Okavango Delta, Botswana
Jao Camp is located on a large, remote island in a private concession, bordering the Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta. With varied habitats ranging from waterways and lagoons to dry Kalahari grasslands and open floodplains, Jao Camp can offer both land and water experiences, depending on the current flood levels.
Jao Camp has nine spacious, beautiful tents, each individually handcrafted. These twin-bedded canvas and thatched rooms are situated beneath a canopy of shady trees and have en-suite facilities, as well as an outdoor shower for the more adventurous. Built on raised decks, each has a private sala for afternoon siestas and offers wonderful views of the spectacular surrounding floodplains of Botswana. In addition to the lounge and dining area, there are two plunge pools and an outdoor boma for dining under the stars, complemented by wines from an excellent wine cellar.
Mokoro, boat trips, fishing, day and night game drives and birding are usually on offer all year round due to the abundance of wildlife in Botswana. There are two platform hides in the concession. During an unusually high flood season, game drives begin by boating out to a nearby Hunda Island where the vehicles are waiting, and the drive begins from there. Huge herds of red lechwe can be seen, followed by their primary predator – prides of lion. Other game typical of Botswana include elephant, buffalo, leopard, tsessebe, zebra and wildebeest, hippo and crocodile. Many bird species are resident such as Meyer’s Parrot, African Harrier Hawk, Black egret, Coppery-tailed Coucal, Malachite Kingfisher, Hamerkop and Black Crake being some of the avian treasures found at Jao Camp.
Jao Camp Information
- Location: Okavango Delta. 20-minute light aircraft flight from Maun to the camp’s airstrip, followed by a 10-minute game drive to the camp. Depending on the water level, the transfer to the camp is sometimes by boat.
- Accommodation: 9 en-suite luxury tents.
- Facilities: Plunge pool, spa, wine cellar.
- Activities: Day and night game drives, fishing, boat trips, Mokoro trips.
- Weather: Best to go during the high season months of May to September when there is less rainfall and game viewing is at its best. However, as this is winter, early mornings and evenings are cold.
- Children: Minimum age of 8 years. Meal times can be adjusted to suit the children.