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!

Boating

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 two people on a queen-size bed with a large mosquito net. 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.

Gym

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

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 - April 2017
    Apr 12, 2017

    We’ve seen an increased number of kingfishers around Jao Island; these charming birds provide great entertainment, especially when viewed from the pool deck with a G&T in hand…

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  • Jao Camp - March 2017
    May 16, 2017

    One of our guest families had a surprise visit from a bull elephant as they were checking into their tent at Jao. He ended up having a mud bath right there…

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  • Jao Camp - February 2017
    Feb 13, 2017

    What happens when cheeky mongoose meets impala? It happened at Jao Camp this month…

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As recommended on TripAdvisor

“ The camp and the rooms were beautifully harmonised with nature and the wooden bridges were an incredible way of getting around. ”
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Reviewed by: Susan G, 17 January 2017