Best hotels and hostels in Okavango Delta

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    Old Bridge Backpackers

    One of the great boltholes on Southern African overland trails, ‘the Bridge’ has a great bar-at-the-end-of-the-world kind of vibe. Accommodation ranges from dome tents by the riverbank to well-appointed campsites and some more private tents. Here, bush pilots and backpackers chat each other up, families take a break from the rigours of life on the African road, and a semiregular cast of drunks keeps the bar propped up. A good range of mokoro trips and the like is on offer. In short, this is a place that understands travel and doesn’t make you pay over the odds for it.

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    Kraal Lodging

    Run by respected film-makers June and Tim Liversedge, the Kraal is a terrific place to stay. The attractive thatched rondavels are beautifully appointed with just the right blend of safari prints, earth tones and African handicrafts and artwork. There's a pool, free wi-fi and a barbecue area, and the owners are a mine of information on the region. The same owners run African Arts & Images next to the airport.

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    Okavango River Lodge

    This down-to-earth spot off Shorobe Rd has a lovely setting on the riverbank. The owners are friendly and unpretentious, and pride themselves on giving travellers useful (and independent) information on trips through the delta. Between this spot and the Old Bridge Backpackers, you’ll find most of Maun’s tourist and expat-oriented nightlife. On that note, we’ve got to give the owners credit for the excellent name of their boat: Sir Rosis of the River.

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    Thamalakane Lodge

    With a beautiful setting on a sun-drenched curve of the Thamalakane River, overlooking wading hippos and waving reeds (when there's enough water), Thamalakane wins in the location stakes, at least for Maun. It has beautiful little stone chalets stuffed with modern amenities and dressed up in safari-chic tones. The lodge is 19km northeast of Maun, off the road to Shorobe. The lodge has a kitchen cranking out some of the best food in Maun.

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    Discovery Bed & Breakfast

    Dutch-run Discovery does a cool job of creating an African-village vibe in the midst of Maun – the owners strive for and achieve ‘affordable accommodation with a traditional touch’. The thatched, rondavel-style housing looks pretty bush from the outside and feels as posh as a nice hotel on the inside. A pretty garden connects the dusty grounds, and there’s a good communal fire pit for safari stories with fellow travellers.

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    Audi Camp

    Off Shorobe Rd, Audi Camp is a fantastic campsite that’s become increasingly popular with families, although independent overlanders will also feel welcome. Management is friendly and helpful, and there’s a wide range of safari activities. The restaurant does a mean steak. If you don’t have your own tent, the preerected tents complete with fan are a rustically luxurious option.

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    Tshima Bush Camp

    Set in 30 hectares of bushland along the Nhabe River 30km west of Maun along the road to Ghanzi, Dutch-run Tshima is a lovely bush alternative to sleeping in Maun. There are just four classic safari tents, but they're immaculately maintained and a steal when compared to tented accommodation in the delta's luxury camps. Plenty of birdlife inhabits the camp.

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    Royal Tree Lodge

    This private farm-reserve, about 13km west of the airport, is a lovely luxury option that maintains a good crew of regular visitors. These returnees are probably impressed by the resident wandering giraffes, kudus and ostriches, the large, beautifully decked-out private cabins and the utter sense of calm and quiet far from Maun’s bustle.

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    Island Safari Lodge

    One of the original lodges in Maun, Island Safari is still one of the best, with a range of accommodation set along a nice stretch of riverbank. The campsites have ablutions blocks and give access to the lodge’s pool, restaurant and bar. The chalets are excellent value. The riverside location is ideal on lazy afternoons and the restaurant is excellent. It also runs a professional, well-established series of safaris.

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    Cresta Riley’s Hotel

    Riley’s is the only hotel or lodge in central Maun and it has a long pedigree: it's been here since before tourists began arriving, although it’s barely recognisable these days, especially since the Cresta chain made it one of its landmark properties. It offers comfortable rooms in a convenient setting in leafy grounds – just don’t expect a lodge/wilderness experience.

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    Maun Rest Camp

    This no-frills rest camp off Shorobe Rd is spotless and boasts what justifiably may be ‘the cleanest ablution blocks in Maun’. A recent change of ownership has seen it fall under the sway of Old Bridge Backpackers, but it promised to maintain the camp's motto of 'Clean, Quiet, Comfortable'. Accommodation is in tidy, well-kept tents.

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    Sedia Riverside Hotel

    If you feel most comfortable in a hotel-style environment, the Sedia is a good option. This resort-like complex features an outdoor bar, a continental-inspired restaurant and a huge swimming pool. You can choose from a number of rooms and self-contained chalets, or simply pitch a tent and take advantage of all the hotel facilities.

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    Maun Lodge

    This upmarket option is just south of the town centre and boasts all the luxuries you’d expect at this price. It’s certainly a comfortable option, though it’s lacking in personality and atmosphere, especially if you’re coming from (or going to) any of the luxury lodges in the delta.

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    Crocodile Camp

    ‘Croc Camp’ occupies a superb spot right on the river and is a quieter place for those not needing shots of presafari sambuca (not that it doesn’t serve sambuca…). Off Shorobe Rd, the campsite is excellent and secure and there are also thatched riverside chalets with bathrooms.

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    Queness Inn

    These mini, self-catering apartments aren't really close to anything, but they're large, nicely kept and generally quiet – perfect if you have your own set of wheels. The rooms don't have a lot of character, but it's still an excellent and reliable midrange option.

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    Rivernest Boutique Cottages

    These excellent self-catering cottages have bright colour schemes, excellent apartment-style rooms with plenty of space and free wi-fi. There's a swimming pool, too, as well as a lovely garden setting that's not immediately apparent from the road.