2 Night Desert Explorer Budget- Boteti River Camp

2 Night Desert Explorer Budget- Boteti River Camp

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 571.00 USD 0
Shoulder  Apr-Jun & Nov 24 USD  620.00 USD 0
High Jul-Oct 24 USD 667.00 USD 98.00
  • For child policy, solo traveler and where seasons crossover, please contact us.

Includes: accommodation, dinner, breakfast, return transfers and Intermittent WiFi
Excludes: lunch day 1, drinks, activities and park fees on day 1 and laundry
Activities: game drives in the Makgadikgadi National Park and Nxai Pan National Park and cultural village walking tours

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


Boteti River Camp

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Maun International Airport
  • Departure Time
    Dependent on transfer times
  • Return Time
    Dependent on transfer times
  • Included
    2 Night Desert Explorer Budget- Boteti River Camp
    Return Transfer
    Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Not Included
    3 Hr Maun Immersive Tour
    Return Flights
    Accommodation (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast)
    Boat Cruise
    Park fees
    Local drinks
    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
Maun International Airport - Boteti River Camp

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by Your Botswana Experience host who will hand you over to Letsapa Tours for your scheduled transfer. You will travel by a fully air-conditioned closed vehicle to Boteti River Camp which is about a 2hr 30 minutes drive from Maun.

Boteti River Camp

You will spend 2 night in the lodge and enjoy a wide range of activities including but not limited to game drives in the Makgadikgadi National Park. You will also be treated to a cultural village walking tour in Khumaga cultural village.

Boteti River Camp - Maun International Airport

After spending 2 nights, you will be transferred back to Maun International Airport to carry on with your onward safari.


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