The best time to book your holiday in Botswana or Zambia

May 19, 2020

You have given it a lot of thought, saved for it and decided to travel to beautiful Botswana or Zambia. Obviously you want to be able to reserve the best campsites in the most beautiful surroundings. It is therefore important to book in time to avoid disappointments. When you need to book your vacation is largely influenced by 3 factors as described in this article. If you have no time or do not want to read, everything is also discussed in this video.

Excellent nature conversation

Botswana and, increasingly, Zambia, understand the importance of a balanced natural environment. They are highly dependent on tourists’ income. To be successful in the long term, there are only a limited number of campsites in the parks. Although this causes scarcity, it guarantees the lowest possible burden on nature and the ecosystem. And this stunning nature is exactly why we want to travel to those countries so much.

goed natuurbeheer

Bookings operate on a first-come-first-serve mechanism, in which everyone has the same chance of booking a campsite. Therefore, the earlier you book, the greater the chance of getting your preferred place.

Limited number of vehicles

The number of available safari vehicles is not exhaustive. They are expensive vehicles and there are only a handful of trustworthy and reliable rental companies. This means that here too there is a scarcity and early booking is a must.

Corona crisis

Possibly the most difficult at the moment and hard to predict. The tourism sector will be hit in the year 2020 by massive cancellations and the blocking of borders for tourists. Fortunately, almost all campsites have been willing to hold down any deposits and move them onto a later time. However, this does mean that the 2021 season is filling up very quickly.

social distancing in the bush



In general, we advise our customers to book no later than 6 months before departure. It is much better, however, to book between 9 and 12 months before departure. In light of the Corona crisis, we would advise you to book the campsites and vehicle between 12 and 15 months before departure. In other words, if you want to visit Botswana or Zambia in July or August 2021, now is the time to book. Don’t let your dream trip pass by a late booking.

Do you want to know more about a safari in Botswana or Zambia, download our brochure or travel examples Zambia or Botswana.


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