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Jao Camp

Okavango Delta, Botswana

SWIPE THROUGH GALLERY

"With its prime location, Jao Camp is the perfect place to experience the beauty of the Okavango Delta, one of Africa’s natural wonders."

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Adventure Ecotourism Culture
Vibe

Staying at Jao Camp means indulging in relaxed luxury. This eco-chic camp blends perfectly into the surroundings, making it a great place to disconnect from the stress of everyday life. Perhaps the most charming aspect of the camp is the staff, who provide warm, friendly and attentive service. Jao is one of Wilderness Safaris’ premier camps that has the benefit of being both land and water based. This means that a game drive or mokoro (a dugout canoe) excursion is just steps from your tent. The camp is on a private concession, so you will have a more private game viewing experience.

Rooms

From the main building, which feels a bit like a glamorous treehouse, guests can access their accommodations on raised walkways. With only nine tents nestled amongst the trees (and on platforms well above the hippos), Jao provides a relaxing and secluded stay. Each spacious and beautifully decorated tent has incredible views of the Okavango Delta, which can even be admired from a hammock or sala. Guests can immerse themselves even further in the African bush, by spending a night out here.

Pool & Gym

Jao Camp has two plunge pools and fire pit that sit directly on the Okavango Delta. They also have a gym, which is probably the least used room in camp; however, if the mood strikes, you can break a sweat with the cardio equipment and hand weights.

Spa

Yes! What better way to relax after a morning game drive than indulging in spa treatments. The spa provides a full range of treatments, and I can’t think of a more serene massage setting than Jao Camp.

Restaurant

You will eat well at any Wilderness Safari camp, but I truly loved every food experience at Jao. Each breakfast, coffee, brunch, tea, sundowner and dinner (they feed you a lot!) was unforgettable. An especially memorable night was eating more traditional Botswana fare under the stars in a boma, while the staff sang traditional songs – incredible!

Bar

Sundowners are the best way to end a day of safari!! The guides find a perfect spot in the bush to set up bar for drinks at sunset. Back at camp, Jao also has an extensive wine cellar and the bar in the lounge if fully stocked, especially with a wide variety of gin.

Kids

Families are definitely welcome at Jao Camp, which has one two-bedroom family tent (standard tents can be used with children, as long as an adult stay with them). Although there are some age restrictions, Wilderness Safaris has a “Bush Buddies” and teen program to make sure the kids are entertained. Wilderness Safaris age guidelines at Jao: - No children under 6 years old - With children under 12, a private vehicle is required for activities - Children 12 to 16 years old may not be able to participate in all activities, such as game walks - Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult in the same tent if the family tent is not booked.

Getting there

Jao Camp is located in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. The only way to arrive is by light aircraft with Wilderness Air. You will land at Jao airstrip where you will be met by your guide and transfered to camp.

Location

Okavango Delta, Botswana, Southern Africa

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Reviewed By:

David Bragg

Why I was invited on an agent's trip and jumped at the opportunity to see the big five - African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard and rhinoceros!!
Who Wilderness Safaris – a lodge operator and destination management company focused on sustainable ecotourism and conservation in Africa.


Agent Tips

Being on safari is really quite social. You will get to know your fellow travelers well, as most meals are communal at Jao Camp. However, if you want to arrange a more intimate dinner in a more exotic location, the staff are experts at creating unique experiences.

I think it’s important on Safari to respect not only the landscape but also the culture, which is why I love working with Wilderness Safaris. They not only provide extraordinary adventure and impeccable service with luxury accommodations, but also do so while staying true to their 4Cs – commerce, conservation, community and culture.

Wilderness Safaris makes traveling throughout the region easy. They operate their own bush charter, Wilderness Air as well as their own touring company, Wilderness Safaris Private Journeys.

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