Luxury In The Wilderness: 15 Places To Go Glamping In Botswana

If you love camping but don’t want all the fuss of cooking your own meals over an open fire, pitching a tent, or sleeping on the floor, then you should try glamping (glamorous camping). Many countries and safari outfitters have caught on to the trend, and there isn’t much of a better place to do it than Botswana. So get ready for an outdoor adventure in style — here are a few of the best places to go glamping in Botswana. 

Saile Tented Camp in Botswana

(Photo courtesy of Ker & Downey)

1. Saile Tented Camp 

On the western boundary of Chobe in a private reserve is Saile Tented Camp. The camp is remote and small with four spacious Meru-style tents, each with private en-suite bathroom facilities with flushing toilets and hot showers. Enormous herds of elephants can sometimes be seen close to the camp.

Ngoma Triple Suite in botswana

(Photo courtesy of Ngoma Safari Lodge)

2. Ngoma Safari Lodge 

Ngoma Safari Lodge is a luxury thatched lodge that not only offers guests unique safari accommodation, but spectacular views of the  Chobe River and Caprivi Flood plains. Each room has wide glass windows that offer panoramic views of the Chobe Forest Reserve. Enjoy your afternoons spotting wildlife from the sun deck before enjoying dinner under the African Sky. You can also look forward to river cruises, game walks, and picnics in the bush.

glamping in gunns camp in botswana

(Photo courtesy of Gunn’s Camp)

3. Gunn’s Camp 

On the border of the Moremi Game Reserve is Gunn’s Camp. The camp overlooks the legendary Chief’s Island and is one of the last few remaining luxury, vintage safari camps. With six fully furnished, deluxe Kenya-style meru tents that have en-suite bathrooms with standalone baths and outside private showers, you’ll feel right at home here.

glamping at sanctuary chiefs camp in botswana

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4. Sanctuary Chief’s Camp 

Located on Chief’s Island in the Moremi Game Reserve is Sanctuary Chief’s Camp. Ideal for game viewing, the camp’s surroundings change according to the seasons and have both a dry flood plain with loads of wildlife and a lush and tranquil lagoon during the wet season.

glamping in andbeyond chobe under canvas in botswana

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5. Chobe Under Canvas 

With mobile safari tents that have flushing toilets and hot showers, all at secluded campsites in the Chobe National Park, Chobe Under Canvas is a place where you can encounter Botswana’s wildlife while still relaxing. The campsites are positioned as close as possible to resident game including herds of elephants.

glamping in Khwai Tented Camp in Botswana

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6. Khwai Tented Camp 

Located on the east border of the Moremi Game Reserve is the community-run concession Khwai Tented Camp. Not only do you get to enjoy your stay in Meru-style tents with comfortable beds and private en-suite bathrooms (flushing toilets and hot-water bucket showers), but a percentage of tourism fees go directly to help local people and projects through the Khwai Community Development Trust.

glamping in pom pom camp in botswana

(Photo courtesy of Pom Pom Camp)

7. Pom Pom Camps 

Situated on Pom Pom Island in a private concession in the heart of the Okavango Delta is Pom Pom Camps. The camp is also in the Moremi Game Reserve and gives visitors to the area amazing scenery of the Okavango wilderness. The campsite itself is beautiful with a lounge, dining area, bar, and pool areas. You’ll stay in one of nine luxury tents positioned under the shade of trees overlooking the Pom Pom Lagoon.

glamping in sanctuary baines camp in botswana

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8. Sanctuary Baines’ Camp

If you looking for a small camp that is still luxurious, then head to Sanctuary Baines’ Camp. With only five suites that include star baths, sky beds and private decks, this is a great place to spend a romantic getaway or to go on your honeymoon. The camp is built on raised platforms above the Boro River in a private concession on the border of the Moremi Game Reserve.

glamping in Savute Under Canvas in botswana

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9. Savute Under Canvas 

If you want to explore the amazing Savute landscape, then head to the stunning Savute Under Canvas with its luxury mobile safari tents that have en-suite bathrooms (with flush w.c. and steaming hot bucket shower). Positioned in a remote corner of the Chobe National Park, the camp is quiet and allows for amazing game viewing.

glamping at Linyanti Bush Camp in Botswana

(Photo courtesy of Ker & Downey)

10. Linyanti Bush Camp 

Situated on the banks of the Linyanti Marsh, Linyanti Bush Camp is an intimate 12-bedded East African Meru-style tented camp that has stunning hot showers, flush toilet, comfortable sofa, writing desk, chest of drawers and a cupboard. There are loads of water and land activities including game drives, cruises, game walks and fishing.

glamping at sanctuary stanleys camp in botswana

(Photo courtesy of Sanctuary Retreats)

11. Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp

Located on a private concession in the Okavango Delta, Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is a classic tented camp. You can not only go view game, but this camp allows you to interact with African elephants from Living with Elephants.

glamping in Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp in botswana

(Photo courtesy of &Beyond)

12. Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp 

With nine beautiful tented suites, Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp offers its guest amazing game viewing while staying in a beautiful campsite. With the wide open channels of the Delta spread in front of the camp, you are most likely to see amazing wildlife from the tented accommodation.

Linyanti Ebony in Botswana glamping

(Photo courtesy of Ker & Downey)

13. Linyanti Ebony 

Also on the banks of the  Linyanti Mars is the Linyanti Ebony in the Chobe Enclave. This eight-bedded tented camp with hot showers and flushing toilets is all built on elevated decking with gorgeous vies of the lagoons of the Linyanti River system. The camp also has a dining and lounge area with a small splash pool. The camp’s main dining and lounge area is complemented by its own splash pool.

glamping at Moremi Crossing in botswana

(Photo courtesy of Moremi Crossing)

14. Moremi Crossing 

For bigger parties you can stay at Moremi Crossing which is a 16 tented camp built on a palm fringed island.  This camp is a 100% eco-friendly one that has amazing solar and waste disposal technology. With a large open plan deck that has a spectacular view over the Boro River, a dining room, bar and lounge, this camp gives guests the ultimate comfort.

glamping at footsteps camp in botswana

(Photo courtesy of Ker & Downey)

15. Footsteps Camps 

Situated in two untamed areas of Botswana, the two Footsteps Camps both offer guests amazing game viewing in spacious Meru-style tents with comfortable twin beds. All tents are fully furnished and have hot water filled bucket showers and porcelain flush toilet. These two camps are perfect for families and young kids.

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This article was originally published on March 15, 2015.

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