Kwetsani Camp is a luxurious tent camp from Wilderness Safaris, located 25 km west from Mombo Island, and west of the Moremi Game Reserve.
The large elongated island is thickly forested with palms, mangosteen and fig trees, and is one of the remotest camps in the Okavango Delta.
Its remoteness contributes to the fascination of this camp: a luxury holiday far from civilization, in the middle of nature.
The camp is built treehouse style: on stilts up in the trees, and offers stunning views
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over the surrounding countryside.
Just sitting on your private chalet terrace is an adventure, as you can observe all the drama of the hunt played out before your eyes.
It would be hard to come any closer to nature than at Kwetsani Camp. And because the accommodation consists of only five chalets – a maximum of only ten guests at any one time – there’s no noisy tourist hubbub to deal with.
The five generously proportioned treehouse chalets are constructed with all-natural materials: real tree trunks hold up reed thatched roofs. They are appointed with a reverence for the surroundings; small references to the African environment are to be found throughout the camp.
Located on a large island in the constantly-flooded region of the Delta, Kwetsani is one of the few camps to be able to offer land and water safaris – be it in a conventional boat or Mokoro.
The diversity of game viewing at this camp is superlative: hippos, sitatunga antelopes and crocodiles reside in the deeper permanent lily-filled lagoons of the area.
Lions, leopards, wild dogs, cheetah, tsessebe and lechwe are among the major game attractions at Kwetsani, and here you’ll also see wild dogs, buffaloes, elephants, zebras, gnu and giraffes.
Nocturnal animals such as porcupines, aardwolves, serval, genet and bushbabies can be observed by joining a night drive.
The camp is reached exclusively by light plane. Depending on the water levels, you will fly into either Jao or Hunda landing strip.
Activities include water safaris in a Mokoro, walking on palm-fringed islands and game drives during the day and night. Due to high flood water levels, the night drives are currently restricted to an hour's drive around the camp island.
In the height of the Okavango's annual floods, boats are used to transfer to the surrounding islands where the game viewing sets off.
Facts about Kwetsani
Cathy and David Kays and their families are the long term leaseholders of Jao Reserve. The Kays are one of Maun's oldest families. David's great grandfather first came to Ngamiland in 1887. In 1912 the Kays family settled in Tsau, at that time the headquarters of the Batawana tribe (Maun was not yet founded).
When the Batawana tribe decided to establish a new village at Maun and move its headquarters there in the mid-twenties, the Kays family moved with them.
David's father, Ronnie, was instrumental in advising the Batawana Tribal Authorities on the formation of Moremi Game Reserve and assisted in the demarcation of the reserve's boundaries.
Like all families raised in and around the Okavango, wildlife was in their blood, and they spent most of their lives out in the bush.
When they won the rights for the Jao Reserve in the recent tender process, they were determined to develop one of Botswana's finest reserves.
They turned their backs on hunting, even though it is allowed in this reserve. They are only the second reserve in Botswana not to allow hunting, even though it is officially permitted.
They have decided to focus all their efforts on developing Jao into a superb photographic reserve, losing in the process an estimated US$300,000 in hunting revenue every year.
In this way, they hope to ensure great game viewing and a superb wildlife product in the long term. The two camps they have built - Jao and Kwetsani - are two of the top camps in the Okavango.
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