Botswana Travel Budget

How much does it cost to travel to Botswana?

How much money will you need for your trip to Botswana? You should plan to spend around P661 ($51) per day on your vacation in Botswana, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, P177 ($14) on meals for one day and P48 ($3.73) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Botswana for a couple is P645 ($50). So, a trip to Botswana for two people for one week costs on average P9,257 ($720). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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  • 2 Weeks Per person
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  • One Week For a couple
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  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Botswana for one week usually costs around P4,628 for one person. So, a trip to Botswana for two people costs around P9,257 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs P18,513 in Botswana. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Botswana can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Botswana? How much money do I need for Botswana?

How much does a trip to Botswana cost? Is Botswana expensive? The average Botswana trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Botswana prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Botswana
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Botswana is P323. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Botswana is P645.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotels in Botswana

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Transportation Budget in Botswana
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Botswana is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent P48 per person, per day, on local transportation in Botswana.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Intercity Transportation Budget in Botswana
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  • Transportation between cities and towns in Botswana costs an average of P314. Naturally, prices vary by the length of the route, the type of transportation used, and the date.

  • Intercity Transportation1 Travel between cities

Flights to Botswana
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Rental Cars in Botswana
The price of renting a car in Botswana will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in Botswana
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  • While meal prices in Botswana can vary, the average cost of food in Botswana is P177 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Botswana should cost around P71 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Botswana is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Botswana
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  • Entertainment and activities in Botswana typically cost an average of P371 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Featured Activities

Alcohol Budget in Botswana
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  • The average person spends about P78 on alcoholic beverages in Botswana per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Botswana
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  • On average, people spend P13 on bottled water in Botswana per day. The public water in Botswana is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Botswana On a Budget
Botswana Chobe National Park, Botswana
The land locked country of Botswana is located in Southern Africa. It's bordered by Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. The economy is one of the strongest in Africa and is centered around tourism and diamond mining. Botswana is an expensive destination and is therefore less popular than some of the other nearby countries. The country has kept prices high in an effort to conserve the area's wildlife, but still benefit financially from tourism. This country appeals to those who want to enjoy a wildlife safari without the tourist crowds that are so common in many other national parks. In particular, the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park are exclusive and expensive destinations. If you'd like a budget option though, there are some available.

Visitors to Botswana come for the wildlife and the national parks. The most famous parks are Chobe National Park, Moremi National Park found in the Okavango Delta and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The country is also home to the San, or bushman, population.

For independent travellers, there is a high level of service and significantly less poverty than the countries found to the north. Botswana offers a great combination of excellent service with an "off the beaten path" atmosphere.

There are three major regions in Botswana. The Kalahari Desert has a very low population and is in the western part of the country. Okavango-Chobe, to the north, is where you find the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, and Moremi National Park. The southeastern part of the country has the highest population density as well as the capital city of Gaborone.
At A Glance
  • Most people fly into Botswana. The main airport, Sir Seretse Khama, is in Gaborone and most flights come through Johannesburg, but it is possible to get direct flights from Cape Town, Harare, and Nairobi. Maun is a popular tourist destinationa and also has a limited number of international flights. Because Maun is more than 1,000 kilometers away from Gaborone, a direct flight may be beneficial.

  • Most directions in Botswana are given in terms of landmarks. Street names and addresses are not well recognized. Public transportation is inconsistent outside of major cities, but with a combination of coaches and combies, it's possible to get around most of the country. Where public transportation is lacking, hitchhiking is common. Use caution when you hitchhike as this form of transportation can prove dangerous.

  • Botswana's official languages are English and Tswana. English is used when people are conducting business, and it is very common in urban areas. In rural areas English is usually not spoken. Tswana is the primary indigenous language in the country and is most people's first language. Near the Zimbabwe border, Kalanga is frequently spoken.

  • Accommodation is generally found in larger towns and cities, but if you're visiting national parks there are some secluded game lodges that are quite nice. In general, most hotels do not fill up in cities, but if you're hoping to stay at a game lodge, reservations are recommended.

  • Internet cafes are common in most towns and the speed is reasonable, although slower than that found in South Africa. Wireless internet can be found in the more expensive cafes that are geared to the expat population. Game lodges usually don't offer internet access.


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Top Tourist Attractions
Okavango Delta: This is where the Okavango River widens into the world's largest inland delta. It is also one of the most impressive wildlife spots in southern Africa. It is surrounded by the Kalahari desert so the swamps and water channels attract animals that come from thousands of kilometers away. The delta triples in size during the July and August floods.

Chobe National Park: This national park is popular for its impressive wildlife viewing. It has a large population of elephants, but there are also many other favorites including zebras and lions. This national park is expensive to visit, meaning the crowds are less and the wildlife viewing is incredible.

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park: This national park is famous for its bleak salt pans, which attract a large number of birds. Year around, the bird viewing here is incredible.

Popular Foods
The food of Botswana is comparable to that found elsewhere in Southern Africa, although regional variations are common. The people take great pride in their beef, so it is often of very high quality. Other common meats include lamb, mutton and chicken. Common grains include sorghum and maize, with wheat and rice being imported from outside the country.

Seswaa: Also called Chotlho, this is a popular, traditional meat dish in Botswana. It is generally served for special occasions and is traditionally prepared by men. The meat is mashed up and heavily salted and cooked in a three legged iron pot. It simmers in salt and water until it is soft.

Vetkoek: This traditional dish is found throughout Southern Africa. It's a fried dough bread that is usually served with minced ground beef or sweetened with syrup, honey or jam.

Bogobe: This is a form of porridge that is made with either sorghum, maize or millet flour. The flour is mixed with boiling water until it forms a soft paste. It is then cooked slowly and it is sometimes sweetened with milk and sugar. The unsweetened version is often eaten with meat or vegetables.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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