Situated about 25 kilometres
west of Mombo, outside the Moremi Game Reserve on the Jao flats, Jacana
Camp is a truly water-oriented safari camp that offers mokoro and
walking safaris all year round. As the floodwaters recede, game drives
and night drives in open 4x4 vehicles are available from September
to May - water levels depending. Owners Cathy and David Kays come
from a family of nature lovers. Like all families raised in and around
the Okavango, wildlife is in their blood, and they have spent most
of their lives out in the bush. When they won the rights for the Jao
Reserve in the tender process, they were determined to make this Botswana's
finest reserve. They turned their backs on hunting, even though it
is allowed in this reserve. They are only the second reserve in Botswana
not to hunt, when hunting is allowed and have decided to focus all
their efforts on developing Jao into a superb photographic reserve.
Camp at a Glance
- Acccommodation in five small meru-style
- I deal for small groups of Minimum
6 pax with no surcharge
- Dining area
on elevated wooden deck, loounge and pub downsairs around open fire.
on canoeing and boating safaris - from May to September game drives
in open safari vehicles are offered .
Jacana Camp has five small meru-style tents accommodating
a maximum of eight guests. Each tent is on a wooden deck overlooking
the floodplains and has an en suite bathroom with flush toilet and
shower. The main dining area is on the top floor of an elevated wooden
deck between two magnificent sycamore figs and surrounded by dense
wild date palms. Downstairs, there is a cosy pub and lounge with an
area for an open fire under the stars. Jacana Camp's main dining area
is on an elevated wooden deck between two magnificent sycamore fig
trees and surrounded by dense wild date palms. Downstairs, there is
a cosy pub and lounge with an area for an open fire under the stars.
Camp is a true water camp, becoming a small island surrounded by flooded
plains when the Okavango Delta is at its peak flooding each year (usually
from April to October). During the height of the floods, the activities
at Jacana Camp revolve around exploring the waterways of the Okavango
by mokoro (dug-out canoe), motor boat and on foot. Travelling silently
by mekoro, is a wonderful way to experience the Okavango as you glide
silently through the shallow flood plains enjoying the magnificent
bird and aquatic life. One of the highlights is searching for the
rare and elusive sitatunga antelope. Larger mammals in the area can
include elephant, buffalo and lion. Taking a mokoro ride to a distant
island, then stopping for a lengthy walk before enjoying a leisurely
brunch on a sandy bank is a good way to appreciate the true wilderness
atmosphere and unique scenery and wildlife of the Okavango - with
no one else around us.
Jacana Camp only accepts children 6 yrs and
over. No childcare/baby-sitters are provided for. Children must be
under the care of their parents at all times.
Please Note: Children 6-12 yrs require the use of a Private Vehicle
and Ranger for all activities - this will be at an additional charge.
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