Luxury safari Botswana, Southern Africa - private safari package

Game drive at Mombo delivers great buffalo sighting - photo courtesy Dana Allen

BUFFALO IN THE MOMBO FLOODPLAIN NEAR WILDERNESS SAFARIS PREMIER CAMPS IN THE BOTSWANA OKAVANGO DELTA

Why you should include Botswana in your luxury African safari itinerary

Small and environmentally responsible luxury camps and luxury lodges in Botswana provide spectacular big game viewing as well as intimate nature experiences in pristine and diverse ecosystems. The tranquil and serene Okavango Delta presents evocative scenes of extraordinary natural beauty. The Linyanti and Selinda are splendidly wild and secluded private reserves. The Savute section of Chobe National Park offers classic game drives in open vehicles. And comfortable water-based game viewing from safari boats on one of Africa's most beautiful rivers is a feature of the Chobe Riverfront.

Our preferred Botswana luxury safari camps and luxury safari lodges

ABU CAMP

  • Unique elephant educational safari at an Okavango Delta luxury camp on a scenically splendid private concession. Six very luxurious tents with private viewing deck. Gym.
  • Ethical, intimate, authentic encounters with an habituated elephant herd. View wildlife from the back of an elephant, walk with the herd through the bush, observe their daily routine such as mud bathing. Optional star bed sleep-out: under the stars overlooking the elephant boma.
  • Abu also offers morning and afternoon game drives, night drives, walks on request, seasonal mokoro trips, birding.
Abu camp guests riding on the habituated elephants as part of their luxury elephant educational safari


Sanctuary BAINES' CAMP

  • Small, intimate luxury Okavango Delta safari camp. Five luxurious suites on elevated wooden platforms surrounded by papyrus beds in a grove of trees. Optional sky bed for sleeping under the stars. Romantic star bath on private wooden deck. Communal swimming pool.
  • Situated on the Boro river in a vast and pristine private concession bordering Moremi game reserve.
  • Game drives, night drives, walks, seasonal mokoro and motorised boat excursions. Optional: walk with semi-habituated elephants, scenic helicopter flight.
An aerial view of Sanctuary Baines' camp in the Okavango Delta


 Sanctuary CHIEF'S CAMP

  • Stylish Okavango Delta luxury camp, extensively refurbished in 2016 - reopens in June: Twelve very spacious air-conditioned bush pavilions, private plunge pools. Ensuite bathrooms with view offer outdoor shower, large bath tub. Gym, kids play room. Safari chic design.
  • Located on exclusive Mombo Concession in Moremi Game Reserve on Chief's Island - known for some of the finest game viewing in Southern Africa.
  • Morning and afternoon game drives, seasonal mokoro excursions. Optional scenic helicopter flight. 
Guests from Sanctuary Chief's camp view lion during a game drive on Chief's Island in Moremi


 Sanctuary CHOBE CHILWERO

  • Luxury lodge, easily accessible on the Chobe Riverfront in Chobe National Park. Fourteen cottages. One honeymoon suite with private plunge pool. Communal split-level swimming pool. Full spa. Welcomes families. 
  • Sits above the Chobe River with panoramic views across the islands and floodplains as far as Namibia. 
  • Game viewing & photography from customized boats and on game drives. Spectacular African river sunsets are a highlight. Optional: bream and tiger fishing (catch and release), day trip to view the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
A customized safari boat from Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero brings guests to within meters of  elephant on the Chobe river bank


 andBeyond CHOBE UNDER CANVAS

  • Luxury camping at secluded camp sites on or near the Chobe Riverfront in Chobe National Park.
  • Five fully serviced and comfortably furnished  safari tents. Ensuite bathrooms feature a flush toilet and hot bucket shower. Friendly and personalized butler service.
  • Home cooked campfire meals.
  • Professional photographic river safari in customized boat with top of the range equipment supplied. Sunset Chobe river cruises. Game drives in Chobe National Park.
A scenic and relaxing river safari at andBeyond Chobe under Canvas


