Botswana is a popular tourist destination mainly due to its game reserves and national parks. There are a number of options when it comes to booking your safari break in Botswana, but we scoured the net to find the best value holiday camps in the wilderness.
Where else could we start but at Kaziikini Campsite?
The camp is just 62km away from Maun near to the Okavango Delta. A safari excursion would no doubt involve following the Thamalakane River to Maun. Find out about the local history in Maun’s Nhabe Museum before heading to see the wildlife at Okavango Delta. Then you’ll find plenty of rhinos, lions and hippos to gawp at once you reach Moremi Game Reserve.
Kaziikini is in a superb area for safari trips, but also great value for money. You can stay on the campsite, in large en-suite raised tents for groups of three or four, or if you’re on a romantic getaway, you can relax in a 2-person hut. The campsite is eco-friendly, as the heated showers are solar-powered and the toilets recycle water.
If you would like to stay for more than one day at Moremi Game Reserve to make the most of your park entry fee, Moremi Camp will cater for your needs and much more. With an on-site swimming pool and sun-deck, the camp sleeps 22 guests in traditional safari tents and also offers picturesque views of the Xakanaxa Lagoon. Game drives around the reserve in open 4×4 vehicles are available for purchase at the camp in the morning and late afternoons. Guests can also experience the Okavango channels by motorboat.
Linyanti Tented Camp is literally a large tent with eight individual two-bed rooms. Linyati is the northernmost point of Chobe National Park, so ideal if you are on a family vacation or a group excursion to Chobe NP. Linyanti is a spacious camp in the wilderness, yet it plays an important role within the national park, as the private owners work closely with the local wildlife governing bodies to ensure the protection of endangered and near-extinct species.
Gcudikwa Camp is a campsite beside the lagoons in Moremi. Gcudikwa is basic, but unlike any camp you will stay at in Botswana. You can go canoeing or go on boat cruises in the lagoons. The famous Gcudikwa lagoon is shaped a bit like a seahorse. The land between the lagoons are ‘islands’ made up mainly made up of fig trees and little papyrus growing in shallow water, which is good breeding ground for Okavango waterbirds.
Nxai South Camp, which began in 1970, covers 2500km2 of wilderness, after extending to include Baines baobab. The camp has 10 newly built accommodation centres south of Nxai National Park, which is located on the Northern fringe of the Makgadikgadi basin. The basin includes Nxai pan, a pre-historic lake bed that was formerly part of Lake Makgadikgadi. The National Park has a series of fossils pans and acacia trees on islands that provide shade for the various fauna to rest during hot weather.