Jacana Camp

Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

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Jacana Camp

Jacana Camp is situated in the private Jao Concession on the Moremi Game Reserve boundary in the Okavango Delta. Set on a small island in the beautiful Jao Flats area of the concession, Jacana offers remote seclusion.

UNLEASH IT; AT THIS TRUE WATER CAMP, OFFERING MOKORO SAFARIS ALL YEAR ROUND.

We Love
  • All drinks are included in the nightly tariff, with the exception of premium wines and champagne, and premium liqueurs and spirits.
  • Jacana Camp is involved in the Jao Lion Monitoring Project to monitor the movement, social behaviour and condition of individual lions.
  • Jao Concession holder, David Kays, takes an active part to reduce conflict between the community and the Jao Concession - specifically poaching and over-fishing.
Need to Know
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
  • The minimum age for walking and mekoro activities is 13 years and for boating activities is 6 years.
  • 20% game drives and 80% water activities (very much dependant on flood levels and time of year).
  • Camp has 220v generator-powered electricity but battery power used for lighting and fans.

The Review

Jacana Camp is set in the most densely populated wetland area of the Okavango Delta where sitatunga antelope and red lechwe, and hippo and crocodile are regularly 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.

Wildlife
Jacana Camp is set in one of the most densely populated wetland areas for sitatunga and red lechwe. All the big animals can be found regularly in the area: including elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo. Wildlife concentrations within this part of the Okavango Delta depend on the water flow and volume and thus change from season to season. Birdlife is abundant; enthusiasts can spot Pel's Fishing-Owl as well as African and Lesser Jacanas and a host of other Okavango specials such as Slaty Egret, African Pygmy-Goose and Western Banded Snake-Eagle.

Why Stay
Situated on a small island in the beautiful Jao Flats area of the concession, Jacana offers remote seclusion. Accommodation is in five spacious en-suite tents – each with an outdoor shower – built on raised wooden decks, all with stunning views over the water.

The main dining area is on an elevated wooden deck between two enormous sycamore trees, and surrounded by dense wild date palms. Downstairs, there is a cosy lounge with large viewing deck, and open area to sit around the fire. Behind this is another thatched relaxation area with hammocks. Meals are sometimes enjoyed outdoors in a traditional African boma.

Jacana Camp is a true water camp, offering mokoro safaris all year round, as well as game drives when the floodwaters have receded – generally between October and April.

Experience
Activities at Jacana Camp include mokoro trips, throughout the year and game drives during September and May when the floodwaters have receded. There are also two platform hides within the Jao Concession.

Getting There

Jacana Camp is located to the north-east of Jao Camp. It is in the private Jao Concession outside the Moremi Game Reserve. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 35 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane takes one hour and 25 mins. The flight from Kasane to Victoria Falls takes 20 mins but give extra time for customs and immigration. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

 
Jacana Camp Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

Jacana Camp

Rating                        Classic Camp
Type                          Safari Lodge
Friendly                      Children
No of rooms                 5
Max Occupants            12 guests plus tour leader
Interests                     Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Location                     Jao Concession


Accommodation

Standard Tents
There are four standard tents with three twin bedded tents and one king size bedded tent. There is one twin bedded guide/pilot tent which is much smaller than a standard tent.

Family Tent
There is one family tent which accommodates two adults and two children.

Room Details
Meru-style tents are raised off the ground on decks with en-suite facilities. Soaps, shampoos, and insect repellents are supplied. Rooms have ceiling fans and a safe. Each unit has a veranda with a spectacular vista over the floodplains.

Camp Details
The camp has a lounge and dining room raised on decking, overlooking the floodplains. Bar and lounge area downstairs are located beneath the dining area. An open air boma is used for dinner around campfire. There is a Gazebo with hammocks, plunge pool and a curio shop. Slide projector available.

Electricity & Water
Camp has 220v generator powered electricity that runs for 7hrs per day when guests are out on activities. When guests return from daily activities, generators are generally switched off (for peace in camp). Inverter system is used for lighting and fans in each guest room 24hrs/day. Plug points are available in each room for charging of batteries and sleep apnoea machines only. Please bring spare battery, charging unit and adaptors. No facilities for hairdryers or electric shavers. Water is solar-heated.


