Traditionally, Botswana is one of the more expensive lodge safari destinations in Africa. Many of the best safari regions and private concessions can only be visited on a ‘fly-in’ basis, and tourist numbers are strictly limited. This results in a highly exclusive, but consequently expensive, safari destination.
If you are on a limited budget, it is possible to explore many of the public reserves and parks by self-drive vehicle, or by joining a group camping trip, but invariably you’ll lose out on the exclusivity for which the country is renowned.
Prices vary considerably due to the season of travel. July to October is generally considered high season, with April to June and November as the shoulder season, and December to March as the low/green season. Typically, a tailor-made two week ‘fly-in’ safari holiday, including economy class flights from the UK, will start at around £4500.00 per person in low season, though somewhere between £6000 and £10,000 per person is more typical in the shoulder and high seasons.
Combining a shorter Botswana safari with sight-seeing or beach destinations in other countries will reduce the price, depending on what is included, whilst more adventurous camping tours may start from around £3250.00 per person (including economy class flights from UK) for 10 days or so on safari.
We appreciate that going on safari in Africa is an expensive holiday, but we are always conscious of providing ‘value for money’. Our selection of safari properties for any itinerary is based entirely upon those which we feel will most closely match your requirements, whether that be budget driven or experience driven. It is sometimes very difficult to differentiate between a top-quality safari property, and one which offers a lesser experience. Accordingly, a safari which offers value for money should not necessarily be confused with a ‘cheap’ safari.
If you are planning your first safari, we suggest you look at our Planning a Safari section.