Spectacular waterways and a picture postcard camp of the Delta
Jao Concession - Okavango Delta
2018 $745 - $1330
Okavango Delta - WET Camp
Price Range (2018)
$745 - $1330
Jacana is a beautiful little camp in the Jao concession, which lies on the western edge of the Moremi game Reserve.
This is a peaceful and tranquil setting that provides you with a truly picturesque water based experience in the Okavango Delta.
This is not really a big game area although the aquatic species can be prevalent, more likely you will want to go to Jacana to finish off a more strenuous safari from one of the drier camps.
This is a place to relax and soak up the scenery whilst taking advantage of mokoro trips and other water based activities in this seemingly tropical paradise. Jacana is a small and intimate camp styled as a simple classic bush camp but with luxurious touches. We thinks its a beautiful place to spend a few nights.
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Mainly wet camp with mokoro, boating trips and fishing. Some seasonal game drives
Jao Concession, Okavango Delta
By Light aircraft transfer to airstrip then private boat transfer to camp
Wilderness Classic lodge with 5 fully en-suite tents, including 1 family unit
Children of all ages accepted with conditions
Up to 16 Years: A child must share a room with an adult
Up to 12 Years: A private vehicle needs to be booked
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In the central region of the Jao Concession, vast open floodplains provide some of the most stunning scenery of the region, with beautiful islands fringed with riverine forests. Further west, the area gets progressively dryer and Hunda Island (which is the tip of a large 'sand tongue') is the largest area of dry land in the vicinity during the flood season. Hunda Island has sandveld vegetation supporting many species of nutritious acacia and grewia shrubs which provide excellent browsing.
The true wetland areas of the Okavango Delta are best known for their birdlife. The largest concentrations of endangered Wattled Crane are found in this area and Slaty Egrets, Rosy-throated Longclaws and African Skimmer are some of the specials that can be seen. Hallowed species such as Pel's Fishing-Owl and Slaty Egret are found alongside more conspicuous and commonly seen Coppery-tailed Coucal, Pygmy Goose. The specialised African Skimmer may be seen on the larger lagoons and channels.
Jacana Camp is set in the most densely populated wetland area for sitatunga antelope and red lechwe, and hippo and crocodile are regularly sighted. In the dry season lechwe, tsessebe, elephant, wildebeest and zebra are prevalent, with lion, cheetah and leopard often sighted. The many lion prides in this area have been extensively studied in recent years, thereby building up a more intimate knowledge of their behaviour.
Jacana Camp is a true Okavango Delta water camp, located on an island wonderland in a region with amazing wildlife and teeming with birds. Explorations by mokoro provide an idyllic connection to a bygone era through a tranquil passage along papyrus-fringed channels.
Situated on a small island in the beautiful Jao Flats area of the concession, Jacana offers remote seclusion. Accommodation is in five Meru-style tents, each raised on a wooden deck with a view. The en-suite bathroom is enclosed but roofless allowing views of the African skies.
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 cozy drinks and lounge with an area for an open fire under the stars; and a plunge pool for cooling off in the midday sun.
What is unusual about this camp is that there is an upper storey to the main area, which you can use as a marvellous viewing platform any time of the day over the extensive floodplains. This 1st floor area is mainly used for dining, its raised position is somewhat unique and only adds to the ambiance of fine dining with spectacular views. The downstairs area has a sizable deck which juts out over the flood plains, this is also used for dining.
Mainly though the downstairs portion is the living area with a small lounge seated area and a bar to keep you entertained. From here there is a small stairways that leads up to a library with more seating. Further to this is an open fire area for guests to relax by after hours and also a lovely pool, which sits right at the waters edge of the flood plain, depending on water levels.
The rooms are sizeable meru tents on raised platforms with private decking to the front that affords you amazing views over the unspoilt flood waters of the Delta. They are simply furnished in a style that compliments the camps lush surroundings. The bed is large and comfortable with bedside tables and reading lamps and a fan to help with the heat. You feel so close to the water from the comfort of your bed that it can be a struggle to leave such an idyllic position in the mornings.
Each tent has its own en-suite facility, the unique nature of this camp is that the en-suite is half in and half out, with the shower being open to the elements but having a roofed cover.
There is a family unit, which comprises of two separate tents, which are appointed in a similar manner to the normal tents. These two tents are then joined by one communal bathroom, which are shared by both tents.
The camp sits neatly in the middle of a waterlocked palm-fringed island that is also lush and thick with vegetation and large trees. This really is a small island that, when the delta waters are full, sometimes feel as though the camp could hardly fit. Sitting in the Jao concession, this region offers truly spectacular landscape that is the picture postcard version of the Okavango Delta.
Close to the Panhandle in the Delta’s north-west, the 60 000-hectare Jao Concession’s vegetation varies from east to west: from the magical Jao Flats – picturesque floodplains with lush palm islands and riparian forest – to the dryer Hunda Island, covered in acacia and mopane woodland and the largest area of dry land locally during the annual floods.
Around the Jao Flats the primary predators – lion and leopard, follow spectacular herds of red lechwe. Other game includes wildebeest, tsessebe, giraffe, elephant, hippo and crocodile. Sitatunga are seen occasionally, and sightings of spotted-necked otter are regular.
The drier habitats in the west harbour similar species with greater concentrations of zebra and wildebeest.
Birding is exceptional with large concentrations of endangered Wattled Crane, Slaty Egret, Rosy-throated Longclaw, Pel’s Fishing-Owl, and Lesser Jacana on the eastern side; the western drier areas are ideal for Crimson-breasted Shrike, Dickinson’s Kestrel and Meyer’s Parrot.
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