Interesting about the reduced SADC rate making it 'affordable' for wealthy SA businessman to travel to the best Botswana safari destinations.....
In my general experience of trying to book SA citizens into the top camps in Bots, I have not managed to get a reduced rate (this may be a factor of high season demand) - the regular STO/Rack rates still applied!
I am all for local discounted rates, but by local I really mean local. One doesn't expect the operator/owner to make a loss, but, economically, a break-even rate should be offset by both the marketing and social responsibility benefits to be had from such a practice.
Now here is a thought....well actually an observation.
A lodge I am intimately involved with in Chobe, Botswana tries hard to attract Batswana in the quieter seasons and does offer a much reduced rate. When the city folk arrive from Gaborone the first thing they ask is where is the TV and why isn't there wi-fi in the rooms. So the expectations are really different. They may do one game drive and one boat (booze) cruise, but would rather enjoy a resort type (pool, spa etc.) experience as opposed to a bush experience. Over public holidays and school breaks, one resort type hotel in Chobe gets a LOT of local business. However, as I am reliably told, they make use of all the resort facilities and, and may do one excursion into their National Park.
Irrespective of this observation, differential rates are a good thing. As a Motswana I personally do enjoy (and wouldn't otherwise without the discounts) visiting both local and regional parks and facilities. And for those discounts I love to promote all Botswana's parks, Hwange, Kruger, Mana Pools, Matopos etc.