The Jackal & Hide

AS AUTHENTIC AS IT GETS

We are delighted to announced the addition of The Jackal & Hide to the wild world of Natural Selection. Previously Pangolin Khwai, known for providing some of the best photographic safaris this side of the continent, the camp has now joined the Natural Selection family and we couldn’t be happier about it.

The intimate, tented retreat is located amid the shimmering grasslands of the Khwai Private Reserve, one of the best-managed 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?

Per Person From

$450USD*

* Based on current exchange rates

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Details, Details

Why Book this Camp?

  • The little sister to Sable Alley, The Jackal & Hide is a relaxed yet intimate hideout in the heart of the game-rich Khwai Private Reserve.
  • Experience the best of the Okavango Delta (in a private concession, no less) and some of the most iconic activities in Botswana for a great price.
  • Punt through the winding channels of the Okavango in a traditional dug-out canoe (mokoro) safari.
  • Spot all the wildlife stars of the safari show on morning and afternoon game drives; have your cameras at the ready!
  • Retreat to the sunken lounge at the end of the day and watch the animals grazing ahead, G&T in hand.

At-a-Glance

Accommodation & Amenities

  • 8 tents: 8 x twin/doubles.
  • Ensuite bathrooms with indoor showers.
  • Wifi available: No.
  • Hairdryers: No.
  • Battery charging facilities: In the mess tent and in room.
  • Complimentary laundry service.
  • Child policy: we welcome children aged 6 years and older.
  • Disabled access: please enquire with reservations.

 What’s included?

  • All meals and local drinks; activities (NB some activities at an extra surcharge)

 What’s not included?

  • Flights; tips & gratuities; insurance; transfers to Skybeds charged at a per person rate.

Camp dates

The Jackal & Hide is open all year round

Green season: 1st January to 31st March.

Shoulder season: 1st April to 14th June; 1st November to 31st December.

High season: 15th June to 31st October.

Activities

  • Morning, afternoon and evening game drives.
  • Punt through the waterways of Khwai on a mokoro (dugout canoe) excursion or boat trip (water levels permitting).
  • Spend a night sleeping under the stars at the Skybeds platforms – it’s certainly a night to remember! (Must be pre-booked; Skybeds is only open from the 1st April to the 31st October).
  • Visit one of the ground level hides for truly up-close-and-personal encounters with the wildlife.
  • For keen photographers, there is a resident photo guide in camp and specially-adapted photographic vehicles are available.

Location

As our portfolio of camps develops, we will be forming partnerships with different conservation programmes and projects in the areas that we operate. Each project will be supported by revenue from our 1.5 percent of turnover initiative. In the Khwai Private Reserve, we have partnered with the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust to investigate the leopard population in this vast area, using camera traps to determine the population size and territories. Additionally, our partners at Round River Conservation Studies have been collecting important baseline data on large herbivores for the reserve’s game monitoring programme.

When To Go

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…

Logistics

The safari town of Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and the surrounding camps. There are direct flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg and we suggest you fly to Johannesburg on an international carrier of your choice and then on to Maun. From there, you will take a smaller, light aircraft to The Jackal & Hide in Khwai Private Reserve and game drive into camp.

**Please note that there is a per person transfer rate between Sable Alley and the Skybeds.

Camp Story

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.

Why Book this Camp?

  • The little sister to Sable Alley, The Jackal & Hide is a relaxed yet intimate hideout in the heart of the game-rich Khwai Private Reserve.
  • Experience the best of the Okavango Delta (in a private concession, no less) and some of the most iconic activities in Botswana for a great price.
  • Punt through the winding channels of the Okavango in a traditional dug-out canoe (mokoro) safari.
  • Spot all the wildlife stars of the safari show on morning and afternoon game drives; have your cameras at the ready!
  • Retreat to the sunken lounge at the end of the day and watch the animals grazing ahead, G&T in hand.

At-a-Glance

Accommodation & Amenities

  • 8 tents: 8 x twin/doubles.
  • Ensuite bathrooms with indoor showers.
  • Wifi available: No.
  • Hairdryers: No.
  • Battery charging facilities: In the mess tent and in room.
  • Complimentary laundry service.
  • Child policy: we welcome children aged 6 years and older.
  • Disabled access: please enquire with reservations.

 What’s included?

  • All meals and local drinks; activities (NB some activities at an extra surcharge)

 What’s not included?

  • Flights; tips & gratuities; insurance; transfers to Skybeds charged at a per person rate.

Camp dates

The Jackal & Hide is open all year round

Green season: 1st January to 31st March.

Shoulder season: 1st April to 14th June; 1st November to 31st December.

High season: 15th June to 31st October.

Activities

  • Morning, afternoon and evening game drives.
  • Punt through the waterways of Khwai on a mokoro (dugout canoe) excursion or boat trip (water levels permitting).
  • Spend a night sleeping under the stars at the Skybeds platforms – it’s certainly a night to remember! (Must be pre-booked; Skybeds is only open from the 1st April to the 31st October).
  • Visit one of the ground level hides for truly up-close-and-personal encounters with the wildlife.
  • For keen photographers, there is a resident photo guide in camp and specially-adapted photographic vehicles are available.

Conservation

As our portfolio of camps develops, we will be forming partnerships with different conservation programmes and projects in the areas that we operate. Each project will be supported by revenue from our 1.5 percent of turnover initiative. In the Khwai Private Reserve, we have partnered with the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust to investigate the leopard population in this vast area, using camera traps to determine the population size and territories. Additionally, our partners at Round River Conservation Studies have been collecting important baseline data on large herbivores for the reserve’s game monitoring programme.

When To Go

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…

Logistics

The safari town of Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and the surrounding camps. There are direct flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg and we suggest you fly to Johannesburg on an international carrier of your choice and then on to Maun. From there, you will take a smaller, light aircraft to The Jackal & Hide in Khwai Private Reserve and game drive into camp.

**Please note that there is a per person transfer rate between Sable Alley and the Skybeds.

Camp Story

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.

Accommodations

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.

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Wildlife

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!

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The Landscape

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.

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