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Jao & King's Pool Re-Open





Eagerly awaited, Jao and King's Pool Camp have re-opened after extensive renovations. Set in two uniquely distinct areas of Botswana, these camps present an exceptional complement of contrasts - from the watery essence of the Okavango Delta to the wildlife-rich plains of the Linyanti eco-system.
The brand-new 
Jao Camp, set in the heart of a World Heritage Site, exudes a contemporary design and continues the sense of adventure that the camp has always exhibited, adding an element of surprise and delight through its ever-evolving sculptural and architectural language. 
The camp boasts a new main area, elevated into the tree canopy, two new exclusive villas and five expansive tented rooms, all with private plunge pools, sitting and dining areas, ensuite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers. Each villa includes a private vehicle, guide, chef and butler. The gym, built on the edge of the island, presents stunning views over the lush waterways, while the main pool projects out into the floodplain with 270-degree views of the Delta. The spa at Jao is tucked among the palms for privacy, and is surrounded by water to provide a calming and tranquil ambience. 
A fascinating new feature is the museum and gallery, with its emphasis on the immediate area and its denizens, from a giraffe skeleton that soars two stories high to geographical maps and artworks. It is here that Jao presents the history of the owner's family, their love of and commitment to the area's conservation. This also creates a space where visiting scientists and researchers will share their research with guests and staff.
King's Pool
It was in 1976 that King Gustaf and Queen Sylvia of Sweden arrived in Botswana as newlyweds on honeymoon. In an effort to escape the paparazzi, they made their way to a remote location close to Chobe National Park called the Linyanti. There they camped on the banks of an oxbow lagoon and fell in love with Botswana. That love of the wild lived on, so when Wilderness Safaris built a camp on the site, it was dubbed King's Pool... and the game-viewing barge was christened Queen Sylvia.
It is a place of memories, but also of migrations and movement – from meta-herds of elephant to carmine bee-eaters. It is the center of ancient paths that cross borders, and even older tectonic plates, whose movements create vistas and the Savute Channel. The renewed King's Pool Camp celebrates past and present, ancient craft and modern innovations, unique wildlife and the trails they tread. The highlight of the camp's position is its proximity to the handsome oxbow lagoon where any number of wildlife, from aquatic birds to hippo, elephant and basking crocodiles, can be seen.
The main area, deck and bar offer uninterrupted views, with closer proximity to the water, while parts of the roof extend down to ensure privacy. As part of the camp rebuild, existing materials from walkways and flooring from the previous structures were reused to create screens and decorative wall detail for the new camp. Special care has been taken to balance privacy, safety and comfort while still "inviting the outside in", to create an immersive wilderness experience.

Coinciding with the opening of King's Pool, Wilderness Safaris, in partnership with Helicopter Horizons, has introduced scenic helicopter flights from all of its camps in the Linyanti, including Duma Tau and Savuti Camp.

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