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Home to world-famous wildlife destinations the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park as well as less well-known ones like the Kalahari and Linyanti, Botswana offers a wide range of rewarding experiences for the safari traveller.

But choosing the right accommodation is not always easy; there are some safari lodges that are more suitable for families than for honeymooners for example, and others that are better for solo travellers than groups. And where do you go if you want a kosher menu?

We’ve taken the guesswork out of it by arranging our best tried-and-tested Botswana safari camps and lodges by traveller type – and if you’d like some more information and inspiration, then find out everything you need to know about a Botswana safari here.

Honeymoon Lodges

Honeymoon Lodges

Baine’s Camp

A wooden structure emerges from the shelter of trees and sits among lush grass that leads into the waterways of the Okavango Delta | Go2Africa
Secluded on the southern edge of Botswana’s Okavango Delta | Baine’s Camp

Set in a private concession on the edge of the Okavango Delta, this luxurious camp features just a handful of suites, ensuring a private and exclusive experience. This riverside camp lies near a permanent lagoon and offers both day and night game drives, guided bush walks and year-round water-based activities.

In addition to great wildlife viewing and excursions, enjoy fabulous food and a fantastic fine wine list. Your elevated suite features a romantic 4-poster bed that you can have set up outside under the stars for a night to remember.

Camp Okavango

A mokoro with a couple and their guide approach a small floating bar in the Okavango Delta | Go2Africa
A bush bar with a twist – in the water, on your mokoro | Camp Okavango

Get away from it all at Camp Okavango: lying on a private island in the permanent wetlands of the Delta, this well-established camp lights its suites with solar power and specialises in water activities: motor boats take you to secret lagoons to look for hippos and elephants while an adventure in a mokoro (traditional canoe) reveals a more detailed world of waterlilies, bejewelled birds and dragonflies. You’ll enjoy great, friendly service and expert guiding at Camp Okavango as well as the chance to explore on foot – go island-hopping with your guide for the chance to see more wildlife.

North Island Okavango

Looking across a suite at North Island Okavango camp featuring a four-poster bed and out to a deck overlooking lush greenery and water beyond | Go2Africa
A wonderful view to wake up to | North Island Okavango

Secluded on a private island in the kaleidoscopic Okavango Delta, this Botswana safari camp offers a charming, luxury experience. Far-reaching views over glassy water, flourishing floodplains, and enchanting woodlands, enjoy constant entertainment courtesy of nature’s theatre.

Explore Botswana’s iconic Delta on classic game drives with expert guides, by water on a traditional mokoro (dugout canoe) safari, or on guided walks. If it’s a bird’s eye view you seek, venture to the skies in a helicopter to get a true lay of the land. Back at camp, indulge in peace and tranquillity, a private plunge pool, and traditional campfires.

 

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Family Lodges

Family Lodges

Linyanti Ebony

A raised pool deck with lanterns surrounding the water and across to an open fire with camp chairs and the main lodge at Linyanti Ebony | Go2Africa
A perfect place to see the last light of the day | Linyanti Ebony

Need something flexible? With only four tents on offer, you can book this entire camp or just go for the 2-bedroom family suite, which comes with its own lounge and bathroom. You’ll be in the heart of the Linyanti – an area especially good for big cats and elephants – and going out on morning and afternoon game drives plus boating safaris in season. Your family will enjoy a digital detox: the camp is off the grid with no Wi-Fi and runs on solar energy. There is an activity club for younger children where they can visit local villages, practise traditional crafts and learn about conservation. No-one will be bored!

Samctuary Chobe Chilwero

One of the suites at Chobe Chilwero - a thatched structure with a veranda leads down to a raised wooden platform featuring a plunge pool and mini boma | Go2Africa
A peaceful paradise | Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

Take your family into the heart of elephant country: this lodge has panoramic views over the Chobe River, the epicentre of Botswana’s elephant population and offers epic game viewing by 4X4 and boat, especially during the June-to-October dry season.

