Location of Camp: Moremi Game Reserve – Private
Type of Safari Camp: Luxury Permanent Tented Camp
Rating (1-5+): 4
Camp Accomodations: 5 small meru-style tents with decks en suite bathrooms, dining area, pub and lounge area, fire pit.
Local Wildlife: Sitatunga antelope, Lechwe, Hippos, crocodiles, lechwe, tsessebe, elephant, wildebeest, zebra, lions, cheetah, leopard – Birds: Welted Cranes, Pel’s Fishing Owls.
When to Visit: Green Season: December to March Shoulder Season: April to June and November High Season: July to October
Safari Activities at Camp: Mokoro rides, motor boat, fishing, night game drives, wilderness brunch, 4×4 games drives, Pelts Owl stalking
Jacana Camp is situated outside the Moremi Game reserve on the Jao flats – a reserve of 60,000 hectares. It is a true water camp and offers mokoro and walking safaris all year round. As the floodwaters recede game driving and night drives in open 4×4 land rovers are available from October to March.
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 cozy pub and lounge with an area for an open fire under the stars.
The camp is set in the most densely populated wetland area for Sitatunga antelope and Red Lechwe. Hippos and crocodiles are regularly sited. In the dry season lechwe, tsessebe, elephant, wildebeest and zebra occur here, and lions, cheetah and leopard are often sited on the floodplains. This is an area of prime importance for a host of wetland bird species, including Wattled Cranes, Pel’s Fishing Owls, both species of Jacanas as well as other seldom sighted species such as Rails, Crakes and Moorhens.
Jacana 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. Traveling silently by mokoro, 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. You can also explore wooded islands to stalk the rare Pel’s Fishing Owl, one of the largest owls in the world.
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. You travel by motorboat, searching for the perfect fishing spot. You boat across the channels to take a game drive on the plains to the west of Jacana viewing large herds of lechwe and often spotting predators in pursuit. In the dry season (November to March) vehicles can drive through the shallow sandy river crossings for game drives as well as interesting night drives.