The Jackal & Hide
Okavango Delta, Khwai Private Concession
AS AUTHENTIC AS IT GETS
The Jackal & Hide is a firm favourite at Natural Selection providing an authentic Okavango safari experience. Taking us back to the early days of going on safari in Botswana when it was all about the safari experience and not necessarily the luxury trappings of a camp. This intimate, tented retreat is located amid the shimmering grasslands of the Khwai Private Reserve, one of the best-managed private concessions in the greater Okavango Delta. Up here, there’s something to see around every corner and a different activity to enjoy every day, from classic game drives to mokoro trips and boat safaris. And the best bit of all is that this iconic safari experience is all yours for an extremely affordable price. So, what are you waiting for?
With only 8, Meru-style tents, The Jackal & Hide is an intimate camp with an emphasis on hospitality, comfort and a touch of Natural Selection quirkiness! Each room is a cosy retreat from the elements and all have wonderfully large King-size beds (that can also be twins), writing desks, cool ensuite bathrooms and private verandas with views across the shimmering grasslands.
At the main area, a sunken lounge and fire pit take pride of place and make the perfect spot for that first morning cuppa or an early-evening G&T. Located just in front of a favourite grazing spot for zebra and elephant, it’s a fabulous wildlife-watching base during siesta time too – or at any time of day for that matter. Under the thatch, the bar, lounge and dining areas are subtly stylish, dotted with sunny cushions and black and white artworks.
The Jackal & Hide is open all year round and for very good reason. Although each month has its quirks and challenges, the wildlife watching is phenomenal in every season – and of course, we wouldn’t send you if we didn’t think it was worthwhile!
From May until early October, the Okavango Delta is in flood and this is the best time of year to get your water-based game viewing fix. The seasonal channels emerge and the waterways are glistening and full – the perfect conditions for a mokoro safari or a boat trip. This is also traditionally the ‘best’ time of year to visit: the skies and blue and full of sunshine, and the iconic wildlife is out in force.
In December, the sky begins to darken and the clouds become heavy with rain. The showers are, however, short and sporadic and certainly shouldn’t stop you from heading out on game drives or walks. Game wise, the animals may be slightly more spread out but that certainly doesn’t mean they’re not there…
The Jackal & Hide is located in the Khwai Private Reserve, a 200,000-hectare area of pristine wilderness in the Greater Okavango Delta region. The reserve is bordered by Moremi to the south, Savuti to the north and the Khwai Community Reserve to the east – in other words, in the middle of some of the most famous and iconic game-viewing areas on the continent!
Up here, the landscape is truly iconic of the Delta: vast floodplains and sprawling grasslands meet patches of forested enclaves, and through it all runs an intricate network of channels and lily-filled waterways. It’s one of the most well-managed concessions in the area and with very few other vehicles (and people!) around, a safari in Khwai is a true wilderness experience.
The varied habitats of Khwai support an equally impressive cast of animals and all the stars of the wildlife show are present – as well as a few extra. The wetlands and rivers host impressive quantities of hippos and crocodiles, whilst on dry land, big cats lurk along treelines and sometimes right through camp. Sable, roan, impala, and kudu dot the grasslands, alongside giraffe and zebra, an abundance of elephant and buffalo, and of course, the occasional jackal. The birdlife is fantastic and guests can expect everything from giant eagle owls to lilac-breasted rollers. Khwai also has an excellent reputation for the rarer species of the African savannah including wild dogs, serval cats, honey badgers, and the elusive pangolin. Binos at the ready!
Khwai Private Reserve is possibly one of Africa’s greatest conservation triumphs. We are extremely proud of what we have achieved in the region, and helping us make the area such a success are our outstanding partners: the Khwai Development Trust, the communities surrounding Khwai itself, and local safari veterans Kelly and Greg Butler. Greg and Kelly in particular have always coexisted with some of Africa’s greatest wildlife and understand the importance of leaving the land untouched; after all, it’s the locals that know the area better than anyone, and it’s their passion that enhances your safari in all our camps in the region.
Natural Selection Safaris
Semi-Permanent Tented Camp
Max. clients in vehicle
Day & Night Game Drives, Mokoro, Walking