It was quite a treat to see Jao.
It's one of what Wilderness calls its 'premium' camps, which basically means it
costs more than twice what the others do. Our 'tent'--well, it did have
canvas walls--measured 20 feet by 60 feet !!! One long wall was entirely
screen for constant viewing. The decor was sort of Cleopatra visits Shaka
Kahn's fortress mixed with a turn of the century safari. Each tent had a
long porch facing the bush.
In the other direction the porch had a
gazebo with a bed in it. Bill and I fell asleep out there after
lunch. A noise awakened us and the baboons were only four meters away
Inside seemed as big as our house.
It had a lounge area, a bed area and an enormous bath area. Here's looking
from the bath towards the front door.
And then here's looking the other
way. That door goes to the giant outdoor shower. Before you get to
that door, there is a full en suite bath too, as well as the antique footed
tub. The island has two sinks and the shampoo and body lotion are in
No matter how fancy, the tent still had
its little visitors!
Jao would be a great place for a
honeymoon! Actually, because it had only been a game reserve for a couple
of years, the animal viewing wasn't so great. The game still remembered
when it had been a hunting concession. We saw lots of red lechwe and
baboons, and of course, lions.