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jao camp Botswana


Set on the Jao concession in the north-western Okavango, Jao Camp is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery. Thanks to its location within this 150,000-acre wilderness, the camp benefits from being both hidden among waterways and lagoons and also close to the Kalahari woodlands which makes for excellent game viewing (think red lechwe, leopards, elephants, buffalo and hippo).

Completely rebuilt in 2019, the tents are made from canvas and thatch and blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings. In total, there are five tents and two villas, all overlooking the Delta. Connected via raised walkways through the trees, they boast plenty of living space inside. But it’s outside where they really shine: there’s a deck perfect for sitting out under the stars or watching the sunrise with a morning coffee, a private sala and breathtaking views over the reserve’s seasonal floodplains. Looking for more space? Opt for one of the villas, perfect for a group of friends or family.


As if the tents weren’t impressive enough, the central camp is itself a showpiece. With a heavy West African and Indonesian influence (think antiques, rich leathers and African driftwood chairs), the space is comprised of a lounge and dining area with two plunge pools, a curio shop, a small library and a boma where you can enjoy dinner under the African stars. There’s also an award-winning spa and gym to soothe your aching muscles after a long day out on safari.

There’s so much to do here, so make sure your stay provides ample time to see the best Botswana has to offer. The varied landscape – seasonal floodplains, permanent wetlands and dry islands – means there a wealth of wildlife so get out on guided walk or game drive to see it all (these are also offered at night where you can sight some of the more elusive species).

And with such a location, it would be foolish not to get out on the water. From a boat trip to a mokoro (a dug-out canoe) excursion, keep an eye out for the hippo, Nile crocodile and abundant waterbirds that call these waters their home.


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