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Reviewed July 6, 2019 via mobile

We spent three brilliant nights here as part of a Pangolin Photo Safari (camp is now/soon to be in the Natural Selection stable).
Welcoming staff, comfortable accommodation (with enough luxury - including en-suite bathroom and hot water bottles in your bed at night - to remind you you’re not camping!), great food, super-knowledgeable guides and photo guides, and a good range of animals and birds.
The camp is in the Khwai Private Reserve, an area on the edge of the Okavango delta which is semi-arid yet punctuated by enough flowing streams to support extensive wildlife. We saw leopard, lion, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, zebra, ostrich, giraffe, wildebeest and a great variety of birds. A highlight of our stay was seeing an elusive honey badger as we headed to the airstrip on our last day.
We did two three-hour safaris a day - one early morning and another in the mid afternoon, in Landcruiser 4WDs with four guests, a driver/guide/tracker and photo guide.
Our guide, Steez, was excellent - and his ability to track animals impressive. We had the services of two photo guides over our visit, Danny (a Canon guy) and Barbara (Nikon specialist), and both were excellent.
A highlight of each Safari was being welcomed back into camp by manager Thomas, who was waiting with a smile and hot towels to wipe the safari dust off our faces.
Food was terrific, a good variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks were included in the package, and gin and tonic sundowners in the bush were a nice way to finish the day.
Jackal&Hide was a brilliant experience and highly recommended.

Camera tips

Our package included the use of Canon D80 digital cameras and 150-600 lenses.
If you’re taking your own gear (I did) and search the web for safari lens recommendations you’ll see lots of references to the 80-400 as being ideal for safaris. It may be in other parts of Africa, but my feeling is 400mm would have been a bit short in Khwai. I used my Nikon 200-500 at 500mm for most shots on a crop sensor D500 (equivalent field of view 750mm). A lot of sites also recommend a second camera body and lens (I used a full-frame Nikon D810 and Tamron 70-200G2) for closer work (eg: group shots of elephants or hippos) and that was useful. Khwai is very dusty so don’t change lenses if you’re on a game drive or you’ll end up with dirt on your camera sensor.

Date of stay: June 2019
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NS-Marketing, Public Relations Manager at The Jackal & Hide, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2019

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us this review. We really do appreciate it.

It's so great to hear that you enjoyed your stay and we hope to be able to welcome you back into camp before too long.

Kind regards,
Pru - The Jackal & Hide marketing team

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Reviewed November 1, 2019 via mobile
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Date of stay: November 2019
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NS-Marketing, Public Relations Manager at The Jackal & Hide, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2019

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Reviewed September 20, 2019
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Date of stay: August 2019
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NS-Marketing, Public Relations Manager at The Jackal & Hide, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2019

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Reviewed September 15, 2019 via mobile
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Date of stay: September 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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