Wild luxury and splendid scenery
Jao Camp is situated in the heart of the Okavango Delta on a large island bordering the Moremi Game reserve. It is one of the Delta’s original premier camps, well-established and a cut above the rest with high standards and service levels. Access is by light aircraft transfer to Jao airstrip, followed by four-wheel-drive vehicle to the camp. Perched above teaming waterways, yet close to dry Kalahari woodland, it offers the best of both worlds - amphibious activities and unadulterated sophistication in a truly wild and authentic setting.
At the lodge
Jao’s well appointed main area is split over two levels, with an air of sumptuous luxury and a warm, welcoming feel. The lower level has a tucked away sitting area, a small library and a curio shop that leads out to the campfire area. The upper level has a large lounge, a dining area and a bar, with wonderful Afrochic artworks and sculptures. Other perks include two swimming pools, a boma for dining under the stars, quality food, a well-stocked wine cellar, a gym and even a spa.
Nine luxurious thatch and canvas tents, set amongst tall shady trees, gaze out over the Delta. The tents are connected by a three-metre-high, raised wooden walkway. Taking center stage inside is the twin or four poster king sized bed, which sits under a romantic and practical mosquito net. There is also a rustic private sala that can be slept under at night if prearranged. The tents boast both indoor and outdoor showers, the latter offering a rather memorable ablution.
In terms of game drives, you’re spoilt for choice with day and night drives, and a full day option complete with a picnic. Seasonal aquatic activities include guided mokoro (dug out canoe) trips, boating safaris and catch and release tiger fishing. Feeling adventurous? You can prearrange a sleep out in the star bed. It’s an amazing back to basics adventure but it’s not for everyone. Relaxation is always on the cards - indulge in a spa treatment, the gym, read a book from the library, swim in the pool, or relax on your private sala.