Chobe Chilwero welcomes children of all ages and has a childminding service, age-appropriate activities and a games room plus iPads, complimentary Wi-Fi and a swimming pool. As one of the most luxurious Botswana lodge offerings, it’s no surprise that there is also a great on-site spa and famously good food. Lying close to the Zimbabwe border, it’s also a good choice if you’d like to pop over to Victoria Falls for the day.

Jao Camp

A four poster bed complete with draped netting lies on a raised wooden platform underneath several large trees with wonderful views | Go2Africa
Spend a night under the stars on the Skybed | Jao Camp

Journey to the heart of Botswana’s world-famous Okavango Delta for the ultimate exclusive experience. As it’s only accessible by air, Jao Camp offers a secluded classic safari complete with local carvings, exceptional views, and one of Botswana’s top spas. Young travellers are welcome and introduced to the ‘Bush Buddy’ programme aimed at pre-teens and teenagers offering age-appropriate safari activities.

Discover a host of interesting wildlife, including the endangered sitatunga antelope, and several safari favourites like the infamous leopard, lion, and hyenas. The area is also a twitcher’s paradise boasting a variety of aviary species. Night drives, mokoro (dugout canoe) safaris along the water, and guided walks offer unique perspectives of the local wildlife and ecosystem.

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Jack’s Camp

Pink skies provide a contrast against tall palm trees and a tented camp lit by lanterns | Go2Africa
Sunset vistas | Jack’s Camp

Step back in time and embrace a colonial atmosphere that seamlessly combines the luxury and majesty of a bygone era with modern luxuries and thrills. Discover the  Makgadikgadi Pans on quad bikes, venture out on scintillating game drives, and enjoy guided walking safaris all accompanied by expert guides.

Shelter under the vast canvas tents and peruse books in the library or perhaps enjoy a dip in the covered pool while enjoying a refreshing drink. At night, return to your embellished tent or seek true adventure and sleep under the stars on the once magnificent lake admiring the Milky Way.

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Lodges for Small Groups

Lodges for Small Groups

Chobe Game Lodge

A covered boat out on the Okavango Delta from Chobe Game Lodge | Go2Africa
A water-based excursion | Chobe Game Lodge

How big is your group? With over 40 air-conditioned rooms, Chobe Game Lodge has plenty of accommodation available and although it may sound more like a hotel, this is the gracious, Grand Old Lady of the Chobe River. You’ll enjoy a relaxed atmosphere plus an exclusive riverside setting in Chobe National Park, one of the most exciting wildlife destinations in Africa. You’ll be first out and last back on game drives and river adventures – your Africa Safari Expert can arrange a private guide and vehicle so you enjoy total exclusivity. Back at the lodge, your group can enjoy time together whether it’s in the cocktail bar, billiard room, the in-house spa or simply beside the pool. Go between June and October for the biggest concentrations of elephants.

Duke’s Camp East

Several cabin-like structures and a main camp sit amidst the trees on a waterway in the Okavango Delta | Go2Africa
Right on the water’s edge | Duke’s Camp East

Located on the edge of a captivating floodplain amidst a World Heritage Site in Okavango’s northern sector, this Botswanan safari camp offers an up-close and personal experience. Watch as the day’s visitors meander through the water-laden channels and offer front-row seats to their daily routine. Swap your daily armchair safari for the ultimate trifecta – discovering your surroundings by land, water, or even air.

Whether game drives, mokoro (dugout canoe) and boat excursions, or helicopter safaris tickle your fancy, Duke’s Camp East offers it all. For the adventurous traveller, embark on a fly-camping experience. A secluded setting, sublime accommodation, and some of the best guides create a recipe for an unforgettable safari for first-timers or seasoned travellers.

