Places to stay in Botswana

December 13, 2013

We have discovered a few comfortable places to stay in Botswana.

Xere Motel is situated in the Rakops Village of Botswana, along the Rakops-Maun road. This wonderful accommodation offers guests a selection of eleven furnished en-suite thatched chalets. The units are air-conditioned and furnished with double beds and satellite televisions. There is also a cocktail bar here, as well as an a la cart restaurant where delicious meals are served on request. When staying at this motel, visitors can partake in wonderful activities such as fishing at the Boteti River which runs through the village, cultural events and traditional dancing. Xere Motel makes for a fantastic stopover for travellers en-route to the central Kalahari Game Reserve and is perfect for those who would like to pay a visit to the Makgadikgadi Game Reserve, which incorporates Ntwetwe Pan, the Makgadikgadi Pans, Nxai Pan, Baines’ Baobabs and Kudiakam Pan.

Ghanzi Trail Blazers is a recreated San Bushman village that offers guests facilities that Western cultures are used to. Here, through the activities on offer, visitors have the chance to catch a glimpse of true San Bushman culture, which is fast disappearing, providing San Bushmen with sustainable employment.  The accommodation here is in campsites, rustic traditional-grass huts, and chalets. The campsite contains communal ablution facilities with showers that are heated by fire. Each of the huts have two stretchers inside, along with mattresses and mosquito nets. Other features include an on-site bar, kitchen and office. Guests can partake in a myriad of authentic San Bushmen experiences here, including guided walks, village visits and traditional dancing. You can also fish for bream in the Kalahari, embark on a horse ride for more experienced riders, and take a swim in an old quarry.

Kwetswani Camp, situated in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, is an expansive island surrounded by vast open plains. It is located in the private Jao Reserve, an area of 60,000 hectares to the west of Mombo and the Moremi Game Reserve. The island is covered in palm, mangosteen and fig trees. Kwetsani Camp lies on the same floodplain network as Jao Camp, on the southern side of the plains. It is here that guests can choose from six stunningly decorated ‘tree house’ chalets, each with their own dedicated en-suite bathroom. All units are spacious and are made from thatch, wood, glass and canvas. The dining room, lounge and pub area lie under a thatched roof and overlook a massive floodplain that is peppered with lechwe, wildebeest and other game. Here, guests can observe the animals from the pool or from the privacy of their deluxe rooms. Kwetsani Camp offers fantastic land and water activities, dependent on the yearly flood levels of the Delta, and game drives as well as incredible wildlife viewing by mokoro are on offer here. There are also two platform game viewing hides located in the concession, where guests can spot a large variety of marvelous wildlife.

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