Yes, it is more expensive
Botswana has a reputation for being an expensive safari destination and it is when compared to its neighbouring countries. However, that doesn't mean there aren't ways to get the price down.
Why is it more expensive?
The Botswana government has taken a sustainable view on their precious lands, not allowing them to become overfilled with lodges and infrastructure. The result, more demand than supply, and this can mean two things. One, the camps book up very quickly, and two, the lodges can charge a premium.
It's easy to think that this means the lodges are profiting, however that is not the case. Operating costs in these remote regions are very high, especially if you are staying at 5-star properties. The lodges also invest heavily into the country, into the people and local environment; they are tirelessly working towards a better future for Botswana.
It can also be said that he areas you are travelling are pristine wilderness. The quality of offering and exclusiveness justifies a higher price - it's all relative to the rest of the safari market.
So how much does it cost?
The starting price for the more basic lodges/ camps is £500 per person per night and inclusions vary. Luxury lodge/ camp prices start from £900 per person per night and are generally fully inclusive. Prices can get up to circa £2,000 per person per night; when you pay this you are paying for some of the best properties in the world.
How do I keep the cost down?
One advantage of self-driving is that you have the ability to camp. Campsite costs range, but they generally cost £50 per person per night.
Camping should not be seen as the second-best option. Camping in the African bush is an experience many will cherish. Many of our clients come back raving about the camping experience above all - they often create the best memories.
Our view is that a combination of the two is the best. That way you get the full Botswana offering.
When to book?
As mentioned, the lodges and campsites book up far in advance. Ideally, you want to be booking at least 12 months ahead, especially if you're going in peak season (July-October).
Ready to book?
See our Classic Botswana for inspiration, or speak to one of our experts today should you wish for us to build you an itinerary from scratch.