African Safari Jao

Have A Visit With The Lions Of Jao While On African Safari.

Do you want a unforgettable African adventure, then the African Safari of Jao in Botswana is the vacation to book. Jao is known for its high concentration of Lions. You can choose land and water activities on the river Okavango. This area is known for its predators and the Jao Camp itself, is located on the border of Moremi Game Reserve. The camp is on a densely wooded oval shaped island that overlooks the vast flood plains of Botswana. It has unbelievable habitats and permanent waterways and lagoons. Your African safari in Jao will be a very memorable safari indeed. The skilled staff at Jao Camp will see to it that all of your wishes are met, African style. The Jao African safari wildlife experience is pure African wildlife at its finest. Chances are good that every wild animal that you want to see will appear. A Jao African safari experience is the safari experience.

African Safari Jao Game Viewing.

Your Jao African safari experience offers excellent game drives, mokoro excursions, short guided walks and of course boating trips. Since Jao Camp is next to the Moremi Game Reserve, night drives are permitted. This allows your African safari Jao excursion to include an exclusive view of the nocturnal activities of wildlife in the area.

The Jao African safari will most assuredly include views of Lion and Leopard in their natural habitats. Lechwe, Tsessebe and Wildebeest roam all over the flood plains. The wildlife viewing in Jao depend mainly on the water levels in the area. But, generally, a diverse group of wildlife will be plentiful on your safari. The lagoons are the home to the Crocodile and Hippo. The permanent lagoon and wetland areas attract large numbers of these two animals. But you will most assuredly see the King of the Jungle, the Lion. The Jao African safari is known for its abundance of Lion sightings. Have your camera ready and don’t miss this one of a kind jungle experience.

The Accommodations.

Your Jao African safari accommodations will consist of fine African decorated luxury rooms. The bedrooms are raised wooden decks above palm carpets, constructed of split bamboo and thatch with canvas walls. Each room also has an area called a “sala” for midday siestas with an awe inspiring view. Each camp can sleep a maximum of 16 people. Each suite includes a flush toilet and basin, indoor shower and an outdoor shower. Underneath a tree canopy of cool thatch you will find the main dining room and pub area. There is a pool and an outdoor area a “boma” for dining under the stars. A raised walkway connects the rooms to the dining rooms and lounge areas.

Jao Camp - General Information. Open all year, Jao Camp is built in a private reserve bordering on the Moremi Game Reserve, to the West of Mombo, on a densely wooded, oval-shaped island. Jao can offer both land and water activities, depending on the fluctuating levels of the Okavango's floodwater. This area comprises a superb variety of habitats, ranging from permanent waterways and lagoons on the one extreme to thick Kalahari soils on the other.

The caretakers David and Cathy Kays and their families, and Kingsley Mogalakwe are the long term leaseholders of Jao Reserve. The Kays are one of Maun's oldest families. David's great grandfather first came to Ngamiland in 1887. In 1912 the Kays family settled in Tsau, at that time the headquarters of the Batawana tribe (Maun was not yet founded). When the Batawana tribe decided to establish a new village at Maun and move its headquarters there in the mid-1920's, the Kays family helped move them. David's father, Ronnie, was instrumental in advising the Batawana Tribal Authorities on the formation of Moremi Game Reserve and assisted in the demarcation of the reserve's boundaries. Kingsley Mogalakwe is from a prominent and well-known Maun family. His uncle, Montsho Mogalakwe, was also instrumental in the formation of Moremi Game Reserve and has now retired from service in Maun as the deputy chief for Ngamiland.

Like most families raised in and around the Okavango, wildlife was in their blood, and they’ve spent most of their lives out in the bush. When they won the rights for the Jao Reserve in the recent tender process, they were determined to make this Botswana's supreme reserve. They turned their backs on hunting, even though it is allowed in this reserve. They are only the second reserve in Botswana not to hunt, when hunting is allowed. They have decided to focus all their efforts on developing Jao into a superb photographic reserve, but in the process they lose about US$300,000 in hunting revenue every year to ensure great game viewing and a superb wildlife product in the long term. The camps they have built ~ Jao, Kwetsani, Tubu Tree and Seba ~ are some of the top camps in the Okavango.


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