Botswana Safari Lodges and safari camps

To compliment the vastly wealthy tourist attractions in Botswana, the government and the Botswana Tourism Board have ensured that world class lodges are coterminous with the tourist sites. This has seen the cropping up of new accommodation facilities in addition to the already existing top notch lodges. These accommodation facilities come in form of hotels, lodges and tent camps.

The most renowned tourist accommodation facilities in Botswana are:

  • MASHATU MAIN CAMP

Located in Mashatu game reserve on the border of Botswana and South Africa, Mashatu main camp has got a capacity of 28 guests i.e 14 luxury double suites. The camp is complete with a safari bar which provides a wide assortment of drinks, an education centre and safari boutique. Mashatu main camp has got a 24 hour supply of electricity with a standby generator, laundry services, dinner room and mountain bicycles for cycling safaris. It is important to note that because of the existing insects around the park, Mashatu main camp has got insect proof windows.

  • MASHATU TENT CAMP

This luxurious tent camp can hold up to 16 guests (8 twin beds) all complete with ensuite shower facilities. The tents have got insect proof screening and there is a continuous supply of insect repellants to guests. The tent camp at Mashatu is augumented with a filtered plunge pool, safari bar and boutique and mountain bicycles to facilitate cycling safaris.

  • CHOBE GAME LODGE

Situated on the 2nd largest and Botswana’s first national park in the area close to Kasane town, Chobe game lodge is to the humans what the game park is to the elephants-home. Chobe game lodge is a top notch elegant accommodation facilities that has got 47 rooms, all facing the river. The rooms have got sufficient ventilation facilitated by the over head fans and air conditioning and are all complete with a complimentary mini-bar and en suite bathrooms. There are 4 suites available at the lodge for visitors who cherish exclusivity; all rooms facing the river and complete with a plunge pool for each room and a separate lounge area. At Chobe game lodge, 24 hour electricity is guaranteed and so are laundry services. Transactions at the lodge can be made using Visa, Master card and Diner club credit cards.

  • CHOBE CHILWERO LODGE

Is complete with 9 double and 6 twin luxury lodges spruced up with en suite bathrooms with a large hand crafted bath and a private garden balcony. Other amenities at Chobe Chilwero are: Lounge and dinning room, well stocked wine cellar with South African and European wines, swimming pool, library, curio shop and internet facilities available at the communications centre. Prerogatives like ceiling fans and air conditioning, full supply of mosquito nets are enjoyed by the lodges’ visitors.

  • ABU CAMP

Strategically located on the western side of the Okavango delta and is acclaimed for being the starting point of elephant back safaris .Abu camp has got a hedonistic approach to accommodation and this has seen the camp avail the following facilities: Individually furnished tents with mahogany/sleigh beds, en suite bathrooms fitted with copper and porcelain baths, a shower and flush toilet, lounge tent to relax in furnished with a well stocked library, meals served under and around the African and Sycamore fig trees. The camps’ name was derived from Randall Moore’s legendary elephant featured in the movie white hunter black heart .Abu camp offers a wide range of tourist activities with the excursions round the park on elephant backs being the most popular activity.

  • CAMP MOREMI LODGE

Camp Moremi lodge is found right on the shore of Xakanaka lagoon that forms part of the Moremi wildlife reserve. The lodge offers accommodation for 22 guests in safari style tents on raised platforms and furnished East African décor in the interior. Camp Moremi also offers game drives which are carried out in 4×4 vehicles in the mornings and evenings. Services at the lodge include: Laundry services, credit card services save for the American Express card, air services provided by the proximate Xakanaxa airstrip, a curio shop, private swimming pool and a sundeck. Camp Moremi has got a dining room housed in a timber building with an exquisite cocktail bar, a lounge for guests to mix and mingle and a comprehensive wildlife reference library. There is a thatched room that provides a picturesque view of the Xakanaza lagoon.

  • DUMA TAU LODGE

Is located on the Linyanti wildlife reserve on the western boundary of Chobe national park. Duma Tau lodge is shaded under mangosteen trees and over looks the lagoon in the Linyanti water way system. The lodge is located close to the source of the Savuti channel. Duma Tau lodge offers 10 luxury tents(8 of which are twin bedded)and a family unit that can cater for 5 guests and 1 honey-moon tent complete with a king size bed. Duma Tau lodge guarantees sights of the magnificent flood plains and lagoons as well as rooms equipped with en suite facilities like: Glass showers, supply of insect repellants. Duma Tau has a range of touristic facilities:

  • Game drives complete with night drives and walking safaris.
  • Bush dinners arranged after Sun downer cruises.
  • Water cruises on Savuti channel
  • Air flight services in the nearby Chobe I airstrip which is 35 minutes from Duma Tau lodge.

The lodge guarantees a tranquil ambience since all noisy equipment like geneartors are turned off after safaris. Also, credit card facilities are available as Master card, Visa and travellers’ cheques are accepted.

  • SAVUTI SAFARI LODGE

Located on the banks of Africas’ Stolen river, Savuti lodge accommodates up to 24 guests in the available timber and glass chalets. All chalets are complete with private decks, a lounge area and en suite facilities. The safari lodge is spruced up with a lounge, stylish bar and library; all engrossed in the exquisitely thatched timber main building. Savuti safari lodge provides swimming pool and al fresco dinning amenities. Activities spread out within the lodge include:

  • Open 4×4 safaris around Savuti marsh.
  • Visits to the ancient san (Bushman ) rock paintings at Gubatsa hills.

Savuti safari lodge also offers air flight services from the nearby Savuti airstrip and credit card (Visa, Master card, Diners club) facilities. It should be noted that although Savuti safari lodge offers credit card facilities, it does not carry out transactions of the American Express card.

  • EDOS CAMP-KALAHARI

Is strategically situated on the 120.000 hectare game conservancy in the western Kalahari desert. Edos camp is home to 6 of Botswanas’ endangered white rhino population. The camps’ surroundings are residency to the indigenous San (Bushmen) who provide an eccentric perspective of Botswanas’ traditions. The camp accommodates 8 guests since it offers 4 two bedded luxury tents set on decks under thatch to protect guests from the desert Sun. Every tent is complete with a shower, flush toilet and bath. Activities at Edos camp are:

  • Daily game drives in the company of professional and experienced guides in custom made vehicles to manage desert conditions.
  • On foot tracking of the white rhino with the indigenous San people.
  • Gathering of fruits, edible roots and plants with the women and children from the sorrounding village thus an opportunity to have a close encounter of the traditional life of the bushman.
  • Traditional, music and dances normally performed in the evenings can be arranged.

All the above giving the visitor a chance to experience a different lifestyle and variety of wildlife.

  • LEROO LA TAU

Found on the dry banks of the dry Botete river bed, Leroo Tau is a hub of activity after the rainy season as herds of zebra and widebeest graze to satisfaction. There is also an influx of migratory bird species at Leroo La Tau as they show off their breeding plumage. The area is populated with up to 30.000 wildebeest, zebra, lions, leopards, brown and spotted hyenas with a possibility of catching a glimpse of the white rhino.

The lodge offers 12 luxury thatched and glass suites en suite with bathrooms. Leroo La Tau lodge has got dinning, lounge,bar and swimming pool facilities. To ensure the visitors’ satisfaction the lodge has gone an extra mile to extend:

  • Day and night game drives.
  • Visa, Master card and Diners’ club credit cards facilities. However, American Cards transactions are not processed.

The lodge assures it guests of a 24 hour flow of generator power.