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Single woman planning a May (2011) trip to Botswanna

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Single woman planning a May (2011) trip to Botswanna

Planning a trip to Botswanna - my first trip to Africa and my main purpose is big game viewing. Does anyone have suggestions as to how to go about planning the trip where it won't "break-the-bank" going as a single. My plan is for May 2011. I would like to do Victoria Falls and perhaps Sabi Sand afterwards. I would like to stay at perhaps three camps in Botswanna, perhaps two to three nights each to get the best in game viewing. Where do I start? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

London, United...
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1. Re: Single woman planning a May (2011) trip to Botswanna

borderperson. I travel as a single male and can face the "single person supplement" (SPS) issue. A good specialist safari advisor, whether a travel agent or local operator should be able to advise on camps and lodges that do or do not charge an SPS.

In my experience, selecting just before or just after peak season has also helped, the camps not being full means that filling a space for one is better than none! I don't beleive that this has been detrimental to my safari experience, in fact, marginaly off-season means a less full camp and therefore greater focus and service to those clients that are there.

Given current economic conditions and with some of the deals that might be available, it may also be possible that some SSP's will be waived. I'm increasingly in favour of spending at least 3 nights in any one locataion. Minimum. You may well get some deals that go along the lines of "buy 2 / 3 nights, get 1 free".

Do your homework, decide on the best locations for what activities you are after, then be flexible on the season and camp deals available.

african bush
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2. Re: Single woman planning a May (2011) trip to Botswanna

Hi bordeperson

congrats on doing a african safari you are really going to enjoy it .

The starting point for me would be how long do you want to go for

then given your wish list (bots- big game ,vic falls and maybe Sabi Sands) you will have to decide how big that "bank " is .

the areas you wish to go to are amazing . once you have a duration and budget in mind you may get more specific suggestions

Cary, North Carolina
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3. Re: Single woman planning a May (2011) trip to Botswanna

There have been many similar questions on this forum and replies that will help you deciding on camps, tour operators etc.

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4. Re: Single woman planning a May (2011) trip to Botswanna

Hi, I've recently dealt with a South African based company called "Footsteps In Africa" (www.footsteps-in-africa.com). They have some really nice packages available without breaking the bank too much, and they specialise in some of the more mid-range camps and lodges.

Take a look at their website and see what you think. I've been very impressed as an operator working with them. I have guests doing the Kalahari Summer package, starting on Saturday, and it would be interesting to get their feedback.

Cape Town
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5. Re: Single woman planning a May (2011) trip to Botswanna

The most affordable camps in Botswana are those that belong to Footsteps and Desert & Delta - neither of them charge single supplements in May 2011.

If you are looking for big game only then stick clear of the water only camps like Delta Camp, Oddballs, Camp Okavango and Xugana. Rather visit camps in the Delta that offer game drives as well as mokoro and boating.

So for you I would recommend something like the following

Option 1 - DDS itinerary

3 nights Camp Moremi

3 nights Savute Safari Lodge

2 nights Chobe Game Lodge

Option 2 - Footsteps Itinerary

3 nights Sankuyo or Santawani

3 nights Mapula

2 nights at one of the Chobe river front properties

Then in the Sabi Sand most lodges charge single supplements except for Umkumbe Safari Lodge which is very affordable and on the banks of the Sand River.

Hope that helps


Clarkston, MI
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6. Re: Single woman planning a May (2011) trip to Botswanna

I'm one of the guests who has been working with Bushkid0. We leave for Africa tomorrow and will be at our first lodge in Botswana (Deception Valley) by Sunday (booked with Footsteps in Africa).

We will be hitting 3 different lodges before returning to SA. I'll have internet once I reach Durban, and would be more than happy to share my experience about the lodges I'm staying at. If I find any single travelers I'll also ask them how they've found traveling so far.

(Thanks again, Russell - looking forward to meeting you on Friday!)

Hong Kong, China
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7. Re: Single woman planning a May (2011) trip to Botswanna


my only comment coming back from a private safari for 2 single women in Botswanna is it would be impt to be part of a group, as I had the exceedingly uncomfortable experience of both of us being hit on constantly by our guide and chef which was ruined the trip.

But I think established companies as part of a group will be no problem - I've been on similar ones before.


Clarkston, MI
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8. Re: Single woman planning a May (2011) trip to Botswanna

I just got back from my trip. We hit Deception Valley, Delta Camp, and Mapula. Each camp was extremely professional, fun, and courteous. I didn't run into any single travelers, but I certainly see why they want you to have a partner with you. They always want you to walk with someone else just in case something does happen.

Out of all the staff I met at the 3 camps I visited, I can't image any of them acting inappropriately. They were all fantastic.

Boise, Idaho
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9. Re: Single woman planning a May (2011) trip to Botswanna


I did a Botswana and South Africa trip on my own, it was really awesome. I used www.goafricaadventures.com and they were so helpful. They planned everything from airport pickups to accommodation and tours etc.

They also know local tours, customs and all information regarding the area, so they are a great company to use.

Have a fun trip!


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10. Re: Single woman planning a May (2011) trip to Botswanna

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