Botswana Travel Guide

This Botswana Travel guide should be used to get an estimate of the cost of a safari in Botswana. The majority of our safaris are tailor made to our clients’ specific needs. Please kindly contact us for a tailor made safari to suit your individual requirements.

We recommend that you visit Botswana for at least 3 nights to maximise your safari experience (unless you are visiting Chobe from Victoria Falls in which case you could get away with only 2 nights), with preferably 6-10 nights at 2-4 different camps. There will be a time when you’ll need to utilise light air transfers between camps.

The Okavango Delta is a unique ecosystem of papyrus-lined waterways, knee-deep floodplains, water-lily lagoons, shady forest glades and rich savannah grasslands. All this lies in the middle of the largest continuous stretch of sand in the world – the Kalahari Desert Basin. Seen from space as an emerald swirl surrounded by a parched landscape, the Okavango Delta is an incredible source of life in a country that is 80% arid. The game viewing on an Okavango Delta safari in all of these areas is no less than outstanding and activities can either be undertaken on foot, in a game-viewing vehicle or in a mokoro (dug-out canoe) or motorised boat.

Sun Safaris suggests that guests look to spend three nights minimum in the Delta, in one or 2 camps, then a few nights in Chobe National Park or the Linyanti Savuti Area.

Here is the list of camps and lodges that Sun Safaris recommends Firm favourites with guests in the Okavango Delta are Xugana Island Lodge, Vumbura Plains and Eagle Island Camp.

COMFORTABLE (from USD 450-750)
Afrika Ecco Mobile Safari
Xaxaba Mobile Camp
Oddballs Enclave
Oddballs Camp
Kana Kara Camp
Footsteps Across the Delta
Gunns Camp
Pelo Camp
Moremi Crossing
Saguni Safari Lodge
Linyanti Expeditions
Mopiri Camp
Setari Camp

LUXURY (from USD 750-1750)
Kwetsani Camp
Xigera Camp
Mapula Lodge
Kanana Camp
Xugana Island lodge
Little Kwara Camp
Kwara Camp
Splash Camp
Seba Camp
Pom Pom Camp
andBeyond Nxabega Tented Camp
Tubu Tree Camp
Chitabe Camp
Motswiri Camp
Stanley’s Camp
Camp Okavango
andBeyond Xaranna Tented Camp
andBeyond Xudum Delta Lodge
Shinde Camp
Chitabe Lediba
Baines Camp
The Jackal and Hide
Little Tubu

PREMIER (from USD 1750+)
Jao Camp
Vumbura Plains
Jacana Camp
Belmond Eagle Island Lodge
Little Vumbura
Duba Plains
andBeyond Sandibe Safari Lodge
Abu Camp

Moremi Game Reserve
The Moremi Game Reserve is situated north-east of Maun in the Okavango Delta and covers nearly 5000 square kilometers, approximately 30 percent of the Okavango Delta. The habitats here vary from open grasslands, isolated island sanctuaries and papyrus-fringed channels to low sandy islands and dry land on which wildlife and plants thrive. A safari to Moremi Game reserve will give safari goers a ring side seat to all the action that can be found on a Big 5 safari.
Machaba Camp, Camp Xakanaxa, Tuskers Bush Camp, Chief’s Camp and Mombo Camps are most popular with our guests.

COMFORTABLE (from USD 450-750)
Tuskers Bush Camp
Sango Safari Camp
Banoka Bush Camp
Hyena Pan
Khwai Family Cottage
Sky Beds
Nokanyana Camp
Saguni Safari Lodge

LUXURY (from USD 750-1750)
Khwai River Lodge
Khwai Tented Camp
Camp Xakanaxa
Camp Okuti
Camp Moremi
Gomoti Plains Camp
Machaba Camp
Rra Dinare
Sable Alley
Little Machaba

PREMIER (from USD 1750+)
Little Mombo Camp
Mombo Camp
Chiefs camp

Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park is Botswana’s second largest national park and is one of Southern Africa’s finest game sanctuaries. The Chobe river is unmistakably one of the most beautiful and unspoiled rivers of Africa. It was the first national park declared after independence and became a full park in 1968. It spreads over 10,566 square kilometers of grassland, mopane and acacia terrain in the far north. It is home to a breathtaking variety of animals and birds.

The two areas within the Chobe National Park that we encourage our guests to visit include the Chobe riverfront area and the Savute Marsh. Our guests enjoy staying at Chobe Game Lodge and Ngoma Safari Lodge on the Chobe River. In the Savute Marsh area our top favourites are Savute Safari Lodge and Camp Savuti.

COMFORTABLE (from USD 450-750)
Pangolin Chobe Hotel
Camp Savuti
Jackalberry Lodge
Chobe Bush Lodge
Chobe Elephant Camp
Chobe Princess
Chobe Savanna Lodge
Chobe Safari Lodge
Saile Tented Camp
Elephant Valley Lodge
Tilodi Safari Lodge
Savute under Canvas

LUXURY (from USD 750-1750)
Jackalberry Lodge
Ghoha Hills Savuti
Nogatsaa Pans
Chobe Water Villas
Chobe Chilwero
Chobe Under Canvas
Chobe Game Lodge
Camp Kuzuma
Muchenje Safari Lodge
Ngoma Safari Lodge
Zambezi Queen
Ichingo River Lodge
Serondela Lodge

Linyanti Savuti Area
The Savuti region covers an area approximately 5000 square kilometres in the south west of Chobe and became well known with the drying up of the Savuti Channel in 1981 and more so for its incredible game viewing opportunities. The region is a typical example of Botswana’s ‘miracle river’ system; the Savuti Channel, after all its decades of dormancy, flowed for a few years and is now a seasonal river. The Linyanti area of Chobe National Park is dominated with the Linyanti Swamp where the Linyanti River meets Chobe. The Kwando River is a permanent water source that flows towards Chobe.
There are a number of camps making use of this wild location, offering everything from adventure camping to luxury lodging. Our most popular camps are Kwando Lagoon Camp and Kings Pool Camp. Zarafa Camp is one of the most luxurious camps in Africa.