Activities

The main activity here is water-based game viewing in 6 x 2-seater mokoros (a traditional dug-out canoe). Boating trips are in 1 x 12-seater and 1 x 7-seater boats in the waterways near the Camp.

Game drives are via 2 x 10-seater open 4 x 4 Land Rovers each accommodating maximum six guests, allowing all guests an outside seat. All vehicles are equipped with books on trees, birds and mammals along with a pair of binoculars and Peaceful Sleep insect repellent.

Fishing is on a catch and release basis (prohibited in January and February for fish breeding purposes). The camp has a small stock of basic rods and reels but if interested bring your own fly fishing equipment.

A raised hide located about 40 minutes from camp can be used for sleep-outs – maximum 4 guests at a time and is equipped with a long-drop loo. Only accessible during the day light hours during the flood season.

Suggested Schedule
Morning wakeup call is between 0500h and 0600h. Morning tea and light continental breakfast before departing for morning activity. Return to campsite by about 1000h for a brunch which has a selection of breakfast and lunch dishes. Afternoons are at leisure.

Afternoon tea (1600h or earlier in winters) is with a selection of sweet and savoury snacks. This is followed by game viewing activity which generally ends with drinks and snacks for sundowners, returning to the camp around 1900h, depending on the game sightings.

Pre-dinner drinks and snacks are served at the bar around 1930h. These are followed by a three-course dinner. All courses are served at the table except on Mondays (traditional night) when the starter and dessert are served whilst the main course is buffet style. By 2100h the group generally congregates around a campfire where coffee and liqueurs are served.

Seasons
    Festive Season: 20 December 2013 to 10 January 2014
    Low Season: 11 January 2013 to 31 March 2013
    Shoulder Season: 01 April 2013 to 14 June 2013 & 01 November 2013 to 19 December 2013
    High Season: 15 June 2013 to 31 October 2013


Policies

Child Policy
    Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
    For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
    Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
    The minimum age for walking and mekoro activities is 13 years and for boating activities is 6 years.

Other Policies
    All drinks are included in the nightly tariff, with the exception of premium wines and champagne, and premium liqueurs and spirits.
    Laundry is done on a daily basis and inclusive in the nightly tariff.
    Curios and or imported drinks can be billed to the tent number (and tips/gratuities if required) and settled on check out. Payment can be made by cash (US$), travellers’ cheques or credit cards: Visa or MasterCard.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:            2:00 PM
    Check out:        12:00 PM
    Minimum stay:       1 night

 

Jao Concession

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 spectacular herds of red lechwe are followed by the primary predators — lion and leopard. 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.

Birdlife
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.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides – £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff and Mokoro Polers – £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) – £6.00 per person per day


When to go

Botswana’s winter is during our British summer, and the weather is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat and cold at night. The summer months (British winter) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.

Visa
All visitors to Botswana need a valid passport for at least six months, but no visas are required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, EU countries, USA and other selected countries. A valid return ticket is required. On arrival you’ll get a 30-day entrance stamp.

Visas are also not required by transit passengers, provided they are continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, and do not leave the airport.

Health
Travellers arriving from or having transited through countries where yellow fever is endemic will be required to show a suitable certificate of vaccination in order to gain entry into the country. This includes endemic countries such Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, as well as of marginal risk countries such as Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia.


Getting There

Jacana Camp is located to the north-east of Jao Camp. It is in the private Jao Concession outside the Moremi Game Reserve. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 35 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane takes one hour and 25 mins. The flight from Kasane to Victoria Falls takes 20 mins but give extra time for customs and immigration. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

Airstrip Details
Jao airstrip is located 35 minutes’ drive and boat ride from camp.
Airstrip coordinates: S19.18.59, E022.35.20 and 1100m
Licensed for heavier aircraft up to 5700kg MAUW (maximum all up weight); can take King Airs (all types).
Airstrip services Jao, Kwetsani and Jacana camps.