Jao Camp was our first camp with Wilderness and we were treated very well.
The genuine welcome not only on the first day but on arrival from every drive or boat was amazing. We were welcomed by both management and all the general staff.
A special thanks to William and Angie who even showed us the bats emerge from the bat cave when the sun went down - amazing!
Everyone is friendly here and one can see that everyone gets on well.
Our ranger Johnny was fantastic with his knowledge of animals and especially birds and just happened to get us to sightings of crocs, elephants and lions before they moved on. On one of our boat trips, we were lucky to see a mummy elephant pulling her baby through the water channels - right in front of us.
Each meal was tasty and very well presented and we had a member of the management team and at least one ranger with every meal in the evening.
We were also lucky enough to meet some very nice fellow travellers and shared stories from other camps also.
The room is very nice and comfortable. Large nets to protect at night and a great view out onto the flood plains.
One afternoon we were very lucky to see and snap a Sitatunga (rarely spotted antelope).
There aren't many animals to see but bird life is educating. The location and the variety of activities is excellent. One evening we had a Mokoro boat ride and another morning we went to Hunda Island.
Activities are fairly long so one gets a good exposure to the wild.
Do go ahead and book this Camp, you wont regret.
Other camps like Kings Pool can learn a thing or two from Jao Camp managers.
When one pays for a particular range of camps, one should feel their money well spent. We certainly did at Jao Camp.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A sophisticated and hidden Okavango Delta retreat.Located on a large island in the heart of the Okavango, Jao Camp’s individually handcrafted and luxurious tents look out onto the essence of the Delta – swathes of water, swaying reeds, leaping lechwe and dancing cranes. The main area is an elaborate two-storey wooden structure with lounge and dining area, two plunge pools, a library, curio shop and boma for dining under the stars, complemented by an excellent wine cellar. An award-winning spa and gym epitomise luxury in the most remote, scenically splendid setting.HighlightsJao’s position – amongst waterways and lagoons, yet close to dry Kalahari woodland – means you can enjoy both land and water experiences, depending on the time of year and the level of the waters that move ceaselessly through the area. Here, spectacular herds of red lechwe are followed by lion and leopard, while other game includes tsessebe, giraffe, elephant, hippo and crocodile, occasional sitatunga and regular spotted-necked otter. Experiences: Mokoro • Boating (seasonal) • Seasonal catch-and-release fishing • Day and night game drives • Seasonal hide for sleep-outs or game viewing ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Jao Camp Hotel Okavango Delta