2 Night Desert Explorer (Budget Option B) – Boteti River Camp

2 Night Desert Explorer (Budget Option B) – Boteti River Camp

USD563 USD40 per person

Experience Botswana  – Beyond wildlife

Why we love it: Great Value/Seasonal Zebra Migration/ Family Friendly
Optional Extras:
Best Combined With: Oddballs / Khwai Gest house


Seasons Date Price (pp sharing) Single supplement
Low Jan-March & Dec 23 USD 496 USD 0
Shoulder  Apr-Jun & Nov 23 USD 539 USD 0
High Jul-Oct 23 USD 578 USD 86
Child policy:


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.

Virtual Itinerary


  • Destination
  • Departure
    Maun International Airport
  • Departure Time
    Dependent on transfer times
  • Return Time
    Dependent on transfer times
  • Included
    2 Night Desert Explorer (Budget Option B) – Boteti River Camp
    Return Transfer
    Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Not Included
    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 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.


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
Area Game Reserve
Number Of Rooms 2
Activities Game Drives, Bushmen Walks
Additional Activities Sleep out
Internet Main Area
Electricity Solar