Jacana is a lovely small camp, set well off the beaten track and prides itself on its magical water-based experiences. Being inaccessible by vehicle and only by boat you get a real sense of privacy and exclusivity. For a Wilderness camp, it doesn’t blow your socks off with style but certainly with character. It offers that relaxed feel that a lot of the more formal camps don’t have. Depending on the season, it is always worth considering adding to an itinerary. We love Jacana as it epitomizes the very essence of the Okavango…..this is unpretentious luxury at its best. And it is absolutely exceptional for birding.
Jacana Camp - The Details
Jacana Camp is located on a small island in the south of the Jao concession, which covers 60,000 hectares and is completely surrounded by water most of the year. It is home to an elephant migration route and they often appear right in camp or crossing the flood plain opposite the main area.
The main area consists of a mezzanine style lounge with sofas and arm chairs, the bar and just round the corner is the swimming pool, all of which look out over the flood plain. The camp faces the African sunset making every G and T a memorable one. Meals take place on a raised platform above the lounge area, also looking out at the water-filled pan. The food is varied and of a high standard in true Wilderness fashion. There is a small fireplace and boma behind the main area for relaxing after supper.
There are 5 tented rooms, all raised about 5 feet high, which look out over the flood plain and have their very own decking to enjoy the view. The rooms aren’t large, but very cosy and fit the character of the camp very well. They are all en-suite with semi out door showers, nothing over the top or fancy, but just right and offer the perfect level of comfort. One of the most unique Africa Safaris one can experience, Jacana is a must for any intrepid traveller to the continent.
Being a water-based camp, Jacana doesn’t have the abundance of game that other drier areas carry, but it has all the same species, just not the massive numbers. This is not a problem at all as it enables travellers to focus on and appreciate the smaller details of the bush. A small boat journey gets you over to the dry areas for good game viewing on the Jao flats and various islands. The best time to enjoy Jacana for game is September / October when the flood water has dropped a lot, thus opening the grassy areas bringing the big herds back.