 JAO CAMP

  • Tranquil and sophisticated luxury Okavango safari camp. Eight luxurious tents with private outdoor sala for afternoon siestas. One family unit. Communal plunge pools, spa, gym. Splendid views of the nearby channel.
  • Hidden away in picturesque surroundings on a large and remote island in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Varied habitats, from waterways and lagoons to dry grasslands.
  • Land and water-based game viewing  activities depending on annual seasonal water levels: mokoro trips, boating, day and night game drives, limited seasonal fishing.
A blissful and surprising bush dining venue at Jao camp in the Okavango Delta


 KINGS POOL

  • Luxury safari lodge in the Linyanti. Nine stylish canvas and thatch rooms including a family unit. Private decks with sala and plunge pool. Optional in-room massages. 
  • Overlooks the Kings Pool lagoon and Linyanti river system in northern Botswana. Range of habitats offer spectacular wildlife viewing, whether on land or water. 
  • Two hides - one with the water at eye level. Day and night game drives. Outstanding birding. Seasonal sunset cruise on a colonial-style barge. Seasonal limited fishing (catch and release). Nature walks on request.
A spectacular sunset over the Linyanti river during a barge cruise at Kings Pool camp


MOMBO & LITTLE MOMBO 

  • Sumptuous Okavango Delta luxury safari camps in the heart of the Delta on Mombo Island just off the tip of Chief's Island in Moremi Game Reserve. 
  • Spacious and luxurious guest rooms under canvas built under a shady canopy of large trees.
  • Raised decks optimize glorious views. Private outdoor salas. Ensuite bathrooms also feature outdoor showers.
  • Day time game drives on the productive floodplains offer prolific game viewing opportunities.
Guests from Mombo and Little Mombo come to within meters of lion on their Okavango Delta game drive on Chief's Island in Moremi Game Reserve


 &Beyond SANDIBE OKAVANGO SAFARI LODGE

  • Serene and earthy Okavango Delta luxury lodge. Twelve elegant and intimate guest suites with private plunge pool, cosy fireplace, outdoor shower. Splendid views. Unusual, spectacular organic architectural design.Gym.
  • Located on vast pristine private concession adjacent to renowned Moremi Game Reserve. Situated at edge of permanent waterways of Okavango Delta. Ample dry land for excellent wildlife viewing year-round.
  • Game drives, night drives. Optional: scenic helicopter flight, photographic specialist safari, massages.
An elephant walks past one of the newly designed rooms at andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge


 Belmond SAVUTE ELEPHANT LODGE

  • Savute luxury lodge in Chobe National Park. Twelve airconditioned rooms on raised wooden platforms. Lavishly appointed bathrooms en suite with outdoor shower. Minibar; wi-fi. Spacious private decks.
  • Perched on the banks of the Savute channel with great views. Al fresco dining and traditional boma evenings. Large swimming pool.
  • Early morning and late afternoon game drives in an open safari vehicle. Bushman painting & baobab tree excursion. Telescope for stargazing. Bird watching.
Viewing elephant on a game drive at Belmond Savute Elephant lodge


 &Beyond SAVUTE UNDER CANVAS

  • Savute luxury camping at secluded camp sites in a remote and wild corner of Chobe National Park. Enjoy the simplicity of camping accompanied by superb service.
  • Five comfortably furnished and fully serviced safari tents. Ensuite bathrooms feature a flush toilet and hot bucket shower. Friendly and personalized butler service.
  • Home cooked campfire meals. 
  • Early morning and late afternoon game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles.
Exterior view of the simple but very comfortable fully serviced tents at andBeyond Savute under Canvas


VUMBURA PLAINS

  • Sumptuous luxury Okavango Delta camp with a contemporary modern design. Fourteen suites, including family suites, distributed between two separate satellite camps. Private plunge pools.
  • Located on the edge of a large flood plain in a vast and beautiful private concession known for diverse wildlife viewing including excellent sable sightings.
  • Excellent all-round safari experience offers both land-based and water-based game viewing: mekoros, boats, game drives, night drives. Optional community visit.
A graceful cheetah is seen by guests on a game drive at Vumbura Plains camp in the Okavango Delta


