We stayed at Jao for 2 nights in June 2012. The mangement of Jao seem to have their own agenda with the camp and have let the standards of this camp drop considerably! Despite the large sum of money you spend to stay here, and experience the serenity and magic of the bushveld, the management allowed raucous, loud parties with inappropriate, blaring music past 2 in the morning! Which we find unsuited for an establishment of their reputation. All the guests pay the same amount to stay at Jao, why should certain guests get more attention and be allowed to ruin the experience for everyone else? We feel that manangement have let down all the other staff and guides at Jao who go out of their way to accommodate the guests and keep everyone comfortable. You get the feeling that the junior staff do not appreciate management's behavior and lack of guidance. I would not recommend Jao to anyone unless there is a change of mangement.
- Also Known As:
- Jao Camp Hotel Okavango Delta
- Jao Camp Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jao Camp – Jao Concession. Jao offers handcrafted indulgence in the midst of natural abundance – swathes of water, leaping lechwe, dancing cranes and inquisitive elephants. About Jao Camp: Located on a large island in the heart of the Okavango, Jao Camp has nine individually handcrafted luxurious tents. The open-plan design of each includes a lounge, dressing area and main bedroom, en-suite facilities with outdoor shower and a private sala for siestas and magnificent views of a nearby channel. The main area is an elaborate two-story wooden structure with lounge and dining area, two plunge pools, a small library, curio shop and a boma for dining under the stars, complemented by an excellent wine cellar. A spa and gym is also on offer. Environment and Wildlife: With habitats that vary from waterways and lagoons to dry Kalahari woodland, Jao offers both land and water experiences, depending on annual flood levels. Around the Jao Flats spectacular herds of red lechwe are followed by lion and leopard. Other game includes tsessebe, giraffe, elephant, hippo and crocodile, occasional sitatunga and regular spotted-necked otter. Birding is exceptional with large concentrations of endangered Wattled Crane, Slaty Egret and Lesser Jacana. Experiencing Jao Camp: Mokoro Boating (seasonal), Seasonal catch-and-release fishing, Day and night game drives. ... more less