Because Palapye is close to the Martin’s Drift/Grobler’s Bridge border post you’ll sometimes need to sleep here.
This is the oldest hotel in Botswana – check out the historical photos on the walls inside. They also have a pretty garden and safe parking. Double rooms cost P600 (R838) per night, breakfast included. One extra person may share the room for an additional P100 (R140). Stay for two nights or longer and you get 10 % discount. GPS: S22.55745 E27.12731 00 267 492 0277 (Lynn); plcfree[email protected]
Itumela Rest Camp
Camping (with power) costs P95 (R133) per adult; P55 (R77) per child under 12. Dorm room P160 (R224) per person per night. Budget double room P350 (R490) per night for two people sharing. Twinsleeper chalet P510 (R714) per night. There’s a restaurant and a swimming pool. GPS: S22.55967 E27.127355 00 267 71 806 771 (Isabella); campitumela.com
It’s an hour’s drive (68 km) from Palapye. The tar road ends at the village of Moremi, after which it’s only a couple of kilometres of sandy gravel road. Entry fees: P60 (R83) per adult; P45 (R63) per child aged 6 – 15 (only day visitors pay park fees). P50 (R70) per vehicle (once-off).
Go on a guided walk into the Goo-Moremi Gorge. The resort near the gorge has five camping stands: P200 (R279) per adult; P60 (R84) per child aged 6 – 15. Twin chalet P1 100 (R1 535) per night; four-sleeper P1 500 (R2 094). Meru tent for two people, including breakfast P1 600 (R2 234) per night. GPS: S22.58262 E27.43094 00 267 712 472 25; goomoremire[email protected] When you’re travelling to Botswana you might need a place to stay on the SA side of the border north of Lephalale when you use either Stockpoort or Grobler’s Bridge border posts.
At Stockpoort border post. The rooms are neat: from R550 per person. They have a pool and a restaurant. Breakfast costs R60. GPS: S23.40622 E27.35131
087 809 1591; book[email protected] stockpoortborderlodge.co.za
Baobab’s Farm Cottages & Baobab’s Bushveld Rest
Baobab’s Bushveld Rest is in Marnitz on the N11, and Baobab’s Farm Cottages 7,5 km from Marnitz along a decent dirt road in the direction of Swartwater. Self-catering at both costs R620 per night for two people sharing, plus R220 per extra person. GPS: Baobab’s Farm Cottages S23.10011 E28.22967 082 708 1928 (Anél); baobabaccommodation.co.za
Kokomori Birder’s Lodge
Kokomori is 13,6 km from Tom Burke. The self-catering stone chalets cost R300 per person and the private (one group only) bush campsite R350 per vehicle per night. No power. GPS: S23.07129 E27.92567 082 962 8588 (Minda); koko[email protected]
Moriti Bush Camp
This campsite is next to the Limpopo River, 3,5 km from the Grobler’s Bridge border post. Maximum of eight people – you book the site exclusively. Electricity is available and the kitchen and ablution facilities are excellent. It costs R550 per night for two people, R250 per person per night for 3 – 8 people. Free for kids under 12. Closed from 1 November to 31 March. GPS: S23.01663 E27.93847 079 515 6357 (Adele); moriticamp.co.za