Wilderness Jao, Okavango Delta, Botswana

In the heart of the Okavango, luxurious Wilderness Jao is set amongst islands fringed with riverine forests and vast floodplains with prolific wildlife. The camp (rebuilt in 2019) offers a fresh and contemporary design, in the same picturesque location. The sense of adventure that Wilderness Jao has always prized, continues in the ever-evolving sculptural and architectural language, adding an element of surprise and delight. The game viewing at Wilderness Jao is superb.

The game viewing at Wilderness Jao is superb. Huge herds of red lechwe can be seen, followed by their primary predator – prides of lion. Other game typical of the area include elephants, buffalos, leopards, tsessebe, zebras, hippos, and crocodile; as well as the uncommon sitatunga, and spotted-necked otter. Many bird species are resident such as Meyer's parrot, African harrier hawk, black heron, coppery-tailed coucal, and black crake being some of the avian treasures found at Wilderness Jao.

The highest standards of carefree luxury in five expansive suites and two ultra-luxe villas, each individually handcrafted and with an open-plan design, vintage-style fittings and a sala for afternoon siestas. Wilderness Jao’s elaborate two-storey main area, built into the towering trees, includes a plunge pool, a gallery-museum and library, complemented by an excellent wine cellar, traditional boma for dining under the stars, as well as a unique bird nest-styled pool gazebo on the edge of the surrounding water.

There is no better way of viewing the Delta and its wildlife than adventuring by traditional mokoro (dugout canoe). The riverine forest surrounding Wilderness Jao are ideal for spotting smaller creatures amongst the papyrus reeds.
A boating excursion allows us to reach and explore the more distant waterways and clear, deep channels. Explore the iconic Delta floodplains at Wilderness Jao.
(Water levels permitting.)


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