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Where Water and Land Blur

In the heart of the Okavango, on a remote island, Jao invites you to discover one of the richest experiences of the Delta.


Wilderness Jao

Unleash your sense of adventure.


Where Earth meets river meets wetland, lies Jao. Surrounded by riverine forests and vast floodplains, Jao is the archetypal Okavango Delta camp, and a lush haven for wildlife. Boat in when the waters rise or travel by game drive vehicle when summer warms the land. At Jao, the endlessly dynamic waters provide a continuous element of surprise and all manner of experiences to explore this Botswana paradise.

Wilderness Jao Botswana Mokoro


Striking design elements impress at every turn. Marvel at the gallery and museum, relax in the library, or simply just be in Jao’s elaborate main area, surrounded by the trees and bird song of the Delta. Choose between five expansive safari suites or two sublime villas with private plunge pools and their own private butlers, chefs, guides, and vehicles. The perfect Okavango hideaway.
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The food experience at Jao is a journey in itself. To reduce our foodprint, strengthen our ties with the community, and create a healthier, more harmonious environment for all of us, we use locally grown ingredients in traditional recipes. Feel indulged as you discover Botswana at its best through touch, smell, and taste.
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Wilderness Jao

At Jao we invite you into a world where nature and architecture collide. Built into the tall trees, the unique bird’s nest-styled pool gazebo on the edge of the water provides the perfect place to rest. The extravagant wine cellar calls for a pre-dinner drink, while the award-winning spa with gym alongside, beckons you to experience the highest standards of safari luxury.


Wilderness Jao Purpose Wildlife

A unique ecosystem

Keep your ears open for a hundred different bird calls. Spy a tiny painted reed frog, or elephants padding silently past camp. Follow lions across the floodplains. You’ll soon discover why we work tirelessly to protect the unique ecosystem of the Okavango Delta. Jao is a place dedicated to the conservation of the waters and the dry land, and the plants, birds, and wildlife that call Botswana home.






Jao experiences

From boating and mokoro rides to seasonal catch-and-release fishing and thrilling game drives, full day excursions and sleep-outs in the Star Bed, time at Jao never fails to thrill. Look out to the magnificent floodplains from almost anywhere - the sublime serenity is sure to leave you awestruck.


Explore camps in the Okavango Delta

Glide in a mokoro through a fluid garden of lilies. Watch elephants feeding in the distance. Go in pursuit of prolific antelope herds and their predators. Breakfast near a hippo-filled lagoon at dawn. Lunch in a shallow lagoon in the company of countless antelope. Dine alongside a herd of zebras as a dazzling night sky is revealed. This is Jao. The heart of the Okavango Delta.

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Camp awards

Award-winning Jao is renowned for exceptional safari experiences and unparalleled game-viewing, both on land and water. Here close-up wildlife encounters in and around the camp are legion, as are the number of accolades this safari camp receives.
Innovation Award 2020

Tatler Logo 2020
Top 101 Hotels in the World 2020

TripAdvisor CoE 2017


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The Jao experience is one of a kind. But also take a moment to explore our other Wilderness camps. From tented treetop suites to rainforest retreats, we will take you to places you only ever dreamed existed.




Featured stories

Botswana’s Jao has many stories to share. And it’s no surprise, with an abundance of wildlife, adventure at every turn, and community and culture at its core. We would love to share our tales from the African bush with you, and hope that one day you too will have your own stories to share.
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Let’s plan your next journey


When we say we’re there every step of the way, we mean it, literally. From planning the perfect circuit, to private inter-camp transfers on Wilderness Air, and easing you through Customs. We’re with you on the ground, at your side, 24-7, from start to finish. Ready to take the road less travelled? Contact our Travel Designers to plan an unforgettable journey.