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Pelo Camp

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Silver price level

Mango Opinion

Pelo is a traditional tented camp located on a island is the heart of the Okavango Delta. The simple and rustic style exudes charm. The wildlife viewing can be limiting as only boating and walking safaris are offered due to the terrain. Great for birders!

The word Pelo in Setswana means ‘heart’ – a fitting name inspired by the distinct heart-shaped island in the heart 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.

Pelo’s main area comprises a tented dining area and lounge situated under impressive wild date palms, jackalberry and Natal mahogany trees while the inviting plunge pool allows for refreshing dips in the midday heat. There is also an outdoor boma area and a raised lookout deck perfect for sundowners. The five intimate guest tents, complete with covered verandas, have en-suite bathrooms with both an indoor and outdoor shower.

Given Pelo Camp’s situation on an island surrounded by permanent water, activities focus on water activities as well as walking. Glide seamlessly along the waterways of Pelo in 6 x 2-seater mekoro (a traditional dug-out canoe; singular: mokoro) and see wildlife from the water’s viewpoint. Trips in a 12-seater boat allow for good game viewing in the channels of the Delta further away. Take a walk on one of a number of low sandy islands and learn about the River Bushman way of life in this area.  Fishing with a limited supply of basic equipment (spinner rods and a small range of lures) is offered seasonally on a catch-and-release basis.