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Best Safari Lodges in Botswana

November 29, 2023

Here’s our curated list of just some of Botswana’s best safari lodges. Our top 10 picks. Each one offering something special.

  1. Chobe Game Lodge
  2. Chief’s Camp
  3. Savute Elephant Lodge
  4. Baines Camp
  5. Belmond Khwai River Lodge
  6. Camp Kalahari
  7. Camp Moremi
  8. Chobe Princess Houseboat
  9. Shinde Camp
  10. Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

Luxury at its finest coupled with a five star wilderness experience in some of Botswana’s finest wildlife destinations. 

These are the ones you have to look at including in your itinerary and there are more. Botswana easily has some of the most incredible luxury lodges in Africa offering the most wild, raw and intimate safari experiences with big five game sightings. 

Explore the below to begin with. Let us know your preferences and we’ll tailor your safari to include the best of the best in Botswana for standard, location and experience. That’s what we do best. Contact a travel expert to start planning.

1. Chobe Game Lodge

Besides being one of only two lodges inside the Chobe National Park, it’s also the most luxurious and upmarket lodge option with the very best location. It’s spectacular. You’re in the park on game drives before sunrise and after sunset. Guaranteed the best sightings. Explore the abundance of the Chobe River too. Stay in style. 

Why we love it:
  • You’re situated inside the Chobe National Park
  • You have an all-female staff including the guides which is something different
  • All safari vehicles and boats are electric for a peaceful safari experience and great sightings
  • You can explore the park without other traffic
  • Enjoy both guided game drives in the park and boat cruises on the Chobe River
“Everything about your stay here is exclusive as you're inside the park. The activities are incredible as is the lodge, the staff and the views over the river. I loved this lodge for all the right reasons.” – Julia, Travel Expert

2. Chief’s Camp

Chief’s Camp offers a classic safari sanctuary of five star calibre in its luxury lodging and wildlife sightings. It’s unpretentious yet elegant and offers a real deal safari in the Mombo Concession on Chief’s Island, known to be one of the best locations for predators in the Okavango Delta. 

Why we love it:
  • Situated on a private concession on Chief’s Island bordering on the Moremi Game Reserve
  • Game drives year round and water activities on offer in high water season
  • Enjoy the spa and relax when not out on safari activities
  • Great predator sightings

3. Savute Elephant Lodge

In one of the finest game viewing areas of Botswana on the Savuti Channel, this could easily be one of the finest safari lodges in Africa. The lodge is ultimate luxury in a setting as wild as they come. You hardly need to leave the lodge to encounter great sightings. It is pure relaxation and an exhilarating big five safari in one. 

Why we love it:
  • One of few lodges in the remote Savute area of the Chobe National Park
  • A great chance to see wildlife encounters from the lodge as animals come to drink from the channel in an otherwise dry area
  • Top luxury amenities
  • Game drives that guarantee great wildlife sightings in a wild and remote setting

4. Baines Camp

This is the ultimate for an intimate and private safari in the Okavango Delta. With only five luxurious suites, offering top class service and excellent game viewing. Here you can explore doing land and water based activities on a private concession along the Boro River.  

Why we love it:
  • Small and intimate camp with only five palatial suites
  • Walk with the elephants safari
  • Water and land based activities on offer almost all year round
  • Sleepout on a  four poster under the stars

5. Xigera Safari Lodge

This is one of Botswana's finest safari lodges in one of it's finest locations, a private concession within the Moremi Game Reserve. The wildlife is as spectacular as is the lodge, the service and the dining. It's all-exclusive and all-extravagant. If you're going to indulge and looking to splurge, Xigera Safari Lodge is top choice.

Why we love it:
  • Being on a private concession, you can get closer for sightings and wildlife encounters
  • Your private gin bar with personal note and botanicals is ideal to accompany the impressive sunsets
  • You can enjoy both land and water activities and don't forget the glass bottomed mokoro
  • All guests have a window seat on safari
  • Add the luxury sleepout experience in the Baobab Treehouse

6. Camp Kalahari

An understated camp on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans. The landscape here is surreal, birding is amazing and if you time it right, you can experience the zebra and wildebeest migration. It’s in a ginormous private wildlife reserve and the camp itself is traditional with its own character throughout. 

