To wrap-up my reporting about my recent Botswana trip, here are some more practical tips that I'd like to share:
- The mobile safari I used for Okavango and Chobe was this 6-day safari by Bush Ways
. I think it was executed well, but be aware that this is really the lower end of mid-budget. Our safari truck had driven 400,000km already and no running water or electricity does get tiresome after a couple of days. We met much more fancy outfitters, one that I have seen recommended is AndBeyond
- I wasn't much impressed by the food available in Botswana, certainly compared to the variety of Namibia.
- I paid cash in Botswanian Pula for tips and some pre- and post tour lunches/dinners. I withdrew the Pula from an ATM across the street from Maun airport.
- Botswana cannot be reached directly by air from Europe, so most people will waste some valuable vacation days in transit. I flew KLM to Johannesburg and transferred the next morning to Maun with SA Airlink. On the return flight, I departed from Livingstone (Zambia) to Nairobi with Kenya Airways and then on to Amsterdam a few hours later.
- In contrast to my experiences in Namibia, a trip like this in Botswana does shelter you from any contact with the local population.
- At an average of 315 EUR per day excluding international flights (for which I used frequent flyer miles), this was my most expensive trip ever. Read some ideas and opinions here
how to approach Botswana's cost levels.