Botswana has a policy of catering only to high cost low impact tourism. But there are several types of camping available that budget travellers can utilize.

Any visitors wishing to be accommodated in the public camping grounds in Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve, Makgadikgadi National Park, and Nzai Pan National Park are required to make advance reservations through Parks and Reservations Officer, PO. Box 20364, Boseja, Maun, Botswana. Tel: (267) 661265; Fax: (267) 661264. The physical location is indicated by signs near the Police Station in Maun. The Reservations Office is open daily including weekends from 7.30am to 4.30pm.


Major hotels have foreign currency facilities and most shops, lodges and travel agencies will accept travellers cheques. Rand notes and coins are not legal tender, but rand travellers cheques are accepted by banks and hotels. Visa, Master Card, American Express and Dinners Club credit cards are widely accepted.


In game lodges and camps a gratuity of P2-P3 should be paid to game rangers per game drive or per Mokoro outing.



Chobe Safari Lodge
Box Kasane
Telex: 2762 BD

Cresta Mowana Safari Lodge
Box 266 Kasane
Telex: 2472 BD
Fax: 650301


Cresta Rileys River Lodge
Box 1 Maun
Tel: 660204
Fax: 660580

Okavango River Lodge
Box 32 Maun
Tel: 660298

Sedie Motel
Box 29 Maun
Tel: 660177


Cresta Hotels

Head Office
P/Bag 00272 Gaborone
Tel: 312222
Telex: 2601 BD
Fax: 374321

Central Reservations
Tel: 312431
Fax: 375376
Telex: 2434 BD

Gaborone Sun Hotel and Casino
P/Bag 0016
Tel: 351111


Cresta Thapama Hotel
Blue Jacket Street
P/Bag 31 Francistown
Tel: 213872
Fax: 213766