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There’s no camp­site, but they have rooms and friendly ser­vice if you ar­rive in the mid­dle of the night look­ing for a bed. Dou­ble room P700 (R915) per night. Break­fast P85 (R111) per per­son ex­tra. GPS: S20.02712 E23.43755 Con­tact: 00 267 680 0551 (Itume­leng); moko­rolodge.com

Jump Street Chalets

In town, but hid­den away in the bush, with tall trees and a lawn. Dou­ble rooms from P680 (R890) per night. Break­fast P95 (R124) per per­son. They can ar­range mokoro out­ings and game-view­ing sa­faris. GPS: S20.01192 E23.41735 Con­tact: 00 267 686 4688;

jump­streetchalets.info

Si­tatunga Camp

This camp is about 13 km south­west of Maun, in the di­rec­tion of Se­hithwa, and ac­ces­si­ble from the A3 tar road. Like most camps near Maun, there’s a kilo­me­tre or so of dirt or sand road to drive to get to the camp, but you don’t need a 4x4. If you do get stuck, help is close by.

Camp­ing P105 (R137) per adult. Dis­counts for chil­dren un­der 12. Small but cosy en suite units P620 (R811) for two peo­ple. Sa­fari tents P585 (R765) for two peo­ple. Bar, restau­rant and a swim­ming pool. You can book day tours to Nxai Pan, Mak­gadik­gadi and the Oka­vango Delta. GPS: S20.07463 E23.35490 Con­tact: 00 267 680 0380 (Ca­rina); book­[email protected]

Audi Camp

Audi is an old favourite – it’s about 12 km north- east of Maun on the road to Moremi, next to the Thamalakane River. The camp­site has soft sand and enough shade. Camp­ing P60 (R78) per adult; dis­counts for chil­dren. Sa­fari tents P150 (R196) for two peo­ple; P385 (R503) with break­fast. Lux­ury sa­fari tents P605 (R791) for two peo­ple, break­fast in­cluded. Self- cater­ing house from P1 670 (R2 184) per night for 10 peo­ple shar­ing. These are the rates for South Africans. There’s a swim­ming pool and restau­rant and you can book a tour of Moremi or a mokoro out­ing here. GPS: S19.93383 E23.50910 Con­tact: 00 267 686 0599;

au­d­is­a­faris.com

Is­land Sa­fari Lodge

This lodge has been in busi­ness since 1973. It’s far enough from town to give you that Delta feel – the lodge is on the banks of the Thamalakane River. There are large trees in the camp­site (photo at left) and the ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties are good. Camp­ing US$9 (R129) per per­son. Chalet for two peo­ple US$115 (R1 646) per night, break­fast in­cluded. GPS: S19.92474 E23.50871 Con­tact: 00 267 686 0300 (Kemo); islmaun.com

Thamalakane River Lodge

This is the lux­ury op­tion if you want to impress some­one. It’s about 19 km north-east of Maun, next to the road to Moremi. Twin-sleeper chalet US$225 (R3 220) per night; four-sleeper fam­ily chalet US$325 (R4 652) per night. These rates in­clude break­fast. GPS: S19.88433 E23.55481 Con­tact: 00 267 680 0217;

thamalakane-lodge.com

Drifter’s Maun Lodge

This lodge is 30 km from Maun on the A3 to Gweta/Nata, next to the Boteti River. It’s close enough to nip into town for gro­ceries or to do a flight over the Delta, but far from the hustle and bus­tle.

Camp­ing (grass stands) R100 per per­son. Sa­fari tents R495 per per­son shar­ing, break­fast in­cluded. Their rates will stay the same for 2017.

There’s a bar and swim­ming pool on the premises and you can fish from the jetty. GPS: S20.17106 E23.67350 Con­tact: 011 888 1160 (SA book­ings); drifters.co.za

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