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Jao is one of Wilderness Safaris’ Premier camps and justifies its high rating. This is stunning camp with beautiful views.
Jao is a place of relaxation and contemplation, perhaps after visiting some other lodges. It is however one of the most beautiful lodges in Botswana and you really do get one of the best “aquatic” safaris.
The beautiful accommodation is complimented by one of the best main lounges in the country, here you can relax after a session in their spa and then consider whether or not to go on a mokoro or boat ride. We think that Jao is a picture postcard location with a beautiful lodge and is one of the top 5 destinations in Botswana.
It is perhaps the birds for which the true wetland areas of the Okavango Delta are best known however. The largest concentrations of endangered Wattled Crane are found in this area and Slaty Egrets, Rosy-throated Longclaws and African Skimmer are some of the specials that can be seen. Hallowed species such as Pel’s Fishing-Owl and Slaty Egret are found alongside more conspicuous and commonly seen Coppery-tailed Coucal, Pygmy Goose, while the specialised African Skimmer (from which Wilderness Safaris takes its logo) may be seen on the larger lagoons and channels in the Jao Concession.
The Jao Concession is set in the most densely populated wetland area for sitatunga antelope and red lechwe, and of course hippo and crocodile are regularly sighted. In the dry season lechwe, tsessebe, elephant, wildebeest and zebra occur here, and lion, cheetah and leopard are often sighted on the floodplains. The lion prides in this area of the Okavango Delta have been extensively studied in recent years, thereby building up a more intimate knowledge of their behaviour.
In the heart of the Okavango, luxurious Jao is set amongst islands fringed with riverine forests and vast, floodplains with prolific wildlife. The camp (rebuilt in 2019) comprises a main area elevated into the tree canopy, two exclusive villas and five twins all with private plunge pools, lounge and dining areas, and en-suite bathrooms, including indoor and outdoor showers.
The two Jao Villas, accommodating four people each in two identical guest rooms, share a main area, and also have an exclusive vehicle, guide, chef and butler.
Jao has five luxurious suites and two ultra-luxe family/double villas, each individually handcrafted and with an open-plan design, elegant-hand crafted style fittings and an expansive deck and plunge pool for afternoon relaxing or siestas.
An elaborate main area also includes a large rim flow pool, library, curio shop, museum, gym and boma for dining under the stars, complemented by an excellent wine cellar. The spa has a wide range of massage therapies.
Rates are per person per night – all inclusive
- 6 January - March $1349
- April $1877
- May $2310
- June - October $2940
- November - December 19 $1455
- 20 December - 5 January $2132
Please note: The above rates are retail rates and should be seen as indicative, and can change. All rates are subject to availability. Safari Lifestyles guarantees that our rates will be below retail rates.