Jao’s rooms are all reached via a long raised walkway...
Luxury SuiteBuilt of canvas and thatch, the extensive suites are tastefully decorated and very well appointed.
Running the length of each suite is an outside deck with a hammock and some chairs. If the weather is good – and you're feeling a little adventurous –the camp can organise a sleep-out in your own private sala at the end of the deck: a thatched sleeping area which we found made a great spot for an afternoon siesta.
Inside each of Jao's suites is a sitting area with a comfy sofa and chair, a large wooden table with sherry and glasses, a writing desk, and a minibar/fridge as well as a tea- and coffee-making station. There is also a selection of international adaptors, and an intercom system to call other suites or the camp office; just note that there is no outside line!
The twin beds, which can be made into a large double on request, sit under a four-poster mosquito net and face out over the floodplains to the front of camp. To maximise the view, the rooms have wooden doors with mosquito gauze which concertina open.
The en-suite bathroom is separated from the rest of the suite by a wooden partition, which doubles as a wardrobe. The addition of a roll-down reed blind means that the bathroom can effectively be closed off for additional privacy.
Behind the freestanding washstand with two basins is an old-fashioned claw-foot bathtub – quite unusual for a Botswanan safari camp. A separate flushing toilet is accessed through a sliding door. Jao Camp’s suites have both indoor and outdoor showers, and you might forgive the lack of water pressure for the fantastic view afforded by the latter. We also found a good range of toiletries by 'Moya' when we visited in 2013.