Botswana Trip Planner

Know Your Trip Budget for Your Dream Vacation to Botswana

How to plan a trip to botswana

Representing the perfect union of Kalahamari Desert and the Okavango Delta, Botswana is one of the most under rated tourist destinations of South Africa. A Botswana travel guide consists of various wildlife sighting opportunities. If a wildlife safari destination is on your mind, then well Botswana is often claimed to be one of the best options for the aforementioned activity. The large stretch of wilderness and the perfect contrast between the Desert and Delta is what makes this country so special.

Visa Procedure

The Visa procedure to Botswana is pretty straight forward. No citizen requires to go through the hassle of procuring a visa in advance as they are given on arrival. The visa on arrival is issued within no time and is valid for a good 30 days. The only main criterion is to have a passport that is valid for the estimated duration of your stay.

When to go

Even though the best time to visit Botswana weather wise is from the months of July to October, the availability of accommodation and low travel prices is a rarity during this season. You will have a very hard time getting a campsite during this season as they are booked well in advance. The months of April, May and November are pleasant too but the monsoons get unpredictable and might be a hindrance in your adventure plans.

Destinations to cover

Here is a list of best places to see and best things to do in Botswana. Chobe National Park is amazing for safaris, rivers, elephant rides, camping and safari lodges. Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a must visit if you want to witness something unusual. Tsodilo is known for middle-ages paintings, safaris and plenty of wildlife can be found here. Mokolodi Nature Reserve is famous for its chalets, elephants, nature reserves, game reserves,safaris and ofcourse the famous African wildlife. Tswapong Hills boasts of lovely canyons and make for great camping sites. Apart fromt his remember to include Botswana National Museum and Sedudu in your Botswana Travel guide.

Get in and around

Directly entering Botswana through Air from anywhere other than South Africa is definitely going to result into a hole in your pocket. But an easier answer to the question- How to reach Botswana is through Nambia or through any connecting flight in the main airports of South Africa. Entering by land is an option too, but it is extremely expensive and is not very safe either.

Hotels and Food

You have to book lodges well in advance as the season for campsites mostly results in overbooked accommodations. Even though the accommodation is cheap, it would cost you a 10-15 dollars to get a decent one. The food in Botswana is amazing and dishes that you should definitely not miss out on are Seswaa, Pap, Morogo,  Goat Meat Stew, Braai Meat, Ditloo amongst many others.

How much does it cost to travel to Botswana

Plan your trip to Botswana with an estimated budget for your travel. The average daily cost of food in Botswana is USD 19.5 per person. For a family of four, the cost of eating out is USD 78. For accommodation, be ready to spend around USD 79 for a budget accommodation, per day, per person. For detailed Botswana trip cost calculator, use Botswana Trip Planner.

  • Average Price of a Mid-Range Trip in Botswana

  • Average Daily Cost* USD 192 Per Person
  • Cost for One Week USD 1344 Per Person
  • Cost for Two Weeks USD 2688 Per Person
  • Cost for One Month USD 5760 Per Person
  • Average Price of a Budget Trip in Botswana

  • Average Daily Cost* USD 105 Per Person
  • Cost for One Week USD 735 Per Person
  • Cost for Two Weeks USD 1470 Per Person
  • Cost for One Month USD 3150 Per Person

*Based on Food, Accommodation & Transportation

How much will it cost once you're in Botswana

Food & Drinks
  • 3-Course meal (mid-range) USD 7.8
  • Fast food Combo meal USD 5.2
  • Coffee (Cappuccino regular) USD 1.04
  • Bottle of Water (1.5 L) USD 1.35
  • Soft Drinks (Coke/Pepsi, 0.33 L) USD 0.94
  • Domestic Beer (0.5 L) USD 0.83
Accommodation & Transportation
  • Budget Accommodation USD 79
  • Taxi per km (Standard Tariff) USD 2.08
  • Fuel (1 L) USD 2.08
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