The classic water-based Delta experience
Jacana, an intimate and quirky camp, loaded with charm and comfort, is located on a small island in the Jao concession in the South of the Delta. The camp has a laid-back island feel, surrounded by floodplains, papyrus swamps, swaying date palms and verdant forests. The island is water locked most of the year and is only accessible by boat, which amplifies the secluded feel. Jacana is the quintessential water-based Delta experience, complete with lush and tropical scenery and incredible guides. It’s a firm must for experienced travelers and newbies alike.
At the lodge
The main lodge area is rather unique - set under a double storey tent, with the top floor offering a well appointed dining area and sweeping views of the Delta. Here you can sip a steaming cup of coffee as you watch the sun rise over the water. The lower level is an intimate and comfy lounge. The tent is neatly placed between two giant sycamore trees with a small swimming pool, library, small curio shop, central firepit, and, of course, the aforementioned ‘loo with a view’.
The camp is fairly small and intimate, consisting of six raised en-suite tented chalets, each with an indoor and outdoor shower and a private viewing deck overlooking the Delta floodplains. Despite the number of tents, they accept a maximum of ten guests at a time, which maintains exclusivity. With their neutral, simple and unpretentiously luxurious decor, the rooms effortlessly tend to your every need with soft chairs, a writing desk and even a ceiling fan.
Jacana is usually completely surrounded by water. Not only does this give it a true island feeling, it also means that water-based activities are generally always on the cards. Activities include mokoro (traditional, dug-out canoe) meanders, trips in 12-seater and 7-seater boats, and even occasional catch and release fishing. Depending on the season and water levels, day game drives on Hunda Island can be arranged.