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 - November 2016
    Nov 1, 2016

    At this time of year we are able to drive further and explore different areas around Jao – and on one of these ventures saw some long-missed roan antelope! Yes roan !

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  • Jao Camp - October 2016
    Oct 18, 2016

    As our Jao guests arrived at a surprise sundowner spot, we heard a big male lion calling – and we could see him too, perfectly rounding off the beautiful sunset, wonderful company and sounds of nature all around…

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  • Jao Camp - September 2016
    Sep 9, 2016

    There were some amazing sightings of lions mating at Jao, as well as a big old male lion stomping around, making it known that he is back in the area, taking his drink at the closest waterhole after the excitement of his day…

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As recommended on TripAdvisor

“ We have been fortunate in life and visited much of the wilderness areas in Southern Africa and highly rated lodges, but Jao will remain THE one most deeply etched into our psyche. ”
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Reviewed by: Jon Q, 08 February 2016