Wilderness Kwetsani is owned and run by Wilderness. This company operates a number of high-quality camps and lodges across many parts of Safari Africa, all the while caring for these areas and their communities too. If you visit Wilderness Kwetsani during dry season, you could consider spending a few days at a Delta camp with good access to water, such as Wilderness’ Little Vumbura, or Kwando’s Kwara. The price of your stay at Wilderness Kwetsani includes accommodation, all meals, all local drinks, twice-daily scheduled safari activities, park fees, and a laundry service. The camp is open all year round, but it’s at its best during green season (May to October, approx.).
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp is accessed via 4×4 or boat transfer from Jao’s airstrip. It’s situated on a slim wooded island at the heart of the Jao Concession, in the western region of the Okavango Delta.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT WILDERNESS KWETSANI:
Guest accommodation consists of just five chalets, spaced well apart on either side of Wilderness Kwetsani’s communal buildings. All the camp’s structures are raised high off the ground on sturdy stilts and surrounded by fig, palm, and mangosteen trees, so you really do feel as though you’re in a treehouse! Access between buildings takes the form of wooden walkways, and each chalet is made out of canvas, wood, and glass. Guests enter into a vast room, sufficiently spacious for a lounge as well as a bedroom area. The bedroom contains a wide double bed or twin beds, bedside tables and lighting, and end-of-bed seating or storage. In the lounge, there’s a very comfortable L-shaped seating unit, a wooden coffee table on a snug rug, and a writing desk and chair. Other in-room amenities include mosquito nets and a couple of overhead fans, and the en-suite facilities comprise separate flush toilet, twin washbasins, and shower. There’s an outdoor shower too. Double doors lead from the sleeping/living quarters to a private veranda, where you’ll find a couple of chairs, a small table, and amazing views!
The communal structures at Wilderness Kwetsani are mostly made out of wood, and the main lodge has a neatly thatched roof. The camp’s lounge is centrally positioned and offers a medley of sofas, armchairs, and padded benches around a coffee table strewn with interesting artefacts and a plant or two. To one side of this area is the bar, with its row of comfy stools and great range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Delicious meals are enjoyed in the dining area, which features one big table where everyone eats together. Just outside, there’s a spacious deck, ideal for a little wildlife viewing! Guests can also make good use of the plunge pool, which is positioned on a slightly lower level and flanked by highly inviting sunloungers and parasols. Finally, another walkway leads down from here to the camp’s boma, complete with fire-pit. This is the perfect place for traditional dinners (usually once weekly), drinks, and sharing your safari stories!
There’s a minimum age requirement of 12 years, but 8–12s are welcome when the camp is booked exclusively.
ACTIVITIES AT WILDERNESS KWETSANI:
Things to do from Wilderness Kwetsani vary through the year, according to flood levels around camp. Below we’ve listed all options, indicating with an asterisk which activities depend on weather conditions (some of these depend on special guide availability too):
Expertly guided game drives- The Jao Concession covers 60,000 hectares of both permanent swamps and dry land, and the latter provides essential terrain for vehicle safaris! This activity is available during morning and afternoon. Among the wildlife highlights of the concession are four of the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo. Smaller mammals are also in residence, not least cheetah, hyena, wild dog, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, and all sorts of antelopes!
Night drives- Also enjoyed in the presence of an experienced guide, these drives take place after sunset. You can look out for nocturnal species such as aardwolf, spotted genet, and the gorgeous lesser bush baby!
Boating*- Fans of hippo and Nile crocodile will love exploring the concession’s waterways! There are loads of waterbirds to see as well.
Mokoro excursions*- You can also view the wildlife of the waters from aboard a mokoro, a dug-out canoe. As the mokoro doesn’t have a motor, you can listen to the mammals, reptiles, and birds all around you.
Guided safari walks*- This activity is highly recommended for anyone interested in close scrutiny of Jao’s smaller lives – its insects, plants, and bird life.
Catch-and-release fishing*- Take time to relax and fish the concession’s waterways. Please note, fishing is offered on a catch-and-release basis only, as Wilderness Kwetsani works with local rangers to preserve Jao’s natural resources.
Helicopter trips- Soar over the Delta and marvel at amazing views over the diverse land- and waterscape. Please note, helicopter rides incur an additional charge.
*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.