COMFORTABLE (from USD 450-750)
Footsteps across the Linyanti
Camp Linyanti
Linyanti Bush Camp
Linyanti Ebony Camp

LUXURY (from USD 750-1750)
Lagoon Camp
Lebala camp
Savuti Camp
Savute Elephant Camp
Selinda Canoe Trail
Selinda Explorer Camp

PREMIER (from USD 900+)
DumaTau Camp
Selinda Camp
Kings Pool Camp
Zarafa Camp

Central Kalahari
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve was founded in 1961 and is the largest conservation area in the country; at 5 million hectares (12 million acres) it is one of the largest in the world. The reserve was not founded to protect any endangered wildlife species, however to protect the San Bushmen. The aim was to provide a home for the San people in their natural environment and to ensure their survival and preserving their way of life. Deception Valley is one of the most ancient arid river valleys in the Central Kalahari and offers an iconic desert experience. Our top camps are Tau Pan and Kalahari Plains Camp.

COMFORTABLE (from USD 450-750)
Deception Valley Lodge
Grassland Bushman Lodge
Haina Kalahari Lodge
Edo’s Camp

LUXURY (from USD 750-1750)
Tau Pan Camp
Kalahari Plains Camp

Makgadikgadi Pans
The Makgadikgadi Pans is situated in the central region of the country and covers approximate 12 000 square kilometres, the largest salt pans on the planet. The Makgadikgadi Pans are the remains of a great lake that once covered most of northern Botswana, fed by rivers carrying salts filtered from the lake’s catchment area. Because the basin had no outlet, the salts were concentrated in low lying areas. Less than 10,000 years ago, climactic changes caused the lake to evaporate, leaving only salt deposits.
For most of the year the area is dried up, however, as soon as the first rains fall, the region plays host to an alluring display of animal life. The water encourages one of Africa’s great migrations.
Meno a Kwena is fit for royalty and Leroo La Tau is another firm favorite with our guests

COMFORTABLE (from USD 450-750)
Nata Lodge

LUXURY (from USD 750-1750)
Meno A Kwena
Leroo La Tau

PREMIER (from USD 1750+)
Jacks Camp
San Camp
Camp Kalahari

Nxai Pan National Park
Nxai Pan National Park is adjacent to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and is approximately 2,578 km² in size. The Nxai Pan is one of Makgadikgadi’s salt flats, located on the northern border of the park. In 1992 it was declared a National Park, with the outstanding and unique feature of a waterhole, situated in the centre of the park in a large grassy plain. There is only one permanent camp within the Nxai Pan Park, while other guests may enter for day drives with their safari guides from camps located outside the borders.

LUXURY (from USD 750-1750)
Nxai Pan Camp

Tuli Block
The Tuli Block is situated between the Sashe and Limpopo rivers, this section of land forms a triangle where the international borders of Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa meet. The Tuli Block is unlike any other region in the country, offering its own majesty.
Set in a landscape of remarkable natural beauty, it consists of 12 000 hectares of the largest privately-owned game conservation area in Southern Africa. Known as “the land of the giants” with enormous trees on the banks of the Limpopo River, beautiful riverine forests of lime-green fever trees, rocky landscapes, carved from ancient granite and basalt rocks by numerous river systems over millions of years, the Tuli block, has without a doubt, its own kind of splendour. Tuli is also famous for leopards, as well as incredible star-gazing opportunities.
Mashatu Main Camp is a popular choice in this game rich area.

COMFORTABLE (from USD 450-750)
Tuli Wilderness Camp
Tuli Safari Lodge

LUXURY (from USD 750-1750)
Mashatu Tented Camp
Mashatu Main Camp

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Kgalagadi means “place of thirst”, which is aptly sums up the Park’s arid state, as it is located largely within the southern Kalahari Desert. The terrain consists of red sand dunes, sparse vegetation, occasional trees, and the dry riverbeds of the Nossob and Auob rivers. The rivers are said to flow only about once per century; however, water flows underground, feeding the plant life growing in its riverbeds and the wildlife dwelling within it. The rivers may flow briefly after large thunderstorms, which is a momentous occasion and results in the wildlife flocking to the riverbeds and quenching their thirst. This allows for magnificent game-viewing for visitors to the Park.

COMFORTABLE (from USD 450-750)

Ta Shebube Rooiputs
Ta Shebube Polentswa
Union’s End

Maun is a gateway for exploring much of northern Botswana; for example it is the natural hub for visitors from outside the region to explore the Tsodilo Hills and the Makgadikgadi Pans. Although it retains a rural atmosphere with local tribesmen bringing their cattle to Maun to sell, it has developed an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native huts and now has shopping centres, hotels and lodges available. The community is distributed along the wide banks of the Thamalakane River where red lechwe can still be seen grazing next to local donkeys, goats and cattle.

COMFORTABLE (from USD 450-750)

Maun Lodge
Royal Tree Lodge
Thamalakane River Lodge
Marinas Camp
Crocodile Camp
Riley’s Hotel