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Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. It is best to consult with the high commission of the country being travelled to in the country being travelled from as requirements vary and change constantly. Botswana Safaris will not be held responsible for any incomplete or incorrect information regarding the visa process gathered by the traveller.

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Why Visit Botswana?

  • Vast stretches of untouched, un-fenced wilderness with unrivaled game viewing
  • One of the largest game populations in Southern Africa
  • Annual zebra migration
  • The Big Five as well as the rare and endangered African wild dog
  • Over 600 indigenous bird species
  • Home to the world’s largest inland delta and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Okavango Delta
  • The largest elephant herds in the world in Chobe National Park
  • Over 3 500 San rock paintings at the World Heritage Site of the Tsodilo Hills

A sophisticated Okavango Delta retreat

Providing the ultimate Delta water experience in the heart of the Okavango, luxurious Jao Camp is set in an area where islands fringed with riverine forests meet vast productive floodplains. Shaded by a canopy of trees, the nine spacious and beautifully-designed tents offer en-suite facilities with indoor and outdoor showers. Expansive views from the private sala at each tent make for a sumptuous setting for afternoon siestas.
In addition to the main lounge and dining area, there are two plunge pools and a boma for dining under the stars, complemented by wines from an excellent wine cellar. Jao Camp also has a spa where a wide range of massage therapies are offered and a gym for the more active. The camp itself perfectly mirrors the beauty of the Delta and allows an effortless entry into the wonders of this pristine wetland paradise.

Highlights


Jao is the epitome of luxury in the most remote, scenically splendid setting
Frequently visited by wildlife, including a gregarious family of mongoose that has made Jao its home
Sparkling waters, swaying reeds, leaping lechwe and dancing cranes – perpetual poetry in motion

Wilderness Safaris Early Bird Special Deal

Wilderness Safaris Early Bird Special Deal

 

 

Great news! Introduced in June this year, we are pleased to advise that our Early Bird deal will be in place next year too. The added advantage is that bookings can be made immediately and the longer the lead time the better the discount!

 
 
 
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Details 11 Jan 2017 to 31 May 2017 1 Apr  2017 to 31 May 2017 1 Jun  2017 to 31 Oct 2017
Per Person  US$ 1,120 US$ 1,555 US$ 2,350
Single supplement US$ 290 US$ 355 US$ 350
Details 1 Nov 2017 to 19 Dec 2017 20 Dec 2017 to 10 Jan 2018
Per Person US$ 1,150 US$ 1,770
Single Supplement US$ 270 US$ 360

Guide and Pilot Accommodation

Seasond 11 Jan '17 - 31 Mar '17 01 Apr '17- 31 May '17
01 Nov '17- 10 Jan  '18
01 Jun '17 - 31 Oct '17
Classic & Premier camps US$ 165 US$ 175 US$ 185

1. The pilot / guide rate includes accommodation, all meals, park fees, laundry and all local drinks - excludes premium imported brands and champagne.

2. In some cases, the pilot / guide rate does not guarantee the occupant automatic participation in guest activities. In addition, the nightly rates for pilot / guide accommodation are priced per person per bed and not per room.

3. Note that the pilot / guide accommodation available at most of our camps is not of the same standard as guest rooms and usually comprises of twin rooms which may be on a shared basis
with other pilot / guides. For guaranteed single room use, minimum 2 must be charged i.e. US$160 x 2 per night.

Details 20 Dec 2017 to 10 Jan 2018 11 Jan 2018 to 31 Mar 2018 1 Apr 2018 to 31 May 2018
Per Person  US$ 1,770 US$ 1,155 US$ 1,605
Single supplement US$ 360 US$ 305 US$ 365
Details 1 Jun 2018 to 31 Oct 2018 1 Nov 2018 to 19 Dec  2018 20 Dec 2018 to 10 Jan 2019
Per Person US$ 2,425 US$ 1,185 US$ 1,825
Single Supplement US$ 730 US$ 360 US$ 550

Guide and Pilot Accommodation

Seasond 11 Jan '18- 31 Mar '18 01 Apr '18 - 31 May '18
 
 
Classic & Premier camps US$170 US$ 185  

1. The pilot / guide rate includes accommodation, all meals, park fees, laundry and all local drinks - excludes premium imported brands and champagne.

2. In some cases, the pilot / guide rate does not guarantee the occupant automatic participation in guest activities. In addition, the nightly rates for pilot / guide accommodation are priced per person per bed and not per room.

