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The best safari camps in Botswana

As one of the most renowned safari destinations on the African continent, the question of which are the best Botswana safari camps is rather pertinent. This also raises the question of what "best" means: is this the most exclusive, the most scenically located, the best for wildlife-viewing, the best for families, the best for honeymooners, the best for singles...

So, along those lines we have outlined some of our favourite camps below and for whom they are most suited. Any of these can be included in a fully-bespoke itinerary and our knowledgeable Destination Specialists can also guide you with their most up-to-date knowledge and feedback to ensure that you pick the right camps and lodges for your Botswana safari.


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Zarafa Camp, Botswana

zarafa camp

Exclusive luxury, great for wildlife and a stunning location. One of our favourites and perfect for exclusive groups or honeymoon couples. Consisting of only 4 marquee-esque tents, Zarafa Camp is located in the beautiful Selinda Concession and is owned by the renowned Jouberts of wildlife documentary and photography fame. 

Zarafa combines nicely with Duba Plains Camp which is renowned for impressive rhino sightings.

Kwando Lagoon Camp
Kwando Lagoon Camp

Kwando Lagoon Camp 

Not necessarily a luxury camp but that’s why we like it – great game before brass bath taps! With some of the best game in the Linyanti- especially if it is wild dogs that you want to see - Kwando Lagoon Camp really delivers. With a pack of wild dogs denning here for a number of years now this is the place to go to track these endangered canines, and there is plenty more to see besides.

Alongside wild dogs you have good resident cheetah, elephants, lion and more.

Shinde Camp, Botswana

Shinde Camp

Shinde Camp is a predominantly water-based camp; tranquil, early morning mokoro trips and sunset boat excursions offer a fantastic experience. Game drives and night drives are also on offer, exploring a private concession in the Okavango Delta. Situated on a large, palm-dotted island in the middle of the Okavango Delta, these luxury safari tents have spectacular views across the wildlife-rich floodplains and lagoon. At Shinde Camp, dining in the 'tree house' is an experience never to be forgotten. A private camp is available for groups, honeymoons or families.

An ideal spot for walking safaris, boat excursions, game drives or just enjoying sumptuous meals and good wine.

And Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

&Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

One of the best looking camps in the Delta, the central area at Sandibe has been designed to resemble a pangolin, and the suites don’t disappoint either with private plunge pools and expansive decks. It’s certainly not a case of style over substance either with some of the most rewarding game viewing in the Delta with a land-based safari experience which delivers big cats aplenty as well as much more.

Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge combines well with any of its sister camps including Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp which gives you the chance to boat and mokoro too

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Rhinos in Botswana © Annie Foot

Duba Plains

Duba Plains was previously known for its impressive lion population which took the unusual step of preying on buffalo; a complete unique wildlife interaction, which the Jouberts document in their film, ‘Relentless Enemies’. The lion population is still impressive, and are regularly seen picking off the red lechwe found here in great number. But perhaps what Duba Plains is now most impressive for is its rhino population, thanks to the translocation efforts of the Rhinos Without Borders project, and one of the only opportunities to see rhino in the wild in Botswana.

Chobe Chilwero Lodge, Botswana
Chobe Chilwero Lodge, Botswana

Chobe Chilwero Lodge 

Although Chobe Chilwero Lodge is fenced, it still affords spectacular views down to Chobe River where elephant crossings are a regular occurrence. The first camp in the area to have its own private spa, the stepped pool and huge claw foot baths all combine to make this a truly sumptuous place to stay. Enjoy game drives in the morning through the park (one of the best locations for huge herds of elephants) and sundowner river safaris as the sunsets and herds of elephants cross the river.

Located outside of Chobe National Park, this is one of the most exclusive lodges in this north-eastern corner.

Selinda Explorers Camp, Great Plains Conservation

Selinda Explorers Camp

Once again set in the Selinda Concession, this is a more affordable and authentic alternative to its sister camps, Selinda and Zarafa Camp. With a fabulous setting over the Selinda Spillway, you truly feel like you’re in the age of the great explorers here. The game viewing doesn’t disappoint either with elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and wild dog all seen regularly, making for rewarding safari activities.

While away an afternoon in a hammock watching elephants in the spillway to the front of camp.

Abu Camp, Botswana
Abu Camp, Botswana

Abu Camp

Game drives, night drives and canoe trips can be arranged while staying at this beautiful camp in the Okavango Delta, but it is the interactions with the local elephant herd that really sets Abu Camp apart from the rest. With just five luxury “tents” and a secluded pool, this place is a real treat. Baines' Camp is a less interactive but more affordable alternative, where you can spend time both with elephants and the team behind the Grey Matters Project. A morning with these gentle giants learning about their daily habits, walking with them through the bush and finally enjoying lunch in their presence is great fun.

For a truly immersive experience with Botswana's elephants, look no further than this luxury camp.

Jack's Camp, Botswana

Jack’s Camp

Synonymous with old-world grandeur, Jack’s Camp has been renewed ready for the 2020 safari season and continues in the same 1940s campaign style – think muslin-draped walls, canopied four posters and commodes but with modern touches including private plunge pools. The uniqueness of the camp reflects the unique environment where it’s found, home to habituated meerkats, salt pans crying out to be explored on horseback or by quad bike and a population of San bushmen who will teach you their traditions.

Located in the Makgadikadi Pans of Botswana, this Camp offers a unique experience and transports the traveller away from the big game of the Delta to the more up close and personal life of the pans.

Letaka Tented Camp, Botswana
Letaka Tented Camp, Botswana

Letaka Tented Camp

A fantastic mobile tented camp experience as you travel on a small group camping safari departure through Botswana. The luxury here comes in the form of having the same guide throughout your safari, making for a real journey of discovery. Letaka provides large ensuite tents that are set up and broken down for you each time you move on, a safari chef and professional guide, this is the real way to explore the magic of Botswana.

Ideal for single travellers that wish to join a small group, or alternatively families to hire on an exclusive basis.

Leopard, Botswana

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