Botswana Budget Safari options
Self Drive Safaris
The self drive safari is one of the more popular ways to experience the diversity of Botswana, but even this can come at a price when staying in one of the campsites in the parks. Today there are options of camping outside the parks but still been able to drive in the parks, thereby only paying the daily park fees and a nominal fee for the camp sites.
Guided Mobile Camping Safaris
A mobile camping safari is possibly still the most inexpensive way to see Botswana. Mobile safaris generally include all activities.
The high-end lodges in Botswana are generally considered to be the most expensive on the continent, a practice that stems from the high cost / low volume concept introduced by the government of Botswana in the past, and that was the status quo until recently when some operators saw the need for more affordable lodge options for Botswana, and especially during the economic climate of the day.
High cost low volume tourism
Some years ago the Botswana government embarked on a tourism policy of high cost low volume in an ideal to preserve the environment from over-utilisation, and also have the finance to sustain the fragile eco-systems for future generations.
The mis-perception this has created is that Botswana is an expensive country to travel to, rather than the reality: Botswana is attempting to maintain the preservation of its wilderness for the pleasure of those that follow us.
It may be true that the cost of a Botswana safari is one of the highest on the African continent but there are more price friendly options available today that enable travellers to experience the country at reasonable cost.
Recently operators have seen the benefit of keeping prices competitive and it is now possible to experience many of the famous wilderness areas of the country affordably. In the past a budget safari in Botswana involved collecting your own firewood or avoiding the parks and private concessions in your travels but today there are lodge options that cater for budget conscious travellers.
Safari in Botswana Now
Botswana is on the map again for those wanting to travel in style and luxury, without breaking the bank, and still wanting to experience the best of what the country has to offer.