Jao Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
At a Glance
Experience a more traditional safari in a traditional mokoro
Situated on a small, heart-shaped island in the heart of the Okavango Delta
A bird watchers paradise with an exciting array of aquatic and terrestrial species
A true escape from the modern day world
Eco friendly and ideal for the adventurous traveller looking for a traditional, rustic safari experience
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Botswana’s winter is May to October when the weather is hot during the day (not stiflingly hot) and cold at night. Botswana's summer months (November to April) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.
Pelo will be open from 1 April to 31 October normally.
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The word Pelo means heart and refers to the heart-shaped island where the camp is situated in the Jao Concession of the Delta. Pelo Camp is ideal for adventurous travellers wanting a traditional safari experience in the heart of the Okavango Delta.
Pelo Camp is eco-friendly and while it has a set location, it would still be classified as a mobile camp as there are no permanent structures and hence no damage on the environment. There are five spacious guest tents, all with en-suite bathrooms and a private covered veranda. There is also a mess tent situated under the Natal mahogany trees with a dining and lounge area. There is also an outdoor boma area and a raised viewing platform built on an old termite mound.
Pelo aims to put an emphasis on creating an experience where guests can escape from the hustle and bustle of the modern world and as a result there are no game drives. Instead, guests can enjoy a more rustic, relaxed safari experience from a mokoro (a traditional dug-out canoe) where there are plenty of opportunities to see red lechwe, hippo, crocodile and sometimes even leopard, lion and the elusive sitatunga.
While the concentration and type of wildlife around Pelo Camp varies depending on the seasons and water flow, birdlife is abundant all year round at Pelo and bird enthusiasts can keep a look out for Pel’s Fishing Owl, African and Lesser Jacanas, Slaty Egret, African Pygmy Goose and the Western Banded Snake-Eagle.
Pelo Camp is ideally suited to anyone looking to switch off their phones, take a break from the modern world and simply enjoy and explore the waterways of the Okavango Delta.
There are five spacious tents, all with en-suite bathrooms with running water and a covered front veranda. A zipper door separates the sleeping area from the bathroom and there is a separate door leading from the bathroom into an outdoor bucket shower with views over the river. There are two double bed tents and three twin bed tents.
There are no specific childcare facilities at the camp and Pelo only accepts children over the age of 13.
There is a main mess tent with a comfortable living and dining area for relaxing during the evenings and discussing the days events with fellow guests. There is also an outdoor boma area and a viewing platform situated on an old anthill and providing the perfect spot for some bird watching.
As Pelo Camp is situated on an island, most of the game-viewing is water based and there are six two-seater mokoros (dug out canoes) and a twelve-seater boat from which guests can explore the many waterways and other islands that surround Pelo. Seasonal fishing is also on offer to guests and there is a supply of basic equipment. Fishing is catch and release only. What Pelo Camp tries to do is put a real emphasis on appreciating some of the more subtle attractions of the Okavango Delta that would very often be missed.
Boat safari in the Okavango Delta
Travel through the waterways of the Okavango Delta on a boat safari, exploring the papyrus reeds and hippo habitats with your guide. The smooth ride offers a soothing alternative to time spent in a vehicle. Always subject to water levels.
Fishing in the Okavango
Fishing trips offer visitors to Botswana an opportunity to enjoy a different safari experience. In many areas the fishing is fantastic, you'll also enjoy fantastic wildlife and birdlife over your time on the water. NB not available within national parks.
Game Drives in Botswana
Viewing wildlife from a vehicle is the best way to get up close to big game. Allow your professional safari guide to cover ground to guarantee you some unforgettable sightings in Africa's premier safari destination.
Game drives in the Okavango
One of the best ways to see the big game of Botswana's Okavango Delta is on a game drive with a knowledgeable guide. Explore in open-sided vehicles to maximise your viewing opportunities, this is a truly wildlife rich environment.
Mokoro trips in Botswana
Botswana's northern safari areas are full of water channels just waiting to be explored. Larger boats can be used to explore the wider channels but for the aficionado, mokoro trips into the smaller channels are a real treat. Always subject to waterlevels
Walking Safaris and Nature Walks
Walking in the African bush with a professional safari guide is a fantastic experience. Enjoy a completely different perspective on foot than from a vehicle.
Location & directions
Jao Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
Pelo Camp is located on a small, heart-shaped island in in the Jao Concession of the Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta .
How to get there
It is an 11-hour international flight from London to Johannesburg followed by 90-minute flight to Maun and a small charter flight to the Jao Airstrip where you will be taken by boat to Pelo Camp.
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