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Jao Camp

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Jao Camp is a luxury safari lodge in the heart of the Okavango Delta. With just nine superior thatched cottages, each with its own veranda, Jao Camp is the perfect destination for excellent game viewing and a uniquely sophisticated safari experience.

At a Glance

  • Explore the delta channels by boat and mokoro

  • Relaxing treatments in the spa

  • Gym

  • Beautiful large decks with day beds

  • Day and night game drives

  • One of the top game viewing areas in the Delta

Honeymoon, Wildlife, Adventure, Eco/ethical tourism

Insider's View

Take a romantic soak in your old-school rolltop bath.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Sit with a pair of binoculars on your deck and just enjoy the peacefulness of the place.

Camilla Whitworth

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Jao Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Okavango Delta and Moremi


Located on a remote island in the Okavango Delta, Jao prides itself on exclusivity and first-class game viewing opportunities. The nine thatched tented cottages are individually handcrafted and built under a canopy of shady trees, raised off the ground to enhance the wonderful views that surround the camp.

Spacious open rooms with rolltop baths add a feeling of romance and Jao is a justifiably popular destination for honeymooners.

Aside from game drives, activities include massage treatments from the full-time resident therapist, relaxation in the two plunge pools, fishing, walking and game viewing by boat or mokoro (traditional dugout canoe).

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


Jao Camp has nine spacious tents, each individually handcrafted. These twin-bedded canvas and thatched rooms are situated beneath a canopy of shady trees and have en-suite facilities, as well as an outdoor shower for the more adventurous. Built on raised decks, each has a private sala for afternoon siestas and offers wonderful views of the spectacular surrounding floodplains of Botswana. There are six tented rooms, one family tented room and two honeymoon tented rooms to chose from.


Jao camp is not really suitable for very young children and therefore has a minimum age of 8 years. However, food and meal times can easily be adjusted to cater for younger guests and most children find safari an incredibly inspirational and educational experience.


In addition to the lounge and dining area and library, there are two plunge pools and an outdoor boma for dining under the stars, complemented by wines from an excellent wine cellar. Jao Camp also has a spa where a wide range of massage therapies are offered.


Mekoro, boat trips, fishing, nature walks (which must be requested prior to travel), day and night game drives and birding are usually on offer all year round due to the abundance of wildlife in the Okavango Delta. There are two platform hides in the concession from which to view the game inconspicuously.

Location & Directions

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Jao Camp is located on a large, remote island in a private concession in Botswana , bordering the Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta . With varied habitats ranging from waterways and lagoons to dry Kalahari grasslands and open floodplains, Jao Camp can offer both land and water experiences, depending on the current flood levels.

When to go

Botswana’s winter is during our British summer, and the weather is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat, and cold at night. The summer months (British winter) 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.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Jao Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Okavango Delta and Moremi

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