There is no denying that the government game reserves in Namibia and Botswana (and I think Zimbabwe as well) are milking the cow for all it's worth.
And as you say, the standard of accomodation is very poor. In the campsite, the ablution blocks were very far away, each had a busload or two of package tourists around it and in five days I never once experienced hot water.
As we camp and self-cater, the sums are rather different though. Still expensive, but not nearly double whent the total cost (IE including food and fuel) is considered.
For camping, the fee is N$136 PP/PN. Add to this N$205 per vehicle for conservation fees, but this also applies to day visitors. In comparison, we paid N$150 at Eldorado B&B for camping outside the park (just across the road from Etosha Village), for which we got lawns and beautiful ablutions.
As a fly-in tourist, as you explained earlier, the cost of renting a camping vehicle is probably not worth the effort, especially if there are only two people. For us, the sums are different again. The vehicle we used is my daily driver, just with a trailer attached, and we are four people in the car. I will share costs in more detail in my trip report in a few weeks time though.
Edited by Peter Connan, 21 April 2017 - 11:31 AM.
Ek oefen skelm.