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The Top 25 Best Safari Lodges and Camps in Botswana

Matthys van Aswegen

Author: Matthys van Aswegen - 16 February 2023

Last Update: 16 February 2024

Part of the Visit Botswana & Botswana Travel & African Safari Collection

Botswana is consistently rated as one of the best places in Africa to go on a safari. It’s home to the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, as well as the hidden gems of the Kalahari and Linyanti. You’ll find ample opportunities to spot the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino) as well as a wide assortment of other exciting wildlife. 

Planning to go on a safari in Botswana? Get inspired with this round-up of the top 25 best safari lodges and camps in Botswana.

Mombo Camp

Mombo camp delivers authentic tented safari camping at its most luxurious in the world-renowned Okavango Delta floodplains. The camp puts a strong focus on customer experience and your every need is anticipated. Friendly and experienced guides make every game drive a trip worth remembering. 

Devotion to your satisfaction is a part of every experience at Mombo, and the deeply personalized service will leave you feeling pampered and cared for from every angle.

Highlights include:

  • A photography hide
  • Reliable Big Five sightings
  • Scenic helicopter flights

Ideal for: Photographic safaris

Savute Safari Lodge

Nestled within Chobe National Park, Savute Safari Lodge is celebrated for its elegant accommodation and exceptional viewing of Africa’s largest elephant herds. The lodge’s strategic location offers a luxurious gateway to the wild, providing a serene backdrop for an unforgettable safari experience.

Highlights include:

  • A well-stocked library with views of watering holes
  • Elevated decks for uninterrupted game viewing
  • A refreshing swimming pool overlooking the Savute Channel
  • Evening bonfires in a traditional boma setting

Ideal for: Birding safaris

San Camp

Delightfully isolated San Camp is a must-go for anyone wanting to escape to the middle of nowhere and be immersed in the miracles of the African bush. Ensconced in the rolling golden grasslands and salt pans of the Kalahari desert, billowing white tents shaded by palm trees deliver a sense of the romantic.

This seasonal camp (November to March) is dedicated to making the most of the dry season in Makgadikgadi Pans and places a strong focus on the striking views of the salt pans and a game-loaded savannah, all of which can be scouted by horseback and quad bike (ATV).

Highlights include:

  • Delicious and innovative cuisine
  • Meerkat interactions
  • Bushman walks
  • Tented yoga and meditation deck

Ideal for: Honeymoon safari

Tuludi Camp

Tucked away in the famous Khwai Private Concession and constructed in partnership with the local community, Tuludi camp is the ideal base if you’re looking to explore the fascinating Okavango Delta. When you’re done spotting elephants, hippos, lions, and leopards, settle into the stylish and polished camp to admire the breathtaking views of the spectacular wilderness in the shade of acacia trees.

Highlights include:

  • Private vehicle and guide with the family suite
  • Mokoro safaris
  • Night drives
  • Excellent big game viewing

Ideal for: Family safaris

Jack’s Camp

Jack’s Camp is an iconic destination, offering a glimpse into an ancient landscape untouched by time. Set against the vastness of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, this camp is a sanctuary for those looking to step off the beaten path and into a world of exploration and wonder.

Highlights include:

  • Opulent safari tents with indoor and outdoor showers
  • A plush, Persian rug-adorned mess tent for communal dining
  • A refreshing pool pavilion for relaxation in the desert heat
  • Private, guided walks to ancient baobab groves
  • A specialist spa tent offering traditional treatments

Ideal for: Luxury safaris

Chobe Chilwero

Overlooking the sparkling Chobe river and limitless bushveld, Chobe Chilwero is a dreamy riverside retreat on the edge of the Chobe National Park. Whether you choose to explore the plains on a game drive or make your way along the waters in a boat, you can look forward to incredible wildlife encounters with lions, leopards, hippos, wild dogs, and buffalo.

Of course, no trip is complete without spotting the majestic elephants the area is famous for. A stay at Chobe Chilwero is everything you could hope for from a Botswana safari.

Sanctuary Retreats – Chobe Chilwero Lodge, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Highlights include:

  • Spa treatments in a treetop room
  • A kids’ safari program
  • Reliable elephant sightings
  • Boat cruises on the Chobe river
  • A tour of Victoria Falls in neighboring Zimbabwe

Ideal for: Family safari

Xugana Island Lodge

Xugana Island Lodge is a jewel within the Okavango Delta, offering an intimate setting for those wishing to connect with nature. Surrounded by water, this lodge is a haven for bird enthusiasts and those seeking tranquility in a lush, aquatic environment.

Highlights include:

  • Overwater chalets with panoramic delta views
  • An elegant dining area set on a wooden deck above the water
  • Sundowner cruises on the Xugana Lagoon
  • A private bird hide for ornithology enthusiasts
  • An open-air boma for atmospheric dining under the stars

Ideal for: Water-based safari

Okuti Camp

Situated in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, Okuti camp’s one-of-a-kind domed suites are built using wood, reeds, and canvas. Beneath the exterior of these masasas (houses of reeds) lies a lush interior with comfy furnishings. Each suite is raised on a wooden deck with rooms overlooking the tranquil Maunachira channel and Moremi’s flourishing wetlands. Expect views guaranteed to instill a sense of wonder and inner peace.

