Reviews of Jacana Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
27 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Jacana Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Jacana Camp review"
Our experience here will be hard to beat. We heard lions, leopards and hyenas at night along with many, many birds. Animal and bird sightings were outstanding. A few of our favorite sightings: newborn hippo, tsessebe, lion, bushbuck and dung beetle (no kidding, there’s a lot of drama taking place in a pile of elephant dung!) We had dinner outside under the stars and lunch along a waterway. Sundowners in a different location (including a mokoro experience) were always beautiful. The food was delicious, the staff made us feel right at home and our guide, Gora, was the best.
Thanks to camp manager, Abu, for creating such a welcoming experience." See all these reviews: 12n in Botswana; 7n in Namibia; 3n in Zimbabwe
"Jacana Camp review"
Nevertheless our guide, Mr Bee, did his best and we had enough excellent sightings to make up for this. He too was a good birder. Memorable is the Pel's fishing owl in camp actually eating a fish. We drove to the permanent water of the Jao river near Jao camp where there was at least some remaining water and were rewarded by good views of sitatunga in the open due to the lack of their usual haunt amongst the marshy reeds.
We were also blessed with a long sighting of a lioness moving her three one month old cubs from their birth den across what should have been lagoon to a new den over a mile away" See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana
"Jacana was a great experience"
The highlight of the stay was probably the trip in a Mokoro, so peaceful and relaxing and a great opportunity to quietly get close to birds, animals and frogs. The highlight was a great sighting of a Pels Fishing Owl but the birds and frogs were fascinating as well.
The camp was really good with friendly people and a great guide but on balance three nights was probably enough because there is a limited number of things to do. However we really enjoyed the experience." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
"Jacana Camp review"
It a smaller and more basic camp than the others we visited in Botswana, but staff service was really great, and the activities were great, so recommended" See all these reviews: 11n in Namibia; 7n in Botswana
"Always my favourite"
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!)" See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana; 9n in Namibia
"Jacana Camp is in a beautiful location"
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." See all these reviews: 12n in Botswana
"Jacana Camp review"
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." See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana
"Jacana Camp review"
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" See all these reviews: 12n in Botswana; 1n in South Africa
"Jacana Camp review"
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!" See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
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