Campsites. Botswana.

The map shows the campsites that we've used in Botswana over the past few years. The prices are for dates that we stayed there.

Below the map is information about them, listed in alphabetical order. You can click on the places on the map or scroll down the page.

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Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

Booking campsites in the Central Kalahari is a pain as they are now run by 2 organizations, either by Big Foot Tours or by the Botswana Department of Wildlife & National Parks (DWNP). You usually have to book and pay in advance - if you just turn up at the entrance gate you're likely to be turned away. You also have to pay the Park fees to the DWNP once you've booked campsites in the Park. I understand that they now accept payment for the Park Fees at the Park Entrance Gates but this is unconfirmed so check with DWNP.

Big Foot only have offices in Gabarone so it's best to contact them by phone. We were able to book 3 nights at Sunday Pan and then pay in cash at the gate. The sites are similar to the ones run by the DWNP but much more expensive!

The DWNP have offices in Gabarone and Maun so, again, contact by phone is best.

If you camp at the Big Foot sites you'll need an invoice to show to DWNP in order to pay for the Park fees.

Central Kalahari. Sunday Pan site 3. Feb 2012.

Location: S21 19.899 E23 41.287

Contact: Big Foot Tours. www.bigfoottours.co.bw/centralkalahari.html

Cost: Campsite: P60 per night for 2 people. Entrance fee P120 per person per day plus P50 per vehicle per day.

Ablutions: Pit latrine and bucket shower (you need to provide your own water).

Electric: No.

Sites: Good shade. The sites are spread out and only site 2 is within walking distance.

Sunday Pan campsite

Other: Less than 1km to the Sunday Pan waterhole.
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Central Kalahari. Kori 2 Camp. Feb 2012.

Location: S21 25.391 E23 47.747

Contact: Department of Wildlife & National Parks.

Cost: Campsite: P60 per night for 2 people. Entrance fee P120 per person per day plus P50 per vehicle per day.

Ablutions: Pit latrine and bucket shower (you need to provide your own water).

Electric: No.

Sites: Good shade.The sites are spread out and are next to Deception Valley.

Kori 2 campsite

Other: Other: The Kori & Deception campsites are popular as they're so much cheaper than the ones run by Big Foot. We prefer the Kori sites as they're closer to Deception Valley.
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Francistown. Woodlands Stopover. July 2012

Location: About 20km from Francistown on the Nata road.
S21 04.894 E27 27.842

Contact: www.woodlandscampingbots.com

Cost: P105 pppn. plus P30 for a trailer.

Ablutions: Spotless. Hot showers.

Electric: Yes at an extra cost.

Sites: The grassy pitches are quite small but fine for a night. All have a braai and electric point and some also have a fire base and a drinking water tap.

woodlands campsite

Other: This is an ideal stopover near Francistown. There's a beautiful, clean swimming pool.
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Ghanzi. Thakadu Bush Camp. March 2012.

Location: A few kilometres south of Ghanzi. S21 44.316 E21 40.880

Contact: www.thakadubushcamp.com

Cost: 60 per person per night.

Ablutions: Clean. Hot water & showers.

Electric: Yes.

Sites: Large shady pitches each with power, drinking water, braai and a bin.

Thakadu campsite

Other: There's a bar, restaurant and pool. Good wireless internet access - P40 for 2 hours, which can be used over several days.
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Gweta. Planet Baobab. September 2013

Location: S20 11 21.6 E25 18 20.6

Contact: www.planetbaobabbotswana.com

Cost: P68 pppn. Credit cards accepted.

Ablutions: Clean.  Hot water.

Electric: Yes.

Sites: There are 6 sites for independent travellers which are separate to the sites for overland trucks.  Each site has a shaded area, braai, fire base and electric point.

