Best Botswana Safari Lodges: 9 Incredible Places to Stay in Botswana

Safari lodge outdoor deck overlooking a river in Botswana

Botswana is renowned for its world-leading hospitality. Lodge staff are welcoming, rooms are comfortable and, of course, the safaris are second to none. But with so many wonderful safari lodges in Botswana, it can be difficult to choose where to stay! 

Luckily for you, I’ve done the hard work in this post. I’ve picked out 9 of the best safari lodges in Botswana that guarantee a wonderful stay, no matter what your budget

Nxabega &Beyond Lodge, Okavango Delta

Nxabega (pronounced Na-bay-ha with a click on the n if you can manage it!) was the highlight of a recent trip to Botswana for me. This luxury safari lodge has 9 tents, each with a King-size bed, an en-suite bathroom with a shower and double sinks, a writing desk and a seating area. Outside each tent is an outdoor rainfall shower, a seating area and a comfortable swinging chair, overlooking the plains that surround the lodge. 

All of the staff at Nxabega are bright, cheerful and incredibly kind. Guests are looked after by a personal butler, who greets them after every game drive with a drink and serves them their food each mealtime. Meals are served at individual tables set up in the dining room, on the terrace around the swimming pool or, on special occasions, around the fire in the boma. There are multiple menu options, but rest assured – they’re all delicious! 

Located in the Okavango Delta, Nxabega lodge makes a wonderful base for game drives and mokoro trips. The land around the lodge is teeming with wildlife including leopards, lions, buffalo, elephants and rhinos, as well as wild dogs, baboons and hippos. 

A stay at Nxabega can be booked directly through &Beyond or Go2Africa.

Sandibe &Beyond Lodge, Okavango Delta

Sandibe (pronounced San-dee-bay) is one of the most luxurious and best safari lodges in Botswana. Guests stay in wooden cabins on stilts, furnished with items that wouldn’t look out of place in a boutique hotel in the city. Each huge bed is surrounded by a gorgeous canopy, while the comfortable seating area is ideal for a lazy afternoon before the game drive. The bathroom is super stylish, with double sinks, a conical shower with a skylight and a separate dressing area too. Behind the large sliding doors is an outdoor deck with a comfortable bench and plunge pool overlooking the plains. 

Sandibe’s communal areas are like no other safari lodge in the world. The main building was designed to resemble a pangolin, with a huge curved roof and tapered edges. It’s filled with plush cushions, sofas and armchairs, a cocktail bar, a designer fireplace, a dining room and an open kitchen where you have the option to build your own lunch every day. 

As an &Beyond lodge, guests are allocated a private butler who serves the food and drinks and looks after your every whim and fancy while staying at Sandibe. All the staff we met were wonderful, and help you feel right at home straight away. 

Safari guides and trackers at Sandibe are some of the best in the world. They’re incredibly knowledgeable about the animals in the Okavango Delta, as well as the history and geography of the area surrounding the lodge. We were lucky enough to see a large family of cheetahs on our first day, as well as lions, elephants and plenty of other animals throughout our stay. 

Book a stay at Sandibe over at &Beyond or Go2Africa

Boteti Tented Camp, Okavango Delta

Boteti offers one of the best value safaris in Botswana. As a tented camp, guests stay in traditional safari tents furnished with double beds, storage chests and private toilet facilities. Each tent has a terrace complete with chairs overlooking the grounds surrounding the intimate camp. 

Boteti’s communal areas allow guests to fully relax both before and after a game drive. With soft furnishings and other beautiful furniture inspired by nature around it, Boteti offers a real home-from-home. Enjoy a buffet breakfast and lunch while observing the comings and goings along the river, and make sure to join the staff in the cosy lounge for afternoon tea. In the evening, candlelit dinners are served in the dining area after a drink around the campfire. 

The camp is located a short drive from Maun, with airport transfers included in your stay. Its location outside of the major national parks makes Boteti a much more budget-friendly option, but still, with the same level of exceptional service you can come to expect in Botswana. Safari activities on offer include traditional game drives in the Okavango Delta and Moremi, mokoro safaris along the Boteti river, and nature walks in the surrounding area. 

Book a stay at Boteti Tented Camp with free cancellation on Booking.com, or directly through Boteti itself.

Chobe Under Canvas, Chobe National Park 

As the name suggests, guest rooms at Chobe Under Canvas are tents located in Chobe National Park. But, they are unlike any other tent you’ve stayed in before! Each one is furnished with solid wooden furniture including bedside tables with solar-powered lamps, a fully-stocked bathroom and comfortable King-size beds, laid with luxurious bed sheets and soft pillows for an excellent night’s sleep.

Chobe Under Canvas is a mobile camp, where the whole thing relocates every few weeks to allow the land to regenerate. This means the camp staff pack all the tents, furniture and supplies into trucks once all the guests have left, and set it all back up in a new location as if it has always been there. 

Safaris here take place in Chobe National Park and along the Chobe River. It’s a very popular area among tourists owing to the concentration of elephants and other big game that drink from the river banks. Both game drives and trips on the water are possible here, giving visitors a unique opportunity to view wildlife from an angle not often experienced. 

Get in touch with the travel advisers at &Beyond or Go2Africa to book. 

Ghoha Hills, Savuti, Chobe National Park 

Ghoha Hills is an example of an absolutely stunning safari lodge in Savuti National Park, Botswana. With communal buildings and guest tents in an elevated position, every moment of your stay comes with an exceptional view out over the African plains and an active waterhole. 

