Every Botswana camp used by Africa Exclusive is in a beautiful, remote setting. Most are only reached by light aircraft, and as your plane descends to the airstrip you may glimpse the camp tucked among big old trees beside a waterway. In the Okavango Delta you will often be close to a sparkling lagoon. In the Kalahari, the view from your private deck might take in expanses of semi desert and the desert adapted animals which live there. The sense of being secluded amidst all that beauty is the essence of being on safari.
Botswana has focused on a low volume, high quality model of tourism, investing in small, intimate camps which raise the bar for luxury in the bush. Typically, these incredible tented camps only have half a dozen tents, sometimes fewer. Nothing beats Botswana as a destination for getting away from it all, enjoying the pristine landscapes and the rich game sightings, all in a wonderfully quiet, private setting.
Zarafa Camp is one of our first choices in Botswana. One of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, it is set within 130,000 hectares of the private Selinda Reserve. Buffalo and elephant amass by the lagoon in their hundreds, and there are also significant populations of leopard, cheetah, and lion. Xaranna is a romantic choice, inspired by the hues of the water lilies in the Okavango Delta. Children of all ages are welcome, and can get involved with andBeyond’s fantastic WILDChild programme. For something even more exclusive, choose Little Vumbura, which is on its own private island in the Okavango. The six elegant tented suites are shaded by ancient trees, and the plunge pool and reading area both overlook the floodplains.