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CAMPING BOTSWANA

A Guide to self drive safari camping in Botswana

Embarking on a camping trip in Botswana requires a good deal of planning and preparation. You will be going to remote areas, accessible only by four-wheel drive, where water, petrol, or food may not be available. You may often be driving on rough terrain, and through heavy sand, in conditions very different from those you are used to.

As a general rule, take all food requirements to last your stay. Take at least 20 litres of water per person, preferably more; for desert destinations, carry between 50 and 100 litres. Carry at least 100 litres of petrol in long-range tanks or in metal jerry tins. Take spare vehicle parts for breakdowns.

As campsites within game reserves and national parks are usually not fenced, it is important for campers to take necessary precautionary measures to ensure their safety and to abide by the information provided by wildlife officers.

The following basic camping rules should be strictly heeded:

  • Only camp in designated campsites.
  • Always sleep in your tent, roof tent or vehicle. Make sure your tent zips up well.
  • Don’t sleep with legs or arms protruding from the tent.
  • Use rubbish receptacles at the campsites; if there are none, carry away all rubbish until you get to the next town.
  • Cigarette butts should be well extinguished and placed in a rubbish bag, not thrown on the ground.
  • Make sure the campfire is well extinguished at the end of the evening, or after use, and cover it with sand.
  • Don’t sleep on bridges or animal paths, particularly those of elephants and hippos.
  • Bury all faecal matter and burn all toilet paper.
  • Don’t bathe or drink from still bodies of water; there is the danger of bilharzia.
  • In the Okavango, don’t swim in lagoons or streams; there is the danger of crocodiles and/or hippos.
  • Children must be constantly supervised. Never leave them alone at the campsite. Never allow children to nap on the ground or in the open.
  • Don’t stray far from the campsite, or walk in the bush, unless with a qualified guide.

Driving is on the left side of the road. The national speed limit on tarred roads is 120 km/h and 60 km/h in towns and villages. Watch out for wildlife and domestic animals on the roads. In the National parks always stay on the established tracks in order to avoid the ugly scars left by off-road driving. Stay below the 40km/h speed limit for the safety of wildlife and yourselves.

The general rule of thumb for camping in Botswana is – take only memories, leave only footprints.

Source: www.botswanatourism.co.bw/experience/camping

Kori Campsite 1

Kori Campsite 1

One of four sites spread out alongside a side track in Deception Valley. Each is under some small acacia trees that offer privacy.

Xade Camp 5

Xade Camp 5

Xade Campground in Central Kalahari Game Reserve is 9km east along the main track from the park gate towards Xaxa and the heart of the park. It's a lovely spot, and while it has no facilities, the openness of the surrounding country more than compensates. GPS...

Xaxa Camp 1

Xaxa Camp 1

Xaxa Camp is located opposite the waterhole on thick sand and has no facilities whatsoever. There are only two campsites available. Location: 89km or 4h 30min from Xade Gate, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, BotswanaBooking Code:CKWIL-04Contact & Reservations:Tel:...

Passarge Valley Camp

Passarge Valley Camp

This public camping site is situated in the lovely Passarge Valley and has limited facilities. Booking and prepayment are required.Location:95.7km or 5h 43min from Matswere Gate, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana.Booking Code:CKPAS-03Contact &...

Sunday Camp 1

Sunday Camp 1

This camp is an exposed site on the edge of Leopard Pan with a pit latrine, bucket shower, and fireplace. Booking is essential.Location:54.2km or 2h 35min from Matswere Gate, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, BotswanaContact & Reservations :Bigfoot ToursTel : +267...

Piper Pan Camp 1

Piper Pan Camp 1

Situated close to Piper pan, under a couple of the tallest trees in the area. The camp is unfenced and has a pit latrine, a bucket shower, and a fireplace. Booking and prepayment are required.Location:131km or 6h 43min from Matswere Gate (Central Kalahari Game...

Lekhubu Camp

Lekhubu Camp

The shaded site is just off the main track from Deception Valley to Piper Pan. Situated in a small clump of Acacia trees on a small rise. No facilities. Booking and prepayment are required.Booking Code:CKWIL-07 Contact & Reservations :Bigfoot ToursTel : +267 395...

Deception Campsite & Kori Campsite

Deception Campsite & Kori Campsite

These Botswana camping options are situated in Deception Valley both Deception and, shade, fire pit, long drop toilet, and bucket shower. There is no water or toilet paper provided.Highlights:Lions – the males are big and have beautiful dark manes. A large number of...

Phokoje Campsite

Phokoje Campsite

The Phokoje camp in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve has basic facilities that include a fire pit, toilet & shower combined.

Letiahau Camp (CKWIL 06)

Letiahau Camp (CKWIL 06)

This shaded campsite is situated a short distance from the track from Deception Valley to Piper Pan. No facilities. Booking and prepayment are required.Location:84.2km or 4h 1min from Matswere Gate (Central Kalahari Game Reserve) Contact & Reservations:Bigfoot...

