traditional Camp | Okavango Delta, Botswana
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Pelo Camp (pelo meaning "heart") sits on a heart-shaped island in a permanently flooded region of the Okavango Delta. A canopy of wild date palms, Natal mahogany and jackalberry trees shade the camp's main areas, and the five en suite tents create an exclusive experience with the feel of a mobile safari camp. Pelo is a peaceful sanctuary affording close access to nature in the camp, on the water and on foot.
Our Expert Says
Pelo is a traditional camp, simple yet very comfortable, and offers an excellent price point for the Okavango Delta. While activities focus on the waterways, birds, and smaller creatures, it's a great introduction to the delta ecosystem and combines well with camps in drier areas of the delta, such as Chitabe and Duba Plains.
– Court Whelan
Location: Jao Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Number of Tents: 5
Pelo's tented dining and lounge areas are shaded by a canopy of trees. Between activities guests can relax in the lounge to read, review photos or admire the view of the delta floodwaters. The traditional boma has an al fresco bar with chairs encircling a bonfire, the perfect place to trade stories before and after dinner. The five meru-style canvas tents have zippered entrances. Each tent has a comfortable bed with fine linens and a heavy duvet for the cool nights. A trunk provides extra storage. En suite bathrooms feature flush toilets, sinks with running water, and a safari-style bucket shower. A private covered veranda with safari chairs offers a quiet spot to read or rest in the warm air after lunch. Pelo is ideally organized for individual couples or a private group.
Facilities & Amenities
- En suite bathroom with outdoor safari shower
- Shampoo, soap, insect repellent and bug spray
- Room fan
- Tea/coffee in room
- 220v charging outlets in room
- In-room safe
- Laundry included
- Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
- Credit cards accepted (Visa and MasterCard)
- No air conditioning, hair dryer, telephone, Internet or cellular coverage
Wildlife Viewing & Activities
The Okavango Delta's annual floods and winding waterways offer amazing wildlife habitat, and Pelo Camp is situated in the heart in one of the delta's truest wetland areas. It is an ideal location for rare water-adapted antelope such as the elusive sitatunga and the red lechwe. Totally surrounded by permanent water, Pelo Camp is a great launch point for seeing the hippo and crocodile that abound in the delta waters. During the dry season from June to October, elephant, red lechwe and impala become regular sightings with occasional views of lion, leopard and buffalo. Birding is exceptional with slaty egrets, African skimmers, Pel's fishing owl and the largest concentration of wattled crane in Botswana. Activities include mokoro excursions, boat rides, fishing, and nature walks (subject to availability of a walking guide). No wildlife drives are offered from Pelo Camp, but it combines well with Tubu Tree Camp, where day and night drives are available.
The Okavango Delta is a year-round wildlife viewing destination, with the peak mammal viewing in the dry winter between June and October and fantastic birding all year. The below chart shows major wildlife sightings. Other typical sightings may include small mammals, such as jackals, foxes, caracal and serval, and a wide variety of birds and reptiles. Exact sightings will depend on weather and wildlife movements and can vary from camp to camp, since many camps are located on islands.
|Usually viewed||Frequently viewed||Occasionally viewed||Sporadically viewed||Rarely to never viewed|
|January||90° F||64° F||4.21 in|
|32° C||17° C||107 mm|
|February||88° F||63° F||3.11 in|
|31° C||17° C||79 mm|
|March||86° F||61° F||2.8 in|
|30° C||16° C||71 mm|
|April||84° F||54° F||0.71 in|
|28° C||12° C||18 mm|
|May||79° F||45° F||0.2 in|
|26° C||7° C||5 mm|
|June||73° F||43° F||0.12 in|
|22° C||6° C||3 mm|
|July||75° F||46° F||0.0 in|
|23° C||7° C||0 mm|
|August||81° F||48° F||0.0 in|
|27° C||8° C||0 mm|
|September||91° F||57° F||0.0 in|
|32° C||13° C||0 mm|
|October||95° F||59° F||0.91 in|
|35° C||15° C||23 mm|
|November||91° F||66° F||2.2 in|
|32° C||18° C||56 mm|
|December||91° F||66° F||3.39 in|
|32° C||18° C||86 mm|
As part of the Tubu Joint Management Committee, Pelo Camp participates in efforts to reduce conflict between the Jao Concession of the Okavango Delta, where the camp is located, and the nearby community, particularly with regard to poaching and over-fishing. With no permanent structures. 100-percent solar-powered Pelo Camp leaves the least impact possible on its delicate environment.