Special Places To Stay In Botswana

Here are a selection of personally recommended places to stay in Botswana. We have travelled to, and stayed in, every one.

Camp Okavango

close to the okavango delta

11 tents & 1 reed/thatch Okavango Suite

Camp Okavango is situated on the remote Nxaragha Island in the heart of the permanent Okavango Delta and is the ideal base from which to discover the secrets of this wetland eco-system. Camp Okavango is a traditional safari camp accommodating guests in eleven en-suite East African style tents and one thatched honeymoon suite.

The tents are on raised teak platforms with private sundecks, and the honeymoon suite is for those guests looking for added exclusivity and privacy. Cool down in the plunge pool or enjoy stunning views of the tranquil floodplains from the elevated observation platform.

Xugana Island Lodge

close to the okavango delta

8 reed/thatch chalets

From its position on an island, the lodge overlooks one of the most spectacular permanent water sites in the Okavango Delta. Meals are served in the open boma or al fresco dining area facing the pristine waters of the Delta. The lounge, bar and dining areas are set under a canopy of fig and leadwood trees and the swimming pool in the gardens in the center of the island. The recently refurbished raised and shaded reed and thatch chalets each have a private deck and lagoon view.

Game viewing activities are conducted by experienced guides and include exploring the Okavango Delta by canoe, river craft or on foot. Seasonal angling and fishing is available.

Camp Moremi

moremi game reserve

11 Luxury tents

This elegant lodge within the Moremi Game Reserve is situated on the Xakanaxa Lagoon in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Colonial in style, Camp Moremi accommodates guests in East African style tents, each with en-suite facilities. The lodge has a swimming pool, sundeck, observation platform, cocktail bar, covered boma, wildlife reference library and main lounge – it’s a perfect place to share your day’s adventures, in considerable comfort. Moremi Game Reserve has one of the most diverse habitat and animal populations in Botswana, so there should be plenty to talk about!

Game viewing activities are conducted by experienced guides and include water-based activities and game drives in open 4x4 vehicles.

Savute Safari Lodge

chobe national park

12 Suites

Savute Safari Lodge offers an exclusive safari experience in the renowned Savute Channel/Marsh area of Chobe National Park. Tasteful, contemporary style Safari Suites are spacious with large glass sliding doors and private viewing decks. The lounge, library and cocktail bar are in the spectacular thatch and timber main building, which has an upper-level viewing deck to watch the African sunsets. Game viewing is excellent year round. Dry season game viewing concentrates on Savute’s resident bull elephants, lion and much more. The summer rains bring migrating zebra and wildebeest, and swell Savute’s already prolific bird-life.

Leroo La Tau

makgadikgadi pans national park

12 chalets

Leroo La Tau is situated on the banks of the Boteti River in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The raised main lodge area and swimming pool offer guests the opportunity to sit back and relax while listening to the variety of sights and sounds so characteristic of the African bush, with herds of zebra and wildebeest often seen around the lodge grounds and the waterhole. The camp comprises twelve luxury thatched and glass en-suite chalets, each on a raised wooden deck.

Day and night game drives yield sightings of lions and many other predators, crocodiles, elephants and even hippo. Access is via road from Maun or by light aircraft.

Xakanaxa Camp

moremi game reserve

12 tents

Located in the Moremi Game Reserve which lies within the Okavango Delta, this is one of the original authentic bush camps. With an idyllic location on the banks of the Khwai River overlooking the Xakanaxa Lagoon, the camp provides guests with a year round land and water game viewing experience. The Meru-style classic safari tents are raised on decks, are tastefully furnished and have en-suite facilities and a private viewing deck. Xakanaxa's elevated and thatched lodge area, fire deck and plunge pool provide a restful sanctuary with magnificent lagoon views.

Chobe Game Lodge

chobe national park

42 standard rooms; 1 family room; 4 suites

The only permanent game lodge within Chobe National Park, Chobe Game Lodge is set on the banks of the perennial Chobe River, overlooking the fertile floodplains of Namibia. Each of the air-conditioned river-facing rooms has a private terrace or balcony, and in addition the four luxury suites have private plunge pools and sundeck. Home to an estimated 45 000 Elephants, Chobe National Park is one of the best places in Africa to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, and in large numbers. Overlooking the river, Chobe Game Lodge offers great game viewing opportunities without having to leave the confines of the lodge.

Chief's Camp

moremi game reserve

12 Bush Pavilions

Located in the Mombo Concession, a region known as the ‘predator capital’, is the exclusive Chief’s Camp, with expansive views over the Okavango floodplains. Each secluded and spacious bush pavilion has indoor and outdoor showers, four poster bed and private reed-covered game viewing deck. The central camp deck is split into two levels offering views over the floodplains, and the swimming pool and sun loungers. Chief’s Camp has a treatment room with a selection of treatments. Activities from Chief’s Camp include game drives in the early morning and afternoon and mokoro safaris(subject to water levels).

Stanley's Camp

okavango delta

8 Tents

Located in the Okavango Delta, on the southern tip of Chief’s Island, is Stanley’s Camp, with views over the surrounding seasonal floodplains (floodwaters usually arriving around June). The en-suite tents are raised on wooden platforms, opening onto a private wooden deck with a hammock. There is a swimming pool and complimentary WiFi in the main camp areas. At Stanley’s activities include 4x4 game drives, mokoro (canoe) excursions (subject to water levels) and walking safaris. The elephant interaction activity is highly recommended (pre-booking advisable and additional cost).

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

chobe national park

15 Cottages

A chic safari lodge, Chobe Chilwero borders Chobe National Park in northern Botswana. The 15 air-conditioned luxury guest cottages all command fabulous views. Every room is allocated a preloaded iPad for guests personal use during their stay. The main public area has shaded outdoor viewing patios. There is a full Spa offering a range of treatments, including a treatment room elevated in the treetops. The lodge also boasts a split level swimming pool. Activities from Chobe Chilwero include game drives within Chobe National Park and river cruises in specially adapted motorboats.

Chobe Savanna Lodge

east caprivi strip

12 thatched chalets, 4 of which are inter-leading for families

Situated in the East Caprivi area of Namibia, just over the border from Botswana, Chobe Savanna Lodge overlooks the vast floodplains of the Puku Flats. The emphasis is on appreciating the beauty of the area and getting away from it all, although there are many activities available including a visit to one of the remote villages to see first-hand the traditions and culture of the local people. The spacious air-conditioned thatched chalets have a contemporary African theme, and each have a private deck. Local staff perform traditional dancing in the open boma, and there is a swimming pool set in the gardens. Fishing is available at Chobe Savanna Lodge.

Baines Camp

okavango delta

5 Suites

Baines Camp, named after a 19th century explorer, is located in the southern Okavango Delta region in a private concession that borders the Moremi Game Reserve. The canvas and thatched elevated tented suites feature a luxury bedroom with a mosquito net draped four poster ‘sky-bed’ that can easily be rolled onto your private deck for a night under the stars, and en-suite facilities with a ‘star bath’ on the deck. Activities from Baines Camp include 4x4 game drives, mokoro and motorized boating excursions, guided walking safaris and the ‘Living with Elephants’ interaction (additional charge).