Botswana offers many choices of accommodation depending on which areas you choose to visit, whether that be the Okavango Delta, Linyanti Reserve, Jack's Camp in the Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari Desert or Nxai, Chobe & the Tuli block on the borders of South Africa.
Each area holds its own special charm, with opportunities to stay in wonderful, extremely comfortable accommodation or to go authentically rustic and back-to-nature camping in the Bush.
You really get what you pay for in Botswana and because tourism is valued so highly it is also controlled. The visitor to Botswana will enjoy the warmest welcome, great hosts and guides, fabulous game and bird viewing in breath taking natural surroundings. Amongst our favourite places is Zarafa Camp, winner of the 2014 and 2013 Safari Award for 'Best Safari Property in Africa.' If this is above your budget, we have many other suggestions to ensure both a wonderful experience and a good night's sleep! There's something for all the family in Botswana and will be an experience never to be forgotten.
Botswana's safari lodges are usually small, intimate, eco-friendly and brilliantly situated with privacy and an expansive view. They offer excellent food and guided game viewing. Many lodges, especially in the Okavango Delta, can only be reached by small plane most of the year and because they are 'on the water', some game viewing is done by Mokoro (a cross between a punt and a canoe) or small motor boat. In contrast, the desert offers a completely different experience so it's worth trying to visit both areas if you can.
The tented safari camp is an obvious theme running through all of Africa so your accommodation, most likely, will be an ingenious interpretation of a tent but more permanent and 'designed'. To avoid damage to the environment, they are often raised on platforms and joined by decking paths. The bathroom is usually the deciding factor and at the top end you will find them very comfortable, spacious and civilised, with flushing toilets and separate bathrooms. You can shower (or in some locations even enjoy a bath) under the stars to truly embody the African adventure.
At the other end, still lovely, comfortable and characterful but just closer to nature and perhaps a little more rustic there is the tented camp that is semi-permanent and you really are sleeping in proper tents, with showers only, long drop toilets and definitely the best experience ever.
A great way to experience Botswana at its most authentic and wild (and can be a way of keeping the costs down too!) is to choose a mobile safari. For the more discerning 'adventurer' choose a mobile safari with a personal guide and vehicle. You will stay in comfortable tents with beds/bedding, bucket showers, long drop toilets and a mess tent, all beautifully set-up for you. There will be ice for your drinks and delicious food cooked on the camp fire.
To keep costs lower we can arrange for you to join a group travelling around chosen routes in Botswana. You'll help to set-up camp, stay in bell tents, sleep in sleeping bags but still be able to see and experience the best of what Botswana has to offer. If you have enough people travelling with you (eg. two families) you may be able to have your own exclusive group!
Most of the camp sites available are accessible by road from Maun, the central hub for travellers in and out of Botswana. As you will be camping outside the main game reserves you do not have to pay park fees. You can explore in a mokoro, walk & fish. Camping is brilliant fun for a family adventure to experience true luxury amidst the wilds of nature and re-live the bygone days of the early explorers. Selinda Explorer's Camp is designed in the style of the early explorers, located in a wonderfully remote and exclusive location in the 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve. Tents are furnished with Campaign furniture, Persian rugs, sherry decanters, flush toilets and bucket showers. An open-sided mess tent provides comfort in a bedouin style and "back to nature" activities with guided walking, day and night drives and canoeing are the main focus.