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, both species of jacanas as well as 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. OROn the aptly-named Paradise Island, surrounded by limpid Okavango Delta channels and lush vegetation, sits Xigera Camp (pronounced Keejera). This rugged sanctuary in the Moremi Game Reserve offers utter, rapturous seclusion. Life is different here: each morning, the “newspaper”— a sand pit built into the island’s bridge—bears a unique kind of print (the paw prints of unseen nightly visitors to camp). This region invites water-bound exploration, whether quietly drifting through the area’s web of waterways, the wind tickling the riverine reeds, or taking a thrilling motorboat outing to feel that wind through your hair. From each of the ten en suite tented rooms—elegantly appointed, and with a thoroughly African ambiance—views the seasonal floodplain and lagoon stretch out before you. Enjoy the postcard-perfect setting while enjoying a meal under the stars in the open-air African boma, or sip cool cocktails in the cozy pub or lounge that overlooks the moonlit channel. In the heat of the afternoon, go for a refreshing dip in the plunge pool, and perhaps even glimpse lion or leopard crossing the island’s footbridge. In addition to spotting red lechwe, spotted hyena and perhaps the rare sitatunga antelope, the area features an eye-popping variety of colorful avian species.