distinctive Camp | Okavango Delta, Botswana
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Located in the remote northwest corner of the Okavango Delta, Kwetsani Camp occupies a long, narrow island heavily wooded with palm, mangosteen and fig trees, in the heart of the private 150,000-acre Jao Concession. The camp’s deluxe thatched tents are raised on wooden decks, reminiscent of tree houses, for a prime vantage point from which to survey the vast floodplains, lush vegetation and resident wildlife.
Our Expert Says
The tree houses of Kwetsani are a highlight of this unique camp in the Okavango Delta. The views are superb from your chalet as you look out in awe at where you are… deep in the watery heart of Botswana! Depending on flood levels, safari opportunities range from exploring the floodplains by mokoro (local dugout canoe) or by vehicle on a wildlife drive.
– Sarah Raby
Location: Okavango Delta, Botswana
Number of Tents: 5
Kwetsani Camp consists of five spacious tented suites, which are open, airy accommodations of light, draped canvas, wooden decking and glass glass doors that can be folded back for a feeling of being outdoors. Each has an en suite bathroom with a polished wood vanity and individual wash basins as well as both indoor and unique outdoor showers. Beds are dressed in crisp white linens, with gauzy mosquito net canopies for protection and added ambience. A separate sitting area features a plush sofa and coffee table, ideal for taking in the view just beyond the private veranda. The lounge, dining room and bar area are constructed under a large, cool thatched roof and feature polished teak decks, contemporary sofas and chairs, woven rugs in a neutral palette, and plenty of candles for romantic nighttime atmosphere. All tented suites and public areas offer magnificent vistas of the surrounding floodplains, which are frequently dotted with lechwe, wildebeest and other plains wildlife. You can even watch wildlife from the swimming pool.
Facilities & Amenities
- En suite bathroom with indoor/outdoor showers
- Shampoo, soap, lotion and insect repellent
- Room fan
- 220v charging outlets in room
- In-room safe
- Central plunge pool
- Laundry included
- Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
- Credit cards accepted (Visa and MasterCard)
- No air conditioning, hair dryer, telephone, Internet or cellular coverage
Wildlife Viewing & Activities
Kwetsani Camp enjoys outstanding wildlife viewing in the private Jao Concession along the western boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve. A variety of habitats supports a wide range of wildlife: narrow channels meandering through papyrus in the permanent delta; vast, open floodplains; palm and dry sand islands. Kwetsani lies in a densely populated wetland area for sitatunga antelope, red lechwe, hippo and crocodile. During the dry season tsessebe, elephant, wildebeest and zebra are prevalent, with lion, cheetah, leopard and wild dog often sighted. The camp offers excellent land- and water-based activities dependent on the annual flood levels in the delta. Wildlife drives, as well as wildlife viewing by mokoro (dugout canoe) are available. There are also two platform hides from which to watch animals. Nocturnal animals such as porcupine, aardwolf, serval, large spotted genet and lesser bushbaby can be observed on night drives when water levels permit.
The Okavango Delta is a year-round wildlife viewing destination, with the peak mammal viewing in the dry winter between June and October and fantastic birding all year. The below chart shows major wildlife sightings. Other typical sightings may include small mammals, such as jackals, foxes, caracal and serval, and a wide variety of birds and reptiles. Exact sightings will depend on weather and wildlife movements and can vary from camp to camp, since many camps are located on islands.
|Usually viewed||Frequently viewed||Occasionally viewed||Sporadically viewed||Rarely to never viewed|
|January||90° F||64° F||4.21 in|
|32° C||17° C||107 mm|
|February||88° F||63° F||3.11 in|
|31° C||17° C||79 mm|
|March||86° F||61° F||2.8 in|
|30° C||16° C||71 mm|
|April||84° F||54° F||0.71 in|
|28° C||12° C||18 mm|
|May||79° F||45° F||0.2 in|
|26° C||7° C||5 mm|
|June||73° F||43° F||0.12 in|
|22° C||6° C||3 mm|
|July||75° F||46° F||0.0 in|
|23° C||7° C||0 mm|
|August||81° F||48° F||0.0 in|
|27° C||8° C||0 mm|
|September||91° F||57° F||0.0 in|
|32° C||13° C||0 mm|
|October||95° F||59° F||0.91 in|
|35° C||15° C||23 mm|
|November||91° F||66° F||2.2 in|
|32° C||18° C||56 mm|
|December||91° F||66° F||3.39 in|
|32° C||18° C||86 mm|
Kwetsani Camp is intimately involved in the Jao Lion Monitoring Project that began shortly after the creation of the Jao Concession. The project is an intensive, ongoing study of lions in the reserve, in which researchers monitor the movement, social behavior and general condition of individual lions. Camp guests will be surprised to learn some of the unusual developments and intriguing behavior that has been documented among the lion prides here. Jao Concession holder David Kays is a member of the Tubu Joint Management Committee, which he was involved in launching together with the University of Botswana under the auspices of the Biokavango Project. The aim of this committee is to reduce conflict between the community and the Jao Concession—specifically with regard to curbing poaching and over-fishing. The concession, along with Kwetsani Camp, also hopes to assist the community with developing other tourism ventures in the area.