Jao Camp


Set on a remote island and accessed only by air, Jao Camp is situated in the heart of the Okavango Delta and ensures a private and secluded experience in a classic African wilderness. Built on several levels and decorated with local carvings and artwork, Jao Camp also features excellent spa facilities and stunning scenery - little wonder then that Jao Camp has made such a name for itself. Head off in open 4x4 vehicles in search of the area's abundant wildlife: there's a great range of savannah species, wetland specialists and all the top predators such as lion, leopard and hyena plus excellent birding. Set out in the evening for a night drive to spot the area's more elusive nocturnal creatures. And for something different, explore the Delta's waterways on a guided mokoro  spend the day fishing from a motor boat or explore nearby islands on foot, the best way to soak up the Okavango Delta's astounding natural beauty from another angle.


Our Thoughts

In the top five of camps in the Okavango Delta, Jao is a very luxurious offering from Wilderness Safaris. The tented-rooms are huge and in addition to the bedroom they each have a large bathroom, outside deck and sala. Unusually, there is also a spa as well as a hide which is used for sleep-outs, with the game-viewing boats having glass bottoms for 360 degree views. A very slick operation.

Built on two levels, the central lodge has a peaceful sitting area, library and well stocked curio shop on the ground floor that leads onto an extensive deck arranged around the firepit.  An elaborate wooden staircase leads to the upper deck that features another lounge plus a bar and dining area, all with endless vistas of the surrounding wetlands. Choose from two refreshing plunge pools, connected to the main area by wooden walkways, and be sure to indulge in a massage treatment at the well equipped spa, discreetly hidden amongst shady trees. There is even a small gym if you feel like a workout.

A light breakfast, gourmet brunch and delicious afternoon tea are served in the elevated dining room, surrounded by artwork and impressive views over the Okavango Delta. Bush breakfasts and picnic brunches often await you deep in the wilderness. Dinners are usually served under African skies in the traditional boma where you can swap stories with other guests and guides over your three-course meal. You may also choose to dine at your own table in the boma, or for an intimate and romantic dining experience, you may want to dine alfresco on your tent's private deck.

There are 9 thatched tented rooms at Jao, raised on stilts and built under a canopy of trees. Designed by renowned architects Sylvia Rech and Leslie Carstens, each spacious and luxurious suite includes a sleeping area and sitting area that flow through retractable glass doors onto a private deck. The deck itself extends to a private sala and day bed, ideal for gazing out over the beautiful scenery and spotting wildlife. The en suite bathroom includes a vanity, flush toilet, a large bathtub and both an indoor and outdoor shower.

  • Birding
  • Boat excursions
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Mokoro trails
  • Night drives
  • Fishing & Picnics

Children over the age of 12 years are welcome

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