Jao Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Jao Camp is a Premier Camp

Things to do at Jao Camp

Jao’s position, amongst waterways and lagoons, yet close to dry Kalahari woodland, means you can enjoy both water and land experiences, depending on the time of year.

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 4x4 Land Rovers each accommodating a maximum of seven people allowing each guest a window seat.

Full-Day Game Drives and Picnics

A 45-minute boat ride from Jao Camp, you can enjoy a full-day game drive, along with a picnic, on wildlife-rich Hunda Island.

Night Drives

Night drives with spotlights allow you to find those nocturnal animals you wouldn’t see during the day.

Hide and star bed

A raised hide located about 20 minutes from camp is a great place to watch the comings and goings of wildlife. The hide can also be used for sleep-outs for a maximum of four people at a time. The hide is equipped with a long-drop toilet.

Jao Spa

Tucked under magnificent African ebony trees overlooking lush waterways, the Jao Spa is an enchanting setting where you can rest and feel utterly restored. Here, we offer a full menu of therapies from facials to manicures, and a range of massage options.


Our gym is equipped with a cross trainer, rowing machine, stationary bike, yoga mats, exercise ball and free weights - and beautiful views over the water.


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.

Entertainment Room

The entertainment room is furnished as a lounge and dining area. It is suitable for private dining, children's entertainment, watching wildlife documentaries and conducting lectures.

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Latest News From Jao Camp

  • Jao Camp - July 2015
    Jul 1, 2015

    Hyaena have moved back into the Jao area and some evenings we’d hear them call from across the channel to others skulking around the camp looking for a lucky meal…

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  • Jao Camp - June 2015
    Jun 1, 2015

    Sometimes, Sydney, one of the bartenders at Jao Camp, whispers, “Sitatunga!”

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  • Jao Camp - May 2015
    May 1, 2015

    A pair of that most rare and thrilling water-based antelope, the sitatunga, have been seen around Jao Camp on a regular basis…

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“ I can't say enough positive stuff about this lodge, it dropped my jaw from the moment we arrived. This is a must visit spot in the Delta, treat yourself to the best. ”
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Reviewed by: PilotMichael_L, 17 June 2015