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jao camp Botswana

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

Located on a large island, Jao Camp was completely rebuilt in 2019 and the tents – there are five tents and two villas in total – overlook the Delta. The accommodations are made from canvas and thatch, meaning they blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings. Connected via raised walkways through the trees, they boast plenty of living space inside, and outside on the front deck there’s entertaining space, 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.

The central camp is spread over two storeys and is in 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.