The word Pelo in Setswana means ‘heart’ – a fitting name inspired by the distinct heart-shaped island in the centre of the Jao Concession on which the camp is built. This is the Delta as it is meant to be enjoyed – remote, genuine, and wild.
We just love Pelo Camp. This is the kind of safari camp that is almost nonexistent anywhere else in the Delta. Being of the classic pioneering safari style of days long ago, the atmosphere generated here is truly wonderful and timeless.
From the air you are immediately struck by the heart shape of the island conjuring romantic notions of the camp before you step foot in it. This is then amplified by the relaxed manor in which the camp operates, knowing instinctively when to be servicing your wishes and when to pull back.
Unusually, this camp is a reasonably priced option given the company it is in within this concession. In our opinion though nothing suffers, and the standards of service and quality of the camp remains high. The cost difference can be attributed to it being an Island camp and not being able to offer a traditional vehicle safari or big game walking safaris.
The wildlife and birdlife is very good year round but safari life here is generally more genteel. The Papyrus laden waterways that take you to the main game viewing areas are beautiful with birdlife, insect life and amphibians taking center stage along the way.
We do really love this camp and as a combination with a predominantly dry camp further south or North east of Pelo would be a perfect combination especially if needing to keep an eye on the costs.
The camp’s low-impact, carbon-neutral activities allow unobtrusive wildlife viewing and a sense of being at one with nature.
Five traditionally styled meru tents on the ground, with sandy pathways.
Power in Room
In Room Safe
Sundowner Boat Cruise
Mokoro Boat Safari
Big Five: Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo
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