Botswana / Okavango Delta / Jao Camp
Jao Camp


Jao Camp is a luxury safari camp, situated in a private reserve on a remote large island, to the west of the Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of Botswana's Okavango Delta. Across the waterway in front of the camp guests have access to open floodplains and savannah for a wonderful Okavango experience.

Jao Camp accommodates guests in nine large and spacious rooms. Each of the unique and beautiful twin-bedded canvas and thatched rooms has been individually handcrafted under the direction of renowned architects Sylvio Rech and Leslie Carstens.

The rooms at Jao Camp are built under a canopy of shady trees, with en-suite bathroom, hot and cold running water, a large bath and double vanity. There is an additional outside shower under the stars for those more adventurous guests who want to shower closer to nature.

There is an outdoor 'sala' for guests to enjoy midday siestas with a view and a breeze. Jao Camp's rooms are raised off the ground and offer wonderful views of the surrounding floodplains.

A raised walkway connects the rooms to the dining room and lounge area. There is a plunge pool and an outdoor 'boma' for dining under the stars, as well as an excellent wine cellar. Jao also offers a Salon with a full-time therapist, offering a wide range of massage treatments.

Activities at Jao Camp include mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursions, boats, fishing, day and night game drives and guided walks. During an unusually high flood season, game drives begin by boating out to a nearby island - Hunda Island - where the vehicles are waiting, and the drive begins from there.

The Jao area is extremely seasonal and the annual flood transforms the habitat from dry green open plains in summer to shallow floodplains in the winter. Access to this area is only by aircraft.

A variety of habitats ensures diverse and interesting game viewing. The wildlife at Jao Camp depends largely on the water levels in the area. The lagoons are home to Hippo and Crocodile and the permanent waterways and floodplains attract large numbers of waterfowl. In the permanent waters, Sitatunga can be tracked silently by mokoro.

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