Motopi Camp

Motopi Camp

In the north of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) three campsites are situated far apart, near Motopi Pan. Motopi Camp's facilities include a fireplace and toilet. There are no rustic showers. Bring your own water.Campsites must be pre-booked through Bigfoot...

Sunday Pan Camp 3

Sunday Pan Camp 3

These two camps are perched on a hill overlooking the artificial waterhole at Sunday Pan. Camp facilities include a pit latrine, bucket shower, and fireplace. Booking is essential.Location: 58.6km or 3h from Matswere Gate (Central Kalahari Game Reserve),...

Xakanaxa Campsites

Xakanaxa Campsites

Xakanaxa Campsite is situated in the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana and is a great place to camp. All the camps in the Reserve are unfenced. Xakanaxa has elephants that come through the camp regularly both during the day and night to browse on the acacia and Marula...

South Gate Camp

South Gate Camp

These shaded campsites are situated at the southern entrance (Makwee Gate) to the Moremi Game Reserve.  The great thing about these campsites is that they are situated in the park, meaning game spotting can happen in the campsite itself. Moremi Game Reserve is...

Nxai Pan South Camp

Nxai Pan South Camp

Camping in the Nxai Pan, which is an extensive grass plain, part of the old lake bed, and generously covered with acacia trees. In the south of Nxai Pan, Baines’ Baobabs comprise a clump of large baobab trees, rendered immortal in 1862 by painter Thomas Baines, a...

Nxai Pan North Camp

Nxai Pan North Camp

Nxai Pan itself is an extensive grass plain, part of the old lake bed, which is more generously covered with acacia trees. In the south of Nxai Pan, Baines’ Baobabs comprise a clump of large baobab trees, rendered immortal in 1862 by painter Thomas Baines, a member of...

Njuca Camp 1

Njuca Camp 1

Njuca Camp is located in the northwest of the region and the campsites are out in the far east of the Makgadikgadi Pans section of the park. They have plenty of shade and the surrounding grasslands are attractive. Accommodation: The camp has two sites each with its...

Nata Lodge Camping Area

Nata Lodge Camping Area

The vast salt pans and grassy plains the Makgadikgadi creates a unique oasis and the perfect setting for Nata Lodge. Dotted by palm islands, the surrounding Nata sanctuary forms the breeding ground for a host of water birds including pelicans and flamingos in their...

Kubu Island Campsite

Kubu Island is locally known as Lekhubu, it is a unique, untouched empty, and wild tourism attraction. 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 track from the south and 100 km of lots of dust...

Khwai North Gate Moremi Camp

Khwai North Gate Moremi Camp

Considered to be one of the best game viewing areas in Botswana, the flood plains of the Khwai River are home to a wide variety of animals and birds. The campsites are situated along the banks of the meandering Khwai River enshrined under the mangrove fig and ebony...

Khwai Magotho Camp

Khwai Magotho Camp

The campground derives its name from the Setswana of Acacia Erolba or Camel-thorn - these towering giants grow in abundance in the area and provide shade to the campsites. Elephants often wander quietly through the campsites allowing visitors the unique opportunity to...

Khumaga Wild Life Camp

Khumaga Wild Life Camp

Khumaga Wildlife camp is situated on the banks of the Boteti River in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and is part of the SKL Group of Camps. The area is well known for the Migration of Zebras and Wildebeest. Accommodation: There are 10 sites with a water standpipe, a...

Ihaha Campsite 1

Ihaha Campsite 1

Ihaha Campsite is on the Chobe Riverfront. The campsite overlooks a hippo pool in the dry season while in the high water season the river is in full flow below the campground Accommodation: There are 10 sites; the ablutions have flush toilets and hot showers powered...

Elephant Sands

Elephant Sands is a bush lodge & campsite in the north-eastern part of Botswana. Come and enjoy viewing the elephants at our natural waterhole right in front of the lodge. We are glad to offer you our 10 brand new en-suite safari tents with a view of the...

Camp Savuti

Camp Savuti

Visit Camp Savuti to experience the thrill of getting close to top predators and to watch them in their natural habitat from the comfort of an open-air 4x4 vehicle, guided by knowledgeable rangers. Here, one can witness the mass migration of zebra, a wildlife movement...

Baines Baobabs camp

Baines Baobabs camp

Baines Baobab overlooks Kaudia Camp Pan on the Southside of the Nxai South camp. Although the pans at Baines Baobab are dry for most of the year, the area is transformed into a massive sheet of water during the rainy season and the abundance of water beds creating...

Audi Camp Maun

Audi Camp Maun

Audi Camp has changed a lot over the past two decades and we’re looking pretty fancy these days. We have a great bar – the perfect place for rehydrating after a bush adventure or simply celebrating life. You can also buy drinks from here to take on a safari. Our...

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