The Jao is a concession area on the western side of Moremi Game Reserve and is part of the Okavango Delta System which covers over 6,000-square-miles (15,000-km2). The area has a large range of habitats ranging from open flood plain to permanent waterways and lagoons and is said to have Botswana's highest concentration of lions. Lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, buffalo and elephant are all found in this area, as well as good concentrations of zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and all the plains game.
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