Located where forest meets floodplain, Jao Camp is a luxurious property in the 60,000-hectare Jao Reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta.
The camp sits on its own private island, under the shade of ancient hardwood trees. A multi award-winning property, Jao underwent a significant renovation in 2019, and is now a leading eco-friendly camp in Africa. It is composed of both natural and recycled materials, including steel, wood and glass, with spacious interiors oozing natural light a real highlight. The camp consists of 5 exquisitely designed suites and two exclusive villas, that sit either side of the main camp and are linked by high, wooden walkways. The suites feature an open-plan living space, made up of a lounge room, bedroom and ensuite bathroom. There is also a spacious outdoor deck that boasts a private plunge pool and Sala. The suites are closed off to the elements by magnificent floor-to-ceiling windows that offer guests superb views of the wilderness.
Jao Camp’s central area is comprised of an elegant lounge, dining room, bar, and a very special central swimming pool that is covered by hand-crafted wooden trellis, that is reminiscent of a beehive. There is also a wonderful day spa and a well-stocked wine cellar.
With such a diversity of landscapes at its doorstep, Jao Camp offers a wide range of activities ranging from mokoro (dugout canoe) excursions, boat trips, game drives and catch-and-release fishing. Jao Camp also offers a full-day game drive option to Hunda Island as well as bush picnics. Guests can also go on a guided walk or explore the magical Okavango Delta from the air by helicopter (additional cost). About 20 minutes from camp is an elevated hide where a ‘Star Bed’ can be set up for an unforgettable night under the vast African skies.