The area is typical of most people's picture of what the Okavango Delta should look like. The Jao Flats are among the most scenic areas in the Delta, and are characterized by huge open flood plains and permanent lagoons.
Jao Concession has lots of round-leafed Hippo Grass, banks of common reeds and swathes of Bulrushes along the edges of the deeper channels. In slower channels the water ways are full of aquatic water plants such as Water Lettuce and pretty water lilies.
The area has many small islands which have Bush Date Palms and a few Ivory Palms. There are Rain Trees, Birdplums and Waterberry trees. The drier areas of the concession have small forests of Mopane Trees and Acacia scrubland.
Jao Concession Area has many species that are typical of the region and on an Okavango safari you may see animals such as Hippo and Crocodile, Wildebeest and Elephant. The area has a thriving population of Lechwes, and shy Bushbuck are commonly seen.
In the dense reeds lining the deeper channels you may be lucky enough to encounter the rare Sitatunga antelope. The Jao Flats are also a good area to spot the Spotted Neck Otter.
The western drier areas of the reserve are home to Blue Wildebeest, Zebra and Tsessebe, Impala, Kudu and Giraffe. This is the area that most of the predators are to be found as well. The concession has numerous Lions. This is due to the fact that the area used to be a hunting concession, and the populations of other predators such as Leopard and Hyena were kept down.
The area no longer allows hunting, and the numbers of other predators are increasing and you can now occasionally see Leopard in the concession.
Jao Concession Area is beautiful year round, but it is more comfortable to enjoy water activities and bush walks in the dry season from April to November. If you are hoping to see lots of wildlife, then a good time to come is from September to November.