Wilderness Safaris to rebuild Jao Camp, Botswana
Wilderness Safaris will rebuild Jao Camp, with the reimagined property due to open on June 1st.
The work will also see the introduction of the camp’s luxurious and brand new Jao Villas.
Set in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Botswana, the new Jao Camp will retain the same high stilted main area built into the tree canopy, with more private areas in amongst the trees.
The camp will comprise two villas and five twins with private plunge pools, lounge and dining areas, kitchen facilities plus en-suite bathrooms, including indoor and outdoor showers.
The new Jao Villas, accommodating four people each in the two identical guest rooms, which share a main area, will feature a private vehicle, guide, chef and butler.
“Having to replace our old substructures provided us with the opportunity to enhance the special features that we always loved about Jao, to make improvements and incorporate extra touches.
“We are making the most of our camp environment, with buildings set to blend into the tree canopy whilst offering stunning views and honouring our commitment to be as eco-sensitive as possible,” said co-owner of the Jao Reserve, Cathy Kays.
The main area will feature both indoor and outdoor lounges, dining areas, a satellite kitchen and several private dining areas, along with a fire deck.
The spa at Jao will be tucked in among the palms for privacy, and is surrounded by water to provide a calming and tranquil atmosphere.
The gym will be built on the edge of the island, presenting stunning views over the lush waterways, while the main pool, with its unique canopy pavilion providing shade, will project out into the floodplain with 270-degree views of the Delta.
A key feature is the museum and gallery, as an important aspect of the camp rebuild is the emphasis on learning and sharing knowledge.
“We are delighted with the progress of the rebuild to date, and look forward to welcoming our guests back to our new and enhanced Jao Camp in 2019,” concluded Kay.