Other: There's a pool, bar and restaurant. Wi-fi internet access is P30 for 30 minutes. When we arrived at reception we were handed a cold flannel and an iced tea, both most welcome after our dusty trip from Kubu Island! They offer various trips to the pans, from half a day to overnight options.
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Kaa Concession. Masetleng Pan. Oct 2010

Location: S23 42.342 E20 53.907

Cost: You need to pay (can't remember how much) at either Ngwatle or Ukhwi villages. At Ukhwi there were people on the track through the village who we paid and got a receipt. At Ngwatle(on our 2nd visit) we tried to find the chief's hut (no-one had any English) and when we eventually found it they couldn't find the receipt book so we weren't charged.

Ablutions: None.

Electric: No.

Site: Just one site overlooking a large pan.

Other: If you like being on your own (we saw no other vehicles for the 3 days we were there) and you don't mind roughing it then you'll love this spot. It overlooks the Pan and although you're unlikely to see predators you'll see antelope and plenty of birds.
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Kang. Kang Ultra Stop. March 2012.

Location: Kang, on the Trans Kalahari Highway
S23 40 54.7 E22 46 00.3

Contact: www.kangultralodge.com

Cost: P40 per person per night.

Ablutions: Clean, Hot water & showers.

Electric: Yes.

Sites: The campsite was closed for rebuilding (March 2012) but we were able to stay on the gravel in the wooden chalets area.

kang campsite

Other: There's a pool, bar and restaurant. A useful overnight stopover.
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Kasane. Chobe River Lodge. Nov 2011.

Location: On the southern edge of Kasane next to the Chobe River. S17 48.517 E25 08.740

Contact: www.chobesafarilodge.com

Cost: P75 pppn.

Ablutions: Clean. Hot showers.

Electric: Yes.

Sites: There are lots of small marked pitches under shady trees.

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Other: There's likely to be a few large overlander's trucks but we've never found it too noisy. There's a walkway to the Lodge where there's a pool, bar and restaurant. The sunset cruises from the Lodge are excellent.
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Kasane. Senyati Safari Camp. September 2013

Location: 15km from Kasane on the road to Nata. S17 52.362 E25 14.138

Contact: senyatisafaricampbotswana.com

Cost: P170 pppn

Ablutions: Your own personal shower, toilet and kitchen area. Hot water from a donkey boiler.

Electric: Yes.

Sites: This is a lovely quiet, shady site not far from Kasane. You'll be made very welcome by the owner, Louw. All sites have a shade structure, private ablutions, a braai and fire base.  There are no fences around the site so you may get animals browing nearby.

senyati campsite

Other: If you like the bush then this is undoubtedly the best campsite in the Kasane area.  The site is in the Lesoma Valley and the waterhole with a fresh water outlet is a favourite with elephants but you're likely to see other animals as well.  We saw roan antelope, sable, giraffe, impala, kudu and warthog.  There's a great view of the waterhole from the raised bar area and a different perspective from the underground bunker.
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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) Mabuasehube area.

The Department of Wildlife & National Parks still run all the camps in this Park so booking is much easier than other Botswana Parks.

KTP. Mpaathutlwa Camp 1. March 2012.

Location: Mabuasehube, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
S25 03.676 E21 58.990

Contact: Department of Wildlife & National Parks.

Cost: Campsite: P30 per person per night. Entrance fee P20 per person per day plus P4 per vehicle per day.

Ablutions: Pit latrine. Shower (cold water).

Electric: No.

Site: A lovely location with excellent shade overlooking the Pan. You can just see the waterhole from the edge of the site.

ktp campsite

Other: This is one of the most popular sites in this part of the Park as it overlooks a pan with a permanent waterhole which is popular with game. We've always heard (but not always seen!) lion in this area.
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KTP. Lesholoago Camp 1. March 2012.

Location: Mabuasehube, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
S24 56.424 E22 03.477

Contact: Department of Wildlife & National Parks.

Cost: Campsite: P30 per person per night. Entrance fee P20 per person per day plus P4 per vehicle per day.

