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  • Dear Frances, just to let you know that the trip went off without a hitch; it was a truly wonderful experience and will always be fondly remembered. The Letaka mobile safari was something of a highlight because our guide “Nkosi” was a true star. He was so passionate about the bush and all it has to offer. He was very considerate, a safe driver and had the most encyclopaedic knowledge of all the mammals and birds. He could answer every question going. He was also able to interpret the animal behaviour to track animals and find them. Quite outstanding. Our 7 days with him resulted in some emotional “goodbyes” when he saw us off from Xakanaxa airstrip for the finale at Vumbura Plains. That was a superlative end to the holiday and we agreed it was the best accommodation and “service” experience we have ever encountered anywhere in the world. Another highlight were the “Safari Brothers” – Grant and Brent Reed – turning up at Maun to greet us off our flight back from Vumbura. Rather beyond the call of duty but it was great to speak to them about our time in the Kalahari and the Moremi with Nkosi and how good the support team were led by Mousa the bush chef. Many thanks for putting together what will be remembered as a trip of a life time.

    David, Sarah, Nick and Rachel from Leicestershire travelled to South Africa and Botswana

Botswana

Accommodation

Accommodation Options in Botswana

The vast majority of safari camps and lodges within Botswana are tented, varying considerably in style and degrees of luxury. At the luxury end of the market, ‘tents’ are often set into permanent wooden structures with thatch roofs and huge private decks, backed up by five star furnishings, bath tubs with views out over the bush, and in some cases, air-conditioning and private plunge pools. However, there is also a wide range of more modest tented camps and lodges where location, atmosphere and the ‘close to nature’ experience still triumph over comfort and facilities! For the adventurous, there are well-organised but simple ‘fly-camping’ or ‘adventure camping’ options, usually associated with affordable overland camping safaris or specific walking, mekoro or horse-riding trails.

However, not all camp and lodges in Botswana are tented, and there are a limited number of safari hotels or solid-structure lodges throughout the key safari regions, most notably in and around the Chobe National Park.

You might also wish to consider the option of taking a traditional luxury mobile tented safari, either privately or on a scheduled small group departure. Whichever you choose, these safaris always offer a first class tented experience and a genuine bush safari. Although these safaris are unable to visit any of the private concessions, there are many wonderful regions where they are able to operate.

Many of Botswana’s permanent camps are located on private concessions which are usually only accessible by air. They offer a very exclusive safari experience for a very restricted number of guests.

Please find below a variety of individual properties and safari options available in Botswana, listed by accommodation style and where appropriate, by region. Simply click on the name to visit the property website. To learn more about the individual accommodation styles, please visit our ‘Accommodation on Safari’ section off our home page. Please contact us for up to date information and opinions on all properties, or for suggestions for your trip.

Tented Safari Lodges - Makgadikgadi Pans


Safari Lodges - Central Kalahari

Safari Lodges - Okavango Delta, Savuti, Tuli Block