3. Note that the pilot / guide accommodation available at most of our camps is not of the same standard as guest rooms and usually comprises of twin rooms which may be on a shared basis
with other pilot / guides. For guaranteed single room use, minimum 2 must be charged i.e. US$160 x 2 per night.

These special rates are applicable to SA residents only.

Rates are subject to currency fluctuations and Wilderness Safaris reserves the right to amend rates, accordingly.
 
Rates inclusive of 14% V.A.T. • South African Rand • Subject to Availability
  15 Jun 2016 to 14 Jun 2017
Per Person Sharing R6,470.00
Single Supplement R2,260.00

It is a condition of travel with Wilderness Safaris that guests have travel insurance. Should they not have insurance cover, they will be personally responsible for any costs incurred as a result of a medical emergency or evacuation, as well as any other insurance claim situation such as loss of luggage.

Terms and Conditions

The below terms and conditions are in addition to the normal Wilderness Safaris terms and conditions.

Seasons:

Unless otherwise indicated, one rate applies for both low and high seasons, but please note that high season is only bookable 1 month prior to travel.

Inclusions and Exclusions:

Accommodation on a full board basis including twice daily scheduled camp activities, local drinks, laundry, park fees.

Flights, gratuities and items of a personal nature are excluded in all regions.

Child rate which is 50% of the adult rate, applies only when children (aged 6 - 16) share with 2 adults in a family unit.

Guide accommodation , at all camps is ZAR1,245.00 per night in sharing guide accommodation. Includes meals. Activities are excluded and only guaranteed when booking private activities. Standard terms and conditions apply - please refer to the General Information manual for details.

Private Vehicle:  ZAR3,560.00 per day, max 7 guests.
Validity:

  • Valid for all SADC residents living in the SADC countries at time of booking and travel, and for a minimum of 6 months per year.
  • Not valid for SADC passport holders/citizens living abroad. We reserve the right to request proof of residency upon booking and/or check in.
  • SADC Resident countries: Angola · Botswana · Democratic Republic of the Congo · Lesotho · Madagascar · Malawi · Mauritius · Mozambique · Namibia · South Africa · Swaziland · Tanzania · Zambia ·
  • Zimbabwe (Kenya is included for the purposes of this special)

Premier Camp

Our fully inclusive rates are not just about the level of accommodation or the thread count of the linen. They encompass elements that cannot be counted or measured, such as exclusive access to vast tracts of Africa’s best wildlife areas, creating a unique sense of seclusion, comfort, privacy and space. In turn, your presence helps us in the conservation of all these areas.

Notes

1. Where no rates are shown, our camps are not in operation over this period.
2. Accommodation rates are on a per person per night sharing basis, and single supplement rates are per person per night.
3. Rate includes accommodation, all meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, laundry and all local drinks - excludes premium imported brands and champagne.
4. Access to / from the camps is excluded from the above nightly rates. Please contact your Journey Specialist for further details.

 WILDERNESS SAFARIS CHILD POLICY

      Off-peak Season Rate Peak Season Rate
Age Categoty Rules 11 January to 31 May  
&
01 November  to
19 December '
11 January to 31 May '
&
01 November to
19 December  
0 - 2 years Infant Discounted child rates only apply to children sharing with adults - in
family rooms or standard twin rooms in camps that have a family room.
Must be at camps that accept children of all ages, OR if sole use of camp is
booked at Classic and Premier Camps.
 
FOC FOC
3 - 16
years
Child Discounted child rates only apply to children sharing with adults - in
family rooms or standard twin rooms in camps that have a family room.
3 – 5 years: Must be at camps that accept children of all ages, OR if sole use
of camp is booked at Classic and Premier Camps.
6 – 12 years: Private vehicle must be booked at Classic and Premier Camps.
 
13 – 16 years: No private vehicle needed at any camp.
65% off adult rate 35% off adult rate
17 years &
older
Adult Any room type. Full adult rate Full adult rate

Notes

1. Off-peak Season - 11 January to 31 May and 01 November to 19 December, 65% discount extended with the exception of Kalahari Plains where this is peak season and 35% discount applies.

2. Peak Season - 01 June to 31 October and 20 December to 10 January, 35% discount extended with the exception of Kalahari Plains where this is off-peak season and 65% discount applies.

3. The discounted child rate is only applicable to bookings in family rooms or standard twin rooms in camps that have a family room (should the family room not be available for your particular booking). Child rates do not apply at those camps that do not have family rooms, with the exception of Abu where the child rate may be extended to a triple booking.

