7 June 2019 – Due to open later this month, Wilderness Safaris Jao Camp, located in the north-western Okavango Delta, has rejuvenated its health and wellness offering through its new spa, creating the ideal sanctuary to unwind and thoroughly disconnect.
“Visiting Jao is therapy in itself, given its tranquil wilderness location in the heart of this World Heritage Site. However, a treatment in our new spa – tucked away beneath palm trees in a tranquil location – is bound to further inspire our guests to fully appreciate Jao’s extraordinary holistic offering, which seamlessly reflects the health of the Delta’s ecosystem,” says delighted co-owner of the Jao Reserve, Cathy Kays.
The interiors of the two new round treatment rooms have been finished with an impressive construction of saligna laminated beams, rosewood-clad ceilings and rosewood floors. “The sense of space and the view of the massive saligna beams whilst lying on your back on the massage bed is truly spectacular”, adds Cathy. “We have taken great care to create an extraordinary space that not only evokes a sense of calm but brings nature inside”.
The upgraded wellness area also includes a reception area with a nail bar, allowing guests to enjoy manicures and pedicures in a more social setting, whilst appreciating the fabulous views. The mesh stacking doors allow for the rooms to open up fully in good weather, or remain closed in winter to keep out the chill. Terres d’Afrique skincare products, based on Africa’s unique botanical heritage, including organic baobab and sausage tree infusions, are used to nourish the skin during massages, scrubs and facials.
Jao’s signature ‘African Botanicals’ treatment includes a bath, an express facial and a massage, with many possible add-ons to enhance the experience. The facial makes use of the natural anti-ageing properties of kigelia (sausage tree) and baobab, while the massage is a baobab pinda massage, which is deeply relaxing yet detoxing, using heated baobab seeds (pindas) and luxurious organic shea butter scented with mopane and omumbiri essential oils.
“We are also offering a signature couple’s treatment, ‘The spirit of togetherness – Ubuntu’, which represents the idea that ‘I am because we are’. It is an African philosophical concept that we exist because others exist. It views individuals through their connections with others and not just as an individual. This further aligns to Jao’s core philosophy of driving sustainable ecotourism in the region, giving back to conservation and community empowerment at the same time”, Cathy added.
A typical day exploring the Delta sees guests outdoors on game drive vehicles, boats or even on foot, searching out the wildlife of the area. For those looking to continue the active theme of their stay, a well-equipped gym, built on the edge of the island, presents stunning Okavango views, while the main pool, with its unique canopy pavilion and waterfall, projects out into the floodplain.
The combination of compelling wildlife encounters and a holistic wellness experience promises Jao’s guests an unforgettable balance of excitement and relaxation, and a genuinely life-changing journey.