&Beyond XARANNA OKAVANGO DELTA CAMP

  • Delightful ethereal luxury camp in the Okavango Delta. Nine tents with romantic outdoor sala, private plunge pool, indoor bathtub, al fresco shower. Humorous design touches. Sweeping views across the channels.
  • Enjoys luxurious solitude on its own remote beautiful island within a vast and exclusive wildlife concession in the Okavango Delta.
  • Day and night game drives. Seasonal mokoro excursions and motorised boating. Seasonal fishing also tiger fish. Optional: scenic helicopter flight, horseback safari.
Mokoro excursion at andBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta camp


 &Beyond XUDUM OKAVANGO DELTA LODGE

  • Intimate striking luxury lodge in the Okavango Delta. Nine safari suites surrounded by a mosaic of papyrus and reeds. Suites are designed for privacy and feature a unique rooftop hideout, indoor bathtub, outside shower. Beautiful elevated views.
  • Sprawled along the banks of a seasonal lagoon, deep within an expansive and exclusive wildlife concession.
  • Game drive, night drive. Seasonal mokoros, motorised boating, catch-and-release fishing. Optional: walk with San people (Bushmen), scenic heli, horseback safari.
Peacefully gliding along in a mekoro at Xudum Okavango Delta lodge


 ZAMBEZI QUEEN

  • Luxury river boat cruise along the Chobe Riverfront in Chobe National Park in northern Botswana. Sophisticated, elegant and comfortable. Two and three night itineraries. Ten suites, four master suites.
  • Viewing of elephant, crocodiles, hippos and a variety of birds from the river boat itself. Smaller motorized tender boats for close up game viewing and bird watching. Seasonal fishing on a catch-and-release basis. Cultural visit to a local village. Optional: customized photographic tender boat with six swivel seats and camera rests.
The Zambezi Queen is a luxury cruise boat on the Chobe River in Northern Botswana


 ZARAFA CAMP

  • Intimate luxury camp in the Selinda reserve, northern Botswana. Four lavish marquis style tents; private tented villa. Magnificent views. Each tent has complimentary use of a canon camera, swarovski binoculars, telescope.
  • Overlooks the crystal waters of Zibadianja lagoon, in prime wildlife territory. Tremendous diversity of species seasonally, from resident prides of lion to huge herds of elephant, packs of wild dog and the rare roan antelope.
  • Day and night game drives, bush walks, pontoon boat cruises, seasonal power boat safari. Optional massages.
Lavish tent with extraordinary view of an elephant at Zarafa camp in the Selinda private reserve


When we plan private packages for luxury safari trips in Southern Africa, we use the above hand-picked top end exclusive luxury safari lodges and luxury camps in Botswana. On request, your personal safari itinerary could include other luxurious destinations. If you have a luxury family safari or luxury honeymoon safari in Botswana in mind, be sure to mention this as it will influence our choice of luxury accommodation in Botswana.

Best time of year for a luxury safari in Botswana

Botswana is an excellent year-round safari destination, but certain water-based activities are seasonal. Flood water usually starts flowing into the Okavango Delta in June, and by October many areas of the Delta will have dried up, leaving behind grassy floodplains well-suited to game drives. In general big game viewing is easier in the dry months when animals converge on the rivers and other water sources. The Green Season is, however, great for bird watching as seasonal migrant species are present, as well as for observing the many young animals that are born in the wetter months.

Contact us to book a tailor-made Botswana luxury safari itinerary 

We create a private luxury African safari package, tailor-made to suit your own specific profile and requirements. For an extended luxury African safari we recommend to combine your Botswana luxury safari with luxury camps and lodges in other Southern Africa countries. On request your luxury safari in Botswana can also be combined with luxury safari camps and lodges in East Africa, but this will involve more travelling.

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