Jao Camp: Our View
Jao Camp is one of the most luxurious and opulent safari camps in Botswana. Of all the camps we have seen in the Okavango Delta this is one of the few that has accommodation, facilities , service and food that could truly be described as five star by international standards. With its mix of Balinese and African architecture it is also totally unique.
The nine tented rooms are enormous and very elegant and the communal areas are gorgeous. On all our visits we have found the service and food to be superb and this is one of the few camps to have a fully stocked temperature controlled wine cellar.
The setting is also stunning with vast floodplains around the camp. This is without doubt one of the most scenic parts of the delta.
All this luxury comes at a price though and for much of the year Jao Camp is one of the most expensive safari camps in the world and beyond most people’s budget.
In addition, with large areas of permanent water around the camp, the big game here is not prolific and there is a real emphasis on the water activities as well as game drives. For clients whose main priority is an intense safari experience then there are better options which are substantially cheaper.
With its focus on providing a totally luxurious experience in the camp, Jao is perfect for clients who want to unwind and indulge in a truly tranquil setting during their safari. But for clients who are primarily looking for a superior big game viewing experience at all their camps then they should look elsewhere.
Jao Camp: Quick Facts
- Located in a private concession in the Okavango Delta
- 9 enourmous and very luxurious tented suites with ensuite bathroom, indoor and outdoor shower
- Game drives, mokoro and boat safaris offered.
- Spa with wide range of treatments offered
- Perfect for honeymoons and other special occasions
- Fantastic special offer prices may be available November- March. Ask us for details!
- Children six years and older welcomed here. Minimum age of 13 applies for mokoro safaris
- Furthest room is about 1km from main area. Clients with walking difficulties should advise us in advance.
Jao Camp: The Details
Jao Camp is located in the private Jao concession in the heart of the Okavango Delta. With the abundance of water around the camp as well as dry land, this is one of the most scenically located camps in the delta.
The nine tented suites here are simply gorgeous and accessed from the main camp area by a wooden walkway. They are designed on a Balinese longhouse and are quite unique. With lots of dark wood, beautiful furnishings and great attention to detail they really are some of the most luxurious rooms we have ever seen in any safari camp. At one end of the room there is a spacious lounge area and at the other end is the open plan bathroom with free standing claw foot bath. The toilet is in a separate cubicle and there is an indoor and outdoor shower. The canopied bed is positioned in the middle of the room. Large sliding doors lead out onto a private deck that runs the length of the room and looks out onto one of the most spectacular views in the delta. At one end of the deck is a lovely sala area- perfect for relaxing in both day and night.
The central camp area is focused on an impressive 2 storey building. On the ground floor is a small seating area. On the upper level is the main dining, lounge and bar area with views over the floodplains. Various artefacts and paintings are tastefully scattered around. Slightly separate from the main area is the spa and a gym. There are also 2 plunge pools.
Activities offered include game drives, boat and mokoro safaris. Compared to other camps there is not so much big game in the immediate area of Jao Camp. However, it is possible to do a day trip over to Hundu island which has much better big game viewing. On our visits we have been impressed though with the knowledge and professionalism of the guides and the efforts they went to to make each activity very special.