Picture above of one of our African safari vacation clients, hanging out with the meerkats of the Kalahari in Botswana!
Venture back to the time when David Livingstone first explored the vast, untouched wildernesses of Africa on a glamping trip to Botswana.
Botswana is celebrated for its wild African safari tours and luxurious tented accommodations.
Below are some of our favorite tented accommodations for glamping in Botswana:
Jack’s Camp: Take a step back in time at Jack’s Camp in the Kalahari and the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans of Botswana. This boutique camp was founded by Jack Bousfield during a trapping expedition in the 60s and today is owned and operated by his son, Ralph, who refurbished the camp in 2003 with a traditional East African 1940s safari style.
Situated among one of the most wildlife-clad areas in all of Botswana, Jack’s Camp is a must-visit property for travelers who love to explore nature and relax in complete solitude. The camp is comprised of ten spacious canvas tents, that each overlook the vast Kalahari—perfect for observing wildlife from the comfort of your own suite.
Some of the wildlife that frequents Jack’s Camp includes flamingo, zebra, wildebeest, aardvark, gemsbuck, springbuck, hyena, and meerkats. In fact, seeing the meerkats up close and personal is one of the best things about Jack’s Camp!
Image above of Jack’s Camp taken from the Uncharted Africa website
Selinda Explorers: Set along a remote region of Botswana’s wildlife-abundant Selinda Spillway, Selinda Explorer’s Camp brings guests through an authentic safari experience with the essence of luxury. Each of the camp’s four East-African-style tents were designed to bring guests closer to nature than ever before while providing extreme comfort, and modern amenities. And because there are only four tents at Selinda Explorer’s Camp, visitors experience the ultimate in exclusivity, personalized service, and hospitality.
At Selinda Explorer’s Camp, emphasis is placed primarily on relaxation. There is no rush to get out on early morning game drives and afternoon drives. Rather, guests enjoy the tranquility and abundant wildlife from the comfort of the camp, as well as canoe and walking safaris. Some of the wildlife famously spotted along the Selinda Spillway include elephant, lion, wild dog, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, egrets, wattled cranes, wild dog, zebra, wildebeest, hyena, impala, honey badger, aardwolf, and so much more!
Image above of Selinda Explorer’s Camp taken from Great Plains Conservation website
Linyanti Bush Camp: Experience Africa the way early explorers once did at the remote Linyanti Bush Camp in northern Botswana. Not only is the big game viewing exceptional here, but you’ll also have the opportunity to witness hundreds of species of bird—some of which are endemic to Botswana.
There are a variety of Botswana safari tours offered by Linyanti, each guided by highly knowledgeable safari guides, which include game drives, walking safaris, bird watching, night drives, boating, fishing, and mokoro safaris. Some of the animals you might witness during these tours include lion, hippo, red lechwe, sable, leopard, wild dog (a real treat!), and crocodile.
And when it comes to the accommodations at Linyanti Bush Camp, expect world-class service and beautifully appointed tents. The camp is comprised of 12 beds, so guests experience a completely intimate atmosphere with exceptional personalized service around the clock.
Image above of Linyanti Bush Camp taken from the African Bush Camps website
Zarafa Dhow Camp: The Zarafa Dhow Suites is one of the largest canvas tented accommodations in all of Africa and provides a private Botswana safari experience for discerning travelers looking to have a highly exclusive African safari vacation. The suites are set within Zarafa Camp’s 350,000-acre area within Selinda Reserve—one of the best African safari vacation destinations—and includes a private vehicle, safari guide, chef, manager, and entrance to the camp for guests.
At 2,260 sq. feet, the Dhow Suites can accommodate up to four guests and are perfect for travelers on an African family safari vacation and private groups. The Zarafa Dhow Suites include two main bedrooms, a central living and dining space, and a private pool and fireplace, and each unit features a fireplace, gorgeous copper bath, and private outdoor shower, in addition to an en-suite bathroom.
The Suites is booked on an all-inclusive basis, so guests can enjoy daily private morning and afternoon game drives, as well as Relais & Châteaux standard cuisine and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at no additional cost.
Image above of Zarafa Dhow Suites taken from Great Plains Conservation website