This is our selection of some of Botswana's best lodges and safari camps, in most cases based on our personal experiences at these lodges. We believe these lodges offer superb service, warm hospitality and real value-for-money, ensuring you have the best stay on your Botswana safari.
Botswana is one of the most popular safari destinations in Southern Africa and there are hundreds of safari lodges and luxury tented camps available. Wherever possible, one of us has personally visited these lodges.
Most of these lodges are remote, accessible only by light aircraft. Others are seasonal and closed when the water levels become too high. Each one offers an exceptional, all-inclusive safari experience.
Please let us know what your personal preferences are and we'll gladly give you our recommendations. We're not affiliated to any lodges or hotel groups so we will offer you our unbiased, first-hand advice.
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Baines' Camp is a small and intimate luxury camp nestled in the tree line on the banks of the Boro River, in Botswana's Okavango Delta. This minimal-impact lodge is situated in a 260,000-acre private concession area, adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve. Game drives are in open 4x4 vehicles which drive off-road and at night. Each of the five intimate suites has been craftily constructed from recycled material and buffalo dung and offers sweeping views over the river and surrounding bush.
Belmond Khwai River Lodge is a luxury safari lodge on the banks of the Khwai River overlooking its floodplain. It's situated on a private concession just outside the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. It is one of the few luxury tented lodges in Botswana that has air-conditioning, and the game viewing in the Khwai River area is absolutely superb.
Camp Moremi is a serene tented camp at the edge of the Okavango Delta, within the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. Renowned as one of the best game-viewing areas in Botswana, the Xakanaxa area surrounding this camp offers you the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Okavango from open 4x4 vehicles, motorised river boats or even from your private viewing deck.
Camp Okavango, situated in the heart of Botswana's Okavango Delta on the secluded Nxaragha Island, is a wetland paradise offering excellent game viewing all year round. This luxury tented camp accommodates 24 guests and each room has its own private deck overlooking the Okavango. The main lodge is built from thatch and lethaka (reed) and offers a cocktail bar, a wildlife reference library and dining room which leads onto a spacious open patio.
Camp Xakanaxa is well-established, popular tented safari camp accommodation in the Moremi Game Reserve, built in a prime location overlooking the Xakanaxa Lagoon in Botswana's Okavango Delta. It's one of the few Okavango lodges that offers year-round water- and land-based activities in a superb game-viewing area.
Chief's Camp is an idyllic luxury safari camp and one of only two lodges situated on Chief's Island in Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta – the only place in Botswana where rhinos can be found in their natural environment. The area around Chief's Island is seasonally submerged by floodwaters and offers exceptional game viewing all year round. Chief's Island is home to the Big Five and is known as the "predator capital of Africa".
Chobe Game Lodge sits on the banks of the Chobe River in Botswana's diverse Chobe National Park and is the only permanent game lodge in this area. Its 44 rooms all overlook the Chobe River and Caprivi floodplain. For those looking for ultimate exclusivity, there are four luxury suites, each with its own private plunge pool and viewing terrace. Chobe National Park is home to the largest concentration of elephants in Africa and offers spectacular game viewing all year round.
Chobe Marina Lodge is situated just outside the Chobe National Park in Kasane, Botswana. The lodge provides luxury accommodation with beautiful views over the Chobe River. Chobe Marina Lodge offers a variety of activities, including open-vehicle game drives in the Chobe National Park, or game viewing by boat along the Chobe River, reputedly the best boat-based game viewing in the world. This lodge is reasonably priced and can easily be combined with nearby Victoria Falls for an unforgettable safari.
Chobe Safari Lodge offers luxury, yet affordable, safari accommodation in the Chobe area, overlooking the Chobe River. Situated in Kasane, Botswana, Chobe Safari Lodge is a large resort-style safari lodge bordering the Chobe National Park, which is famous for its excellent game viewing.
Chobe Under Canvas is an intimate, luxurious mobile tented camp in the northern half of the game-rich Chobe National Park in Botswana that provides guests with a unique and unforgettable safari experience. The six spacious tents accommodate a maximum of 12 guests.
DumaTau Camp is an intimate, luxury safari tented camp overlooking an enormous lagoon in Botswana's northern Linyanti area. Bordered to the east by Chobe National Park, DumaTau enjoys an abundance of wildlife and birds, as it's close to the Linyanti marshes and the source of the Savute River, near the confluence of the Kwando and Linyanti rivers. Its remote position offers a private, unhurried safari experience in one of Botswana's pristine conservation areas.
Eagle Island Camp is a luxury lodge nestled within the Okavango Delta on Xaxaba Island, overlooking the Xaxaba Lagoon. The lodge has 11 air-conditioned safari tents and an exclusive luxury suite for those looking for supreme privacy. The Fish Eagle Bar at Eagle Island Camp was voted one of the most romantic bars in the world by the New York Times. The area surrounding Eagle Island Camp offers exceptional wildlife and bird sightings all year round. A special treat is the scenic helicopter flight over the Okavango Delta, which is included in your stay.
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Fly in by light aircraft and spend six nights in some of Botswana's most productive game-viewing areas, combining Kwando's best camps: Splash, Lebala, and Lagoon. Spend either two nights at each camp, or three nights at Splash and three nights at Lagoon or Lebala. All three camps are in huge private concessions and offer a variety of game-viewing activities. Kwando is known for its commitment to a quality, traditional safari experience where the focus is on a true bush encounter and enjoying the best possible wildlife sightings.
It is easy to combine Botswana and Victoria Falls. This trip idea combines four of Botswana's top safari destinations with two nights at Victoria Falls. The duration is flexible and you can spend an extra night at any of the destinations on this trip. Botswana has many excellent lodges, but we always recommend using lodges in the same group or family so you can benefit from long-stay specials. This trip idea is based on Desert & Delta Lodges, which are reasonably priced and lie mainly in the national parks.
Our 15-Day Southern Africa Signature Safari is what we consider to be an ideal safari itinerary on a mid-range budget to see the best of Southern Africa within a limited time frame. Take in some of Southern Africa's top destinations – the spectacular Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe; Chobe National Park in Botswana; picturesque Cape Town and the Garden Route; the Kruger National Park and the famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa.