Pelo Camp

Pelo Camp: Our full report

6 rooms
Not suitable for children under 16.
1st July 2013 to 30th November 2013

Due to open on 1st July 2013 Pelo Camp will be the Jao Concession’s newest offering. A member of the Expert Africa team will be visiting the camp in the near future but until then, here is what we know about the camp from the information we’ve been given:

Pelo is situated deep inside the delta on a small island, surrounded by permanent, open floodplains. These make this camp perfect for water-based activities and its main purpose will indeed be as a mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) camp.

The entire camp will be tented and seasonal - there won’t be any ‘permanent’ structures here. The main area will include a dining area and lounge alongside an outdoor boma area. There will also be a raised platform nearby, built around an old anthill.

The accommodation at Pelo will consist of five reasonably spacious twin and one double tents, all consisting of covered verandahs and en-suite bathrooms with bucket showers and flush loos.

Guests will arrive at camp from Jao airstrip by boat. In keeping with its island location the camp does not have access to game drive areas. Instead, the main attractions here are the camps mekoro activities. On past visits to other camps in this concession we have always enjoyed the birding which has been very good. There are potential sightings of lesser jacana, slaty egret and wattled crane here alongside mammal species including elephant, hippo, crocodile, sitatunga and lechwe.

Our view

Pelo Camp has been billed as a camp that will offer a more traditional and rustic, water based experience, well suited to adventurous travellers looking to explore the waterways of the Okavango Delta. The camp will be situated in an area renowned for its varied bird-life and picturesque scenery with the emphasis not necessarily being on the larger mammals but on gaining an appreciation of the more subtle attractions of the Okavango Delta.


Location: Okavango Delta Safari Reserves, Botswana

Directions: Most clients will fly in from Maun or other safari camps in light aircraft. Boat transfers will be possible from other camps in the Jao concession.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Marketed and managed by Wilderness.

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included

Drinks included: Included


Attitude towards children: Children with a minimum age of 13 years are welcome.

Notes: Not suitable for children under 16.


Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes


Laundry facilities: 0