Hostels in BotswanaHostels in Botswana

You are looking for hostels in Botswana? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostelz.com helps you to find your Botswana hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com. So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Botswana.

All Cities in Botswana

We list every single hostel in Botswana and the world. In total, we have 4 cities in Botswana for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Botswana hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Botswana. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Botswana

With a high concentration of wildlife, Botswana is a great destination for everyone who wants to see the big 5 and many more types of game.

Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, neighbouring the much more visited South Africa. Botswana focuses mainly on the tourists that have more to spend and can be an expensive country to visit. Most accommodations cater to the tourists that are looking for an all-inclusive holiday and due to government regulations it is difficult for local business to open an accommodation that caters to backpackers, let alone a nice hostel. That being said, Botswana can also be visited on a tighter budget. The name used for a hostel in Southern Africa is a Backpacker. However, the name backpacker is often not used for a hostel, as it makes it more complicated to get a permit if the business plan indicates that the accommodation focuses on budget travellers. For this reason, you can frequently find a hostel under the name Guesthouse, Bed and Breakfast etc. Many hostels also offer the possibility to camp in the garden, but you will have to bring your own tent.

As a rule of thumb, the south is very expensive and the further north you go, the cheaper it is. The capital of Botswana is Gaborone, but it has little to offer to tourists. It is a common stopover on the way from Johannesburg, South Africa to places further in Botswana. Most places of interest are located in the northern half of Botswana. Botswana’s nature – and the wildlife in particular – are the main reason for almost all travellers for a visit. The most popular national parks where you can see wildlife can be seen by self-driving safaris, while a guided safari can be booked in the town closest to the national park or a multi-day safari around a region can be booked through several agencies.

Chobe National Park is a major park where you can find a vast variety of wildlife and 4 of the big 5 can be spotted in this park. A typical itinerary includes a drive and a boat cruise through the park. Kasane is the closest city to the park and here you can find a few agencies to book a tour. Kasane is the best place to book a hostel if you want to visit Chobe National Park, but daytrips can also be booked from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Livingstone, Zambia. Both cross-border cities are only about 1.5 hours away by car.

Another great attraction in Botswana is the Okavango Delta region. In this nearly untouched region you can find a wide variety of flora and fauna. This region has more species of trees than the whole western Europe. The best way to explore the Okavango Delta is by boat. The Moremi Game Reserve is located within the Okavango Delta Region. The Moremi Game Reserve is where you can find a lot of wildlife and is a great place to go on a safari. The best base to start your safaris around the Okavango Delta region is from Maun. This is also the only bigger city in the region. Maun is the best place to book a hostel in the region. However, guest houses and other accommodations can also be found elsewhere in the region.

expert for Botswana hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Botswana hostels Martin Straatman

FAQ on Hostels in Botswana

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as Hostelworld.com, Hostelsclub.com and Booking.com. While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where Hostelz.com comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, Hostelz.com is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Botswana?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Botswana here on Hostelz.com. Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.

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Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Botswana safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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