Campsite Reviews


On the long trips Cederberg 4x4 tries to select safe campsites where the ablution facilities are adequate and where possible there is a lodge that offers a pub and restuarant.

At other times we look for new campsites that can be used en-route to a rendezvous or when just travelling through the country. As we travel so often, we will be adding to this page every now and again.


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Botswana Camp Sites


.. Molopo Nature Reserve                            .. Mankwe Bush Camp

.. Thakadu  Bush Camp - Ganzi                   .. Planet Baobab - Gweta

.. Drotsky Cabins - Shakawe                       .. Khama Rhino Sanctuary

.. Kalizo Lodge - Katima Mulilo                     .. Mokolodi Nature Reserve 

.. Big 5 Chobe Lodge -Kasane                     .. Berry Bush Farm - Tsabong

.. iTumela Camp - Palapye


Molopo Nature Reserve  - between Vorstershoop and Mokopong


The Molopo Nature Reserve is not in Botswana but it is where we have spent a night or two before entering Botswana at the Mokopong Border Post. It is between Vorstershoop and Mokopong. We are usually the only campers in the reserve and this is such a pleasure after the hustle and bustle of the city. The ablutions are large and clean and a "donkey" heats the water. The local workers supply the wood for the "donkey" and they light it for you. They return early next morning to light the donkey's fire again.


Right next to the camp is a water hole, with a lookout, where the large variety of buck and zebras come to drink. Driving around the reserve, you should see many animals.  


Cell: + 27 (0)82 873 8780                

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Thakadu Bush Camp - Ganzi


This is where we rendezvous for our Botswana Trips. A real bush camp with a pub and a restaurant that serves very tasty food. At the restaurant is a waterhole, where buck come to drink and can be viewed while you're dining. There is a small swimming pool. Ablution facilities are fine except that when the camp is full, you have to time your shower very well if you want hot water. Electrical power points and water in the camp. Permanent tents also available.

Accommodation is provided in en-suite thatched chalets, luxurious en-suite meru tents (a chalet in canvas), budget twin bedded cottage tents and camping in our wonderful leadwood shaded campsites.


Telephone: +267 72120695    -    www.thakadubushcamp.com  

Drotsky Cabins - Shakawe - on the banks of the Okavango Delta


What a pleasure. Campsites amongst lush vegetation and within walking distance of the wonderful lodge, with a well-stocked bar, overhanging the Okavango Delta. The ablutions at campsite nr. 12 to 16 are better than those at campsites 3 to 5. But in general they are all fine, always hot water. Sites 3 to 5 are close to the lodge but it is a beautiful strole from sites 12 to 16. Electrical Points and water in the camp. Chalets also available.


+27 (0) 21 855 0395
Shakawe, Botswana
18 25 58.01 S
21 51 97.03 E

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Kalizo Safari Lodge - Katima Mulilo


Right on the banks of the Zambezi River, stunning. Lovely pub with pool table and darts as well as a restaurant. Ablutions are great but again timing of shower is crucial if you want hot water. Electrical points and water in the camp. Chalets also available. 

Kalizo Lodge is a getaway for the whole family and offers much that can be enjoyed by all. Some of the activities that keep enticing visitors to return include, world-class river fishing, birding and photography as well as boating and game viewing.  Lovely campsite and ablution facilities.  All sites  have electrical points and a braai place.  Luxury tents and family units also available.  Very nice pub with pool table and darts as well as a restaurant (pre-booking for lunch and dinner is essential).  Gorgeous leisure area with pool, swings and deck chairs.


Tel: +264 (0) 66 686802
Mobile: +264 (0) 81 814 8861
Email: info@kalizolodge.com




Lat: -17.540340 (17° 32' 25.22'' S)
Long: 24.566202 (24° 33' 58.33'' E)

iTumela Camp - Palapye


Offering camping and chalets in Palapye, Botswana. There are several local attractions and it is ideally situated as an overnight stopover halfway between Johannesburg / Pretoria / Pietersburg and Maun / Chobe / Kasane / Delta!


They offer  various accommodation options, with en-suite chalets, pre-erected tents, dorm rooms, a spacious campsite with braai facilities and power points for tents and caravans, various ablution options and fully equipped self-catering kitchen facilities. And free Wi-Fi.

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Planet Baobab - Makgadikgadi Pans - near Gweta, east of Maun


A stunning place with a wonderful pub and restaurant and a beautiful swimming pool. Ablutions are great, with showers large enough for a group shower. Of course the Baobab Trees are quite amazing.

There are also the Bakalanga huts of the Bushmen. These huts are super luxurious with complete ensuite bathrooms and comfortable beds.



Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Serowe


Lovely large campsites under trees. Ablutions have extremely hot water heated by "donkey". Only one person can shower at a time or else there is not enough cold water to cool the shower water. Ablutions are very dark but they have already put electricity into one of the ablution blocks and are going to do the rest. Chalets also available but have not tried them. 


Tel:  (+267) 4630713,

(+267) 4600204,

(+267) 73965655
Fax:   (+267) 4635808


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Mokolodi Nature Reserve - Gabarone


Just a few kilometres outside Gabarone, this Nature Reserve takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city of Gabarone.


The campsite is very rustic yet has a charm of it's own. Water is heated by means of a donkey that you have to light yourself. The shower partially open and this is what adds to the charm of the place. There is a lovely lodge with a restuarant and chalets overlooking a water hole.


+267 316 1955 / 6;
+267 318 1314 or;
+267 713 21 021

email: bookings@mokolodi.com

GPS Coordinates:

24°44'20.81 S

25°48'56.79 E


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+267 71806771




.Reception open 3pm to 10pm

.GPS co-ordinates:

S22.559553 E027.127607

.Behind Palapye railway station, Palapye, Botswana

Big 5 Chobe Lodge - Kasane (previously Toro Lodge)


A totally renovated Lodge with chalets and a campsite. Campsites have beautiful rustic individual ablutions with dishwashing facilities. Camp on grass under large shade trees. The lodge has a swimming pool, pool bar, restaurant and a view over the Chobe river. 



00267 76527355



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