Jacana Camp

Jao Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana

At a Glance

  • Explore the delta channels by boat and mokoro

  • Family tented room

  • Fishing

  • Plunge pool for cooling off in the midday sun

  • Lounge by an open fire and gaze up at the stars

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Botswana’s winter is May to October when the weather is hot during the day (not stiflingly hot) and cold at night. Botswana's summer months (November to April) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.

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The most relaxing way to go on safari in on a mokoro exploring the Delta's many cannels.

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This beautiful camp consists of five tents and its remote setting offers fantastic views of the flood plain as well as being a great base for activities - the camp floods almost entirely during the rainy season, giving perfect opportunities for boating.

Jacana Camp, is situated in the private Jao Concession on the Moremi Game Reserve boundary in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Botswana. It truly is a water-oriented camp and offers mokoro and walking safaris all year round. Game drives are also on offer year round but night drives are ony possible from around September to May as water levels restrict this activity when the delta is in flood.

The camp is set in one of the most densely populated wetland areas for sitatunga and red lechwe. Wildlife concentrations depend on water flow and volume and thus change from season to season but all the big animals can be found in the area including elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo. Pel’s fishing owl is a favourite amongst birders as well as greater and lesser Jacanas.

Jacana Camp has 5 meru-style tents. Each tent is on a wooden deck overlooking the floodplains and has an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and shower. The bathroom is enclosed but roofless allowing for showers by starlight. The camp has a plunge pool for cooling off from the midday sun.

The main dining area is on an elevated wooden deck between two magnificent sycamore fig trees and surrounded by dense wild date palms. Downstairs, there is a cosy bar and lounge with an area for an open fire under the stars. It is unique in that is only one of two camps in the Okavango Delta to be on two levels.

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Jacana Camp consists of five Meru-style tents built on raised wooden decks to facilitate its panoramic views of the Okavango Delta. Each tent has an enclosed en-suite bathroom featuring a roofless shower which is lit by dappled sunlight and shade or by the stars themselves at night.


Jacana Camp is not suited to very small children and there is a minimum age of 8 years. However, food and meal times can be adjusted to suit younger guests and many children find safari a fascinating and informative experience.


Jacana Camp offers mokoro, boating and walking safaris all year round. Game drives are also on offer year round but night drives are only possible from around September to May as water levels restrict this activity when the delta is in flood. The camp also has a plunge pool to help you cool off in between safaris.



Louisa Verney (Staff)

Jacana Camp is a small more low key camp owned and managed by Wilderness Safaris I really liked its remote island location in the middle of the Delta. It has year round water so it is always possible to go out in the mokoros. It is the perfect camp for people wanting to experience the remoteness of the Delta and who appreciate the smaller things, such as the painted reed frog, as well as being a fantastic place to spot the Pel's Fishing-Owl as well as African and Lesser Jacanas.


  • Boat safari in the Okavango Delta

    Travel through the waterways of the Okavango Delta on a boat safari, exploring the papyrus reeds and hippo habitats with your guide. The smooth ride offers a soothing alternative to time spent in a vehicle. Always subject to water levels.

  • Fishing in the Okavango

    Fishing trips offer visitors to Botswana an opportunity to enjoy a different safari experience. In many areas the fishing is fantastic, you'll also enjoy fantastic wildlife and birdlife over your time on the water. NB not available within national parks.

  • Game Drives in Botswana

    Viewing wildlife from a vehicle is the best way to get up close to big game. Allow your professional safari guide to cover ground to guarantee you some unforgettable sightings in Africa's premier safari destination.

  • Game drives in the Okavango

    One of the best ways to see the big game of Botswana's Okavango Delta is on a game drive with a knowledgeable guide. Explore in open-sided vehicles to maximise your viewing opportunities, this is a truly wildlife rich environment.

  • Helicopter ride over the Delta

    The Okavango Delta is a vast patchwork of deep-water channels, shallow lagoons and date palm islands, fringed with the ubiquitous papyrus reeds. A doors-off scenic helicopter flight is an exhilarating way to take in these sights and a real treat, too!

  • Mokoro trips in Botswana

    Botswana's northern safari areas are full of water channels just waiting to be explored. Larger boats can be used to explore the wider channels but for the aficionado, mokoro trips into the smaller channels are a real treat. Always subject to waterlevels

  • Walking Safaris and Nature Walks

    Walking in the African bush with a professional safari guide is a fantastic experience. Enjoy a completely different perspective on foot than from a vehicle.

Location & directions

Jao Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana

Jacana Camp is situated in the private Jao Concession on the Moremi Game Reserve boundary in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Jacana Camp is a true water camp, becoming a small island surrounded by flooded plains when the Okavango Delta is at its peak flooding each year (usually from April to October).

How to get there

Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta, which is an 11-hour international flight to Johannesburg, followed by a 2-hour international flight. From there you will need a short flight (30 minutes) to get you to the camp airstrip. Transfers to Jacana Camp are usually by boat, but are by road if the flood-waters have receded sufficiently.

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