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Jacana Camp

Right outside the Moremi Game Reserve—where game roams along the sweeping Jao flats—is an exclusive safari paradise called Jacana Camp. Set on a secluded island amid papyrus-fringed channels, Jacana is truly a water-oriented safari camp: mokoro (traditional canoe) and walking safaris offer unique immersion into serene wilderness, and day and night game drives bring out the “personalities” of the landscape (depending on water levels). Sitatunga antelope, red lechwe, hippos and crocodiles are regularly sighted in this watery wilderness, not to mention lechwe, tsessebe, elephant, wildebeest, zebra, lions, cheetah and leopard. This region is also a birder’s favorite, as it features a vast range of species including Wattled Canes, Pel’s Fishing Owls, Jacanas and other seldom sighted species such as rails, crakes and moorhens. Of course, the wildlife is only part of the story—Jacana Camp is a delightfully luxurious and intimate escape. By day you can cool off in the plunge pool, and by night sip cocktails in the cozy pub. The landscape is the star of the show here: whether in the comfort of one of the five en suite, Meru-style tents, amid the sycamore figs and wild date palms in the outdoor dining space, or sitting around the fire under the stars, you are constantly reminded of the magic of this pristine place.

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