Jao Concession

A game rich private concession in the north-western Okavango Delta

The Jao Concession is 60 000 hectares (150 000 acres) in extent and lies in the north-western area of the Okavango Delta, situated below the Okavango Panhandle. The Moremi Game Reserve forms the eastern boundary of the Concession.

About

The Jao Concession is found in the heart of the wetlands of the Okavango Delta.  Here vegetation changes from permanent swamps to dry land and you will be immersed in the full variety of the mystery and magic of Botswana’s landscape.

The Jao Flats are situated in the east of the Jao Concession and boast water channels that navigate the attractive, untouched papyrus and reed beds: these provide the perfect environment for wildlife.  You will also see many delightful lush palm islands which scatter the water.

As you travel west, the Jao Flats becomes dryer.  Hunda Island is the tip of a large ‘sand tongue’ and during the inundation of July to September it forms the largest area of dry land in the Jao Concession.  Hunda Island has sandveld vegetation supporting many species of nutritious acacia and grewia shrubs; wildlife is attracted to this excellent browsing.

Animals

Around the Jao Flats, spectacular herds of red lechwe are followed by their predators – lion and leopard. Hippo and Nile crocodile are regularly sighted.  Other game includes blue wildebeest, impala, tsessebe, southern giraffe, elephant, hippo and crocodile, spotted-necked otter and even the occasional sitatunga.  The drier west is home to similar species, but visitors are likely to view greater concentrations of Burchell’s zebra and blue wildebeest.

Birds

Birding is exceptional in the Jao Concession: vulnerable wattled crane, slaty egret, rosy-throated longclaw, Pel’s fishing-owl, and lesser jacana are found on the eastern side, with the western drier areas hosting crimson-breasted shrike, Dickinson’s kestrel and Meyer’s parrot.  Other exciting species in Jao include swamp nightjar and brown firefinch.

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At Okavango Delta Explorations we specialise in crafting safaris to this unique ecosystem.

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+44 1264 73 60 80 or email us at info@okavangodelta.com


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Jao Camp

Jao Camp

Jao Concession, Okavango Delta

With only nine tents Jao Camp is one of the smaller and more luxurious camps in the Okavango Delta.


Jao Camp
Jacana Camp

Jacana Camp

Jao Concession, Okavango Delta

Jacana Camp is set on a heart shaped island situated on the Jao Flats. The density of date palms gives Jacana the feeling of a ‘tropical island’.


Jacana Camp
Kwetsani Camp

Kwetsani Camp

Jao Concession, Okavango Delta

Kwetsani, with its five elevated tree house like tents, is situated on an island in the Okavango Delta. This island with its palms, mangosteen and fig trees is one of the most remote in the Okavango Delta.


Kwetsani Camp
Tubu Tree

Tubu Tree

Jao Concession, Okavango Delta

Classically designed, the eight tents are set on platforms overlooking the floodplain and linked by an elevated walkway through the tree canopy.


Tubu Tree
Little Tubu

Little Tubu

Jao Concession, Okavango Delta

Little Tubu is an intimate tented camp with just three tents. All tents have ensuite bathrooms with private decks and outdoor showers overlooking the floodplains.


Little Tubu
Pelo Camp

Pelo Camp

Jao Concession, Okavango Delta

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.


Pelo Camp