Kwetsani is a Wilderness Safaris camp set in the private Jao Concession and is one of the most remote camps in the Okavango Delta and offers just five luxuroiusly desingned 'tree house. The camp has access to Hunda Island and surrounding floodplains which provides a mix of water and land activities. Prime location to see the endangered wattled crane.
Kwetsani sits on an elongated island covered with palm, mangosteen and fig trees which is located in the centre of the Jao Concession. The surrounding floodplains are home to a number of species that are found in few other places on Earth. Some of these may even be seen from the privacy of one of the five luxurious “treehouse” chalets - beautifully furnished en-suite units each comprising a bedroom and lounge, and made of canvas, wood and glass.
Kwetsani’s location gives access to both water and dry land areas, allowing you enjoy both water activties such as boating, mokoro trips and seasonal fishing with land activities such as day and night drives and walking safaris.
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Five luxurious 'tree house' tents are elevated so to take in the views around them. The raised dining room, lounge and bar area all offer sweeping vistas of the surrounding floodplains and catch the gentle breeze blowing through the reeds and there is a plunge pool with sun loungers to cool off.
Kwetsani is set in the most densely populated wetland area for red lechwe and sitatunga. Hippo and crocodile are regularly seen. In the dry season tsessebe, elephant, wildebeest and zebra are prevalent, with lion, cheetah and leopard often sighted. Nocturnal animals like porcupine, aardwolf, serval, large spotted genet and lesser bushbaby can be observed on night drives (water levels permitting). Many bird species are resident, such as large concentrations of wattle crane as well as slaty egret, rosy-throated longclaw and African skimmer.
Kwetsani is powered by a hybrid system, combining a diesel-powered generator that charges a bank of batteries, which in turn supplies the camp with electricity through an inverter. Thanks to this system, the generator only needs to operate for eight hours a day as opposed to 24 hours. Waste water (sewage and grey water) is treated in an Above Ground Sewage Plant, ensuring that the water is clean before being allowed to enter the natural environment. In order to reduce our use of bottled water, reverse osmosis filtration is done on site to provide guests with high-quality drinking water. Like all Wilderness camps, this camp is managed and monitored against very strict in-house environmental standards, so only approved eco-friendly detergents and chemicals are used.
Activities at Kwetsani include guided game drives and night drives, boating and mokoro adventures on the Okavango Delta and catch and release fishing. The Jao Concession has outstanding birding including the famous Pel’s fishing-owl. With both water and land activities, opportunities to add to your list are excellent.
Or simply star gaze and enjoy the myriad of fabulous stars whilst on your night drive or around the camp fire!
Kwetsani is dedicated to community upliftment and assists the Jao village community with various contributions, including food, clothing and support of the elderly.
Jao Concession and the University of Botswana (Biokavango Project) formed a committee to encourage better engagement between local communities and the Jao Concession, specifically regarding curbing poaching and over-fishing.
Children in the Wilderness, a life skills educational and environmental programme for children who live in the villages around the conservation areas, is an independent non-profit organisation established and supported by Wilderness Safaris. CITW focuses on the next generation of decision-makers, inspiring them to care for their natural heritage and to become custodians of these areas in the future.
The Wilderness Wildlife Trust is an independent entity that facilitates fundraising and distribution of the monies to deserving projects so that, both directly and indirectly, Wilderness Safaris is able reach more people, wildlife and places. The Trust focuses its work across three key areas: research and conservation; community empowerment and education; and anti-poaching and management. A small percentage of each bednight booked by our guests is dedicated to the Trust.
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