The Best Hotels, Camps, and Lodges in Botswana

Plan your trip to Botswana around one of these amazing camps, lodges, and hotels.

Moremi Game Reserve, Moremi Game Reserve, NG28, Masarwa, Botswana
Making a new luxury lodge in Africa stand out is challenging, but Xigera Safari Lodge, on the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana, hits all the high notes as the shiniest new offering in a rising African destination. Run by the Travel Corporation’s Tollman family, the sustainably built lodge has design inspired by the Okavango Delta spearheaded by Toni Tollman, director of design, and the first Tata Harper spa (known for nontoxic and organic products) in Africa. Each of the 12 suites—including one two-bedroom family suite—and public areas will feature artwork by leading African artists. The entire property will sit on two small islands, floating slightly above lily-filled lagoons. And the Tollmans really do take sustainability seriously—they built the Xigera Energy Centre to meet more than 95 percent of their energy needs. The Travel Corporation, today with 42 travel brands, including Red Carnation and Contiki, started in Africa, and it has been the Tollmans’ lifelong dream to open this lodge—a full-circle coming home story for the family and brand. International air travel will open to Botswana as of December 1, and travelers must present a negative COVID test taken within three days of arrival.
Gweta, Makgadikgadi, Botswana, Botswana
The father-and-son team behind Jack’s Camp were flying over Botswana in search of a site for their retreat when the plane went down. Soon after, in 1993, Ralph Bousfield opened the camp next to the vast and otherworldly Makgadikgadi Salt Pans to honor his late father, Jack, a successful crocodile hunter who turned into a conservationist toward the end of his life. Today, it’s still one of the most exclusive camps in the country, and it’s easy to see why: the tents feel like a time warp, with their hand-carved mahogany furnishings, sienna-hued muslin walls, and kerosene lanterns.
G4JM+R65, Gucta, Botswana
A recent refurbishment has brought larger tents, Moroccan rugs, and four-poster campaign beds to this woodland property near the Makgadikgadi salt pans. A visit to the nearby meerkat conservation project is a must.

From $430. 27/(0) 11-447- 1605. This appeared in the August/September 2013 issue. Image courtesy of Uncharted Africa Safari Co.
Chobe Forest Reserve, Botswana
To get away from the crowds in Chobe, stay at Ngoma Safari Lodge. It’s located on the far western edge of the park. The eight thatched roof cottages are completely spacious but cozy and feature decks overlooking the Chobe River. In 2011, the African Wildlife Foundation helped support this community owned and operated lodge in partnership with the Chobe Enclave Conservation Trust (CECT) and African Albida Tourism. In exchange for their support, the community agreed to set aside land for conservation. The lodge provides the community with additional revenue through conservation fees plus employment opportunities. It has also created a larger corridor for wildlife to have room to roam freely throughout the region on their ancient migration routes.
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