Pelo Camp

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FROM: $ 445

per person per night sharing

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The word pelo means ‘heart’ – a fitting name as, from the air, the island on which Pelo Camp is situated is heart-shaped.

Pelo Camp is also found pretty much as deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta as it is possible to be. This intimate camp has five spacious, en-suite tents with both indoor and outdoor showers and a covered front veranda from which to look out over the water. The main area comprises a tented dining area and lounge situated under impressive wild date palms, jackalberry and Natal mahogany trees. There is also an outdoor boma area, a swimming pool and a raised platform built onto an old anthill.

Overview & Accommodation

The word Pelo in Setswana means ‘heart’ – a fitting name inspired by the distinct heart-shaped island on which the camp is built in the heart of the Jao Concession. This is the Delta as it is meant to be enjoyed – remote, genuine, and wild.

Pelo Camp’s main area comprises a tented dining area and lounge situated under impressive wild date palms, jackalberry and Natal mahogany trees while the inviting plunge pool allows for refreshing dips in the midday heat. There is also an outdoor boma area and a raised lookout deck perfect for sundowners. The five intimate guest tents, complete with a covered front veranda, have en-suite bathrooms with both an indoor and outdoor shower. The camp’s footprint is light allowing unobtrusive wildlife viewing and a sense of being at one with nature.

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More sandy paths lead to Pelo Camp’s five reasonably spacious tents – four twins and one double – which are simple but comfortable in design. All are well spread out, and sheltered from each other by the thick palm foliage of the island. Entering through a covered veranda at the front, you’ll find a writing table with a reading light and a charging station for batteries and other equipment. The beds have bedside lights which provide enough light to read by in the evenings, although we recommend that guests bring a good-quality head torch to supplement this. A tea and coffee station includes a flask of hot water that is usually brought twice a day.

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Fishing with a limited supply of basic equipment (spinner rods and a small range of lures) is on offer seasonally on a catch-and-release basis.

Mokoro Excursion

Glide seamlessly along the waterways of Pelo in a mokoro (a traditional dugout canoe) and take in the abundance of water-loving wildlife and birds.


Trips in a 12-seater boat allow for good wildlife viewing in the channels of the Delta further away. Lookout for red lechwe and elephant and maybe even catch a glimpse of spotted-necked otter.


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Pelo Camp Reviews

“Lovely little tented Camp with fabulous views of masses of birds and game in and around the water. The camp only sleeps 10 pax so very personal . Tents very well done and decorated with all that one needed for comfort. Staff very helpful and always a smile on their faces.” – Vee1965

“The Pelo camp is a small camp in the Jao Concession of the Moremi Game Reserve within the Okavango Delta. Very private and quiet (other than the occasional elephants who visit). This is a water camp and wildlife viewing is done by way of boat or traditional mokoro canoes.” – ColdCorona

“We spent 2 nights in October 2015 at Pelo. It’s a NEW camp that is truly special .. The location is magical on an island with the most calming views of the surrounding water and islands. It was the perfect break in between 2 other land safaris we did in the delta. The tents were designed with such detail.” – Sally W

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