Jao Camp

Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

On Request

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Jao Camp

In the central region of the Jao concession, vast open floodplains provide some of the most stunning scenery Botswana has to offer. Jao Camp lies in the southern side of the plains, an area with beautiful islands fringed with riverine forests.


We Love
  • All drinks are included in the nightly tariff, with the exception of premium wines, champagne, and premium liqueurs and spirits.
  • Jacana Camp is involved in the Jao Lion Monitoring Project to monitor the movement, social behaviour and condition of individual lions.
  • Jao Concession holder, David Kays, takes an active part to reduce conflict between the community and the Jao Concession - specifically poaching and over-fishing.
Need to Know
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
  • The minimum age for boating activities is 6 years and for mekoro activities is 13 years.
  • 30% game drives and 70% water activities (very much dependant on flood levels and time of year). Camp has 220v generator-powered electricity but battery power used for lighting and fans.

The Review

Lying as it does in the very heart of the Okavango Delta, the Jao Concession embodies all the magic and mystique of Botswana. Narrow water channels cut their way through the papyrus and reed beds in the permanent delta to the north and east of the Jao Concession, providing the perfect environment for the elusive sitatunga and the rare Pel's Fishing-Owl.

The Jao Concession is set in the most densely populated wetland area. During the flood from April to September, lechwe are plentiful and lion follow them. Elephant numbers peak from August to November. Plains game is evident and there are good leopard sightings. Hunda Island offers a wide variety of different animals and is a must at least once if accessible. Birdlife is excellent – especially during the summer months.

Why Stay
Jao Camp is located on a remote island in the heart of the Okavango Delta. The camp has nine luxurious tents, each individually handcrafted. The open-plan design of each includes a lounge, dressing area and main bedroom, en-suite facilities with old-style fittings and an outdoor shower. A private sala for afternoon siestas has magnificent views of the nearby channel. The main area is an elaborate two-storey building with lounge and dining area, two plunge pools, a small library, curio shop and a boma for dining under the stars, complemented by an excellent wine cellar. Jao’s spa offers a wide range of massage therapies, and a gym.

With habitats that vary from waterways and lagoons to dry Kalahari grasslands, Jao offers both land and water experiences, depending on annual flood levels. Mokoro, boating, seasonal fishing, and night game drives are usually on offer all year round in one of the most picturesque concessions in the Delta.

There are two platform hides in the concession. During an unusually high flood season, game drives begin by boating out to a nearby Hunda Island where the vehicles are waiting, and the drive begins from there. Huge herds of red lechwe can be seen, followed by their primary predator - prides of lion.

Other game typical of Botswana includes elephant, buffalo, leopard, tsessebe, zebra and wildebeest, hippo and crocodile. Many bird species are resident such as Meyer's Parrot, African Harrier Hawk, Black Heron, Coppery-tailed Coucal, Malachite Kingfisher, Hamerkop and Black Crake being some of the avian treasures found at Jao Camp.

Getting There

Jao Camp is located in a private Jao Concession, bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 35 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane takes one hour and 25 mins. The flight from Kasane to Victoria Falls takes 20 mins but give extra time for customs and immigration. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.


Jao Camp Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana