15 Apr' 2021

One of the best countries in Africa, Botswana, stands alone as a prime global destination for wildlife lovers due to its stunning natural beauty, unique ecosystems, and unrestricted movement of a large number of wildlife species. 

Choosing the best luxury Botswana Safari Lodge is critical for a memorable and life-changing
Botswana Safari holiday to this landlocked African country.

                                     

National parks, reserves, and wildlife management areas cover 38% of Botswana's land area. These vast swaths of uninhabited land provide an ideal environment for endangered mammal and bird species such as wild dogs, cheetahs, brown hyenas, and many others to thrive.

Botswana Adventures | Botswana Safari Holiday
Botswana Adventures | Botswana Safari Holiday

Discover Africa is proud to present our hand-picked list of the Best Botswana Safari Lodges in Africa. With the assistance of our expert travel consultants and Google analytics, we were able to identify the best five botswana safari lodges for a Botswana safari.

5 of the Best Botswana Safari Lodges:

Ngoma Safari Lodge

Rated 5 stars on Tripadvisor

Ngoma is a true Bucket-list item! The true combination of amazing landscapes and world-class service and activities.

Three words, ‘BEAUTY, ELEGANCE, CHOBE’

Ngoma Safari Lodge exterior | Best Safari Lodges in Botswana
Ngoma Safari Lodge exterior | Best Safari Lodges in Botswana

What makes this Ngoma Safari Lodge unique?

This Botswana luxury safari lodge, an oasis in a wildlife paradise, provides unrivalled panoramic views of the game-rich floodplain and Chobe River.

It is right on Chobe National Park’s doorstep, also known as the "Land of the Giants", because it is home to the world's largest elephant population.

Ngoma Safari Lodge interior | Suites overlooking Botswana Nature
Ngoma Safari Lodge interior | Suites overlooking Botswana Nature

The eight thatched river-facing Botswana safari lodge suites feature spacious internal and external living areas, a large luxury bath, an inside and outside shower, air conditioning, overhead fans, a minibar, tea/coffee facilities, including a Nespresso machine, and a minibar. Furthermore, each suite has a private ‘refresh and relax' pool conveniently located in the outdoor living area.

What Dining Options are at Ngoma Safari Lodge?

On a Botswana safari, we don't just eat food; we enjoy it. Ngoma Safaris employs professional chefs who have years of experience in the preparation of delectable dishes. 

Ngoma Safari Lodge dining | Breakfast on the deck
Ngoma Safari Lodge dining | Breakfast on the deck

We make sure you don't go hungry by serving an English or Continental breakfast, a light lunch of greens, meat, and cheeses, and a multi-course dinner with wine or drinks of your choice.

Ngoma Safari Lodge activities | Game Drive in Botswana
Ngoma Safari Lodge activities | Game Drive in Botswana

Activities at Ngoma Safari Lodge

  • Breakfast and Lunch cruise in western Chobe is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge (wet season/seasonal rain-dependent)

  • A full day Safari incorporating a Chobe River cruise and Chobe National Park Game Drive is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

  • Night Game Drives through Chobe Forest Reserve is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

  • Local school and clinic visits to the village is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

  • Bird viewing  is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

  • Victoria Falls Tour  (Either on the Zambian or Zimbabwean side) is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

  • Fishing on the Chobe (Seasonal) is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

  • Morning and Afternoon Game Drives is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

Leroo La Tau

Rated 5 stars on Tripadvisor.

We found the heart of Africa in the people of LLT :-)

Awesome experience, beautifully situated at the river, not to be missed visiting this part of Botswana

Leroo La Tau exterior | Best Safari Lodges in Botswana
Leroo La Tau exterior | Best Safari Lodges in Botswana

What makes Leroo La Tau Unique?

Leroo La Tau is located on the Boteti River's banks, overlooking the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. This Botswana Safari lodge provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to witness the spectacular annual zebra migration.

Leroo La Tau interior | Overlooking the banks of the river
Leroo La Tau interior | Overlooking the banks of the river 

Leroo La Tau’s rooms are located on the river banks, which can vary from a lush river bed to a dry river bed depending on the season, providing excellent game viewing opportunities year-round.

What Dining options does Leroo La Tau Offer?

Leroo La Tau Safari Lodge provides various dining options, including a picnic at Baines Baobab and a candlelit dinner under the stars overlooking the Boteti River. 

Leroo La Tau dining options | Breakfast with a view
Leroo La Tau dining options | Breakfast with a view

A continental breakfast is served before departing early in the morning on a game drive, followed by a delectable brunch. An enjoyable high tea is served after a relaxing siesta while soaking in the view from your room.

 


Leroo La Tau Activities | Sleep out Helicopter
Leroo La Tau Activities | Sleep out Helicopter

What Activities does Leroo La Tau offer?

  • Daily Game Drives into the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

  • Boat cruises along the Boteti River can be enjoyed depending on the season is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

  • optional cultural excursion to learn about life in the village of Khumaga is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

  • A day trip to Nxai Pan and Baines Baobab is available for guests staying three nights or more is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

  • A unique sleep-out under the stars  is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans for guests staying three nights or more (July-October) 

Savute Safari Lodge

Rated 5 stars on Tripadvisor.

Superb location for wildlife viewing in Africa - it brings The Lion King to life!
 

Outstanding game viewing
 

Savute Safari Lodge exterior view | Best Safari Lodges in Botswana
Savute Safari Lodge exterior view | Best Safari Lodges in Botswana

What makes Savute Lodge Unique?

Savute Safari Lodge is located on the Savute channel, which has a long history of flowing and then drying. This brings with it a plethora of magnificent wildlife and an ever-changing experience, depending on the season and the presence of water.

 Savute Safari interior | Luxurious bedrooms at the Botswana Safari Lodge
Savute Safari interior | Luxurious bedrooms at the Botswana Safari Lodge

This Botswana safari lodge offers an incredible opportunity to soak up the area’s action, with year-round waterholes that attract a large number of elephants and other game. Dining with elephants under the Savute sky is unrivalled.

What dining options does Savute Safari Lodge have?

The outdoor dining area allows you to observe the wildlife while you eat. 

 

Savute Safari Lodge dining options | Dinner while observing Wildlife
Savute Safari Lodge dining options | Dinner while observing Wildlife 

Lunch in the heat of the day often means elephants coming to drink and bathe, and as you enjoy the evening candlelight dinner, one keeps an eye on the water hole to see what nocturnal species may be attracted.

Savute Safari Lodge activities | game viewing on Game Drive
Savute Safari Lodge activities | game viewing on Game Drive

What activities does Savute Safari Lodge Offer?

  • Guided Game Drives through Savute region is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

  • San Rock Painting excursion is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

Xugana Island Lodge

Rated 5 stars on Tripadvisor.

Our third Desert and Delta lodge and with a unique location on a lagoon.

Safari lodge with historical significance

Xugana Island Lodge exterior | Best Safari Lodges in Botswana
Xugana Island Lodge exterior | Best Safari Lodges in Botswana

What makes Xugana Island Lodge Unique?

Xugana Island Lodge is a one-of-a-kind island paradise in the heart of the Okavango Delta. It is a small, romantic space that can sleep up to 16 people. 

 Xugana Island Lodge interior | Suite overlooking the Delta on Botswana Safari
Xugana Island Lodge interior | Suite overlooking the Delta on Botswana Safari

The main area overlooks the Xugana Lagoon and provides a tranquil setting to sit back, relax, and take in the incredible sights and sounds of the Delta on a luxurious Botswana Safari.

What Dining options does Xugana Island Lodge Offer?

Meals are served in the Al Fresco dining area overlooking the Xugana Lagoon. 

Xugana Island Lodge Dining options | Floating Deck dinner
Xugana Island Lodge Dining options | Floating Deck dinner

If you're looking for a romantic getaway, the floating deck can be set up for amazing private, candlelight dinners in the middle of the lagoon.


 

 

Xugana Island Lodge activities | Helicopter Flip
Xugana Island Lodge activities | Helicopter Flip

What activities does Xugana Island Lodge Offer?

  • Walking Safaris are offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

  • Mokoro rides are offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

  • A Boat cruise on the Delta is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

  • Day and Night Game Drive is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

  • Catch and Release Tiger Fishing is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

  • Scenic Helicopter flip is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

Savute Elephant Lodge


Rated 4.5 on Tripadvisor

Amazing Honeymoon with the team at Savute Elephant Lodge!

What an amazing time!

Savute Elephant lodge exterior | Best Safari Lodges in Botswana
Savute Elephant lodge exterior | Best Safari Lodges in Botswana

What makes Savute Elephant Lodge Unique?

This tented oasis is located next to a permanent waterhole, which provides year-round game viewing opportunities as wildlife gathers to drink at the waterhole. It is a perfect starting point for discovering the wonders of Chobe National Park, as it is located next to the mysterious Savute Channel. 

The Botswana Safari Lodge's exclusive viewing hide allows visitors to get up close and personal with animals, giving them a front-row seat to nature's drama. At the Hide, guests can even have Breakfast with Elephants. From dawn to dusk, lions, elephants, cheetahs, hyenas, and antelope congregate for a refreshing drink.

 Savute Elephant Lodge interior | Luxury Tented room Safari Camping
Savute Elephant Lodge interior | Luxury Tented room Safari Camping

Savute Elephant Lodge has 12 luxurious tented rooms, each raised on a wooden platform for a spectacular view of elephants in their natural habitat.

Relax on their four-poster bed or in the shaded outdoor lounge. With a cocktail in hand, stroll out onto their sun-drenched deck for some wildlife viewing.

What Dining options does Savute Elephant Lodge have?

As the impala glide through the savannah, take a seat on their deck for an out-of-this-world dining experience. Sample signature African dishes prepared by their talented chefs and paired with fine wines and champagnes.

Meals are served undercover during the cooler season or in wet weather, but full view of the reserve's abundant wildlife.

 Savute Elephant Lodge dining options | Lunch on a Botswana Safari
Savute Elephant Lodge dining options | Lunch on a Botswana Safari

As elephants pass by, enjoy light breakfasts and fresh coffee. Nightly campfire gatherings feature local cuisine and African fables, which can be enjoyed while fireflies dance in the shadows.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included in your stay, and most dietary restrictions can be accommodated upon request. 

Savute Elephant Lodge activities | Wildlife viewing hide
Savute Elephant Lodge activities | Wildlife viewing hide

What activities does Savute Elephant Lodge have?

  • Wildlife viewing hide is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

  • Morning and Afternoon Game Drives is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

  • San Rock Art Painting and Baobab Trees excursions is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

  • Stargazing is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

  • Bird Watching is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

  • Boma dining Experience is offered at this Botswana Safari Lodge

Congratulations, you've reached the end of our list of Botswana's best safari lodges. We hope this article has helped you plan your next African Safari and inspired you to book straight away

Besides a Botswana safari, there are also several other safari destinations to choose from, such as; Skeleton Coast, Namib Naukluft Park, South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and so much more; stay tuned for whatever country or destination gets featured next month. Or why not try out a self-drive adventure in Botswana?


 

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