2 Night Desert Explorer – Boteti River Camp – Self Drive

2 Night Desert Explorer – Boteti River Camp – Self Drive

per person

Experience Botswana – Beyond Wildlife

Why we love it: Great Value/Seasonal Zebra Migration/ Family Friendly
Optional Extras: Cultural Village Tour
Best Combined With: 2 Night Okavango Explorer (Budget) – Oddballs Camp
2 Night Big Game Safari (Budget) – Khwai Guest House
2 Night Maun (Budget) – Sedia Hotel


Seasons Date Price (pp sharing) Single supplement
Low Jan-March & Dec 24 USD 332.00 USD 0
Shoulder  Apr-Jun & Nov 24 USD 381.00 USD 0
High Jul-Oct 24 USD  428.00 USD 98.00
  • For child policy, solo traveler and where seasons crossover, please contact us.

Includes: meals, activities, park fees and intermittent WiFi
Excludes: drinks, additional activities and park fees, transfers and laundry
Activities: Activities: game drives in the Makgadikgadi National Park and cultural village walking tours. At an additional cost, guests can do a day trip to Nxai Pan, based on a min of 4Pax this needs to be arranged in advance.
Note: This is a self-drive package excluding car hire(available on request). Please see directions and estimated driving times under additional information.

Set on the edge of the Makgadikgadi National Park, close to Khumaga Village, Boteti River Camp is ideally located for access not only to the Makgadikgadi Pans but also to Nxai Pan National Park and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

The Boteti River is an important seasonal water source in this arid region and Boteti River Camp enjoys outstanding views over the riverbed and beautiful wilderness surrounds. There are seven comfy chalets which are all air conditioned and feature en suite bathrooms with outdoor shower and loo.  One platform tent – elevated on poles 4 meters above ground level – has an open-air shower and toilet at ground level with the bedroom upstairs.  The platform tent is not air conditioned. The central camp facilities are made up of a bar, viewing lounge deck and swimming pool, all being ideal relaxation spots.  Tasty, homestyle meals are served in the restaurant. A great array of wildlife crosses the immense salt pans to reach the Boteti River water sources.

Visitors may choose to explore this unique area in their own vehicles (4×4 vehicles essential), however activities offered at Boteti River Camp aim to enrich guests’ game and cultural experiences.  These include game drives in both the Makgadikgadi National Park and Nxai Pan National Park as well as cultural village walking tours (all activities and park fees at additional cost, please refer to basis booked).  Return road transfers from Maun are also available at additional cost. Boteti River Camp also offers eight campsites, all with water connection, fire place and a shade net roof beneath which self-contained travelers can set up their own tents.  Ablutions and washing up areas are shared for the campsites.  One Meru tent is set up in the campground with bedding and towels (these are the only items provided).  The Meru Tent is open from July to October annually.

Virtual Itinerary


  • Destination
  • Included
    2 Night Desert Explorer – Boteti River Camp – Self Drive
    Park fees
  • Not Included
    3 Hr Maun Immersive Tour
    Return Flights
    Accommodation (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast)
    Boat Cruise
    Local drinks
    Return Transfer
    Air-conditioned vehicle
    2 Waters pp
    Lunch Pack
    Curio purchases
    Hotel transfers (can be arranged at an additional cost)
    Departure Taxes
    Traditional snack and drink
    Entry Fees
    Scheduled Group Tour
    Personal Guide
Self Drive Directions To Boteti River Camp
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Self Drive From Boteti River Camp
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The small town of Xhumaga is situated in north-central Botswana and rests on the western bank of the Boteti River, flanking the Makgadikgadi National Park. The Boteti is the last finger of the Okavango Delta, reaching down to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Years have passed without the river being fed a drop at all; becoming a long sandy riverbed with shrinking waterholes, where zebras jostle for space under high-flying sheets of dust. At other times, the Boteti swells up fat and full, spilling into saltpans hundreds of kilometers from its source before evaporating into thin air. This is the place to watch plains game crashing through sharp acacia trees, gathering under lofty palms and lurking in the shade of the riverine woodland, keeping close to the water. When the Boteti River is full, big elephant bulls can often be found playing in the water and browsing in the reeds while the sun sets on the day. Although the park’s eastern edges touch the Makgadikgadi saltpans, its unlikely you’ll see them during your stay. Where the saltpans are about landscapes, the Boteti is about a more traditional safari experience. Explore the banks by game drive, drift along the river by boat (when water levels allow), or wait for the wildlife to pass by from the sanctuary of a hide. Once the rains arrive (October – November) the zebras and wildebeest abandon the Boteti, migrating to the saltpans and only returning in the winter (April – May). During the green season the Boteti’s banks become a quiet green landscape of technicolour sunsets and an explosion of birdlife.


Value For Money


Boteti River Camp Overview Boteti River Camp Website
Area Khumaga Village bordering the National Park
Accommodation 8 Chalets / 3 Family
Age Restrictions All ages, Children under 6 years not permitted on game drives
Campsites Available
Self Drive Access Yes
Self-Catering option Not in Chalets, only at campsite
Charging Facilities & Wi-Fi Charging facilities & limited Wi-Fi available
Pool Yes
Laundry Service available Available for own account
Mosquito Nets Yes
Air-Cons or Fans Air-Cons in all chalets
Activities Game Drives and cultural village walks
Water Levels in General The rainy season (November to April) does affect water levels especially where one crosses the Boteti River into the Park. The Boteti has more water during the rainy season then in the dry season.  Only if we have really impressive floods does the water reach the Boteti and that has not happened, I think since 2016, since then it has gotten less by the year. Botswana, as many countries, has been affected by climate change and so water levels are impossible to predict exactly. However the camp does pump a water hole in front


Directions - Maun International Airport [MUB] to Boteti River Camp Distance: 143.01km Travel Time: 1:40 hours | GPS co-ordinates for Boteti River Camp: S 20° 28' 12.544" E 24° 30' 50.936"

  • Head southeast on Airport Rd toward Sir Seretse Khama Rd (0.3 km)
  • Turn right onto Sir Seretse Khama Rd (0.9 km)
  • At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Sekgoma Rd/A3 (1.5 km)
  •  Turn right to stay on Sekgoma Rd/A3Continue to follow A3 (80.4 km)
  •  Turn right (3.6 km)
  •  Turn left (54.4 km)
  • Turn left (1.4 km)
  •  Slight right (0.2 km)
  • Slight left (0.2 km)
  • Turn leftDestination will be on the left (0.2 km)