Pelo Camp is situated in a remote part of the Jao Concession on the western boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve in northern Botswana’s Okavango Delta and is surrounded by water. The camp is open seasonally and closes from December to March.
Pelo is small, intimate and rustic camp with just five spacious guest tents each with en-suite bathrooms and a covered front veranda. A canvas curtain separates the sleeping area from the bathroom which has a flush toilet, as well as running water in the basin. Each tent has an outdoor bucket shower with wonderful views over the lagoon.
The main area comprises a tented dining area and lounge situated under impressive wild date palms, jackalberry and Natal mahogany trees. There is also an outdoor boma area and a raised platform built on an old termite mound.
Given that the camp is on a small heart shaped island (Pelo aptly means ‘heart’ in Setswana) and is surrounded by permanent water, the activities offered focus on mokoro excursions in the open, shallow floodplains as well as boating and walking. No game drives take place at Pelo. Fishing is offered seasonally on a catch-and-release basis.
Pelo Camp is in one of the best areas to see elusive, and superbly water-adapted, sitatunga antelope as well as red lechwe, hippo and crocodile. Dependent on water levels and time of year, lechwe, tsessebe, elephant, wildebeest and impala are prevalent, with lion, buffalo and leopard seen occasionally. Wildlife concentrations within this part of the Okavango Delta depend on the water flow and volume and thus change from season to season.
Birdlife is abundant; with reliable viewing of spectacular Okavango ‘specials’ like Pel’s fishing-owl as well as African and lesser jacanas, slaty egret, African pygmy-goose and western banded snake-eagle.
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