Kwetsani Camp

Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

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Kwetsani Camp

Kwetsani Camp is located in the Jao Concession area against the western boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve in the north-western area of the Okavango Delta, Botswana, below the Panhandle.

UNLEASH IT: IN ONE OF THE MOST REMOTE CAMPS IN THE OKAVANGO, SITUATED ON AN ELONGATED PALM ISLAND.

We Love
  • The property has a nice medium size pool to escape from the heat.
  • Each room has an additional outside shower which is interesting.
  • The Camp is intimately involved in the Jao Lion Monitoring Project. Every effort is made to monitor the movement, social behaviour and condition of individual lions.
  • You will be surprised to learn some of the unusual developments and intriguing behaviour which has been documented amongst the lion prides here.
Need to Know
  • Fishing activity is seasonal and is based on catch-and-release basis.
  • The property has a well stocked bar and a pool.
  • The property accepts credit cards

The Review

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.

Wildlife
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).

Why Stay
Kwetsani, one of the most remote camps in the Okavango, is situated on an elongated island covered with palm, mangosteen and fig trees. Five beautifully furnished ‘tree-house’ chalets, each with its own en-suite bathroom and outdoor shower provide guests with open, airy accommodation of thatch, wood, glass and canvas. All are elevated and connected with wooden walkways.

The main area includes a dining room and lounge area situated under a cool thatched roof, and leads onto an expansive wooden deck that looks out over an enormous floodplain often dotted with plains game. A walkway leads to a plunge pool with loungers – a perfect spot to relax at midday. Guests can watch the animals from the comfort of the pool or the privacy of their rooms.

Experience
Kwetsani offers excellent land and water activities dependent on annual flood levels. Guests can view wildlife by mokoro or experience outstanding game drives. During times of high water levels, Kwetsani boats to Hunda Island for game drives. There are also two platform game viewing hides in the concession.

Getting There

Kwetsani Camp is located in the Jao Concession reserve against the western boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve in the north-western area of the Okavango Delta. 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.

 
Kwetsani Camp Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

Kwetsani Camp

Rating                        Classic Camp
Type                          Safari Lodge
No. Rooms                  5
Max Occupancy           10
Special Interests          Birding, Nature, Wildlife


Accommodation

Kwetsani Camp consists of six furnished 'tree-house' chalets, each with its own en-suite bathroom, which are an open, airy accommodation of thatch, wood, glass and canvas. The dining room, lounge and drinks area are constructed under a large, cool thatched roof and offer incredible vistas of the surrounding floodplains dotted with lechwe, wildebeest and other plains game. Guests can also watch this wildlife from a communal pool or simply the comfort of their own rooms.

Standard Tent
There are five tents, consisting of four twin bedded tents and one king size bedded tent. There is one guide tent which is the same as a standard guest tent.

Activities
    50% Game Drives and 50% Water Activities (but dependant on flood levels). In the summer month’s activities tend more towards game drives, whereas in the winter months mainly water-based activities are offered.
    Land game drives in open 4x4 Land Rovers - the camp has 3 x 10-seater Land Rovers each accommodating a maximum of seven guests, allowing all guests an outside seat.
    In times of high water guests are transferred by boat to game drive areas
    Mokoro (a traditional dug-out canoe) 5 x 2-seaters (guests are driven to the water in summer to do their mokoro activity)
    Fishing with a limited supply of basic equipment is on offer seasonally - catch and release basis
    A raised hide located 20 minutes from camp (which can be used for sleep-outs - maximum 6 people at a time - and is equipped with a long-drop loo).


Policies

General
    Minimum check-in age is 18 years.
    Children below 12 years are permitted at no additional cost using existing bedding.
    Airport transfer to/from local airport can be arranged by the property at a charge.
    Internet access to WiFi is complimentary.
    Smoking rooms are available

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 6o 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. The specialised African Skimmer (from which Wilderness Safaris takes its logo) may be seen on the larger lagoons and channels.

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 Mokor 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

Kwetsani Camp is located in the Jao Concession reserve against the western boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve in the north-western area of the Okavango Delta. 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 10 minutes’ drive from camp.
Airstrip coordinates: S19.18.59, E022.35.20 and 1100 metres/
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.