Nearly always sold on a fully inclusive basis, these exclusive camps are renowned for their luxurious surroundings, excellent cuisine and personal service. The guides, among the best in the business, are individually allocated to each group of clients and are a constant source of information on the fauna and flora seen in the area.
Many of these remote camps are only accessible by air with light aircraft transfers, between the various lodges, included with your accommodation.
These lodges are usually sold on a full-board or fully inclusive basis with all activities included. Where these are sold on a full-board basis with optional activities you have the choice of either paying for a guided activity or alternatively going off and exploring on your own.
Accommodation is typically in en-suite tents or chalets with a private deck and enclosed bathroom area.
For the budget-conscious seeking a few nights break from camping these lodges are ideal, affording you the opportunity to relax, have meals cooked for you and sleep in a proper bed without being as expensive as some of the upmarket lodges.
Most of these lodges feature simple bedded tents with an outdoor en-suite shower and toilet and are offered on a dinner, bed and breakfast or fully inclusive basis. The latter would include activities in the surrounding area, usually consisting of game drives, game walks or cultural activities.
Outside of the wildlife areas there is a wide range of accommodation in all of the larger villages and towns in Botswana. These range from small owner-run guesthouses to large multi-national hotel chains.
The majority are offered on a bed & breakfast basis although the larger hotels all have good a la carte restaurants.
There are a number of comfortable bed & breakfast options on the fringes of the wildlife areas, which serve as good stop-overs or bases from which to explore the surrounding area. Many have their own small restaurants on site serving meals throughout the day.
There are one or two lodges offering self-catered accommodation on private game farms outside of the main wildlife areas. These would usually include a fully equipped kitchen giving you an affordable alternative to camping whilst still being ‘in the bush’.
Camping facilities at most campsites (including the northern parks) typically include communal ablutions with hot showers and flush toilets. In some of the more remote areas there are no facilities, except for a pit toilet and bush shower so you need to be totally self-sufficient even bringing your own water for washing and cooking.