Jao Concession, western Okavango Delta
Pelo Camp is situated in the private Jao Concession on the Moremi Game Reserve boundary. It is the perfect place to connect with one of the largest inland wetlands on the planet: the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
The word Pelo means ‘heart’ – a fitting name as, from the air, the island on which the camp is situated is heart shaped. It is also situated pretty much as deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta as you can be. Scheduled to open on 15 July 2013, the camp is completely eco-friendly with no permanent structures and is ideal for the adventurous traveller wanting that classic, traditional Delta experience.
The main area comprises a tented dining area and lounge situated under impressive wild date palms, jackalberry and Natal mahogany trees. There is also an outdoor boma area and a raised platform built on to an old ant hill. Small and intimate, the five spacious guest tents have en-suite bathrooms and a covered front veranda. A zipper door separates the sleeping area from the bathroom which has a flush toilet, as well as running water in the basin. A door leads from the bathroom into an outdoor bucket shower.
Given the camp’s situation on a small island surrounded by permanent water, activities focus on mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) excursions in the open, shallow floodplains as well as boating and walking. No game drives take place at Pelo; the emphasis being on getting away from vehicles and the hustle of the modern world; to really feel, smell and touch Africa.
Pelo Camp is set in one of the best areas to see sitatunga and red lechwe. Wildlife concentrations within this part of the Okavango Delta depend on the water flow and volume and thus change from season to season. Birdlife is abundant; enthusiasts can spot Pel’s fishing-owl as well as African and lesser jacanas and a host of other Okavango specials such as slaty egret, African pygmy-goose and western banded snake-eagle.