Reviews of Jacana Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
26 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"
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." See all these reviews: 13n in Namibia; 6n in Botswana
"Idyllic retreat at Jacana camp"
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." See all these reviews: 7n in Botswana
"peaceful and beautiful location"
Very relaxing place and small - which we like." See all these reviews: 7n in Botswana; 3n in Zambia
"Water-based safari in beautiful surroundings"
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." See all these reviews: 24n in Botswana; 7n in Mozambique; 1n in South Africa
"Peaceful oasis at Jacana"
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!" See all these reviews: 11n in Botswana
"Jacan - Also Visit Two"
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." See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana
"Wonderful camp, beautiful setting"
The manager was very personable and the guide extremely good, esp with bird ID. Sunsets and sunrises on the lagoon were spectacular." See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana; 9n in South Africa
"Jacana, still one of my favourite locations"
Water based activities make a lovely change from game drives. Wonderful sunrises from the main area of camp.
The new bathrooms are lovely.
We were a little disappointed with the guiding there which was not up to Wilderness' usual high standards. Our guide was a really nice chap, but It seemed that we and our fellow guests, were more likely to spot things and we missed being able to watch several interesting events because we did not stop in time." See all these reviews: 11n in Botswana; 5n in South Africa
"Jacana Camp review"
Water excursions made a nice change and were very relaxing." See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana
"Two days at Jacana"
The activities here included game drives, after the aforesaid 15-20 minute boat ride but, as we were to spend only two days here, we stuck to boat rides in the mornings (further afield) and mokoro trips in the afternoon/evenings (more romantic). Consequently we saw very little game (apart from the camp elephants of which we saw plenty) but we did see a huge variety of birds, many very close up! When we got home we bought a copy of Birds of Southern Africa just so that we could identify our photographs of them. Although our very knowledgeable guide had told us their names at the time, one quickly forgets ... We had the guide all to ourselves for the full two days because there was only one other couple at the camp during our stay. This made a huge difference to us, allowing us to choose the time and mode of our excursions, and could be said to have made our holiday.
Our room was of a very high standard with separate spacious bathroom/lavatory and plentiful hot and cold water. The food was very good, even lunch. Throughout our stay, there was careful attention to detail, but the whole atmosphere of the camp was very relaxed.
We would strongly recommend a short stay here to anyone who can appreciate the very beautiful watery location but we suspect that, beyond three or four days, some visitors may tire of the constraints of location and activities." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana
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