Despite being made of canvas, it’s hard to believe the rooms are tents, as they all feature real wooden floors, comfortable double beds, fully plumbed-in bathrooms, armchairs and a private outdoor balcony too. 

If you can tear yourself away from your room, Ghoha Hills boasts a massage centre, fully-equipped gym and swimming pool, and plenty of areas to lounge, eat restaurant-quality food and take in the sights and sounds of the bush. 

Both morning and afternoon safaris are conducted in open-sided jeeps, traversing along the private roads and waterholes of Savuti and Chobe National Park. Guests can also request a day trip out to Savuti Marsh, Baobab Theatre, Bushman Rock Paintings and Pimple Hills. 

A double or twin tent can be booked online with free cancellation at Booking.com. Alternatively, book directly with Ghoha Hill.

Are you also considering a safari in a different country? View my favourite lodges in Kenya or South Africa next!

Omogolo Bush Lodges, Okavango Delta 

For an exclusive experience in Botswana, choose Omogolo Bush Lodges, which borders the Okavango Delta. Accommodation here comprises one or two-bedroom houses that are available for private use. 

Staff are on-call at all hours of the day or night, for housekeeping or other requirements. The lodges are all self-catering, so make sure you bring enough of your favourite food with you to last the duration of your trip (or a private chef!)

Each lodge boasts a spacious lounge area, fully equipped kitchen and king-size bedroom (or two, depending on which lodge you choose!). The houses are built on stilts, allowing for an outdoor shower, expansive balcony and even a private bathroom overlooking the waterhole. The latest addition to Omogolo Bush Lodges, Mangwane, also boasts an outdoor firepit area as well as a swimming pool, perfect for relaxation. 

Located in 1,600 hectares of wilderness bordering the Okavango Delta, the staff can organise mokoro boat trips on the water, or guided bush walks in the area surrounding the lodges. Self-drive safaris may be available in the reserve, but so check with staff for the latest advice before booking. The private reserve is home to elephants, lions, hyenas, leopards, wild dogs and many prey species too. Guests may choose to simply observe the wildlife from the natural waterholes that each lodge overlooks.  

Find out more about the lodges available at Booking.com.

Savute Under Canvas, Savuti, Chobe National Park 

As the name suggests, Savute Under Canvas is a mobile tented camp with guests staying in traditional canvas safari tents, furnished with a king-size bed, storage chest and private bathroom with a bucket shower and flush toilets. In front of each tent is a set of camp chairs where guests can relax after a game drive with their feet in buckets of cold water.

Perhaps the most rustic on this list of the best Botswana safari lodges, the staff at Savute Under Canvas still know how to deliver a luxurious experience. Exceptional food is served around a central dining table for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which is made all the more impressive when you learn it’s all cooked in the minimal camp kitchen or on the campfire itself. 

Safaris at Savute Under Canvas are a wonderful introduction to Botswana. Guests join their guide on a traditional safari vehicle, allowing for exceptional game viewing of all the Big 5 and more. 

Get in touch with the travel advisers at &Beyond or Go2Africa to book. 

Askiebos: Samochima Bush Camp, Okavango Panhandle

This family-run camp on the banks of the Okavango offers comfortable accommodation in the heart of the natural forest. Translated from Afrikaans, ‘Askiebos’ means ‘sorry, bush’, which is what the owners said to the forest each time they made way for their family home. This desire to live in harmony with nature continues to this day, with Samochima Bush Camp‘s owners offering outdoor showers, organic produce and open-air toilets for their nature-loving guests.  

Each luxurious tent sleeps two people in super-comfortable beds, with private bathrooms, fluffy towels and an area to relax outside on the deck. Some have mini bars, baths and wi-fi, but make sure you check before you book.

The beautiful communal lounge is furnished with comfortable sofas, plush cushions, blankets and plenty of places to enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush, as well as the nearby stream. Home-cooked food and warm hosts complete the long list of reasons guests return again and again to this slice of paradise in Botswana. 

Though not a traditional safari lodge in that game drives aren’t included in the package, there is still plenty of activities on offer. Enjoy sunset boat cruises, basket weaving workshops, guided bird walks and much more. 

Book a stay at Samochima Bush Camp on Booking.com with free cancellation. 

Xaro Lodge, Okavango Delta

Xaro Lodge is another permanent tented camp situated along the banks of the Okavango Delta, in an area considered to be a birder’s paradise. Only accessible by boat, guests are treated to the peace and tranquillity of an exclusive lodge, and all the luxury of one too.

Guests stay in canvas Meru tents fitted with double beds, a dressing area and a private en-suite shower. But with these tents, it’s on the outside that counts. Slide open the large glass door at the foot of the bed, and make yourself at home with a glass of wine in one of the chairs overlooking the river. Bliss.

Communal areas in Xaro Lodge are the perfect place to relax, with plush sofas, bookshelves, and a large dining table where exceptional food is served. Outdoor spaces include a swimming pool, armchairs from which to watch the sunset and a firepit ideal for getting to know your campmates after a busy day in the bush. 

With boat tours and cruises on the Okavango, walking safaris with expert guides and excursions to nearby World Heritage Sites all available for an additional cost at the lodge, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. But don’t ignore the simple pleasure of exploring the area around the camp, keeping your eyes peeled for the huge number of birds calling it home. 

Stays at Xaro Lodge can be booked with free cancellation on Booking.com

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With such high standards of safari lodges in Botswana, it really is difficult to go wrong. Hopefully, this post has helped you narrow down your list ready for an incredible safari. 

Now you’ve chosen where to stay, make sure you check out my packing list to get ready for your trip! 

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