Botswana has always been seen as a high end safari destination. However Lelobu would like to show budget conscious travellers that Botswana can be done without breaking the bank!
Your primary costs are likely to be five things: buses, flights, food, lodging and activities.
1. The buses to get to Botswana run from Johannesburg to Gaborone (Intercape) from around US$40. From there you can catch daily busses to Maun (Monnakgotla Transport) for around US$30. These daily buses leave Gaborone at 06h00 and arrive in Maun around 16h00.
2. Flights to Botswana are quite costly – you can expect to pay around US$360 to Maun from Johannesburg one way. There are two airlines that fly to Botswana – Air Botswana and SA Airlink.
3. Should you decide to self-cater in Botswana you can expect to pay the following average food prices:
White bread – 9 Botswana Pula
Brown bread – 5.50 Botswana Pula
Baked beans per can – 9 Botswana Pula
Nescafe classic coffee – 65 Botswana Pula
Beef – 45 Botswana Pula per kg (stewing beef)
Fresh vegetables can be quite expensive depending on availability
1.00 USD = +-9.5 BWP
4. There are backpackers in Gaborone and Maun. In Kasane there are places like Thebe River lodge where you can rent a tent with some bedding.
In Maun a dorm bed will cost around US$16 or US$25 for a double tent. Most budget travellers who come to Maun are able to see the Okavango Delta as well as places like Moremi Game Reserve, Nxai Pan, Makgadikgadi Pans and the Central Kalahari.
The Okavango Delta lodges start at US$945 for 2 nights per person sharing in the low season (1 January – 31 March 2015).
5. If you are on a budget and feel the need for a boating adventure, an idyllic trip departs from Maun and goes deep into the Okavango Delta (Chiefs Island). These trips cost about US$520 for 3 days and US$870 for 5 days – per person. These trips are fully catered and all inclusive while self-catering options are also available at reduced rates.
For the more adventurous traveller there are kayak trips that are also all inclusive from Maun at 3 days for around US$400.
Then the mokoro trips (dugout canoe) are around US$240 for 2 days – fully catered. There are also self-catering options for this these mokoro trips (you can rent the utensils and cooking gear in Maun).
Camping trips to Moremi Game Reserve start at US$700 per person for 4 days. These are fully catered budget camping safaris in 4×4 open game drive vehicles.
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