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Plan your trip

Three days are more than enough to ex­plore the Boteti and sur­rounds. Slot it in your itin­er­ary on your way north to Maun or back from Moremi, for ex­am­ple.

If you don’t have time for a long Botswana hol­i­day, sim­ply make the Boteti your main des­ti­na­tion.

There are far fewer tourists here than in the big­ger parks in north­ern Botswana and it still feels wild. You also get ex­posed to the farm­ing com­mu­nity. If you’re driv­ing di­rectly from SA, overnight at Tu­uthebe Lodge be­tween Letl­hakane and Orapa. Drive north-west the next day – turn off and go see if Lake Xau has water. Con­tinue to Ti­aan’s Camp near Xhu­maga. Stay here for one night and spend another night at Ku­maga Camp on the op­po­site bank, in­side the Mak­gadik­gadi Pans Na­tional Park.

From there, you can fol­low the course of the river north­west to Drifters Camp, which is also a great overnight spot.

See page 89 for in­for­ma­tion on ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions along the Boteti River. See page 12 – 13 for maps of the re­gion.

4x4 op­tion

If you have a 4x4, you can add Nxai Pan Na­tional Park to your Boteti itin­er­ary. See page 55 for more about Nxai Pan. Do this cir­cu­lar route: Fol­low the course of the Boteti River from the south to where the B300 joins up with the A3. Then turn east onto the A3 to Nxai and re­turn home via Kubu Is­land.

Park fees

Mak­gadik­gadi Pans Na­tional Park: P120 (R155) per adult per day; P60 (R77) per child aged 8 – 17, plus P50 (R64) per ve­hi­cle per day. You have to pay in cash (pula) at the gate.

Pont fee

The pont at Xhu­maga costs P150 (R193) per ve­hi­cle or P200 (R258) if you’re tow­ing a trailer or off-road car­a­van. The pont runs from sun­rise to sun­set.

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