Tips to book an Affordable Botswana Safari
Author Dominic Chadbon (Affordable Botswana Safari)
When it comes to heavyweight safari destinations, few match Botswana. Several of its reserves are the size of European countries, and it is home to Africa’s greatest concentrations of elephants, the last stronghold of African wild dogs and witnesses a dazzling zebra migration.
Part of Botswana’s appeal is that apart from a handful of game viewing hotspots, her parks are mostly unknown and empty of visitors. That’s also in part due to Botswana’s high cost, low impact tourism policy – and a Botswana safari is usually seen as simply too expensive.
But there are ways to enjoy a classic Botswana safari that don’t involve luxurious lodges with bubble baths and silver-service suppers – and you’ll still have front-row seats for the best game viewing. So if you’re looking for a few tips to book an affordable Botswana safari – here’s where you start.
Canvas & Candlelight – Mobile Tented Safaris
The most authentic way to discover Botswana, a mobile tented safari is designed to maximise the game viewing experience. Rugged at times but unforgettable in experience, they are led by knowledgeable driver/guides and travel in custom-made, open-sided 4X4s. You’ll spend your time in the places like the Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve, enjoying comfortable camping and fireside cuisine as well as first-out-the-door game drives.
The more budget-friendly mobile tours and affordable Botswana Safaris start from Johannesburg or Cape Town, involve a few long drives and usually end at action-packed Victoria Falls. You’ll set up your own tent and help out with camp chores but there’s plenty of game viewing and lots of fun.
Specialist mobile tented safaris begin in Botswana and are perfect for travellers who want to mix top-drawer guiding and game viewing with deluxe camping. Grand tented camps are set up before you arrive and delicious meals are created over glowing coals. Your walk-in tent features en suite hot water shower and toilet, and you’ll sleep in a comfy bed – Hemingway himself would have approved!
Affordable Botswana Safari – Off-season Safaris
Game viewing in Botswana is a year-round affair but the classic imagery of elephant-packed riverbanks is largely restricted to the driest months of July to October. The trouble is, the dry season is also peak season and safari prices reflect this. Green Season lends itself to a affordable Botswana safari.
But Botswana’s rainy summer isn’t called the Green Season for fun: the winter-parched landscape is transformed into a verdant wonderland, triggering animals to migrate and give birth. The result is a predator’s paradise, and it’s not even that wet.
Travel in December and early January to avoid the heavy rains of February and March and you’ll enjoy fabulous game viewing at a fraction of peak season prices.
Think Smart – Choose your Lodge Carefully
Many of Botswana’s safari lodges are known as much for their gilt-edged luxury as they are for their off-the-scale game viewing. But not all lodges cost the same, and several of Botswana’s best game viewing areas offer a variety of accommodation options.
The Chobe River region for instance is home to über-luxurious lodges that offer spa treatments and a wine list but you’ll also find perfectly comfortable lodges tucked away on the riverbank or in shady forest, offering the same experience for far less.
For a complete range of Botswana safaris, click through to our Botswana Tours and Safaris page or simply contact Safari Online for all the advice on an affordable Botswana safari and receive all the booking support you need.