The Okavango Delta offers numerous camping options that allow a visitor to experience the magic that is the Okavango. There are a number of excellent sites within the Moremi Game Reserve as well as deep within the delta.
The Okavango Delta is a vast area and logistically camping trips need to be well planned and it is advisable to contact a local tour operator and take basic safety measures. Always ensure that someone knows where you plan to go and that you take some means of communications. It is sensible to travel with two vehicles.
With the ‘decentralisation’ of park fees and the privatisation of many of the campsites within the country camping in Botswana has become significantly harder to arrange. Prospective campers will need to arrange their tour with a number of different campsite companies or contact a local tour operator to assist in putting together a camping package.
Planning a Camping Trip
Compile a Reading List
It is worth accumulating a number of reference books before starting to plan a camping safari. These are written by seasoned travellers and have excellent advice on getting the most out of your safari. Ensure that you have good mapping of the area and have the knowledge to use your map. Do not depend on GPS when navigating through remote areas as it is very easy to get lost and lose track of where you are.
Contact Vehicle Hire Companies
You will want to arrange a fully equipped vehicle to get the most out of you safari. It is also worth considering the support that your chosen operator is able to provide. If you get stuck or break down they must be able to offer you support. A number of operators will also hire out satellite phones. Communications are vital. Drive Botswana, based in Botswana with an office in the UK, is one of the options for vehicle hire.
Make Accommodation Bookings
With the privatisation of the public campsite booking has become rather fragmented and you may with to use a local tour operator, such as Simply Botswana or Maun Self Drive, to consolidate your trip. If you would like to make your reservations yourself contact the organisations below.
Get Park Entry Arranged
Ensure that you have arranged park entry before you leave Maun or Kasane. Entry cannot be paid for at the gate and entry will be refused. Ensure that all paper work is correct as entry may be refused for minor errors. You will need both a vehicle and personal entry ticket.
Department Wildlife and National Parks
Exists to conserve and manage the country’s fish and wildlife resources in partnership with stakeholders in order to derive value from the environment for the benefit of the nation.
Administers the Wildlife resources in Botswana.
Other Self Drive Camping Providers
Big Foot Safaris
Big Foot Safaris manages and operates campsites in Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) and Khutse Game reserve.
Operates Xakanxa, Ihaha and South Gate campsites.
Savute, Khwai, Linyanti (SKL)
Operates North Gate, Savute and Linyanti campsite.
Operates Wilderness, Third Bridge, Nxai South Camp and Baines Baobab