Kwetsani Camp

Small, exclusive and luxurious, Kwetsani Camp is suspended high in the tree line of a palm-fringed island on the pretty Jao concession. The beautiful surroundings here offer a complete immersion in a classic Delta landscape. Water and land activities are conducted, though vary with the transformation of the flats with the arrival of the annual flood. Kwetsani Camp is sophisticated and yet understated with smart rooms which make the most of the fabulous views of the floodplains.

Kwetsani Camp, with its five elevated tree house like tents, is situated on a beautiful island in the Okavango Delta. This island with its palms, mangosteen and fig trees is one of the most remote in the Delta and provides access to the wildlife of the game rich Jao Concession.

With en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers, Kwetsani Camp’s tents provide an excellent view of the Okavango flood plains and their diverse wildlife. The rooms are well appointed and spacious.

A thatched roof shades the main dining and lounge area which is completely open on one side and leads onto an expansive deck which, like the tents, overlooks the game rich flood plains. There are plenty of comfortable sofas and armchairs in which to settle and read the informative nature books and journals whilst enjoying a drink from the bar which is built around a large jackalberry tree.

The small swimming pool is set below the camp and is connected to the main area by an elevated walkway.

Kwetsani Camp is able to offer land and water activities although during the flood season this is primarily a water-based activities camp and so activities are tailored according to the annual inundation levels. Guests are able to view wildlife by mokoro or on day and night game drives and, with advance notice, on foot.

Game drives are conducted on Hunda Island during the flood season which is reached by boat. This is the main ‘dry’ area in the Jao concession and therefore vehicles from other camps are likely to be found there and also guests will return to camp before dark to avoid the risk of bumping into hippo on the return boat journey. Hunda Island is home to giraffe and elephant amongst others. In the low water months, game drives are generally possible closer to Kwetsani.

Kwetsani is perhaps not the place for those who are looking for big game in large numbers from their safari; the game is often quite spread out because the area remains wet for much of the year. The range of activities are necessarily affected by the water levels, but this is a delightful, private and peaceful camp and there is certainly abundant wildlife to be seen. A female leopard has been resident recently and you will certainly see red lechwe which is a specialist of the Delta and has adapted to the watery conditions. This is an area of contrasts and of changing conditions depending on the forces of the flood and nature so expect the unexpected.

Outstanding birding conditions exist on the Jao Concession; the offering of both water and land activities provides an excellent opportunity to add to your list of sightings. Notable species include the rare wattled crane, slaty egrets, rosy-throated longclaws, Pel’s fishing-owls, African skimmers, kingfishers and saddle-billed storks.

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