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 one 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.
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
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park: Tree Island
Bookings can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can phone the Gaborone office (+267 318 0774) or the Maun office (+267 686 1265).
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.
Chobe NP: Ihaha
Moremi GR: South Gate (Maqwee) and Xakanaxa
Contact Kwalate Safaris at tel/fax +267 686 1448 or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Moremi GR: Third Bridge
Nxai NP: South Camp and Baines Baobab
Contact Xomae Group at tel/fax +267 686 2221 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.