Reviews of Jacana Camp
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Jacana Camp review
Another small camp surrounded by water and a glimpse of paradise within a natural wonder. We love Jacana and although it is undoubtedly a water camp we saw a wonderful array of game and wading birds during several game drives onto the Jao floodplain.
We had the most wonderful sighting of a pair of leopard cubs and wonder of wonders not one but two otter sightings; the first of a family of spot necked in the channel to the boat station and the second of a group of Cape clawless fishing in one of the permanent channels. The camp was run wonderfully well and one could not fault the enthusiasm and efficiency of the staff. Our guide Mr Bee produced everything there was to see and more.
A memorable third stay in a highly recommended camp.
Jacana Camp review
The setting and rooms were the prettiest of all our camps but only two days are needed because of limited activities.
Highlights: TH(guide) was fantastic in every way! Mokoro and sundowners was magical. Great birding. Close encounter with elephant at our deck. Paul was new (only two weeks) but very accommodating and had great stories regarding his previous life experiences.
Only low was that the food was less fresh than at other camps
Jacana Camp review
The staff were extremely helpful and knowledgeable, right from leaving the aircraft to the end of our stay. The location of the camp was excellent for both water based and land trips with a huge variety of wildlife "on-tap". How our guide found his way through all of the narrow reed channels remains a mystery to this day!
The bird life in the reed beds was spectacular and the excitement on being challenged by a very large bull Elephant along a narrow reed channel cannot be described!
On land, the highlight had to be the encounter with two lionesses and their four cubs, just feet from our Land Rover. What a safari!
Fabulous birds, game and lions in the Delta
To be met by the staff singing to us as we arrived from our long drive and boat trip from the airstrip was delightful. Our large, comfortable tent had lovely soft towels in the big bathroom and a magnificent outdoor shower.
We chose mainly water based activities, both by boat and mokoro, seeing a wide variety of birds and many hippo, but also enjoyed two game drives to see the variety of game and the resident lion pride.
Our guide and all the staff were friendly, helpful and attentive, the food was excellent enjoyed around a large communal table with the other guests and guides.
Jacana Camp review
Having had a slightly disappointing view of Wilderness camps on this trip compared to previous safaris, this camp restored our faith in them. I would say that it was almost faultless. We were lucky to have the best room (no.1) as it gave a great view, was slightly more isolated and faced the better side for wildlife. Saw elephant, red lechwe from the veranda and also wattled crane which I had never seen before.
We had a great time here. The staff were very welcoming especially the managers who I am aware have moved on now but also the rest of the staff. The food was great and service was never any trouble.
The guide was very good and he spent a long time looking for Pel's Fishing Owl for me with great effort unfortunately to no avail. We spent all our activities on the water which was a complete change from Namibia and very pleasant although we were happy to be back in jeeps at the next place. The mokoro does get a bit uncomfortable after a couple of hours! The guides were good at explaining more detailed wildlife and the okavango basin extremely well.
I would highly recommend this camp.
Idyllic retreat at Jacana camp
It may sound silly but we need to be told about lack of hairdryers!!! A walk around the isalnd would have been nice but never happened.
display of basketware was interesting but a bit contrived and we felt we had to buy something.
Kenny was a superb guide and tracker and very concerned that we were happy with everythng. He had a lot of respect for the animals and habitat which not everybody else had in the other camps.
More detail about the transfer time from air to the camp and the logistics would be helpful. Guides tend to underestimate the times needed and this can cause problems.
peaceful and beautiful location
So glad we had the one night at Jacana with super boat trip there from Tubu.
Very relaxing place and small - which we like.
Water-based safari in beautiful surroundings
Impala on Jao airstrip made for an exciting landing. We were met by our guide Moruti who drove us to the jetty for our onward water trip to Jacana. We stayed in Room 1 (the Honeymoon Suite) which had an amazing panoramic view across the water and islands and a copper outdoor bath.
This was a relaxing 2 days of bird and game viewing spent on mokoro or motor boat. Activities started later in the morning than at other camps to give the weather a chance to warm up before hopping on a boat. The camp was managed by a husband and wife team, Andre and Este, who had moved to the camp from Jao just days before we arrived. They were so kind to us and made special arrangements for Moruti to take us to the neighbouring Pelo Camp to see their resident Pel's fishing owl.
We were also lucky enough to see a male and female sitatunga, a Goliath heron, a giant kingfisher and a collared sunbird. It was a lovely break from waking at 5am and being bounced up and down in a Land Rover/Land Cruiser.
Peaceful oasis at Jacana
We were welcomed by an all singing all dancing staff as we glided up to the camp on the boat which was lovely.
The managers Angie and William were very friendly and welcoming and a special mention for Kathy, who looked after our room. She came specially to point out a baby crocodile floating on a small log just outside our room which we would never have spotted on our own.
It was a quiet interlude in a busy schedule, although Janet was nearly joined in the outside shower by a large elephant quietly passing by! Janet also received another birthday cake with yet more candles and singing! A memorable day!
Jacan - Also Visit Two
This was also a second visit but our first since the rebuild. The new rooms are spacious, comfortable and very well equipped. As a break from the dryer camps Jacana is a gem, offering great water activities in addition to game drives on the Jao flood plain.
We had a wonderful 3 nights here largely due to the hugely successful management team of William and Angie combined with the amazing skills of our guide TH. We also met Renco again for whom nothing is ever too difficult. Although the team made great efforts to show us Pels and Sitatunga, we only managed a fleeting glimpse of the elusive fishing owl and not a hint of the even shyer water antelope. However, there is always something new; we saw and photographed Temmincks Courser which neither we nor our guide had seen before.
More importantly, after 12 years of trying, I managed decent pictures of the extremely shy Rufous Bellied Heron. Hooray! Despite the emphasis on water activities we also managed wonderful lion sightings of the Kwetsani pride with 5 cubs and a whole range of antelope and fantastic birds. Jacana is a very special and beautiful camp. Try it.