Highlights include:

  • Exploring the Delta by motorboat
  • Custom safari vehicles for unparalleled game viewing
  • Abundant birdlife

Ideal for: Birding safari

Sanctuary Baines’ Camp

The elegant and stylish Baines’ Camp delivers the classical African safari experience with a twist of romance. Perfectly suited to couples, the camp offers a range of intimate activities from candle-lit dinners under the Milky Way to languid sunset mokoro rides on the Delta, dips in the star bath, and peaceful nights in a star bed where you can drift off counting shooting stars.

Sanctuary Baines Camp in Botswana | Photo credits: Sanctuary Baines Camp
Sanctuary Baines Camp in Botswana | Photo credits: Sanctuary Baines Camp

Highlights include:

  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Eco-friendly camp
  • Mokoro safaris
  • Boat cruises

Ideal for: Romantic safari

Leroo La Tau

Perched above the western bank of the Boteti River, Leroo La Tau offers a panoramic vista of the Makgadikgadi Pans. This lodge is a sanctuary during the dry season, as herds of zebra and wildebeest congregate at the river, offering an unparalleled wildlife spectacle.

Highlights include:

  • Cliff-edge chalets offering expansive views of the Boteti River
  • A floodlit waterhole attracting nocturnal wildlife
  • A serene infinity pool with panoramic wilderness views
  • Themed cultural evenings with traditional music and dance
  • An observatory deck for stargazing sessions

Ideal for: Zebra migration safari

Vumbura Plains

Somewhere between a beach house and a log cabin, each Vumbura Plains suite tucked away in the African wilderness delivers a light and airy escape from it all. The camp exudes a relaxing and tranquil atmosphere with an elevated deck that lets you take in the awe-inspiring views of the Delta’s floodplain. Guaranteed to have you soaking up the magic of the African bush with every breath.

Highlights include:

  • Mokoro safaris
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Night drives
  • Walks safaris
  • Hot-air balloon rides (April to September)

Ideal for: Mokoro safari

Moremi Crossing

Moremi Crossing, a pioneer in eco-friendly camping, stands on a palm island, offering a sustainable way to experience the heart of the Okavango Delta. Emphasizing conservation and community involvement, this camp invites guests to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the delta.

Moremi Crossing in Botswana | Photo credits: Moremi Crossing
Moremi Crossing in Botswana | Photo credits: Moremi Crossing

Highlights include:

  • A lounge and dining area built around ancient trees
  • Spectacular sunset views from the elevated deck
  • A variety of dining settings, including private bush dinners
  • Nature walks led by experienced guides focusing on conservation

Ideal for: Affordable Okavango Delta safari

Xigera Safari Lodge

Be pampered at Xigera safari lodge, where comfort and style are the name of the game. Enveloped in the tranquil waters of the Okavango Delta and its riverine forests, this 5-star destination will have you relaxing in the lap of luxury. From gourmet dining to top-class spa treatments, every aspect of your stay is designed to maximize well-being and deliver an unforgettable safari experience.

Highlights include:

  • Wellness center
  • Fine dining
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Photographic safaris

Ideal for: Honeymoon safari

Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp

Rustic meets elegant at this spellbinding destination, where you have uninterrupted views of lush mopane woodlands and flooded grasslands. Nxabega is everything you’d expect from a 5-star hotel, from its opulent comfort to personalized service. Enjoy gourmet dishes or grab a coffee from the in-house barista before you retreat to your hanging daybed to soak up the wonders of the bush.

Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp | Photo credits : Nxabega



Highlights include:

  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Catch-and-release fishing trips
  • Reliable Big Five sightings
  • Mokoro safaris
  • WILDchild activities for kids

Ideal for: Kid friendly safari

Jao Camp

Nestled on a remote island in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Jao Camp oozes opulence and is only accessible by air. Built on a couple of levels rising into the tree canopy, this awe-inspiring safari destination incorporates natural materials and unique construction to deliver an out-of-this-world setting.

With floor-to-ceiling glass panels, you’re guaranteed awe-inspiring views of the verdant bush, while contemporary furnishings blend with local art and carvings for a sophisticated feel.


Highlights include:

  • Seasonal star-beds for nights under the Milky Way
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • A one-of-a-kind spa
  • Exclusivity in a private concession

Ideal for: Luxury Okavango Delta safari

Eagle Island Lodge

Positioned in the Delta’s stunning Xaxaba Island, Eagle Island lodge delivers a safari experience quite unlike any other. Here, timeless luxury meets Africa’s unique water-based experiences, skipping the rumbling 4×4 vehicles in favor of mokoro rides and barge cruises. Expect up-close sightings of wildlife like hippos, elephants, buffalo, crocodiles, and all the big cats at this one-of-a-kind destination.


