Located on a remote island, Jao embraces luxury in the wilderness. Retreat to the high-stilted main area hovering in the trees and a spa tucked into the palms for extra seclusion.

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Jao safari camp is set amid islands fringed with forests and floodplains, making it just the spot to see prolific wildlife. Five spacious tents are shaded by a canopy of trees. Feel refreshed in the ultra-luxe villas’ indoor and outdoor showers. Afternoon siestas are followed by a plunge in the pool for fabulous relaxation.

With 150,000 acres of private wilderness, there’s plenty to see at Jao, including lions, hippos, elephants, antelope, and excellent bird watching too. Look out for a crocodile’s toothy grin and a crowd of zebras around the banks of this wetland paradise when you explore on a glass-bottomed mokoro. Not only will you have direct access to the permanent swamps and lush palm islands around Jao, but also the dry land.  Thriving water channels cut through papyrus and reed beds. Because of this variety of landscapes, you will get a wide variety of wildlife, from giraffes to spotted-necked otters. Take a break during your game drive to refuel with a picnic on Hunda Island.

A raised hideout just 20 minutes from main camp gives you the opportunity to feel like a kid again in your own treehouse. Sleep under the stars, immersing yourself in the sounds of the bush without sacrificing comfort.

Take your pick from a wide selection of vintages in the wine cellar. Enjoy a spa treatment under the shade of the African ebony trees. A peruse through the museum and gallery will further your knowledge about the environment. Browse the botanical pressings, maps, and local artwork between outdoor activities.

Jao is dedicated to not only preserving this pristine landscape, but also the people who live here. Efforts to decrease poaching and waste have resulted in a beautiful corner of Africa where wildlife reigns supreme. Solar power is the source for all the hot water and electricity. Eco-friendly detergents ensures that the water that returns to the natural environment is not a pollutant.

Local kids get a boost through educational programs, and guests of Jao safari camp directly help through their stay at this secluded and special place.

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