Jacana Camp, Okavango Delta: The Lowdown

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If you went on safari seeking the essence of the Okavango Delta, Jacana Camp might well be where you ended up. In a country where rain is valued so highly they named the currency after it, this is a true water camp.

What’s Jacana Camp really like? First off, Jacana is not all that fancy- if Robinson Crusoe had somehow navigated his way to the Okavango Delta, we imagine it might have ended up rather like this- comfortable, incredibly natural and delightfully low key. Lovers of the more rustic Zambian style of safari will definitely spot something familiar here.  There are just five tents at Jacana, looking out over the Okavango floodplain, and when water levels are high they come right up to camp. The rooms are all pretty rustic feeling, with canvas walls and roofs, wooden decks and an ensuite bathroom- all of the rooms have outside baths- if you haven’t tried these before, you are in for a treat!  From the rooms sandy paths lead to the main area of camp where there’s a cheerful little sitting area and self-service bar, and above a dining room with glorious views out over the Delta.

What can I do at Jacana? Jacana Camp provides a rather delightful break from the action packed, and often dusty safaris elsewhere. Days here are a peaceful wander and a potter, heading out for gentle mokoro trips through the reeds and water lilies and on slightly faster motorboat safaris. Needless to say, birding is spectacular, and you’re sure to see plenty of hippos spluttering indignantly and crocs slithering silently into the water as you pass. Keen fishermen might also try to snag a tiger fish- though beware, this is not as easy as it may sound! It is possible take a boat to a larger island for game drives, and (with some advance notice) arrange walking safaris, however we’d say this would really be missing the point of Jacana- you’d find those more easily elsewhere and what makes Jacana special is the chance to spend so much of your day afloat. Please note though- all activities in the Okavango Delta are totally dependent on water levels, so no matter what we tell you, Mother Nature may have other plans!

Giving back at Jacana Camp:  Jacana works closely with the local community to ensure they benefit from tourism and safeguard the long-term sustainability of this fragile area. They work to reduce overfishing and poaching, and each year Jacana hosts children from the local community to learn about the environment and their natural heritage. The camp is also involved in several community projects, and if you would like to contribute to these they are part of the Pack for A Purpose programm

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