Skip the safari tours and opt to rent a car instead
You definitely don’t want to leave Botswana without seeing a lion or an elephant in the wild, but safari tours can be extremely costly, especially if you’re toting along the entire family. Some parks allow you to self-drive and enter the park in your own car. Be mindful that you won’t be going for a cruise on a paved road, you’ll need experience and a sturdy 4WD car to tackle hilly terrains as Botswana tends to be more rugged and has less roads than its neighboring countries. But if you’re used to driving Jeep Wranglers over rocks, you may want to try your hand at self-driving.