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Stephanie Bates, Sales Consultant, Carrier

Carrier Sales Consultant, Steph Bates, recently returned from her first trip to Botswana. Here she shares with us her safari recommendations and how to choose which lodges to stay at.

Chitabe Camp
One of the smallest in Botswana, this boutique camp is set on a beautiful delta island and is a great base for land safaris.

Suitable for: Couples who want the luxuries of a suite but with the experience of staying in a tent and a taste of dining communal-style.

What I saw: wild buffalo roaming the open plains next to camp.

What sets it apart: the breakfast - bacon, eggs and tasty spiced calamari. Yum.

Chitabe Camp
Camp views

Kwetsani Camp
Recently refurbished, this is a land and water camp with exquisite tented treehouse accommodation.

 Suitable for: Couples seeking a modern twist to the traditional safari experience.

What I saw: lions and a family of mongoose who have made the camp their home and a whole load of other things under the expert guidance of our ranger, Meschach.

What sets it apart: The accommodation. The tents are beautifully designed to ensure that the panoramic views are seen from all angles. This is achieved by light canvas awnings and bi-folding glass doors that open up onto private decks.

Little Vumbura
One of my favourites, Litte Vumbura is set on its own island in the Okavango Delta and can only be reached by boat.

Suitable for: Sociable couples who want to meet new people whilst still having privacy

What I saw:
hippos wallowing in the water, zebra, giraffe and leopard.

What sets it apart: The variety of land and water activities available directly from camp - you feel like you are in your own piece of paradise - and the social vibe thanks to the staff and the entertainment they put on.

Don't leave without: Heading out onto the river in a morokuru and enjoying a sundowner - floating in pure African paradise, gin and tonic in hand and with only the sound of frogs and small insects certainly takes some beating.

Little Vumbura
Duma Tau

Whilst the camp's name actually means 'roar of the lion' if elephants are your thing, this contemporary camp set on the water and next to woodland is the one for you.

Suitable for: Families - adjoining suites are available and are extremely spacious. Young explorers will like the super-size maps on the walls.

What I saw: A herd of elephants crossing the river from the balcony outside my room, bird life and smaller species

Don't leave without: Taking a trip on the camp's water barge - a unique private dining option with the option of pre-dinner fishing

&Beyond Sandibe
Wow. Probably my favourite camp. Architecturally breathtaking, this really is an ultra-luxe camp with excellent dining and ideal for a treat at the end of your trip.

Suitable for: Couples looking for the extra special wow factor.

What I saw: Lion, leopard, cheetah and elephants. One particularly cheeky pachyderm came right up to my balcony and pool, staying there for 30 mins. It was such a memorable experience to be so close to such a magnificent creature.

What sets it apart:  The accommodation - rooms are spacious, come with private balconies and plunge pools and most importantly, air conditioning. A real luxury in the bush. Don't leave without: Trying one of the excellent pizzas freshly-baked in the camp's pizza oven.

&Beyond Sandibe
&Beyond Nxabega

&Beyond Nxabega
The owners of this camp want you to feel like you're in your own home - and they succeed. The authentic Botswanan décor utilising dark woods creates a warm, cosy ambience. A great camp combining the tented experience with the luxury aspects of a hotel.

Suitable for: Couples, particularly those who want to socialise and meet new people.
What I saw: A female leopard with her two cubs - an absolute privilege because this is so rare to see.
What sets it apart: The outside bush dining experience - lit by candlelight, you are seated around an open fire to enjoy a dinner under the stars.

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