Where to stay in Botswana

Botswana is known for its very high-end lodges – the most luxurious safari camps in the world are here. But that said, there are also some really good mid-range properties in the country, and they include a number that are very good for families.

That’s where we come in, as where you stay depends on the age of your kids, because there are age restrictions on certain activities such as mokoro canoeing. We will suggest camps with as much as possible to do for your children.

Tented bedroom at Shinde Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

©Shinde Camp – Okavango Delta

What are the lodges like in Botswana?

It’s all about location in Botswana. In the Okavango Delta, you need a camp with permanent access to water including outside peak season. In and around Chobe National Park, the main (gateway) town Kasane has lodges backing onto the Chobe River, and in summer you can see huge herds of elephants right on the riverfront from your lodge. There are also more expensive camps in the National Park (just one) and the Kasane Forest Reserve.

Chobe Elephant Camp, Botswana

©Chobe Elephant Camp

Botswana is also the place for some totally unique experiences. One particularly magical option is sleeping outside on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, on luxury roll-up mattresses protected by mosquito nets.

Or on a more restricted budget, mobile safaris take you to more rudimentary campsites but ones where you still benefit from the services of a guide and a camp assistant. There are no private campsites in Botswana, so you have a wild experience with animals walking around your tent – all in total safety!

Mobile safari tent - Kalahari Skies

© Kalahari Skies mobile safari

At Victoria Falls, many people want to be close to the ‘smoke that thunders’, for the best views, or you can stay closer to the Zambezi River for access to the Zambezi National Park and the chance to do a bit more safari. On a slightly lower budget, the centre of Victoria Falls is still a good option, buzzing with a lively restaurant and café scene but still with a good chance of an elephant or hippo wandering through.

Aerial photo of Ilala Lodge and it's proximity to Victoria Falls

© Ilala Lodge, with close proximity to the Victoria Falls


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