Jao Camp is situated in the Jao Reserve, an area
of 60,000 hectares, in Botswana's Okavango Delta.
It is built in a private reserve bordering on
the Moremi Game Reserve, to the west of Mombo,
on a densely wooded, oval~shaped island.
Fly-In, Safari Lodge, Wildlife, Game Drives, Safari,
Walking /Hiking, Canoeing, Honeymoon, Fishing,
Photography, Birding, Cuisine, Permanent Tented
This area comprises a superb variety of habitats,
ranging from permanent waterways and lagoons on
the one extreme to thick Kalahari soils on the
other. The wildlife at Jao depends largely on
the water levels in the area. The lagoons are
home to Hippo and Crocodile and the permanent
waters attract large numbers of waterfowl. In
the permanent waters, Sitatunga can be tracked
silently by mokoro. From October to March the
waters subside and enormous open plains are the
highlight. This is where the game viewing is the
best. Lion, Cheetah and Leopard are plentiful,
while Tsessebe, Red Lechwe, Zebra and Wildebeest
dot the flood plains. During our winter months,
the water levels at Jao rise and the savannah
areas become covered with water. The focus at
Jao switches more to water activities with game
drives on the larger islands.
The camp sleeps a maximum of 16 guests in unique
and stunningly beautiful, luxury rooms. The whole
of Jao is raised on wooden decks above the lush
palms below and is beneath a dense canopy of ancient
indigenous trees. Each room has thatched roofs
with canvas walls. En suite facilities include
a bath, flush toilet, basins, as well as an outdoor
shower. Each room has a "sala" for midday
siestas with a wonderful view. The main dining,
lounge and pub area is under cool thatch beneath
the tree canopy. The camp has a pool. We also
have an outdoor "kgotla" (Botswana's
version of a boma) for dining under the stars.
Raised walkways connect the rooms to the dining
room and lounge. The camp is open all year.
Jao is a multi~activity camp. Mekoros, boating,
walks, game drives and night drives are all on
offer all year. The primary focus of the activities
changes according to the time of year and the
flood levels. Nowhere in the Okavango do we experience
more extreme contrasts in the seasons. From about
May to late September, the floods arrive and the
floodplains fill up with crystal clear waters.
From October to April, the flood levels drop and
the floodplains turn into savannah grasslands.
· Children 8+ welcome
· Game/Wildlife Reserve
Check In Before: 14:00
Check Out Before: 11:00