Okavango Delta

A Fresh Start for Jacana

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Jacana is a safari camp name that has existed for 21 years. It was one of the first lodges to host our Children in the Wilderness annual camps and, to this day, continues to support this great programme.


Jacana offers an incredible water experience that includes mokoro rides, boating, fishing and wonderful bush walks exploring the islands.


Some have referred to this camp as the ‘Robinson Crusoe’ island. It’s easy to see why. Guests arrive by boat and leave the same way. This cozy camp is raised on stilts overlooking a large mass of water, and everyone you meet will welcome you and make you feel part of the Jacana family.


On 10 January 2019 we closed Jacana’s doors for a complete camp rebuild, including new rooms, a new main area with pool deck, a floating fire-deck, new kitchen and above ground sewerage – all 100% solar.


The re-opening is 1 April, and while some of you may be reading about the rebuild for the first time, it’s because we’ve had our heads down to make sure we stick to our schedule.


Below is a small preview of what the new, fresh-looking Jacana will look like. Our aim of the rebuild was to let the ‘outside in’, and we took full advantage of our surroundings and magnificent views.


Our follow up post will showcase the most recent images of the camp – stay tuned…



The new main area, double storey with open lounge, deck and curio shop downstairs, and another lounge and dining room upstairs.



The view from the dining room and lounge, with folding front doors to open up the view along with the pool, jetty and fire deck downstairs.



Going from the bar to the upstairs area… you will have to wait for our follow up pictures to see our amazing new bar!



One of our new rooms – this was taken before we had installed the front sliding doors, and the bathroom door linking the inside and outside bathrooms.



With the annual inundation arriving more slowly than usual, our dominant male lions have had to visit to get water closer to the camp.



There is water, although not much, but enough for a young elephant to get defensive about!



The teals are not bothered by the elephant; as long as they have water, they’re happy.

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