Botswana - Privatisation des campings

Une bien triste nouvelle est tombée sur les prompteurs ces dernières semaines : la gestion des campings des réserves a été privatisée. La première conséquence est une multiplication par 3 à 5 des prix, jusqu'à 50$ US par nuit par personne ! La deuxième est qu'il va falloir avoir des contacts avec les différents opérateurs pour faire son circuit. Ci-dessous un article en provenance de http://www.botswanatraveler.com/, qui indique qui, et pour quel prix, gère désormais quel camping.

"Current Campsite Operators and Prices

As of October 23rd, 2009, this is the latest state of affairs with Botswana’s campsites.  This will likely change quickly and I’ll try to update it with whatever I hear.  Also included is a calculation in pula (and US dollars) of the old and new prices to spend a night camping in the park (including park entry fees of BWP 120 per person and foreign registered vehicle fee of BWP 50).

Mapula Lodge

mapulalodge@info.bw, +267 686 3369

Operates:

  • Chobe: Savuti , Linyanti
  • Moremi: Khwai (North Gate)

Prices:

  • International Traveler:  $50 USD (BWP 336)
  • SADC: 250 Rand
  • Botswana Resident: BWP 150
  • Botswana Citizen: BWP 100

Cost for 2 international campers per night:

  • Before = BWP 350 ($52 USD)
  • Currently = BWP 962 ($143 USD)

Xomae Group

+267 686 2221, +267 738 62221

Operates:

  • Moremi: Third Bridge
  • Nxai Pan: Baines Baobabs, Nxai South Campsites
  • Also operates Wilderness camping sites (unlikely to be booked directly by the tourist, therefore prices are not quoted here).

Prices:

  • Non-Residents:  BWP 150 ($22 USD)
  • Botswana Resident: BWP 100
  • Botswana Citizen: BWP 50

Cost for 2 non-resident campers per night:

  • Before = BWP 350 ($52 USD)
  • Currently = BWP 590 ($87 USD)

Bigfoot Safaris

bigfoot@botsnet.bw (currently does not work), +267 392 7704

Operates:

  • Khutse Game Reserve: Khutse campground, Mahurushele, Khankhe, Molosw, Moreswe
  • Central Kalahari Game Reserve: Lakhubu, Letiahau, Piper Pan, Sunday Pan, Motopi Pan

Prices:

  • Non-Residents:  BWP 150 ($22 USD)
  • Botswana Resident: unknown
  • Botswana Citizen: unknown

Cost for 2 non-resident campers per night:

  • Before = BWP 350 ($52 USD)
  • Currently = BWP 590 ($87 USD)

I am told, but cannot confirm, that Parro (dwnp.parrogabs@gov.bw, +267 318 0774) will be taking over South Gate and Xakanaxa in Moremi, Ihaha in Chobe, and Khumaga and Njuca Hills in Makgadikgadi.  If you wish to visit these campsites in the next year, I’d advise booking now as the Department of Wildlife still operates them and all bookings at the old price will be honored."