20 Best Campsites in Botswana

There are many lovely places to camp in Botswana. Below I mention places we have camped at that I have liked.

If you think of other campsites that should be in this list please let me know in the comment block at the bottom of the page – giving your name, the camp’s name, location and a short description and e-mail me a photo pete@theplot.africa

Camping Kubu Island The PlotThe Plot (Letlhakane – near Lekhubu (Kubu) Island and Orapa)

This tranquil site is situated just outside Letlhakane just off the road to Lekhubu (Kubu) Island.

A outdoor bathroom, braai and fire pit are just a few offerings at this campsite.

Dijara Campsite (Moremi Area)

Dijara (25)Dijara is camping at its best, big sites, shady trees and right on the river, in a tranquil environment. The service is excellent.

On top of this, the game viewing was stunning. We saw plenty of elephants, hippos, crocs and a leopard. A Hyena visited us every night.


Buffalo at sunset at IhahaIhaha (Chobe National Park)

Right on the banks of the Chobe River this camp offers the best game viewing I have seen in Botswana.

Massive herds of Buffalo and Elephants come to drink at the river, the birdlife is incredible and there are plenty of Roan and Sable Antelope.

Elephant SandsElephant Sands (Nata/Kasane Road)

Elephants, Elephants and more elephants. It is amazing to see so many, and of all sizes, up close and to see how they interact with each other.

We have seen a pack of wild dogs coming to drink and on another occasion they chased a kudu almost into our camp site.

Planet BaobabPlanet Baobab (Gweta)

The staff are very friendly, warm and helpful (some of the best service I have seen in Botswana). The highlights for us were the baobabs, cleanliness and tranquility.

It is a great place to stay if wanting to go to Nxai Pan, Baines and Chapman’s Baobabs.

Khumaga Camp site in Makgadikgadi National ParkSKL Camp (Khumaga)

This campsite is situated in the Makgadikgadi National Park on the Boteti River. There are a number of big shady campsites available. There are also two big ablution blocks which are very clean and well kept. Each campsite has its own tap, fire pit and braai.

Generally the campsite has few visitors making it even more appealing.

DSC_0001Tiaan’s Camp (Khumaga)

Now known as Boteti River Camp

This Camp offers an alternative to camping in the Makgadikgadi National Park and it is beautifully sited overlooking the Boteti River.

It is ideal for a 1-nighter when travelling up to or back from Maun. It is also great place to visit for a few nights as it is right on the door-step to the National Park.

Moriti Wa Selemo, Makgadikgadi Salt pansMoriti Wa Selemo (Near Makgadikgadi Salt Pans)

Moriti Wa Selemo is a wonderful place to visit, it is situated in a forest, not far from the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. It is in striking distance of Lekhubu and Kukonje Islands. Stunning views of the Pans can be seen from nearby Kaitshe.

The surrounding area has petrified wood, a natural spring and great birding.

Elephants crossing the Chobe RiverChobe Safari Lodge (Kasane)

The campsite is situated on the Chobe river in the riverine forest offering shady sites. It is also the closest to the Chobe National Park in Kasane.

The facilities are excellent and each campsite has electricity.

100_41273rd Bridge (Moremi Game Reserve)

Lovely large campsites in an area teeming in wildlife. The facilities are very good and clean.

Boat trips are available.

Lions of Moremi, BotswanaKhwai SKL Camp (Moremi Game Reserve)

Like all SKL Camps there are high standards of cleanliness. Large shady campsites with good facilities.

Good game viewing in the area.

Camping in SavutiSavuti SKL Camp

There are a number of large, shady campsites with a braai, preparation counter and a tap. One large, clean and well serviced ablution block caters for the whole camp.

A wonderful place to stay when exploring Savuti.

Deception Valley Campsite in The gate at Kalahari Game ReserveDeception Valley (Central Kalahari Game Reserve)

A wonderful camp to explore CKGR, massive private campsites with basic facilities. Cleared land, shade, fire pit, long drop toilet and bucket shower – there is no water or toilet paper provided.

Kori Camp Central Kalahari Game ReserveKori Camp (Central Kalahari Game Reserve)

A wonderful camp to explore CKGR, massive private campsites on the edge of Deception Pan with basic facilities. Cleared land, shade, fire pit, long drop toilet and bucket shower – there is no water or toilet paper provided.

DSC_0009Sedia Hotel (Maun)

Sedia Hotel is the only place that I am aware of in Maun that offers camping right on the river.

This makes it an ideal camping site when in Maun with a nice ambiance and good birding.

African Shoveller Chobe RiverDrotsky Cabins (Shakawe)

Lovely shady campsites in the riverine forest. Lovely pub and deck area.

Amazing birding (Pels Fishing Owl), great fishing. They offer boat and fishing trips.

DSC_0130Camp Itumela (Palapye)

A rather interesting but really nice resort.  The outdoor ablutions were rather cute and nicely done amongst the trees.

Ducks, chickens, rabbits and turkeys ran around the camp looking for scraps. A great place to stay in if you want to explore Moremi Gorge.