Jacana Camp, Jao Concession

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Jacana Camp, best wildlife and game viewing in Botswana

Find the aptly named Jacana Camp on the awe-inspiring Jao Flats in the private Jao Concession deep in the heart of the ravishing Okavango Delta, place of Botswana safaris, place of fantastic wildlife viewing and long-toed lily trotters.  The Jacana is an endemic tropical wader bird with long toes to help it walk on lilies and Jacana Camp is the archetypal Okavango Delta camp where this bird constantly moves on lagoons and in watery channels full of lush trees and plants. 

The water ebbs and flows into these parts so come and learn more about the ecosystems and their resident birds. Stay in the five luxury guest tents elevated on timber decks with outdoor showers and captivating outlooks into the wetlands. Spend a lot of time in the main area created on a wide deck under two huge old sycamore trees, surrounded by dense wild date palms, and an open area to sit around the fire. Set off every day from here, on mokoro adventures into unknown channels and island hideouts where elephants, hippos, antelope and predators lurk. 

The constant presence of water creates a tranquil environment shared with Jacanas and multitudes of other birds and endemic animals which thrive in this unique, water-filled environment. Your reasons for choosing Jacana focus on birds, wildlife, watery habitats and deep serenity. Look out for Sitatunga and Pel’s fishing owl. 

Voyage2Africa recommends Jacana Camp for its ethical travel principles, its dedication to ecotourism in community projects, children’s wilderness camps and Pack for a Purpose. Conservation and community support go hand in hand in the Botswana Delta and your holiday contributes to responsible tourism when you book Jacana package deals with us!



Jacana Camp is an archetypal Okavango Camp – the Delta holiday most visitors to Botswana dream about – and it’s named after the Lilly Trotter, a tropical wader bird with long toes prevalent on lagoons here. Jacana nestles in the Jao Concession deep in the Okavango Delta where Botswana safaris are exciting and relaxing all at once. The camp may be intimate but the atmosphere is enormous and the island is a palm tree lover’s paradise where lush tropical habitat is a paradise for water-based activities. 

This model Botswana water camp offers rich sightings of aquatic and wetland species such as the Lesser Jacana, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Wattled Cranes, rare sitatunga and red lechwe antelopes, hippos and crocs. Strolling on the land in between the water are elephant, zebra and their associated lion and cheetah predators. Birders will go mad with the concentrated variety of birds and laid-back Mokoro trips with the relaxed river guides take guests to see game that they would never have expected in the Jao Flats, one of the Okavango Delta’s largest floodplains. 

The other option is a boat journey in a 12-seater or 7-seater boat to channels further away. Basic fishing equipment allows guests to try seasonal catch and release fishing. When the weather and water levels allow it, 4×4 game drives take guests to the nearby hide to sneak up on wildlife doing what they know best. Nights spent sleeping out under the stars for six intrepid travellers are a must. 

Accommodation in this Botswana Okavango Delta camp suits 10 people in six lovely spacious tented chalets. One of the chalets is a family unit with two separate bedrooms and a shared bathroom. Constructed to make the most of the mind-boggling watery landscape, the tented chalets are elevated with large sliding doors and balconies. Ceiling fans and mosquito nets are provided as well as a tea and coffee station and comfortable beds and armchairs. Attractive ceramic double basins, indoor and outdoor showers complete the lodgings picture. 

Voyage2Africa can get you there on one of our exciting tours and safaris across Botswana and into the Okavango, sharing a journey into Moremi too.

Amazing Holiday Packages including Jacana Camp

view of Camp Okavango and the sunset in the distance
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Luxury Classic Botswana Safari Package

9 Nights
Pack your bags for that dream trip into Botswana on our once in a lifetime all-inclusive tour package to the best of the Savuti floodplains, the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari. Three nights in each destination takes you on a […]

From $800



  • Mokoro Excursions
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Game Drives
  • Bird watching


  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Twice daily scheduled camp activities
  • Park fees
  • All local drinks
  • Laundry

Guests on a Mokoro ride down the river in Botswana
that include this property


  • Five en-suite Meru-style tents
  • Family tent
  • The main dining area
  • Lounge area with open fire under the stars
  • Plunge pool


  • A water wonderland, home to definitive Delta bird and animal species, from red lechwe to Pel’s fishing-owl
  • Mokoro adventures reveal crystal-channels and beautiful panoramas
  • A true water camp on a remote island deep in the Okavango Delta becomes part of the ebb and flow of the delta as the seasons change
  • Small, tented camp under huge old sycamore trees with hypnotic views and silences.

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