Ablutions: Pit latrine. Shower (cold water).

Electric: No.

Sites: A lovely location with some shade overlooking the Pan. You can just see the waterhole from the edge of the site.

ktp campsite

Other:
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Khama Rhino Sanctuary. April 2016.

Location: 5km NW of Serowe.
S22 15.067 E26 43.543

Contact: www.khamarhinosanctuary.org.bw

Cost: Campsite: P102.85 pppn.  Park fees: P78.65 pppd plus P284.35 per vehicle per day. Credit cards accepted.

Ablutions: There are 2 ablution blocks.  Clean.  Hot water from an electric geyser.

Electric:Not at the sites.  There's a plug point in the ablutions.

Sites: There are 13 large unfenced campsites spread out in the bush a few kilometres from the entrance gate.  Each site has a braai, fire base, cold water tap, bin and shade from large Mokongwa trees.

khama campsite

Other: The Reserve was set up as a safe breeding location for white rhino.  There are self-drive tracks around the reserve, you can buy a map, P10, from the shop at the entrance which also sells wood, curios, cold drinks and snacks. The tracks in the Park are sandy.  We didn't lower the tyre pressures and managed fine in high 4 wheel drive.
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Kubu Island. Sept 2013.

Location: S20 53 27.6 E25 49 19.1

Contact: www.kubuisland.com

Cost: P152 pppn.

Ablutions: Each site has a rather smelly longdrop toilet.

Electric: No.

Sites: Large sites on the northern and western side of the island.  Some have shade.

kubu island campsite

Other: There's no water so take all you need. You need a 4x4 to get to Kubu Island and it's only accessible during the dry season. It's 45 km of stony / sandy / dusty tracks from the south and 100km of lots of dust from Gweta or Nata! That said it's pretty amazing driving across the Pansand having a look around the island which has large rocks and huge baobab trees in the middle of a huge pan.
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Khwai Development Trust. Magotha Campsite. September 2013.

Location: S19 06 28.8 E23 51 46.5

Contact:

Cost: P290 pppn. (Increased from P140pppn in July 2013)

Ablutions: None.

Electric: No.

Sites: There are 15 sites of which numbers 1,2,3,4 and 15 overlook the Khwai River. We stayed at site 1.

Other: You must book before you go.  If you travel via Moremi / Khwai North gate then call in at the village to show your reservation.  If coming from the Savuti direction then camp wherever you want and show your reservation when the village guys come around.  If you want to visit Moremi them you'll need to have paid for day permits in advance.  You'll need a 4x4 with low range to get around the area.  There are several river crossings, best to watch or ask other campers before crossing as there are some deep holes - and crocs and hippos in the river.  We saw lots of game in the vicinity of the river during the dry season.
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Maun. Drifters Lodge.

Location: 35km East of Maun. S20 10.280 E23 40.398.

Contact: www.drifters.co.za

Cost: P100 per person per night.

Ablutions: Clean. Hot water & showers.

Electric: Provided by a generator from 6 - 10pm. You'll need a long cable.

Sites: Lovely grassy sites next to the Boteli River.

Other: There's a bar & pool. Used by Drifters Tours a couple of nights each week.
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Maun. Sedia Hotel campsite. September 2013.

Location: 6km north of Maun S19 57 10.4 E23 28 41.9

Contact: www.sedia-hotel.com

Cost: P50 pppn.  Credit cards accepted.

Ablutions: One ablutions block for the site. Clean. Hot water & showers.

Electric: There are several power points around the site.

Sites: No marked sites, just pitch wherever you want.  There are plenty of bushes and a few large trees for shade.  The overland trucks tend to use the open area between the ablutions and the hotel.

Other: There's a bar, restaurant and a large pool. There are likely to be a few 'Overland' groups but this is the quietest place that we've stopped at in Maun. There's free wi-fi interent access in the reception and bar area, plus an internet cafe.
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Okavango Panhandle. Shakawe Fishing Lodge. Feb 2012.

