Jao Camp

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Land and Water

Jao Camp is located on a remote island in the heart of the private Jao concession. Close to the panhandle in the Okavango Delta’s northwest, the vegetation varies from east to west: from picturesque floodplains with lush palm islands to the dryer acacia and mopane woodlands. In the Jao flats, spectacular large herds of red lechwe gather, followed by lion and leopard. Other game includes wildebeest, impala, tsessebe, zebra, giraffe, elephant, hippo and crocodile. Sitatunga are occasionally seen in the wetter habitats. Birding is exceptional and includes the largest concentrations of the endangered Wattled Crane.

The camp has two exclusive villas and five double/twin tents, each individually handcrafted. The open-plan design of each includes a lounge, dressing area and main bedroom, en-suite facilities and an outdoor shower. A private sala for afternoon siestas has magnificent views of the nearby channel.

The main area is an elaborate two-storey building with lounge and dining area, two plunge pools, gym, a small library, curio shop and a boma for dining under the stars, complemented by an excellent wine cellar. Jao’s spa offers a wide range of massage therapies.

With habitats that vary from waterways and lagoons to dry Kalahari grasslands, Jao offers both land and water experiences, depending on annual flood levels. Mokoro, boating, seasonal fishing, and day and night game drives are usually on offer all year round in one of the most picturesque concessions in the Delta.

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  • Outstanding wildlife
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