Jao Camp has a stunning setting on the edge of a riverine forest deep in the Jao private concession in the Okavango Delta. The 60,000 hectare concession borders the Moremi Game Reserve and encompasses wonderfully varied habitats and landscapes.
Accommodation & Facilities
The camp has five large rooms and two villas which can sleep up to four people, all raised on wooden decks beneath a dense canopy of indigenous trees and surrounded by lush palms. The rooms at Jao Camp are built from a mix of timber, canvas, thatch and steel, and have openable glass fronts. The rooms have cooling systems over the beds, a fireplace, a lounge and dining table, an en-suite bathroom with inside and outside showers, a private plunge pool and a ‘sala’ with a suspended day bed for afternoon naps. The dining room, lounge and bar are in a two storey building beneath a thatch roof, which also has a cooling system and a fireplace. There are two swimming pools, a well-equipped gym and a spa which offers many different treatments. There is a nearby elevated hide, where sleep-outs are also on offer.
Wildlife & Activities
Jao Camp offers land and water based wildlife viewing activities, dependent on the fluctuating levels of the Okavango Delta throughout the year. The wildlife is diverse, with lion, cheetah and leopard sighted regularly. Tsessebe, red lechwe, zebra, giraffe, warthog and wildebeest dot the flood plains and large herds of buffalo move in and out of the reserve at will. Night drives are good for spotting creatures not often seen such as porcupine, spotted hyena, pangolin, spring hares, bushbabies, civet and genets. As well as day and night drives in open 4×4 vehicles, guests can enjoy boat trips and view wildlife from mokoros (dug-out canoes) whilst drifting along the narrow waterways of the Okavango Delta when water levels allow. Catch and release fishing is available from March to December, and guests may use the hide for viewing wildlife, or for a sleep-out under the stars. Walking safaris are on offer, and must be pre-booked.