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    Hi all.

    I was left without bookings for June/July which I know is the busiest time of the year.
    This was 6 months prior. When is early then? How long in advance does bookings for Botswana parks open?

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    Anytime you like you can book , the sooner the better , check with Maile at NDM for advise .

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    Bookings for national parks open a year in advance. Best to get in contact with a company like Botswana Footprints or NDM as they can make your bookings on the day, for a minimal fee.
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    Thanx guys. So you say they run it like Sanparks here? One year to the day on which you want to be at the site? Only no website. Travel agents only?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildkyker View Post
    Thanx guys. So you say they run it like Sanparks here? One year to the day on which you want to be at the site? Only no website. Travel agents only?

    Cheers
    Private operators have websites, but you cannot check availability like with Sanparks. DWNP has no website.

    You don't have to use a booking agent. Quite easy and possible to do bookings yourself especially for off season. You just to be need fast and organised.
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    Bookings do not actually open a year in advance. I have just booked for Mabuasehube, and that opens 11 months in advance. For Khutse, I have to wait one more month, they open 10 months before.

    From the beginning of June to end of September is when Europe and the Americas (their summer vacation period) invade, so tour operators book it all out, 11 months in advance. If you do not book it then, or through an agent or an operator, forget it, you cannot get a booking later.

    You will find when you do get to the actual campsites, that half of them are empty, but when you tried to book, they told you everything was full. The reason for this is that you have to pay within 7 to 14 days of booking, and because it is not computerised, there is no way they can process or handle cancellations.

    So now the operators have booked and paid, but they do not get customers. Bad luck for them and everybody else. Unless you book through one of those operators who are sitting with vacant booked campsites, you cannot get one through the DNWP offices. AND some campsites remain empty....

    SAD but true.....
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