Location: 10km south of Shakawe. S18 26.133 E21 54.341

Contact: http://shakawelodge.com

Cost: P100 per person per night.

Ablutions: Clean. Hot water & showers.

Electric: Yes.

Sites: Great sites beside the Okavango River.

Other: The campsite (and chalets) are currently being refurbished - new owners took over in 2011. If you like birding then ask to be taken round the nearby woodland where there are pel's fishing owls.
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Okavango Panhandle. Tsodilo Hills. Feb 2012.

Location: Tsodilo Hills World Heritage Site. S18 45.571 E21 44.192

Contact: www.botswanatourism.co.bw/destination/tsodilo-hills

Cost: camping is free but you have to pay to see the rock art sites.

Ablutions: Hot water and showers.

Electric: Yes from the main building but you'll need a long cable.

Sites:

Other: We camped in the area close to the museum. There are a couple of other places to camp but they have no facilities.If you want to see the rock art (the main reason for coming here after all) then you'll need to book a guide at reception.
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Savuti Camp, Chobe National Park. Sept 2013.

Location: S19 57 10.4 E23 28 41.9

Contact: The Park is run by the Department of Wildlife but currently the campsite is run by SKL. You need to book with themand then show your reservation to the Parks Board and pay the daily rate.http://sklcamps.com

Cost: Campsite: $US 50 pppn (international visitors). Entrance fee P120 per person per day plus P50 per vehicle per day.

Ablutions: One central ablutions block protected from the elephants by a big earth wall.  Clean.  Hot water.

Electric: No.

Sites: Most sites have a braai and fire base and are situated under shady trees.  We like sites 1, 2, 3 and 4 best as they overlook the Savuti Channel which, in Sept 2013, still had plenty of water in it.  There are no fences around the camp so you will see animals wandering through the site.

Other: Currently the only place where you can cross the Channel is by the bridge next to the Rest Camp.  During the dry season none of the waterholes away from the Channel had any water in them so the best animal viewing is within a km or so of the Channel.  Several loop roads marked on the map aren't passable because of the mud/water.
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Tuli Block 1. Limpopo RIver Lodge. April 2016.

Location: S22 29 42.4 E28 47 37.9

Contact: limpoporiverlodge.co.za

Cost: P122.00 / R183.00 per person per night.

Ablutions: Shower, flushing toilet and sink with hot water from a donkey boiler or solar water heater.  Toilet paper not provided.

Electric: No.

Sites: Good sized sites.  All have good shade and are on the banks of the Limpopo. Each site has a braai, ground fireplace, cold water tap (not drinking water) and, behind the site, private ablutions.  Firewood is provided.

Other: We saw plenty of birds at the site and it was lovely sitting by the river. We only had a couple of nights there and would certainly spend longer there on another trip. You can drive around the Reserve.
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Tuli Black 2. Molema Bush Camp. April 2016.

Location: S22 17 57.7 E28 58 29.5

Contact: www.tulitrails.com

Cost: R300 per person per night.

Ablutions: Rustic.  Each site has a shower, flushing toilet and sink with hot water from a gas geyser.  The gas geysers on sites 1 and 2 are in need of some  attention

Electric: No.

Sites: 4 large sites under huge shady trees.  Each site has a braai, ground fireplace, shower, toilet, sink and water tap (not drinking water).   Site 1 is on sloping ground with a level raised area for tents.  We were on site 2 which did have some level ground but we did have to keep moving our solar panels because of the shade from trees.

Other: There are no fences around the camp so you might get animals in camp.  Baboons and vervet monkeys are around and will steal any food left out. You cannot self drive in the Reserve.  Morning and afternoon drives (R300 pp) and bush walks (R275pp) are available. We did a bush walk and morning and afternoon drives and found the guide informative. It a short walk through quite thick bush to the Limpopo RIver.
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