2 Night Desert Explorer Budget- Boteti River Camp
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||USD|
|Shoulder||Apr-Jun & Nov 24||USD||USD|
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 airconditioned 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 airconditioned. 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 (4x4 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.
DepartureMaun International Airport
Departure TimeDependent on transfer times
Return TimeDependent on transfer times
Included2 Night Desert Explorer Budget- Boteti River CampReturn TransferAir-conditioned vehicleWater
Not Included3 Hr Maun Immersive TourBreakfastReturn FlightsAccommodation (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast)Boat CruiseLaundryPark feesActivitiesLocal drinksMeals2 Waters ppLunch PackCurio purchasesHotel transfers (can be arranged at an additional cost)Departure TaxesTraditional snack and drinkEntry FeesScheduled Group TourPersonal GuideBreakfast
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 and Nxai Pan. 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.
|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|
|Self-Catering Option||Not in Chalets, only at campsite|
|Charging Facilities & Wi-Fi||Charging facilities & limited Wi-Fi available|
|Laundry Service Available||Available for own account|
|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