 

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Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

Several plush armchairs share a coffee table in the forefront of the image while further back is a small firepit surrounded by camp chairs with a view of water beyond | Go2Africa
Views from the boma | Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

Introducing Chief’s Camp, a modern safari marvel located on the Okavango’s largest island. Look out over the Piajio floodplains and see how many sightings you can enjoy before breakfast – with a prolific wildlife population, guests are almost guaranteed to see predators and other game. A sublime swimming pool, bar, and wellness studio combine with well-appointed pavilions and communal areas to create a comfortable base camp.

While it’s a wonderful place to be, twice-daily game drives, that ensure each guest enjoys an ‘outside’ seat, offer unmissable excursions. Expert guides are also on hand for classic mokoro (dugout canoe) safaris when water levels permit. The area’s diverse wildlife and beautiful scenery mean every outing is unique.

 

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Solo Traveller Lodges

Solo Traveller Lodges

Meno a Kwena

Two people lie on camping rollouts with an elevated lanterns between them watching the sunrise with nothing else near them | Go2Africa
A special experience: sleep out on the salt pans and wake to the sunrise | Meno A Kwena

Located at the richly biodiverse interface between the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari, this camp lends itself to solo travellers: it’s a small (but not too small) camp with nine suites and a very relaxed and informal ambience. You’ll enjoy wonderful views of the Boteti River from your suite and can sit in comfort watching animals arrive to drink and hunt below you. Full-day game drives into the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park take you to the heart of the big game experience. It’s a great destination at any time of year: go in summer to see the Kalahari’s secret zebra migration.

Khwai Bush Camp

A thatched suite with large bed and separating wall behind the headboard as well as a small yellow chair off to one side and a tripod-style lamp | Go2Africa
A tranquil space to relax and unwind | Khwai Bush Camp

Here to see the wildlife? A private riverside setting next to the Moremi Game Reserve means this Botswana safari camp can also offer water activities, spot-lit night drives and guided bush walks as well as morning and afternoon game drives. Khwai Bush Camp lies in a famously productive area for wildlife. It’s a great place for heavyweight animals like elephant, giraffe and buffalo plus big cats, hyenas and African wild dogs as well as superb bird watching and general game viewing. Thatched chalets provide the accommodation, each with a private bathroom and wonderful wilderness views.

Kosher-friendly Lodges

Kosher-friendly Lodges

Vumbura Plains

Four people sit next to a game vehicle in shallow water with dark blue skies and the last remnants of orange on the horizon with lanterns around them and a fire pit | Go2Africa
Unique bush dinner and drinks | Vumbura Plains

Accommodating families and groups as well as couples and honeymooners via a subtle division of their camp into two wings, Vumbura Plains lays claim to some of the most sought-after real estate in the Okavango Delta: this is serious big game country with a healthy reputation for predators. Enjoying the advantages of a private concession setting, you’ll explore this wetland and woodland landscape by 4X4, on foot and by boat with an option to enjoy the view from a helicopter or hot-air balloon flight. Back at camp, you’ll find a private plunge pool on your deck plus a wide range of facilities including child-minders and a kids’ activity club make this Botswana safari lodge an easy choice.

Kings Pool Camp

A raised deck at Kings Pool Camp has an overarching tree and looks out at Kings Pool Lagoon in Botswana | Go2Africa
Overlooking Kings Pool Lagoon | Kings Pool Camp

Its position next to a permanent water source in the Linyanti region of the Chobe National Park and access to ‘super-Savuti’, the legendary battlefield between lions and hyenas, make Kings Pool Camp a great choice for undiluted wildlife viewing. Make the most of both day and night drives in addition to walking and boating safaris and excellent bird watching, all led by expert guides.

As one of the most luxurious camps in Botswana, each suite enjoys privacy and feature their own plunge pool, viewing deck, and bathroom. A spacious family unit is available in addition to exciting age-appropriate activities and child minding services.

Ready To Plan Your Adventure To Botswana?

With so many fantastic camps and lodges to choose from, it can be daunting to start the planning process. Chat to one of our African Safari Experts and get first-hand knowledge on where to go, what to do, and to sort all the logistics for you.

Dominic Chadbon
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