Jao Camp is located on a large, remote island in a private concession in Botswana, bordering the Moremi Game Reserve in the very core of the Okavango Delta. In the central area of the concession, floodplains offer some of the most spectacular scenery Botswana has to offer.
Jao Camp lies in the southern side of the floodplains, an area with beautiful islands bordered with riverine forests. With varied habitats ranging from waterways and lagoons to dry Kalahari grasslands and open floodplains, Jao Camp can offer both land and water experiences, depending on the flood levels. This luxury camp is a tranquil base for a wonderful Okavango Delta Safari experience.
Jao was rebuilt in 2019 and comprises of a main area elevated into the tree canopy, two exclusive villas and five suites, all with private plunge pools, lounge and dining areas, and en-suite bathrooms, including indoor and outdoor showers. The two Jao villas, accommodating four people each in two identical guest rooms, share a main area, and also have an exclusive vehicle, guide, chef and butler.
The contemporary design, in the same lovely location, continues offering the same sense of adventure that Jao is known for. It adds an element of surprise and delight in ever-evolving sculptural and architectural language.
Behind it all is our commitment to the unspoilt environment around Jao, minimising our footprint and allowing guests to experience the Okavango Delta to its fullest. Innovative insulation ensures comfort, while gauze and glass panels let natural light and the outside in. The suites and villas are cooled with a silent evaporative cooler, at a fraction of energy used by conventional air-conditioning, and Calore ‘fireplaces’ provide heating during the colder months.
Activities & Wildlife
Mokoro, boat trips, fishing, day and night game drives and birding are usually on offer all year round due to the abundance of wildlife in Botswana. There are two platform hides in the concession for bird-lovers. During an unusually high flood season, game drives begin by boating out to a nearby Hunda Island where the vehicles are waiting.
Watch the prowling prides of lion as they follow the scent of the red lechwe – their staple prey. The other game characteristic of Botswana include elephant, leopard, tsessebe, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest, hippo and crocodile, to the more uncommon spotted-necked otter. Many birds call this place home, including rare gems like Meyer’s Parrot, African Harrier Hawk, Black egret, Coppery-tailed Coucal, Malachite Kingfisher, Hamerkop and Black Crake.