Highlights include:

  • Horseback riding
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Fish Eagle Bar on the water

Ideal for: Horseback safari

Selinda Camp

Located on the banks of the Selinda Spillway, Selinda Camp incorporates traditional African materials of wood, thatch, and canvas to blend in with its pristine surroundings. Unique and contemporary design meets the highest levels of luxury, with jaw-dropping views of the Selinda Reserve’s endless wilderness.

Keen photographers will be blown away by the resident hide’s spectacular views of wildlife and the custom-built safari vehicles that make sure you can capture those amazing shots.


Highlights include:

  • Reliable sightings of African wild dogs and lions
  • One-of-a-kind architecture
  • Walking safaris
  • Boat cruise

Ideal for: Walking safaris

Chobe Game Lodge

Moorish architecture and mind blowing decor make a stay at Chobe Game Lodge an unforgettable experience. As one of Africa’s premier safari destinations, this remarkable feat of design delivers the ultimate in luxury stays. Outstanding views of the wildlife-packed Chobe River are coupled with excellent levels of service, fine dining, and opulent accommodations. With such an upscale experience, you’ll be forgiven for forgetting you’re in the middle of the wilderness!

Chobe Game Lodge in Botswana | Photo credit: Chobe Game Lodge
Chobe Game Lodge in Botswana | Photo credit: Chobe Game Lodge



Highlights include:

  • Reliable elephant sightings
  • Eco-friendly electric safari boats
  • Fine dining

Ideal for: Chobe river safari

Camp Moremi

Go off-grid without leaving behind the creature comforts of the modern world. Camp Moremi delivers the classic African safari experience with classy thatch and canvas safari tents, guaranteed seclusion, and opulent levels of service. Moremi Game Reserve plays host to daily game drives, sunset cruises on the Xakanaxa Lagoon, and leopard-spotting excursions.


Highlights include:

  • Privacy and hyper exclusivity
  • Boating safaris
  • Incredible views of the Xakanaxa Lagoon

Ideal for: Xakanaxa safari

Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

Tucked away in the depths of the Okavango Delta, Sandibe is ensconced in the forest canopy and tranquil waterways. The ultra-luxurious setting, unmatched levels of service, and awe-inspiring views combine to deliver a safari experience you’ll remember forever. Cool off in the plunge pool between game drives spotting wildlife like elephants and lions while the friendly staff anticipates your every need.


Highlights include:

  • Distinctive architecture
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • WILDchild kids’ program
  • An interactive kitchen

Ideal for: Luxury safari

Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp

Taking its inspiration from the plentiful water lilies of the Delta, Xaranna’s blend of chic yellows, lily pinks, and olive greens creates a calming atmosphere that will have you feeling at one with nature in no time. Unwind in comfort and soak up your time away from society while the staff takes care of your every need. Xaranna is the perfect place for couples and families looking to escape the hustle and bustle and reconnect with the miracles of the wilderness.


Highlights include:

  • Horseback riding
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Kids’ activities

Ideal for: Family safari in the Okavango Delta

Abu Camp

Tucked away in a verdant riverine forest surrounded on all sides by open floodplains, Abu camp focuses on heart-stopping encounters with its resident population of African elephants. This ultra-luxury camp gets its name from a local bull elephant and the camp’s light grey color palette goes even further to entrench the aesthetic. If you’re looking for a completely unique getaway, Abu Camp won’t disappoint.


Highlights include:

  • Star-bed sleepouts under the African sky
  • Water-based safaris
  • Elephant experiences

Ideal for: Honeymoon safari

Tubu Tree

Tubu Tree Camp, situated on the remote Hunda Island in the Okavango Delta, offers guests a unique blend of water and land-based safari experiences. With its diverse habitats, the camp is renowned for its leopard sightings and varied wildlife. Each of the eight luxurious tents provide stunning views of the floodplains. 


Highlights include:

  • Wildlife viewing hide
  • Sleepouts
  • Mokoro safaris
  • Night drives
  • Walking safaris

Ideal for: Photographic safari

King’s Pool Camp

With breathtaking views of the King’s Pool Lagoon and the wildlife-packed Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, you’ll feel like royalty at this idyllic destination. 5-star accommodations and service meet the quintessential African safari experience, and spacious, elegantly decorated suites will have you unwinding in no time. Extensive use of thatch and wood blend in seamlessly with the wonders of the bush, creating an atmosphere of sublime relaxation.


Highlights include:

  • Reliable predator sightings
  • Boat cruises
  • Walking safaris
  • Opulent suites

Ideal for: Luxury safaris

Chief’s Camp

Safari chic meets tranquil luxury at Chief’s Camp. Situated in the heart of the Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve, here you’ll experience the very finest of what Botswana has to offer. Enjoy incredible views of the Piajio floodplain and all the creature comforts you’d expect from a 5-star hotel. Reliable predator sightings and Big Five game viewing combine to deliver a safari experience you’ll remember forever while unmatched levels of service anticipate your every need.


Highlights include:

  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Mokoro safaris
  • A children’s play area
  • Reliable rhino sightings

Ideal for: Big cat safari


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