Walk on the Wild Side in Botswana
Long considered one of Botswana’s finest safari spots, an $11 million rebuild last year has elevated Jao camp to the ultimate wildlife adventure destination. The owners’ aim to ‘create a bush retreat that would appeal to the increasingly design- savvy traveller, but would last and be more sustainable’ delivers on all fronts.
Situated in the heart of the Okavango Delta, the camp’s aesthetic is inspired by its rich natural surroundings. Entirely solar powered, it’s a light-impact camp that minimises its footprint every step of the way. Pick between five tented suites and two private villas, each with a private plunge pool and terrace, as well as a car, guide, chef and butler.
There are numerous ways to experience the abundant wildlife, and get a shot at spotting the Big Five, from thrilling game drives and day excursions to fauna-rich Hunda Island (gourmet picnic in tow), to climbing aboard a traditional mokoro canoe and taking to the water. If all that excitement sounds exhausting, escape to the camp’s sensational spa, hidden beneath the boughs of African ebony trees, overlooking the soothing water below.
Book it: From approx. £1,088 pp per night sharing in November 2020, all inclusive with twice-daily camp activities, park fees and all local drinks. wilderness-safaris.com