The Best Hotels to Book in Botswana

Enjoy wonders of the Kalahari while staying up close and personal to Africa's wildlife in Botswana
Enjoy wonders of the Kalahari while staying up close and personal to Africa's wildlife in Botswana | Courtesy of Camp Kalahari / Expedia.com
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15 December 2021
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Bordered by South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, Botswana is a landlocked country treasuring jaw-dropping wonders such as the Kalahari Desert or the Okavango Delta. Slashed in half by the Tropic of Capricorn, the country remains widely unexplored and virgin to mass tourism. Adrenaline-infused safaris, wildlife close encounters and dazzling outdoor experiences account for the most breathtaking African holiday on one of the most impressive wilderness areas on Earth. Antelopes, hippos and elephants are just some of the many adventure companions you’re bound to encounter during your adventure. If this African land made it to your travel wish list, start by checking the most inspiring hotels in Botswana – bookable on Culture Trip.

Belmond Safari (Savute Elephant Lodge), for unique snapshots of Africa

A woman sitting on a wooden deck at Belmond Safari (Savute Elephant Lodge)
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Neighbouring the wonderful Chobe National Park, this captivating corner of Botswana is a unique starting point for your African adventure. Most certainly the place to be for top sightseeing experiences, the lodge’s serene and welcoming environment allows for a close up look at Botswana wilderness just steps away from your stylish guest room. Savute Elephant Lodge boasts 12 exclusive tented rooms – raised on a wooden platform to allow an akin view of elephants and cheetahs in their natural habitat. Contemporary interiors, shaded outdoor lounges, secluded outdoor rain showers and private pools are just a part of the eco-friendly designs that blend with the stunning landscape of the region.

Avani Gaborone Resort and Casino, for a touch of cosmopolitan glam

The outdoor pool area at Avani Gaborone Resort and Casino
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Immersed in the heart of Botswana’s capital – with comfortable access to the best things to do in town but also conveniently close to the nearby wildlife – the Avani Gaborone is a Resort and Casino featuring 199 deluxe rooms and suites, tennis and squash courts, an outdoor pool and a business centre. Classic guest rooms and suites are featured here – complete with a desk, a sofa and a well-packed minibar. The family-friendly facilities also feature a children’s playground. The selection of on-site restaurants serves a legendary local carvery and exotic cocktails – and the hotel is 20 minutes from Botswana International Airport, not far from the exclusive Gaborone Golf Club.

Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge, for 180º views of the savannah

Outdoor wooden deck at Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge
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Nestled within the Chobe National Park, the Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge ideally stands at the edges of the Ghoha Hills overlooking the Savuti Plains. Specially built to blend in harmony with the natural surrounding environment, the hotel’s privileged elevated position comes with spectacular unparalleled views. Experience a different hospitality concept in one of the 11 luxurious tents with high-quality beds and understated elegance. A thatched space with an open dining area, bar and small lounges overlook an active waterhole – the perfect setting for a moment of peaceful rest after an invigorating gym session, a treatment at the spa, or simply an afternoon at the swimming pool.

Elephant Valley Lodge, to experience the soul of Africa

Outdoor wooden deck and pool area at Elephant Valley Lodge
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Surrounded by the placid wilderness of the African bush, Elephant Valley Lodge is in a breathtaking location facing the Lesoma Valley. Right in the Chobe District – home to the largest population of African elephants in the world – the lodge grants easy access to the Chobe Reserve and the National Parks of Zimbabwe. 20 spacious tents spread facing the valley or nestled in forest lawns around a swimming pool. Evening meals are served in a traditional outdoor space with sturdy acacia trees and a cacophony of night sounds – including the eerie hyenas, jackals barking and the occasional lion roaring in the valley.

PeaconWood Boutique Guesthouse, for a family-friendly vacay

Outdoor pool area at PeaconWood Boutique Guesthouse
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This boutique bed and breakfast built in traditional Tuscan-style offers comfortable amenities for a convenient holiday in Botswana. Located in Palapye, the area is good for shopping, entertainment and exploring natural spots – such as Palapye Park and Tswapong Hills. Soundproofed rooms for utter peacefulness and rest, the property takes pride in its beautiful rooms opening to picturesque furnished patios and its courteous nightly turndown service. Ideal for a family adventure, the hotel also features both an outdoor and a children’s pool.

The Capital Guesthouse, escape to suburban Gaborone

A double room at the Capital Guesthouse
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A homely place to stay in the outskirts of Gaborone, the Capital Guesthouse features laid-back accommodation made of simple and unpretentious guest rooms with comfy and ample spaces – plus plenty of natural light. This suburban bed and breakfast features an on-site restaurant, an outdoor lounge with a pool and bar, as well as coffee and tea amenities in a welcoming common area. The seven individually furnished rooms come with a fridge, minibar and comfortable beds with premium bedding – while nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily.

The Old House, for family-friendly fun in the bush

Outdoor pool area at the Old House
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A small family-owned guest lodge overlooking the Chobe River, this friendly accommodation is easy to reach if you are arriving from Botswana International Airport – as well as from the borders of Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Old House features offer epic safari experiences in Chobe National Park, either by boat or on the road with expert drivers and guides. Featuring a cosy bar and a restaurant, this family-friendly bed and breakfast has comfortable rooms with modern details – for simple but relaxing comfort in Botswana.

Kadizora Camp, for evenings spent by the fire

Inside a safari tent at Kadizora Camp
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Located in the remote northern area of the Okavango Delta – near the Vumbura River and Selinda Spillway – Kadizora Camp is a camp accommodation overlooking the seasonal floodplain where giant trees provide shade and a fresh atmosphere throughout the camp. Standing around the sandy fire pit, there’s a relaxing lounge and bar as well as the dining area – while a decked walkway leads to an inviting swimming pool. At camp, luxury and standard spacious tents furnished in a classic style ensure comfortable relaxation. On the premises, guests can enjoy hot air ballooning over the Delta, walking, boat and regular safaris, canoe excursions and day trips to the traditional village.

Camp Kalahari, for time-honoured Africa

Inside a safari tent at Camp Kalahari
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Near Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Camp Kalahari is the ultimate traditional Botswana accommodation for a safari adventure in the desert. Adorned with romantic touches that depict a long-gone era of fearless intrepid explorers, the lodge features open spaces to live the most authentic savanna experience. The 12 lodges in the all-inclusive Camp Kalahari come with premium bedding, desks and open-air showers. Start the day enjoying a mouthwatering Continental breakfast – before chilling out in the outdoor pool with endless views of the desert.

Xigera Safari Lodge, for extraordinary safari experiences

A lion walks across bushland at Xigera Safari Lodge
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Near the watery channels of Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve hides the intimate Xigera Safari Lodge – with its proud pioneering spirit. The complex features an impressive collection of pan-African art spreading in the 12 spacious suites – each with individual character and design. In the facilities, there’s a magnificent alfresco dining area, winery and a cellar to sample the outstanding flavours of the country. And for a truly unforgettable experience, intrepid travellers can choose to stay at the Baobab Treehouse – 1km from the lodge – to discover the raw and untamed aspects of the continent by sleeping under the infinite skies of the jungle.

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