Jao Camp is situated in the Jao Reserve. It is built in a private reserve bordering on the Moremi Game Reserve, on a densely wooded, oval~shaped island. The whole of Jao Camp is raised on wooden decks above the lush palms below and is beneath a dense canopy of ancient indigenous trees.
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About Jao Camp
Guests are accommodated in nine large and spacious rooms. Each of the unique
and beautiful twin-bedded canvas and thatched rooms has been individually
handcrafted under the direction of renowned architects Sylvio Rech and Leslie
Carstens. The rooms are built under a canopy of shady trees, with en-suite
bathroom, hot and cold running water, a large bath and double vanity. There is
an additional outside shower under the stars for those more adventurous guests
who want to shower closer to nature. There is an outdoor "sala" for guests to
enjoy midday siestas with a view and a breeze. The rooms are raised off the
ground and offer wonderful views of the surrounding flood plains.
A raised walkway connects the rooms to the dining room and lounge area. There
is a plunge pool and an outdoor 'boma' for dining under the stars, as well as an
excellent wine cellar. Jao also offers a Salon with a fulltime therapist,
offering a wide range of massage treatments. The activities at Jao include
mokoro (dug out canoe) excursions, boats, fishing, day and night game drives and
guided walks. If the area has a large flood, we usually have to boat to a large
island, called Hunda Island, where vehicles would be waiting and the game
The area is extremely seasonal and the annual flood transforms the habitat
from dry green open plains in summer to shallow flood plains in the winter.
Access to this area is only by aircraft.