Jao Camp is a premier property with nine large and spacious rooms. Each of the unique canvas and thatched suites has been handcrafted under the direction of renowned architects Sylvio Rech and Leslie Carstens. The rooms are built under a canopy of shady trees and feature twin beds, en suite bathroom, hot and cold running water, a large bath and double vanity. There is an additional outside shower under the stars for those more adventurous who want to shower closer to nature. An outdoor "sala" invites you to enjoy midday siestas with a view and a breeze. Rooms are raised off the ground and offer wonderful views of the surrounding flood plains. A raised walkway connects the rooms to the dining room and lounge area.
Activities include day and night game drives in open vehicles, mokoro (dugout canoe) trips to explore the crystal clear channels, islands and waterways (water levels permitting). There is also a spa facility.
Cheetah Plains: This was exciting. Our first time in the 'Bush' and again, that same eagerness to provide a wonderful first time experience was evident from all the staff at the camp site. And had it been our first trip, I know they would have shown the same attitude. Andrew was our guide and he made sure t hat we saw the 'Big 5'!
We did not find the same friendliness in Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls as we did in all the other parts of our trip. I had originally mentioned to you that I thought that the day we arrived at Victoria Falls and did the sightseeing we could leave the next day. You had disagreed.That would have been the only change we would have made. We no longer Bungee Jump or Zip Line -so this day was not necessary.
Jao Camp: Good camp. Again the staff and accommodations were wonderful. Our guide - Mai Pah (sp) was good. Naturally the height of this camp was our kids joining us!
Duma Tau: Great Camp. Our Guide - Ron - warm friendly (as the others) again was super. One night after dinner we were held up at the dinning room - elephants in front of the room and we could not get out to go to our room- ah, the life in the 'Bush'!! ...
Your selection of areas and camps was perfect. Each one offered a slightly different flavor of Africa that helped make this trip special. We would not hesitate to recommend our itinerary for 'first timers'.Read More
- Ira Smith
And, I LOVED being back at JAO Camp. We were re-united with several of the same staff people who made our first trip so memorable (Tara & Chris, Kiddi, Joann & Mipa) who made u s feel truly at home. The new managers, Andrew and Lauren, were so much fun and so hospitable. Joann gave me one of the best massage's that I've ever had anywhere (again). We even got to meet and spend some time with David Kays who is an excellent host. They were all working so hard to try to keep flooding at bay but always treated us with exceptional consideration. I just can't even offer words that would adequately describe my appreciation to all of the people at JAO and I hope that you can pass that message on to them. I hope to return to JAO Camp often (in 2012, in fact ).
The game at Mombo was all that it's touted to be. I saw lion's eating a baby giraffe for breakfast ( a baby that we had just seen with it's mom the day before ) and rhino and just about every animal that I could have imagined - and some that I couldn't imagine ( e.g. , a female lion with a mane )Read More