Making bookings for one of the camps in the National Parks in Botswana can be a nightmare. Bookings should be done a year in advance otherwise you might end up not having your reservations sorted out on the day you leave.
Some of the camps can still be booked through the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, but the management of some of the camps in the National Parks and Game Reserves have been awarded to private companies. Figuring out where to book which camp can be quite a brain teaser.
Book via Wildlife and National Parks
Reserve the following camps through Wildlife and National Parks:
Central Kalahari Game Reserve: Deception, Kori, Leopard, Phokoje, Xade, Bape and Xaka campsites.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Botswana side: All campsites with the exception of Mabuasehube Pan and Mpayathuthwa camp.
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park: Tree Island
Make your bookings by email at email@example.com. Alternatively you can phone the Gaborone office (+267 318 0774) or the Maun office (+267 686 1265).
Book via private operators
Currently four different companies handle management and operation rights of DWNP campsites in Moremi, Savute, Chobe, Central Kalahari, Khutse, Makgadikgadi Pans and Nxai Pan. These are Kwalate Safaris, SKL Camps, Xomae Adventures and Bigfoot Tours.
Check the list below to see which company runs which campsite.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park: Mabuasehube Pan and Mpayathuthwa camp
Contact Inter-Tourism Group
Tel: +267 715 57665
Chobe NP: Ihaha
Moremi GR: South Gate (Maqwee) and Xakanaxa
Contact Kwalate Safaris at tel/fax +267 686 1448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chobe NP: Savuti and Linyanti
Moremi GR: Khwai/North Gate
Makgadikgadi Pans NP: Kumaga
Moremi GR: Third Bridge
Nxai NP: South Camp and Baines Baobab
Contact Xomae Group at tel/fax +267 686 2221 or email: email@example.com
Khutse GR: All camps
Central Kalahari GR: Passarge, Piper, Sunday Pan, Lekhubu and Letiahau Pans
Please note that park entry fees have to be paid separately to the Department of Wildlife and National Parks. Booking invoices from the above private companies have to be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to +267 318 0775 to be allocated permits to enter the parks.
Book via a tour operator
If you want to save yourself a lot of trouble, you can take the easy route and contact a tour operator. Various companies will do the legwork for you, from booking campsites in Botswana National Parks to arranging DWNP permits.
They build custom routes around your destination wish list and handle bookings on your behalf. They also have suggested itineraries for Botswana that take in various national parks.
Contact Ultimate Routes at tel +27 76 902 9763 or email email@example.com
Based in Maun, Botswana Footprints have first-hand knowledge of the camps they book.
Contact Botswana Footprints at tel +267 680 0745 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This Maun-based company not only hires 4x4s, they will also sort out DWNP bookings for you.
Contact McKenzie 4×4 at tel +267 686 1875 | +267 680 0155 or email email@example.com
Other tour operators in Maun
Travel Adventures Botswana: tel +267 684 0351 | +267 7636 7205 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Go Bold Safaris: tel +267 684 0352, WhatsApp +267 75 89 9723 or email email@example.com
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