Why we love it:
  • Explore the salt pans, giant baobabs and vast landscapes
  • Enjoy getting to know the local culture of the San Bushman
  • Get up close to the habituated meerkats
  • There’s no WiFi here so you get to switch off and sit back to relax
  • In its simplicity it is elegant and well thought out without being boastful

7. Camp Moremi

Situated in the Moremi Game Reserve, the wildlife here is surreal and the camp equally so. The large spacious and luxurious suites are refined and elegant, the view is spectacular, the level of service is top notch and both the game drives and boat cruises yield an incredible delta experience.  

Why we love it:
  • Prolific wildlife sightings in one of the Okavango Delta’s most popular locations
  • Suites are extravagant in size and simplified in style to leave everything to the setting
  • Visit the nearby heron village on an island near camp
  • The landscape is diverse which offers amazing wildlife encounters and a true safari experience in style
“Camp Moremi is incredible. Everything from the suite, the service, the food and the wildlife exceeds expectations. One of my top favourites in the Moremi Game Reserve and the Okavango Delta as a whole.” – Tanya, Web Editor

8. Chobe Princess Houseboat

Your very own luxury floating villa and houseboat on the Chobe River. A chance to experience wildlife from the peaceful water’s edge. Grand sundowners and an entirely different safari experience at a slower pace. 

Why we love it:
  • A chance to get up close to wildlife as you cruise the waters
  • Go on tender boats to explore more of the Chobe River
  • Luxury accommodation and amenities
  • Incredible sunrises and sunsets. Perfect silence and a change of pace
“The Chobe Princess is a one-of-a-kind experience in itself. To float along the Chobe River and smaller connecting channels whilst enjoying amazing views, fine dining and to be able to see all kinds of wildlife come to the water banks to drink while you cruise by... There is nothing quite like it.” – Wilmari, Travel Expert

9. Shinde Camp

This is a safari camp that is both down to earth and elegantly luxurious offering what could easily be one of the best wildlife safaris in the delta. It’s on a private concession, the guides are incredible and the location is key. If you’re looking for the ultimate safari experience and wildlife encounter too good to be true, this is where it is at.  

Why we love it:
  • A well located concession that offers both water and land activities year round
  • All safari vehicles are specially designed to guarantee a window seat with no more than 4 people per vehicle
  • It is classic in style with hints of lavish luxury throughout
  • It’s a small and intimate camp of only eight suites
  • On a private concession you can head off the roads and into the bush for sightings
“Shindi is amazing - both the lodge and the concession. This is a safari camp where the accommodation is as incredible as the wildlife and that says a lot, because this place is Botswana safari at its finest.” – Tanya, Web Editor

10. Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

A very stylish and modern contemporary safari lodge in a wild setting. Views are spectacular as is the atmosphere and ambience here. Wildlife sightings are good year round bordering on the Moremi Game Reserve. Enjoy on-foot encounters, customised safari vehicles and helicopter transfers.

Why we love it:
  • Unique architectural design
  • Specific land based wildlife encounters
  • Elegant and luxurious suites with top class amenities
  • Sustainable run lodge with innovative implementations
  • Day and night game drives

In Conclusion

Compiling a list of this stature is by no means an easy task. Botswana flies the flag high when it comes to the standard and overall offering of safari lodges. Not only are the lodges of the highest calibre, the locations are some of the best for safari in Africa and the wildlife encounters don’t get much more real than this. 

The above are just a few of our favourites, but there are plenty more to choose from and many that have a unique offering that may be just the right fit for you. Let us help you to pick not only the best safari lodges in Botswana, but the best experiences to ensure your Botswana safari exceeds your expectation.

Add a hot air balloon safari over the delta, a sundowner river cruise on the Chobe or a sleep-out experience under the dark night skies of the Kalahari. Options are limitless. We’ll combine experiences and tailor your safari to best suit what you have in mind. Talk to a travel expert today.

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