This 60,000ha of land and home to hippos, crocodiles, sitatunga and red lechwe among other animals is a photographer’s dream location. A frightened fleeing animal, leaping over streams or grassland, makes for a fantastic photographic opportunity.
The Jao Concession (also known as NG 25) is situated in the north-western area of the Okavango Delta, just below the pan handle, whilst the Moremi Game Reserveforms the eastern boundary. Some 60,000ha in size, with maximum guest occupancy of 48 people, it encompasses deep blue channels, glittering lagoons, emerald-green floodplains and palm islands. To the north and east of Jao, the narrow water channels cut their way through a system of papyrus and reed beds.
Wildlife: Common animals at Jao Concession include hippos, crocodiles, sitatunga and red lechwe. In the dry season tsessebe, elephant, wildebeest, baboon, bushbuck and zebra are seen here, with lion, cheetah and leopard often sighted lurking on the floodplains, not too far behind their unsuspecting prey. A frightened fleeing animal, leaping over streams or grassland, makes for a fantastic photographic opportunity.
Ornithology: The true wetland areas of the Okavango Delta are best known for its outstanding bird life. The phase ‘photographers dream’ is never overstated here. Large concentrations of the endangered wattled crane, stepping through the long grass, saddle-billed storks hunting for frogs as well as slaty egrets, and the rosy-throated longclaw can be seen here.
Activities: All of the camps offer a variety of activities including game drives, walks and night drives. Boating and mokoro trips are a popular exciting, and to some a more adventurous way of game viewing.