4. Children under the age of 17 years are required to share accommodation with at least one adult at all times.

5. Child rates apply only when children aged 16 years or under are sharing with full paying adult/s and must be calculated accordingly i.e. 2 adults and 2 children in a family, charge 2 x adult sharing rate plus 2 x the applicable child rate.

6. In addition, at our Classic and Premier camps, parties with children 12 years and younger are required to book and pay for private activities unless the camp is booked as exclusive use or they have filled a vehicle (6 guests). A family booking will depend on availability of the private vehicle/activities at the selected camp for the period requested.

7. Child participation in activities will vary depending on the camp and the activity.

8. Triple share accommodation is on a request basis and only allowed for children 16 years and under sharing with adults - not for three adults sharing. Guests must accept that there is usually an impact on space and comfort in the case of triple share accommodation. Please contact your Journey Specialist for assistance and pricing.

 

Jao’s position, amongst waterways and lagoons, yet close to dry Kalahari woodland, means you can enjoy both water and land experiences, depending on the time of year.
Mokoro Excursion

There is no better way of viewing the Delta and its wildlife than by traditional mokoro (dugout canoe). At Jao we have a number of these – as well as two glass-bottomed mekoro for an entirely out of this world experience!

Boating

Trips in our eight-seater boats in the waterways to the east of camp allow for good game viewing in the channels further away.

Game Drives

Morning and afternoon game drives are offered in open 4x4 Land Rovers each accommodating a maximum of seven people allowing each guest a window seat.

Full-Day Game Drives and Picnics

A 45-minute boat ride from Jao Camp, you can enjoy a full-day game drive, along with a picnic, on wildlife-rich Hunda Island.

Night Drives

Night drives with spotlights allow you to find those nocturnal animals you wouldn’t see during the day.

Hide and star bed

A raised hide located about 20 minutes from camp is a great place to watch the comings and goings of wildlife. The hide can also be used for sleep-outs for a maximum of four people at a time. The hide is equipped with a long-drop toilet.

Jao Spa

Tucked under magnificent African ebony trees overlooking lush waterways, the Jao Spa is an enchanting setting where you can rest and feel utterly restored. Here, we offer a full menu of therapies from facials to manicures, and a range of massage options.

Gym

Our gym is equipped with a cross trainer, rowing machine, stationary bike, yoga mats, exercise ball and free weights - and beautiful views over the water.

Fishing

Fishing with a limited supply of basic equipment (spinner rods and a small range of lures) is on offer seasonally on a catch-and-release basis.

Entertainment Room

The entertainment room is furnished as a lounge and dining area. It is suitable for private dining, children's entertainment, watching wildlife documentaries and conducting lectures.

PRIVATE ACTIVITIES

Service Rate Notes
Private activities at Premier camps 11 Jan 2016 - 10 Jan 2017 US$ 715 Per party per day, maximum 6 guests  
Private activities at Premier camps 11 Jan 2017 - 10 Jan 2018 US$ 735 Per party per day, maximum 6 guests 
Private activities at Premier camps 11 Jan 2018 - 10 Jan  2019 US$ 760 Per party per day, maximum 6 guests  

 Notes

1. The private activity service includes all the standard activities in that camp, be it guided walks, game drives, boating, mekoro, etc.

2. The private activity service commences with the afternoon activity on the day of arrival and ends with the morning activity on the day of departure.

The game viewing at 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 includes elephant, buffalo, leopard, tsessebe, zebra, hippo 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 Jao Camp.

ABOUT THE LODGE

  • First time to Africa

    First time to Africa

    Float down crystal-clear channels on a mokoro (dug-out canoe) to see wildlife wading through the waters. Hop on a boat and travel further to take in the sights and sounds of this wetland paradise. Enjoy a pampering massage out on your private deck or in the Spa.
  • Travelled to Africa

    Travelled to Africa

    Spot the variety of game that frequents the drier areas while on a game drive vehicle. Spend a day with the wildlife of Hunda Island, a delicious picnic in the bush en route. Keep a look-out for the rare, iconic sitatunga or sleek spotted-necked otter.
  • Seasoned Traveller

    Seasoned Traveller

    Spend the afternoon at the hide and enjoy the fabulous birds of the area, such as slaty egrets and crowned cranes. Indulge in sumptuous brunch while dipping your feet in a Delta channel. Select your favourite nectar from our excellent wine cellar.
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