This was our second trip to Botswana. This trip included...Little Makalolo, Camp Amalinda,in Zimbabwe and Jao, Zarafa and Mombo in Botswana. We discussed each camp with all of its characteristics and narrowed down more what we prefer. We preferred Xigera camp (Wilderness classic camp, less money) we visited two years ago. (same water experiences) for its casual friendly atmosphere. It would be our preference not to have a group check in, it felt a little like a group tour. The feel was not the same as you get from a Wilderness Safari owned camp. The room was very nice and the food was very good. The camp had a more formal feel to it without the details of service. I know many have commented on the beauty and the architecture is gorgeous. We preferred the elegant/casual feel of Zarafa more. It felt like some of the staff were ready for a change. I guess we felt it was our least favorite camp for the value. The fact it is a premier camp sets certain standards of service. This camp is more spread out and if you are sitting at the pool you have to walk and then go up stairs for a drink. The staff at the camp have to be on top of your location and then the drinks could be ordered from them. I am giving those details to compare the service of Mombo and Zafara compared to the service at Jao that we experienced. We would have preferred a classic camp and skip the high end in this case.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Jao Camp Hotel Okavango Delta