- An extraordinary structural marvel with striking design elements and sophistication at every turn 
- Surrounded by riverine forests and immense floodplains, Jao is the archetypal Okavango Delta camp, and a lush haven for wildlife
- Its ceaselessly moving waters provide a true sense of adventure and a continuous element of surprise in the safari experience – from boating, mokoro and seasonal catch and release fishing to thrilling game drives, full day excursions and sleep outs in the Jao Star Bed
- Year-round access to Hunda Island – by boat when the waters are in, and by vehicle during summer
- Jao offers an award-winning spa experience in the Delta, with a gym alongside

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) offers a fresh and contemporary design, in the same picturesque location. The sense of adventure that Jao has always prized, continues in the ever-evolving sculptural and architectural language, adding an element of surprise and delight. 

Wildlife: The game viewing at Jao is superb. Huge herds of red lechwe can be seen, followed by their primary predator – prides of lion. Other game typical of the area include elephants, buffalos, leopards, tsessebe, zebras, hippos, and crocodile; as well as the uncommon sitatunga, and spotted-necked otter. Many bird species are resident such as Meyer's parrot, African harrier hawk, black heron, coppery-tailed coucal, and black crake being some of the avian treasures found at Jao.

Accommodation: the highest standards of carefree luxury in five expansive suites and two ultra-luxe villas, each individually handcrafted and with an open-plan design, vintage-style fittings and a sala for afternoon siestas. Jao’s elaborate two-storey main area, built into the towering trees, includes a plunge pool, a gallery-museum and library, complemented by an excellent wine cellar, traditional boma for dining under the stars, as well as a unique bird nest-styled pool gazebo on the edge of the surrounding water. A romantic star bed is a seasonal option when water levels permit, and the tranquil spa has a wide range of soothing massage therapies. Jao is the perfect for families, small groups, or hideaway couples.

Purpose: Jao is a place that is dedicated to the conservation of the Okavango Delta and its unique ecosystem – the waters and the dry land, and the plants, birds and wildlife that call it home.


Jao Camp is situated in the prime Jao Concession in the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana.


Experiences - activities

Mokoro Excursion *
There is no better way of viewing the Delta and its wildlife than adventuring by traditional mokoro (dugout canoe). The riverine forest surrounding Jao are ideal for spotting smaller creatures amongst the papyrus reeds. * Water levels permitting.

Boating *
A boating excursion allows us to reach and explore the more distant waterways and clear, deep channels. Explore the iconic Delta floodplains at Jao. * Water levels permitting.


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