Classic water based camp in a beautiful island
Jao Concession - Okavango Delta
2018 $790 - $1545
Okavango Delta - WET Camp
Price Range (2018)
$790 - $1545
Sharing the west areas of the Jao concession with Jao Camp and Jacana Camp, Kwetsani Camp sits on a small island right in amongst the trees overlooking the beautiful floodplains outside.
Quite a large camp, it still feels intimate with its small number of accommodations.
This is a water camp and like its sister camps is an area known more for the beauty of the surroundings and birdlife rather than big game. Peace and tranquillity are the order of the day where most of your excursions are on mokoro or motorboat.
Safari Lifestyles feels that the Jao Concession is one of the most beautiful in Botswana and we positively encourage people to visit.
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Mixed Camp. Wet and Dry activities dependant on flood levels.
Jao Concession, Okavango Delta
By Light aircraft transfer to airstrip then private vehicle or boat transfer to camp
Wilderness Classic style lodge with 5 fully en-suite tree-houses.
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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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 (from which Wilderness Safaris takes its logo) may be seen on the larger lagoons and channels.
Kwetsani 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.
Lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah, tsessebe and red lechwe are among the major game attractions at Kwetsani Camp, while hippo, sitatunga antelope and crocodile reside in the deeper, permanently lily-filled lagoons of the area. Nocturnal animals such as porcupine, aardwolf, serval, large spotted genet and lesser bushbaby can be observed on the night drives (water levels permitting).
Kwetsani Camp is one of the most remote in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. It is located on an elongated island heavily wooded with palm, mangosteen and fig trees in the 60,000 hectare Eden of the Jao Concession in the north-western Okavango Delta.
Kwetsani Camp is an intimate, yet luxurious, experience raised on wooden decks above the lush vegetation.
The Lodge is erected on raised platforms. The main area is a single thatched structure with a reasonable deck that spans the whole of the front and overlooks the floodplains. This living area is ornately simple and takes its styling from that fact that it blends in very well amongst the thick-set trees it sits in the middle off.
The central area contains the lounge and is where guests can relax in the settees and armchairs and just take in the view. As you sit and gaze over the floodplains, to the left is the bar area which is a small but nice meeting point, and to the right is the dining area together with the serving tables etc..
The look and feel of the main area of the lodge is intimate and simple and works perfectly within it surroundings. From the veranda you step a little further down to the private plunge pool with its various sun loungers.
Not quite tree houses in the traditional sense, each until is made of thatch and canvas and sits high enough on stilts to make you feel your are in the canopy.
Well appointed with wooden flooring and grass matting, the beds are large and comfortable with mosquito net protection. A small seating area with armchairs is provided. Good en-suite bathrooms with his and hers basins are accentuated with an additional outdoor shower.
The outside veranda is of a reasonable size but their best attribute is the views they give you at the height that have. Indeed, each chalet is glass fronted with a glass door in order to take advantage of these views.
Located in the central region of the Jao Concession, Kwetsani Camp has access to the vast open floodplains and some of the most stunning vistas of the Okavango Delta. To the north of Jao Camp on the same floodplain system, both camps are surrounded by beautiful islands fringed by riverine forests.
Kwetsani Camp is located in the Jao Concession: 60,000 hectares of reserve against the western boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve in the north-western area of the Okavango Delta, Botswana, below the Panhandle. The Okavango Delta rests between shallow fault lines at the end of the Great African Rift Valley. Deserts are low on annual rainfall and the Okavango Delta is no exception, but the annual floodwaters from the moist African highlands over 1000 km to the north create a unique wetland that supports and sustains a huge diversity of wildlife. This region is particularly famous for its lion populations.
Lying in the very heart of the Okavango Delta, the Jao Concession embodies all the magic and mystique of the region. Narrow water channels cut their way through the papyrus and reed beds in the permanent delta to the north and east of the concession. Beautiful lush palm islands, like the one on which Kwetsani Camp is built, dot the water, begging to be explored.
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 for herbivores - upon which the lions prey
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