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THE ‘JACANA’ CAMP SITE

Reviewed by Tobias Weber

In March I was on assignment on the KZN north coast and camped for a few nights at Cape Vidal where I enjoyed the comfort of the new ‘Jacana’ camping equipment – the 4-man ‘Quest’ tent, ‘Big Boy Sleeping Bag’ and ‘Big Boy Camo Camping Chair’. *

The Jacana Quest 4-man tent is one of the easiest and quickest tents that I have ever pitched.

Supplied in an extremely compact bag it goes up in under 5 minutes. Simply take the tent out of the bag, clip in the poles – they are made of 8,5mm fiberglass – pin them into the 4 corners of the flysheet and you’re basically done. Covering the tent with the rain sheet is also done in a flash. All that is left to do is peg down the tent and rain sheet and you have a sturdy shelter to withstand the elements. Equipped with durable zippers this tent withstands even a heavy Cape Vidal midnight thunderstorm without any moisture getting in.

The large entrance has sturdy zippers that make it easy to open even in the middle of the night, without a flashlight. Conveniently placed straps make it easy to roll up the outer cover and window on the other side to create much needed air flow in the heat. Both the window and main entrance are covered in high quality mosquito netting to keep out any unwanted creepy crawlies. But be warned, monkeys know how to open those durable large zippers as well so don’t try to hide any food from them in the tent!

SLEEPING BAG

Combined with the Jacana Big Boy sleeping bag you are ensured an extremely comfortable night. The bag is rated to minus 3 degrees which I found excessive for the extremely hot March nights at Vidal but will be great on a cold Highveld winter’s night. Anyway, I unzipped the rugged zips and turned it into a blanket and enjoyed a most comfortable night’s rest. At 220cm long it’s big enough to fit even the tallest person. This really is an all-round sleeping bag. In addition, it is extremely lightweight at a fill weight of only 350 grams and is easily stored in the handy bag it is supplied in. Draw strings enable you to pack it quite small and compact which just adds to the convenience.

CHAIRS

What’s worse than coming back to camp after a long day of fishing than not having anywhere comfortable to sit? Luckily Jacana have extremely comfortable chairs on hand. The Jacana Big Boy Camo Camping chair is strong and sturdy, designed to support 150kg and with conveniently placed cup holders an ice-cold drink is always on hand. Made from a sturdy steel frame that weighs only 4kg the chair is built to last. Even the rain couldn’t make this chair uncomfortable – a simple wipe down with a towel dried the fabric off very quickly.

PACKING UP

Packing the tent is just as much a breeze as setting it up. Easily pull out the pegs and return them to their supplied pouch, then fold the rain cover, remove the poles and fold the rest of the tent – all done in the blink of an eye, so fast that you can really enjoy every last minute of your holiday.

Last but not least the camping chair is also folded and stored in the handy quality bag. In mere minutes you’re ready to hit the road and your camping set-up is packed for the next adventure, wherever that may be.

*Jacana camping equipment is distributed by Sensational Angling Supplies.

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