Contrary to the believe, Travelling and Adventure are not only intended for the ‘Elite”. Not being able to afford a Luxury African Safari should not be a deterrent. To prevent over tourism, just like many other countries Botswana has adapted a high value and low volume tourism strategy. This helps on protecting our very delicate ecosystems and preserves them for future generations. However, there are a lot of affordable options.
Botswana is one of the many places in Africa you can experience an authentic African Safari on budget. Chobe National Park hosts the largest population of Elephants in Africa estimated between 120 000 – 130 000. Definitely must be right at the top of your Botswana Bucket List.
Picture by Green Ranger Safaris
To explore Chobe on budget, there is a lot of affordable accommodation in Kasane. From Kasane you may book Game Drives into the National Park. Your Chobe Experience is also never complete without a boat cruise in the majestic Chobe River where vicious Nile Crocodiles roam. The cruise is without a doubt very calming. The picturesque sunset and the magical call of an African Fish Eagle will haunt you. The sound of Africa!
Back in Kasane there is a lot to do as well. You can visit the Snake Park, Crocodile Park, Lesoma Monument, Kasane Hot springs or attend Local Picnics to interact with the locals and enjoy some delicious local cuisine.
A few hours from Kasane is one of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders, Victoria Falls. Mosi- oa-Tunya is the world’s greatest sheet of falling water. may either opt for the Zambian or the Zimbabwean side. One thing for sure, you will never regret a day trip to the Unesco Heritage Site. There is some soothing energy in the atmosphere there. All seasons are ideal for a visit. Photographers might find the Dry Season as an amazing Photographic opportunity. On the high season you will witness and feel the falls on their full might and glory. That’s where the name Mosi wa Thunya was derived from. Smoke that Thunders! On the Zambian side, The Devils’ Pool will be a treat for adrenaline junkies.
The Victoria Falls day trip from Botswana might be limiting because there is a lot to explore in Vic Falls. We have a Tour of the Falls, Bungee jumping, rafting, Helicopter Scenic flights, Tandem Bridge Swing, Tandem Bridge slide/Zipline and many more.
Picture by Mahlatini Luxury Safari
Depending on your budget and bucket list, you have a lot of options in both Chobe and Victoria Falls so you need to build your itinerary well on time to avoid disappointments. You may use a Travel Agency if you don’t want to go through all the trouble. If you like to get hands on, you may plan everything yourself.
Botswana Price list estimate
Accommodation – BWP 500.00 per person per night (Camping is usually cheaper than this)
Cab/Special Taxi – BWP 30.00
Chobe National Park Game Drive – BWP 300.00 per person
Chobe River Boat Cruise – BWP 300.00 per person
Victoria Falls Day Trip from Kasane – BWP 350.00 (This price only includes the return trip and a Tour of the Falls. It is advisable to pre book activities as spaces are always limited)