How to book campsites in Botswana National Parks

Making bookings for one of the camps in the National Parks in Botswana normally is a nightmare and should be done a year in advance otherwise you might end up not having your reservations sorted out on the day that 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.

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Book via Wildlife and National Parks

The following camps can still be reserved 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

 Bookings can be made at 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 have been awarded 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

Email: or

Kwalate Safaris

Chobe NP: Ihaha

Moremi GR: South Gate (Maqwee) and Xakanaxa

Contact Kwalate Safaris at tel/fax +267 686 1448 or email

SKL Camps

Chobe NP: Savuti and Linyanti

Moremi GR: Khwai/North Gate

Makgadikgadi Pans NP: Kumaga

Contact SKL Camps at tel +267 686 5365, fax +267 686 5367 or email or

Xomae Group

Moremi GR: Third Bridge

Nxai NP: South Camp and Baines Baobab

Contact Xomae Group at tel/fax +267 686 2221 or email:

Bigfoot Tours

Khutse GR: All camps

Central Kalahari GR: Passarge, Piper, Sunday Pan, Lekhubu and Letiahau Pans

Contact Bigfoot Tours at tel +267 395 3360/391 0927 or email

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 or faxed to +267 318 0775 to be allocated permits to enter the parks.

If you want to save yourself a lot of trouble you can take the easy route and contact Maun Self Drive 4×4. Their service includes booking all the campsites and lodging on your Botswana National Parks itinerary as well as arranging DWNP permits for you.

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8 thoughts on “How to book campsites in Botswana National Parks”

  1. Finding it very difficult to book campsites, can someone assist by chance?Botswana Khutze region capming sites!

    1. you can contact Lucia at Bigfoot in Gaborone.Lucia – Bigfoottours

      I’ve booked through her several times.

  2. Hi lovely Karin 🙂 thanks so much for writing the article. I’m trying to book campsites with DWNP but it’s proving to be tough, they have to send me a provisional booking so I can pay them but for some reason they are taking ages to do so. I asked them about park permits, and they say that with booking of the campsite I don’t need anything else, that that’s my permit to the park, is that true? Do you know? There is not much information about the Kalahari and DWNP is super messy so just wanted to confirm. Thanks!

    1. Hi Paula,
      You pay park fees at the parks office upon arrival. We visited the Central Kalahari and Khutse GR last year and pre-booked campsites through DWNP and BigFoot respectively. We paid the park entry fees at reception. As long as you have the provisional booking, I would not worry too much if I was you – that is the way Africa time works. You can also book through one of the private operators listed in my article or the one mentioned by OB below if that will give you peace of mind.

  3. For Bookings in Botswana , NDM Travel Agency, Places booked include, CKGR, SAVUTI, NXAI, KHAMA RHINO, KTP,MOREMI,

    Call: +267 680026

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