3 luxury safari camps in Botswana

Botswana is Africa’s most luxurious safari destination. From the watery channels of the Okavango Delta to the game rich Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park, Botswana has the largest diversity of wildlife in Africa and is home to some of the most remote and unspoilt reserves in the world. Here are 3 of the best luxury camps in Botswana guaranteed to give you a truly authentic experience of Africa in style:

1. Chief’s Camp

Chief’s Camp has recently been voted ‘Botswana’s Leading Luxury Camp’ at the 2011 World Travel Awards and it’s easy to see why. Located in the Moremi Game Reserve in the famous Mombo concession of the Okavango Delta, the camp is surrounded by an area well known as the ‘predator capital of Africa’ and is considered to have some of the finest game viewing in Botswana. Consisting of 12 luxury bush chalets set under a grove of jackal berry trees, guests can enjoy four poster beds, en-suite facilities and spacious decked seating areas offering magnificent views of the landscape. There’s also a lounge, bar, dining area, library and swimming pool where relaxing spa treatments are available. Chief’s Camp is a truly stunning camp that will surpass your wildest dreams.

2. Jack’s Camp

Another award winning camp, Jack’s Camp is located deep in Botswana’s Kalahari Desert on the edge of the Makgadigadi Pans – the largest saltpans in the world. Jack’s Camp is a beautifully styled, classic Botswana safari camp that is spread out on an island of palm trees with ten en-suite tents fashioned in classical 1940’s style. Persian rugs, earthy orange antiques and old artefacts give the camp its uniqueness and lots of little luxurious extras are thrown in to make your stay as memorable as possible. During the wet season the pans fill with water forming an important wetland site attracting huge numbers of flamingo and other migratory birds. Herds of zebra and wildebeest arrive for the fresh grass and the area teems with predators and game, giving fantastic views from the Camp. Jack’s Camp is a sanctuary for peace and quiet after an exhilarating day on safari.

3. Baines Camp

Baines Camp is a small and intimate camp situated amongst the papyrus trees and waters of the Okavango Delta. With 5 luxurious suites set on elevated platforms, the views over the Boro River are mesmerising and the lagoon filled with wildlife will equally impress.

Classically decorated in an African colonial style, the large suites are filled with traditional printed fabrics and artefacts and all include a four poster bed which can be moved outside to the deck for a night sleeping under the stars. The large decking area is used for outdoor dining and you can cool off and enjoy the fantastic views in the camps own swimming pool.

The accommodation is located on a private reserve of 260,000 acres which means you can enjoy superb game viewing in privacy. There is a variety of activities on offer with game drives, walking safaris, elephant encounters or you can discover the Okavango by mokoro canoe.

John Burdett is Director at Africa Exclusive Safaris.

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