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Kwetsani Camp

Kwetsani camp is a small five room luxury tented camp located in a private reserve 15miles to the west of Mombo Camp and to the west of the Moremi Game Reserve. Set on a large island Kwetsani camp is built around heavily wooded forest of Palm, Mangosteen and Fig trees and is one of the most remote camps in the Okavango Delta.

Raised on stilts beneath a shady canopy, the spacious tree-house chalets are built under thatch roofs, with wood, glass and canvas.  All have en-suite facilities including a shower, flush toilet, twin basins and an additional outdoor shower for those who like showering in the open air.

The camp overlooks an enormous floodplain dotted with Lechwe and Wildebeest. Guests can lie in their rooms, or in the pool, and watch the animals in front of the camp.

Safaris include day and night game drives, mokoroing and walking on the palm-fringed islands.

Jao Camp is one of the luxury safaris camps also located on the Jao concession.

Jao Reserve is a 60 000 hectares private game reserve in the north-western area of the Okavango Delta below the panhandle. The Moremi Game Reserve forms the eastern boundary of the reserve.

Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Tsessebe and Lechwe are among the major game attractions at Kwetsani.

Hippo, Sitatunga antelope and Crocodile reside in the deeper permanent lily-filled lagoons of the Jao Reserve.


Jao reserve game drive
Kwetsani lounge

Kwetsani Camp - Jao Reserve, Okavango.

Lying as it does in the heart of the Delta, the Jao Reserve embodies all the magic and mystique of the Okavango. Narrow water channels cut their way through the papyrus and reed beds in the permanent delta to the north and east of the reserve, providing the perfect environment for the elusive sitatunga and the rare Pel's Fishing Owl.
In the height of the Okavango's annual floods, boats are used to get around the area and also to transfer to the islands where the game viewing vehicles are located. .

Jao and Kwetsani Camps are situated on islands with breathtaking scenery and have a great diversity of safar activities on offer. The largest concentrations of endangered Wattled Crane are found in this area.
Birdlife: Slaty Egrets, Pink-throated Longclaws and African Skimmers are some of the specials that can be found at Jao.

This is also the domain of the brown hyena, a shy and elusive creature - as well as suricates, aardvarks and small bustard species. Ralph Bousefield and his guides have made many important finds in the field of palaeontology, with stone implements and other evidence of Stone Age dwellers. This is a very fragile environment filled with fascination and interest. The management and guides have an approach of maximum care for the environment and this is a destination for the true lover of remote experiences.

Notes from the Ranger's diary (2006):
"Two young leopards that have been hanging around Kwetsani camp have finally been identified as two males. They still visit the area around camp every few days and many guests are woken at night with the sawing sound of their calls. The mother is often seen lying in a huge Marula tree or out hunting but she is distancing herself from them and will hopefully be mating again soon. 'Beauty' - our resident female leopard with a territory close to the Jao airstrip - is also doing very well; her young cub is growing by the day and becoming more adventurous: Even stalking elephants occasionally.

Herds of female and baby elephants have been seen wandering the concession, enjoying the long grass that the constant summer rains brought us.
We received nearly double our annual rainfall this year with a late shower just a week ago. The palm trees have sprouted their palm nuts and the elephant bulls are on their way to shake them down.

Jao game viewing
Jao game viewing