Luxury Lodges Botswana – Review of 3 of the best

Use this article to help you decide on some of the best luxury lodges Botswana has to offer. We’ve personally visited this area often, (and always come back!)  For self drive options and accommodation, click this link for more information.

Visitors flock to the north of Botswana, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe, mostly to see Victoria Falls but also to see the amazing wildlife in the area, such as huge herds of elephants, zebra, giraffe, lions and plenty of antelope species. In this part of the world, benefit to the full by relaxing in some of the best luxury lodges that Botswana has, which are not badly priced, since they are all fully inclusive.

Pom Pom Camp

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This camp is situated in the heart of the Okavango, on an island in a private concession area. It lies west of the Moremi Game Reserve on the head waters of the Xudum river system. The camp is small, accommodating only 18 guests at a time and it’s designed to maximize your viewing experience but also minimize impact on the environment. The tents are luxurious, with en-suite bathrooms and showers and the rates are fully inclusive of meals, game drives and park fees.

Expect to see baboons, jackals, cheetah, elephants, hippos, leopards, lions, monkeys, porcupines, warthogs, impala, hyhena, hippos and more. Visitors are usually captivated by the mokoro (canoe) rides into the Delta, with knowledgeable guides. Safaris are included in your stay.

Prices start at around $600 per person per night, up to around $900 per person per night in high season and is fully inclusive of meals and safaris. The camp is owned by Chobe Fish Eagle (Under One Botswana Sky) and the consortium also owns other lodges in the area, such as the very popular Chobe Safari Lodge which is located in the small town of Kasane, Northern Botswana.

Jack’s Camp

A small but very exclusive tented luxury lodge, Jack’s camp is situated in the starkly beautiful Makgadigadi Pans area, which lie in the North/Eastern side of Botswana. Makgadigadi Pans used to be a huge lake which has now dried out, but in the wet season it still attracts flamingos by the thousands, as well as lots of other bird species. (November to end April)

Jacks Camp can accommodate 20 guests at a time, each tent boasts uninterrupted views over the pan, which never fails to startle and amaze guests who come. The camp is decorated in a luxury Victorian/colonial style and is inclusive of all meals, although there may be extra costs for guides and tour leaders.

Prices are more expensive in the dry season (April to October) starting at around $1550 per person per night sharing. In the wet season (November to end of May), prices are reduced and start at $1250 per person per night sharing.

Mombo camp – Chief’s Island

Reviewed at five out of five mostly, with one or two reviewers who stated that they didn’t see the wildlife they wanted to, which statements are rather silly. First of all, the wildlife areas of Botwana are just that, wild. These areas are not zoos, you have to take your chances when it comes to wildlife viewing, secondly, it all depends on what time of the year you go, since animals do migrate. Chief’s island is a magical place and teeming with wildlife, many people return all the time for the experience, despite the cost of this exclusive experience.

Mombo camp is situated on Chief’s Island in the Moremi Game Reserve and is considered one of the best areas for wildlife in Africa. Expect to see huge concentrations of game and predators, animals which often come practically on the decks surrounding the camp.

Accommodation wise, there are nine large tented suites with spectacular views, including private plunge pools, indoor and outdoor showers and plenty of extras which make this an incredibly luxurious hideaway. Mombo is not cheap, expect to pay upwards of $2000 per person, per night sharing, but this is a fully inclusive price and is not outrageous when one considers the logistics of setting up a luxury lodge in the bush with no facilities at all. Also the managers do their best to preserve the pristine environment and try hard to manage it in a way that safeguards the wildlife and natural beauty of the area. All of this takes a lot of organization, time and money.
Any comments and additions are welcome, please feel free to add comment on your experience or any lodge or hotel you might have visited in the area.

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