What can be more romantic than a glowing campfire, endless stars and a distant lion roaring in the night? How about clean hair and someone else to do the dishes? Not to mention a long, hot shower after another dusty day in the African bush.
For self-drivers in Botswana, romance may have to take a back seat, especially if you plan to visit the more remote wild campsites which usually have just a pit toilet and no running water. Modern 4x4s can still be very comfortable of course, but you’ll need a fairly rough and ready definition of romance if a purely romantic holiday is what you’re after.
For unequivocal romance, your best bet is to take a few days off from the road and head for one of Botswana’s magnificent luxury lodges. These can range from a few hundred to many thousands of dollars a night so you’ll have to shop around for something to fit your budget. Luxury lodges in the Okavango Delta offer some of the most spectacular safari accommodation on the planet, with beautiful rooms, private wooden bath decks, sunset dinners, and incredible birds and wildlife all around. Not in your bed though. They’re very specific about that.
If you’re someone who can find romance in dusty pillowcases and dirty fingernails, then all of Botswana is yours to enjoy. The best romantic campsites are those with no one else for miles around, which makes Baines’ Baobabs, in Nxai Pan National Park, a particularly wonderful option. These three, private campsites are spaced a few kilometers apart around Kudikum Pan in the south of the park. There’s no water or facilities of any kind, just a discrete pit loo and a concrete slab for a fire. Towering above each campsite are the huge baobabs that make this place so special. Each site has its own gigantic baobab or two, and stunning views across the nearby pan.
Most travelers opt for 4x4 hire when traveling to Botswana