The Jackal & Hide, previously known as Pangolin Khwai Camp, joined Natural Selection on January 1. Situated within the Khwai Private Nature Reserve, a 200 000-hectare area of wilderness in the Greater Okavango Delta, Botswana, the camp, offers an intimate tented retreat.
Whilst Pangolin Khwai Camp previously only specialised in tailor-made photographic safaris, The Jackal & Hide will be open to all wildlife enthusiasts. For 2019, the camp will continue to provide a resident photographic guide and specialised photographic vehicles for professional and amateur photographers alike, alongside the many guest activities on offer.
The camp, with only eight Meru-style tents, is intimate. Each room features King-size beds, writing desks, ensuite bathrooms and private verandahs with views across the grasslands.
In the main area there is a sunken lounge and fire pit, whilst the bar, lounge and dining areas are under thatch. By early 2019 a swimming pool will be added.
Guests at The Jackal & Hide will be treated to a different activity each day, with classic game drives available year-round, and mokoro safaris and boat trips on offer. Guests can also spend time in the ground-level hides in the reserve for up-close-and-personal wildlife encounters. For 2019, guests of Pangolin Photo Safaris will continue to be hosted by the resident photographic guide and will be able to make use of the state-of-the-art cameras and specially adapted vehicles.
The Khwai Private Nature Reserve is bordered by Moremi to the south, Savuti to the north and the Khwai Community Reserve to the east. The landscape is iconic of the Delta, with vast floodplains, sprawling grasslands and forested enclaves, with an intricate network of channels and lily-filled waterways running through it.
The varied habitats of Khwai support a cast of animals. The wetlands and rivers host large quantities of hippos and crocodiles, whilst on dry land, big cats can be seen in the tree lines and sometimes in the camp. Sable, roan, impala and kudu dot the grasslands, alongside giraffe and zebra, an abundance of elephant and buffalo, and the occasional jackal. There is significant birdlife, from giant eagle owls to lilac-breasted rollers. Khwai also has a reputation for the rarer species, including wild dogs, serval cats, honey badgers and pangolin.
Dave van Smeerdijk, Co-Founder of Natural Selection, comments: “We liked the name The Jackal & Hide as it personifies the quirky and fun nature of our brand – and the fact that our guests will have access to the best ground-level hides. The Jackal & Hide complements our existing properties in the Khwai Private Reserve and offers a back-to-basics safari experience for an extremely affordable price. We are also proud to continue our support for the Khwai Development Trust and the surrounding communities.”