Jao’s rooms are all reached via a long raised walkway...
Luxury SuiteBuilt of canvas and thatch, the luxurious suites at Jao Camp are voluminous, tastefully decorated and very well appointed.
Running the length of each suite is an outside deck with a hammock and some chairs to relax in. But if the weather is good – and you're feeling a little adventurous – then 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 suite 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 an intercom system to call other rooms or the camp office, which can be quite useful. Just note that there is no outside line! There is also a selection of international adaptors.
The twin beds,which can be made into a large double on request,sit under a four-poster mosquito net and face out from the centre of the room, with a view over the floodplains to the front of camp. The rooms have wooden doors with mosquito gauze which concertina open to maximise the view.
The en-suite bathroom is separated from the rest of the room by a wooden partition, which also doubles as a wardrobe. The addition of a roll-down reed blind next to this means that the bathroom can effectively be closed off from the room, for additional privacy, if you wish.
Behind the freestanding washstand with two basins is an old-fashioned claw-foot bathtub – quite unusual for a Botswana safari camp. Jao Camps' suites have both an indoor and an outdoor shower, and one 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 April 2013. There is a separate flushing toilet, which is accessed through a sliding door.