Jacana Camp

Reviews of Jacana Camp

Excellent(98%) From 23 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 23 of our travellers who have visited Jacana Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mrs & Mr P - Essex
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Always my favourite

Even after 4 visits, dawn from the deck in front of Jacana is still a breathtaking sight, as are the sunsets over the water.
A fabulous spot for bird watching and we added a couple of kingfishers we hadn't seen before (the striped and a really excellent sighting of the giant). Our guide found the Pels fishing owl for us, both good sightings of a juvenile, and a fleeting sighting of the adult.
This is such a peaceful place and floating around in a mokoro or a boat makes a pleasant respite from bouncing around the bush on a truck.
We had an excellent guide (Broken) who, as a keen photographer himself, was excellent at getting the right positions for photos and for getting up close without disturbing the birds.
Our poler Gee also proved to be very knowledgeable and helpful.
On a night when we were the only people in camp they laid a beautifully decorated table for us for dinner, right by the water's edge.
This camp had the best staff 'choir' that we have ever encountered. It was a pity that, in order not to spoil the surprise of the boma dinner, we hadn't been warned to bring cameras.(Lesson -never go anywhere without one!)

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A, T and H from London
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Pure Paradise

Arriving here is a magical experience. The camp is small, relaxed, familial and an intimate part of the surroundings. A very special place. Guiding here was superb--done with sensitivity and quiet expertise.

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Mrs. L - Basingstoke
Arrived on: 5-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Jacana Camp is in a beautiful location

A special camp, surrounded by and accessible only by water.

All the staff were very helpful and friendly. A beautifully decorated birthday cake was made for my husband and accompanied by staff singing Happy Birthday which was very much appreciated.

Our guide, Mr. Bee, was excellent and very knowledgeable. We had really enjoyable stay.

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Mr and Mrs O - Somerset
Arrived on: 30-Apr-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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.

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Ms S & Mr K. from Hot Springs USA
Arrived on: 30-May-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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

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Mr. & Mrs. C - Middlesex
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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!

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Mr & Mrs R - Surrey
Arrived on: 3-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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.

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Mr & Mrs S from Yorkshire
Arrived on: 22-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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.

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Mr & Mrs G - Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 26-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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.

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Mr & Mrs G from East Sussex
Arrived on: 24-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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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.

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