Jao Camp

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FROM: $ 1770

per person per night sharing

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Jao Camp is located on a remote island in the heart of the Okavango Delta. The camp has nine luxurious tents, each individually handcrafted.

The open-plan design of each includes a lounge, dressing area and main bedroom, en-suite facilities with old-style fittings and an outdoor shower. A private sala for afternoon siestas has magnificent views of the nearby channel. The main area at Jao Camp is an elaborate two-story building with lounge and dining area, two plunge pools, a small library, curio shop and a boma for dining under the stars, complemented by an excellent wine cellar.

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Providing the ultimate Delta water experience in the heart of the Okavango, luxurious Jao Camp is set in an area where islands fringed with riverine forests meet vast productive floodplains. Shaded by a canopy of trees, the nine spacious and beautifully-designed tents offer en-suite facilities with indoor and outdoor showers. Expansive views from the private sala at each tent make for a sumptuous setting for afternoon siestas.

In addition to the main lounge and dining area, there are two plunge pools and a boma for dining under the stars, complemented by wines from an excellent wine cellar. Jao Camp also has a spa where a wide range of massage therapies are offered and a gym for the more active. The camp itself perfectly mirrors the beauty of the Delta and allows an effortless entry into the wonders of this pristine wetland paradise.

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Built on two levels, the central lodge has a tranquil sitting area, library and well-stocked safari 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, 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 among shady trees. There is a small gym for active guests.

The Bush Buddy programme assigns a specially trained mentor to children aged six to 17. Not only do they receive welcome backpacks on arrival but they are also entertained and educated with a host of activities like Bushman Walks, tracking lessons and antlion trapping.

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Mokoro Excursion

There is no better way of viewing the Delta and its wildlife than by traditional mokoro (dugout canoe). At Jao we have a number of these – as well as two glass-bottomed mekoro for an entirely out of this world experience!


Trips in our eight-seater boats in the waterways to the east of camp allow for good game viewing in the channels further away.

Game Drives

Morning and afternoon game drives are offered in open 4×4 Land Rovers each accommodating a maximum of seven people allowing each guest a window seat.

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Jao Camp Reviews

“Our family of 12 spent 19 days in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. For safaris, we visited the Kalahari Plains Camp, Jao Camp, and then The Sanctuary at Chobe Chilwero. While each location was top notch, Jao was by far the best of the best! In close proximity, you will see virtually every animal on your bucket list” – Fidelis55119

“Build on pilings above the bush , the well appointed tents give you great wildlife viewing from the privacy of your own room and lots of activity happened below our tent . Elephants and Giraffes were constant visitors and we saw most of the wildlife species living at this part of the world .” – Flyingplumber

“Recently we spent 7 days in Jao Camp. Thank you to an amazing team for a magical stay. Our Safari Guide had an in-depth knowledge of the area with a kind and gentle manner. The Chefs produce cuisine of such a high standard, its hard to believe they are so far from civilization.” – Yvonne D

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