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Jacana CampOkavango Delta, Botswana

Welcome to the other side of Africa, away from the dusty savannahs and endless plains dotted by baobab trees. The Okavango Delta is a floodplain, alive with wildlife of the sort usually observed as part of a David Attenborough documentary. Not only do you have the opportunity to experience this delta; you can stay here, at Jacana Camp.

Jacana’s five tents and its main lodge, with elevated dining platform, lounge area and plunge pool, are situated on an island in the delta. Surprisingly, you don’t need to stray far to get an eyeful of the amazing animals that live in the neighbourhood. Elephants and hippos play in the water below the camp, wildebeest and deer graze on the lush growth, and the birdlife – from long- legged waterbirds to rare species like Pel’s fishing owl – is ridiculously abundant.

During the day, glide silently through the water in a traditional mokoro (dugout canoe) or check out far-flung channels in one of Jacana’s motorboats. Land safaris take place in sturdy, open-sided 4WDs, and there’s even some basic fishing gear if you fancy throwing in a line.

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The camp sits on an island in the middle of the delta, but you can organise a boat transfer with the help of camp management.

  • Five Meru-style tents built on raised wooden decks
  • Plunge pool
  • Lounge with open fire
  • Dining area on an elevated platform between two sycamore fig trees
  • Ensuite bathrooms

From US$560 per person per night, all-inclusive.

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Tags: 4wd adventure, animal encounter, elephants, glamping, luxury, safari

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