Pelo Camp is a rustic camp in the Jao Concession in the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana. It offers a traditional safari feel with more than a touch of the beach holiday, and a relaxed pace focused on exploring the stunning waterways and wildlife that surround the camp.
Pelo Camp sits on a small heart-shaped island surrounded by fine white sand, palm trees and a wealth of vegetation. The communal areas comprise two tents of considerable size: one offers a dining-area in which meals are taken communally, the other a comfortable lounge with sofas and chairs for lounging.
Throughout the décor has a light touch, emphasising creams and blues combined with local crafts and untreated woods. Between the two tents there is a large deck with a bar and breakfast-bar, offering excellent views over the delta. There is also a swimming-pool.
As one would assume in this remote location, there is no tv or radio, and no cell phone reception or internet. Overall the camp can accommodate 10 people, making it ideal for a larger group, though the nature of the area does mean it is not ideal for younger children (no under-13s are allowed).
Food & service
The kitchen prepares unpretentious yet reliably tasty and nutritious cuisine, and with notice can be very flexible with dietary requirements. The service is friendly and attentive.
There are five tents at Pelo Camp, each with either double or twin beds. Each ground-level tent is very comfortable, thoughtfully furnished and decorated in keeping with the main areas and offering a couple of chairs, shelving and a safe, and bathroom facilities including a flush-toilet, a shower with hot and cold water, a wash-station and a full-length mirror. Each has good views and a reasonable degree of privacy.
Pelo Camp’s activities are overwhelmingly water-based, with expertly-guided trips undertaken either by boat or by mokoro (a traditional canoe). Species in abundance include hippo and elephant, and the birdlife is extraordinary.
Pelo Camp is highly eco-friendly. The entire endeavour is geared towards an authentic experience of the landscape and wildlife while maintaining a minimal footprint.