small (no more than 18 guests) ensuring a very intimate safari experience in pristine wild African habitat.
I am delighted to report our big cat objectives were realised. All observations were lengthy and offered excellent photographic opportunities. However, unexpectedly, the highlight of our spectacular trip turned out to be sightings of two separate packs of African Painted Dogs. We visited two dens, the first had a very healthy number of adult dogs, approximately fifteen and eighteen pups. The second had seven adult dogs and sixteen pups. At Lebala we had the privilege of spending a prolonged period of time following the pack of dogs as they hunted, an experience we will never forget.
When one also considers the significant mammal and bird species we observed, Botswana is truly a must visit destination for the wildlife enthusiast. Incidentally we also observed three serval and two African wild cats. We also thoroughly enjoyed our few days at Victoria Falls, possibly the most spectacular waterfall in the world, the hotel in Zimbabwe was excellent. Viewing the falls from the Zambian side and also the helicopter flight are both well worth doing.
This was our third consecutive trip with Reef and Rainforest, and I would be very surprised if there is not a fourth being planned very soon. Thank you all once again.