Jacana Camp - March 2013

Mar 5, 2013 Jacana Camp
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Weather and Landscape
Overall the water level has stayed constant for most of the month, but towards the end of the month, the temperature has risen and the water has dropped a little. We have had 3.3 mm of rain the whole month. It has definitely been the sunniest month by far. The evenings are starting to get cooler, maybe a sign that the seasons are changing.

Wildlife has been prolific by Jacana standards, with regular visits by elephants during the evening as well as in the late afternoon. The pachyderms tend to move around the island, and would often come right up to the rooms to feed on the palms and other vegetation found around the rooms.

One morning, an elephant bull did not want to be left out of breakfast and joined our guests by feeding on the sycamore figs while the guests enjoyed their breakfast. We have seen a lone hippo in the channel at the Jacana jetty as well as on the two islands that are in the front of camp. It has been sighted a few times out of the water grazing during the day. There have been good sightings of hippo pods near and at Kubu Lagoon. Crocodiles have also been sighted in the channels.

We have had good sightings of sitatunga, especially one young male who is very relaxed and presents good photo opportunity for our guests. General game has been seen on Jao Island as well as the occasional bachelor herd of buffalo.

Birds and Birding
The birdlife at Jacana has been spectacular as usual. Pel’s fishing-owl has done us proud and a large number of our guests have been lucky enough to see a pair on the island to the north east of Jacana. We had a great sighting of a western banded snake-eagle in camp one afternoon and it posed for its photo and was around the whole afternoon. The fish-eagles have been calling every morning and have taken up residence above Room 7 where they seem to perch each night. The African scops-owl can be heard each evening calling for a mate and every so often, one is lucky enough to catch a glimpse of him. There have been several sightings of a lesser jacana with its chicks near Kubu Lagoon and she normally is quite relaxed around the boats.

Guest Comments
“This is our first trip to Botswana and to Africa; and we have loved our stay at Jacana Camp. From the minute we arrived and the camp blended perfectly into the beautiful landscape, we knew we were at the most wonderful and peaceful place! What we perhaps did not expect was such luxurious accommodations, delicious food and excellent company but the best was the fellow guests.”

“Fantastic welcome to a superb three night stay. Position of the camp is unbeatable, food was excellent and never-ending, top marks for attention and warmth of the staff. There were lots of highlights but the main one for us was the mokoro adventure - we must mention here that Alberto, our guide, is extremely helpful with a wealth of knowledge of the Okavango Delta. The whole camp is a well-run ship with Ian and Michélle at the helm. SUPERB!”

“An experience of a lifetime! A small camp with a large heart!”

“A Wonderful stay in a very relaxing environment. Amazing elephant encounters too!”

Staff in Camp
Managers: Ian and Michélle Burger.
Guides: Gibson Kehemetswe, Timothy Samuel and Alfonso.

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