Caroline Gregory

Southern Africa Road Trip: Botswana & Zimbabwe Campsites and How To Book Them

Caroline Gregory
Southern Africa Road Trip: Botswana & Zimbabwe Campsites and How To Book Them

Southern Africa Road Trip: Botswana & Zimbabwe Campsites and How To Book Them

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Table Of Contents

Part 1: Intro, Truck Rental, Packing Essentials and SIM card info

Part 2: Camping Food Ideas and Map Of Route

Part 3: Namibia Campsites and How To Book Them

Part 4: Botswana & Zimbabwe Campsites and How To Book Them

Part 5: Favorite Sights (Coming Soon)


Thebe River Safaris Camping (Night 17)

Not much to share on this campsite besides the restaurant/bar being a good place to meet people. We hung out with a few locals and peace corps volunteers. Learned a lot during those conversations, most importantly, about trophy hunting. It’s nice to gain perspective on environmental issues.

Location: Kasane, Botswana

How to book: No reservation. We arrived in the late morning and managed to get their last campsite available. But you can also use their website: https://apps.hti-systems.com/apollo3/theberiversafaris/desktop.html?locale=en_US

Price: $25 / 2 people / night ($12.50 per person per night)

Chobe Safari Lodge Camping (Night 18) 

The actual campsite was small but for the price and how little we were there, it was totally fine. The amenities of the lodge itself are really nice. I somehow don’t have a picture of the pool (google it) but hanging out here was beautiful. Wild warthogs and mongooses (meerkat resemblence) explored around the deck. I felt like I was hanging with Timon and Pumba.
Location: Kasane, Botswana

How to book: No reservations for campsites. Show up or call in the morning and they’ll let you know if they have availability, but to book, you have to be there in person.

Price: $20 / 2 people / night ($10 per person per night)

Located right on the Chobe River, you can pay for one of the lodge’s boat tours to have a different perspective of hippos, crocodiles, elephants and more from the water.

While Fiona went on that tour, I happen to meet some cool people that invited me out to an island party! Saw hippos on the way.



Shoestrings Backpackers (Night 19)

Safe and close to Victoria Falls National Park.

Not really a campsite, but they did have a grassy area for us to park and camp on. This place is a hostel so you have common areas to hangout in, as well as new friends to make. We met a cool group of girls and played drinking games that night.


Location: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

How to book: Email them directly - shoestrings@backpackers.co.zw 

Price: $16 / 2 people / night ($8 per person per night)




Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge (Night 20)

Long day of driving between Victoria Falls and this campsite (including two border crossings) so we arrived after dark. It was nice upon seeing in the AM. They have frozen meals you can reheat, but electricity is extra.

Location: Francistown, Botswana

How to book: Use their Nightsbridge page at https://www.nightsbridge.co.za/bridge/book?bbid=19440

Price: $24 / campsite / night

The last time we set up Wildee! <3

I hope you’re enjoying the insight to these campsites and how to make this trip happen for yourself.

Next up is our favorite parts of the trip. You know, the reasons we are doing all this driving in the first place. It’s not just for the tent setups and bonfires.

Continue reading,

Part 5: Favorite Sights (Coming Soon)