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“Paradise in the Okavango Delta”
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Jao Camp
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 4, 2013

When we arrived at Jao Airstrip we were greeted already by the Manager William and once in the camp his wife Angie was there together with just about all the staff members. We had a wonderful stay there and our guide Bee knew everything about animals, birds, trees and stars.
The food and wine was excellent and we felt like in paradise. The rooms were enormous and very well equipped.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

Jao Camp was our first camp with Wilderness and we were treated very well.

The genuine welcome not only on the first day but on arrival from every drive or boat was amazing. We were welcomed by both management and all the general staff.

A special thanks to William and Angie who even showed us the bats emerge from the bat cave when the sun went down - amazing!

Everyone is friendly here and one can see that everyone gets on well.

Our ranger Johnny was fantastic with his knowledge of animals and especially birds and just happened to get us to sightings of crocs, elephants and lions before they moved on. On one of our boat trips, we were lucky to see a mummy elephant pulling her baby through the water channels - right in front of us.

Each meal was tasty and very well presented and we had a member of the management team and at least one ranger with every meal in the evening.

We were also lucky enough to meet some very nice fellow travellers and shared stories from other camps also.

The room is very nice and comfortable. Large nets to protect at night and a great view out onto the flood plains.

One afternoon we were very lucky to see and snap a Sitatunga (rarely spotted antelope).

There aren't many animals to see but bird life is educating. The location and the variety of activities is excellent. One evening we had a Mokoro boat ride and another morning we went to Hunda Island.

Activities are fairly long so one gets a good exposure to the wild.

Do go ahead and book this Camp, you wont regret.

Other camps like Kings Pool can learn a thing or two from Jao Camp managers.

When one pays for a particular range of camps, one should feel their money well spent. We certainly did at Jao Camp.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank PratimaMahajan M
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

The staff did everything to ensure we had a wonderful stay in this fabulous camp. We experienced both land and water based safari with very knowledgable guides. The lodge is constructed in beautiful highly polished wood and sits on stilts to ensure wonderful vistas. The room we had was Balinese style tented accommodation with a thatched roof. It was open plan design, including the wash basins and large free standing tub, which might not suit all but we loved it. There was a shower inside and out. The bed was king size and surrounded by mosquito netting which was drawn for us each evening. There was a beautiful deck outside with a double Sala, where you can have a siesta in the afternoon or even arrange to sleep under the stars! I also loved swinging in the hammock provided. You may even be lucky enough like us to see an elephant just a few inches from the deck, feeding from a tree. The spa was a gorgeous treat at the end of a busy morning game watching. The water based activities added great variety to our experience with fishing on small motor boats and trips on mokoros which are flat based canoes from which you are poled by a guide through papyrus and day and night water lilies. They are however quite narrow and hard so again might not suit all. We were amazed to see such large numbers of different species of birds alongside the game sightings (not so large in numbers but good) and included leopard.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Sandy H
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

I have visited many really nice lodges in Africa and especially in Botswana so I was really surprised to find this paradise in the middle of Okavango delta. Each "tent" consisted of lounge, bedroom, bathroom, inside and outside showers both huge terasse. Also restaurant was very nice, food good and the staff was really helpful. I enjoyed also the spa and the surroundings of the camp. So many birds around and one of the highlights was to see a civet cat by the walkway. Game drives to flood plains, mokoro and boat trip to delta were all great, not to forget the water bar one evening!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Antero T
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Soooo happy we did not go to Abu (sure it's great, but having Internet would of changed the experience)
Rooms (lounge, bedroom, 2 showers, a bath, big private terasse and a relaxing area outside) are great at night.... Loved hearing the animals around us! Food was very good and the cook always trys to do the impossible for you.
The day and night activities are according to your desir (I love flexibility) and their is a big choice of things to do.
The spa was nice.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Angeliqueaj
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

Jao camp remains at the top of my list of the most amazing places I've ever stayed. The tented rooms are luxuriously decorated in Baliese style. The food was wonderful. The wild life is very good, especially for bird sightings. The safari jeeps can go through deep waters--almost like a boat (but not). The property grounds are spectacular from the gorgeous spa to the lounges and dining areas. The staff treat you like a king and attend to your every desire.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank TommyMcCall
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

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.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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11  Thank AndzF
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Management response:Responded July 6, 2012

Thank you very much for the feedback you posted. We are sorry to hear that you felt the management style of the Jao Camp managers did not measure up to your expectations.

Wilderness Safaris pride themselves in the high service levels all our managers provide in our camps across the board. The Jao management team receive many rave reviews on how friendly, engaging and warm their hospitality is. They truly aim to afford each and every guest the same level of generous hosting, welcoming them with open arms to ensure guests feel at home in camp, from the moment they arrive to the moment they depart. Their aim, each time, is to make certain that our guests experience a wonderful stay and enjoy themselves during their visit.

The Jao managers did their utmost to create an ambiance in camp that was best suited to cater for the unique personalities of each and every guest they were hosting, so that everyone could enjoy their stay as much as possible. To this end, they ensured that the more boisterous guests, who were celebrating several special occasions whilst on safari, made use of the entertainment room for a more private dining and festive experience, without dampening their enthusiasm in any way. Management were ever present, to cater to the exuberant group’s needs, and to ensure they minimized any impact their celebrating may have had on anyone else staying in camp at the time. Throughout, the managers remained attentive and sensitive to all other guests needs.

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Additional Information about Jao Camp

Address: Moremi Game Reserve Border, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Okavango Delta > Moremi Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Moremi Game Reserve
Price Range: $1,015 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Jao Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A sophisticated and hidden Okavango Delta retreat.Located on a large island in the heart of the Okavango, Jao Camp’s individually handcrafted and luxurious tents look out onto the essence of the Delta – swathes of water, swaying reeds, leaping lechwe and dancing cranes. The main area is an elaborate two-storey wooden structure with lounge and dining area, two plunge pools, a library, curio shop and boma for dining under the stars, complemented by an excellent wine cellar. An award-winning spa and gym epitomise luxury in the most remote, scenically splendid setting.HighlightsJao’s position – amongst waterways and lagoons, yet close to dry Kalahari woodland – means you can enjoy both land and water experiences, depending on the time of year and the level of the waters that move ceaselessly through the area. Here, spectacular herds of red lechwe are followed by lion and leopard, while other game includes tsessebe, giraffe, elephant, hippo and crocodile, occasional sitatunga and regular spotted-necked otter. Experiences: Mokoro • Boating (seasonal) • Seasonal catch-and-release fishing • Day and night game drives • Seasonal hide for sleep-outs or game viewing ... more   less 
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Jao Camp Hotel Okavango Delta

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