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Best Botswana Safari Lodges Our Curated Selection Of The Best Safari Lodges in Botswana

With its varied terrain, a Botswana safari offers a wide variety of interesting places to stay – indeed, some of the finest among the best African safari lodges. Take a look through this curated collection of the best Botswana safari lodges, and see what makes your heart beat faster.

The country’s enviable reputation as a safari destination is based on its vast swathes of pristine protected areas, ranging from the jewel-like wetlands of the Okavango Delta to the much drier – but no less beautiful – the Central Kalahari Desert. Plus, the range covered by the best Botswana safari lodges reflects the diversity of the many habitats contained with the country’s parks and reserves.

Botswana’s luxury tented camps are the epitome of safari architecture and style. Designed to let the outside in without compromising on service, these modern interpretations of classic safari accommodation are the last word in safari chic.

While the lodges are an attraction in themselves, the focus remains firmly on Botswana’s wild spaces, and the wildlife that inhabits them. Space is the operative word; staying at one of the best Botswana safari lodges, the only thing that will be crowded will be your memory … or the memory card in your camera.

Water is a common theme, as many of the best Botswana safari lodges overlook waterholes, lagoons and rivers. This means that wildlife viewing can be a very relaxing activity indeed, done armchair style, but it’s just as likely to inspire you to head out on a game drive or guided walking safari.

In drier areas, like the Makgadikgadi Pans, the absence of water is not as keenly felt as might be expected, with desert-like vistas capturing the imagination and encouraging you to channel your inner artist.

Zarafa Camp is situated in northern Botswana.

Zarafa Camp | Selinda Reserve

The Selinda Reserve, where Zarafa Camp is situated, is the Grand Central Station of northern Botswana, where large herds of animals travelling between the Okavango Delta and Chobe/Savute corridors comeContinue Exploring…...

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Unwind with sundowners in the boma at Sable Alley. © Natural Selection

Sable Alley | Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta needs no introduction, and the classic safari styling of Sable Alley is entirely in keeping with what you might expect from one of Botswana's best safari lodges. TheContinue Exploring…...

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Chobe Game Lodge | Chobe Riverfront | Botswana

Chobe Game Lodge | Chobe River

Chobe National Park is one of Botswana’s more accessible protected areas, but that takes nothing away from the sense of being somewhere truly wild. Nor does staying at Chobe GameContinue Exploring…...

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Take a mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta from Vumbura Plains.

Vumbura Plains | Okavango Delta

Vumbura Plains is both ground-breaking and ecologically sensitive. Despite there being two satellite lodges on the same site, the overriding sense is of intimacy and personal service. It’s also oneContinue Exploring…...

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Camp Okavango | Okavango Delta | Botswana

Camp Okavango | Okavango Delta

Camp Okavango is one of Botswana's best safari lodges with a difference. Rather than focusing on game drives, its setting on a small island means that the emphasis is on waterContinue Exploring…...

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Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge has the most magnificent sunsets.

Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge | Okavango Delta

Inspired by the nests of sociable weavers and clad in timber scales that resemble the armour of a pangolin, Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge is an eco-friendly escape – one ofContinue Exploring…...

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Jacks Camp Makgadikgadi | Art of Safari

Jack’s Camp | Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Jack’s Camp has achieved iconic status (no mean feat among Botswana's best safari lodges) by way of its staggering location in the Kalahari Desert (described by its founder as possessingContinue Exploring…...

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Elephant come right into camp at Savute Safari Lodge.

Savute Safari Lodge | Chobe National Park

In the west of Chobe National Park, the Savute Channel or ‘Stolen River’ floods and dries up on its own mysterious schedule. Set on its banks, Savute Safari Lodge –Continue Exploring…...

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This lion, near Kalahari Plains Camp, seems to have spotted something of interest.

Kalahari Plains Camp | Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Fall in love with the desert and its starry skies at Kalahari Plains Camp, set on an immense pan in the remote northern part of the Central Kalahari. Rugged andContinue Exploring…...

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Ngoma Safari Lodge is set on several levels across the hillside.

Ngoma Safari Lodge | Chobe National Park

Enjoy panoramic views over the wildlife-rich Chobe River and floodplain from Ngoma Safari Lodge, one of Botswana's best safari lodges, located on the doorstep of Chobe National Park where youContinue Exploring…...

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The rooms at Skybeds are set on stilts. © Natural Selection

Skybeds | Okavango Delta

Skybeds consists of three luxury sleep-out platforms. One of the more remote and intimate Okavango Delta camps – and indeed one of the best Botswana safari lodges – it offers allContinue Exploring…...

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Camp Xaxanaka | Okavango Delta | Botswana

Camp Xaxanaka | Okavango Delta

Camp Xaxanaka ticks all the boxes for being one of Botswana's best safari lodges. Situated in the pure, untamed Okavango wilderness, it offers access to a an amazingly diverse arrayContinue Exploring…...

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Duba Expedition Camp is set in the private Kwedi Reserve.

Duba Explorers Camp | Okavango Delta

Get to the heart of the Okavango Delta, where a 31,000ha private reserve is yours to explore. From day and night game drives or boat safaris to catch-and-release fishing andContinue Exploring…...

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Camp Moremi | Okavango Delta | Botswana

Camp Moremi | Okavango Delta

Camp Moremi, one of Botswana's best safari lodges, takes its name from the game reserve in which it’s situated, and ultimately from the visionary chief who first declared this aContinue Exploring…...

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Xugana Island Lodge | Okavango Delta | Botswana

Xugana Island Lodge | Okavango Delta

Xugana Island Lodge, one of Botswana's best safari lodges, provides ample evidence to support the view that solitude is the new luxury. Its location, in an exclusive private concession, allowsContinue Exploring…...

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Learn all about the Okavango Delta on game drives from Sanctuary Chief's Camp.

Sanctuary Chief's Camp | Okavango Delta

Trace the steps of Chief Moremi via game drives or mokoro excursions at his former hunting grounds of Moremi Game Reserve. From scenic flights to indulgent spa treatments and gourmetContinue Exploring…...

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Linyanti Ebony is situated in Botswana’s Chobe Enclave.

Linyanti Ebony | Family Safari | Chobe Enclave

The Chobe Enclave is a true land of giants, with large herds of elephant and soaring trees. It’s beneath a stand of the latter that you’ll find the family tentContinue Exploring…...

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Tau Pan’s guest rooms have private viewing decks.

Tau Pan | Central Kalahari Game Reserve

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the second largest game reserve in the world, and the sense of space and remoteness is palpable. This vast space offers the luxury ofContinue Exploring…...

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Kings Pool has a swimming pool overlooking the lagoon.

Kings Pool | Linyanti Wildlife Reserve

Set in the private Linyanti Concession, among Africa’s highest density of elephant, is one of Botswana's best safari lodges: Kings Pool, which overlooks the Linyanti River and Kings Pool Lagoon.Continue Exploring…...

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San Camp has a decidedly Lawrence of Arabia feel to it.

San Camp | Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

In any location, the classic white tents of San Camp would be eye-catching; on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans, it manages to both stand out and blend in, exudingContinue Exploring…...

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