Welcome to Okavango River Lodge, budget lodging in Maun, Botswana


What's happening
at Okavango River Lodge?

We are pleased to announce we are now running our own overnight vehicle safaris into the Moremi!
Please enquire for rates and information!


and family

We are a graded one star establishment. Definition by Botswana Tourism:
Fair to good (acceptable / modest) quality in the overall standard of furnishings, service and guest care. Clean, comfortable and functional accommodation.

Please note our accommodation facilities are NOT air – conditioned. There are no tea or coffee making facilities inside the rooms.

Accommodation rates
Camping – for the more budget concious, a cheaper alternative is to camp alongside the river under shady acacias. Basic ablution block with hot showers and central boma with powerpoints.
Campsite: P100pppn
Trailers: P50 per trailer per night

Please note: Due to space and power restrictions caravans are not permitted.

Chalets - our chalets are clean and basic. Linen, towels, mosquito nets and fans are provided. All chalets are ensuite with showers.
Double chalet: P530pn
Single: P430pn
Family chalet: P700pn

Bedded tents – we have eight twin bedded mini-Meru style tents with shared ablution.
Double: P340pn, P380 for river frontage
Single: P200pn, P240 for river frontage

Prices include VAT but are not inclusive of P10 government bed levy per person per night.


River Lodge

Campsite with braai areas

Family rooms

Bedded tents


Swimming pool

Bar & restuarant


and boat trips

Mokoro trips

These are our most popular trip. For the budget conscious it’s a perfect way to enter the delta and truly experience the local way of life and to get close to the magic and the beauty that the delta has to offer.

We transfer you to the mokoro station on the Boro River by motorboat (about an hour) where you will meet your qualified community guide. He will pole you around the myriad water channels looking for wildlife and the large variety of birds which inhabit the Delta.

It is truly a wilderness experience. There are no facilities out there as you camp on an island chosen by your guide. He will light you a fire to cook over and if you wish to share your meals with him you can, although they do pack for themselves.

If a full day is too much or time is short, we do have mokoros at the lodge for hire, for a quiet paddle up the river.

Mokoro Trips: Minimum 2 pax required. Depart daily at 8am from the lodge, and return late afternoon.
One day – P880pp
Two day one night – P1400pp
Three day two night – P1900pp
Packed lunch – P70pp (based on a minimum of 2 pax)


Includes: Transfer to and from station, entry fee into wildlife area and mokoro and guide. Excludes: Drinks, food, items of a personal nature, hat and sunscreen a must as there is no shade. If you are overnighting, camping and cooking equipment is not included in the price. Please note: Due to fluctuations in fuel and community fees, prices may vary.

Inner Delta by boat

Day boat trips to Moremi Game Reserve and Chiefs Island, which is the largest island in the delta and home to an abundance of wildlife.

The boat departs Okavango River Lodge around 8.30am for a 3-4 hour cruise to Chiefs Island where you will have a picnic lunch and a walk with your guide. Maybe a nice cooling dip in the waters of the delta before making your way back to the lodge for sunset.

Pax 2 – P2750pp
Pax 3 – P1900pp
Pax 4 or more – P1500pp

Includes: Lunch, boat, guide, fuel and park fees.
Excludes: Items of a personal nature and drinks.
Please note: Bookings must be made one day before departure. These trips are open for others to join and are not private.

* Overnight inner delta trips are also available.


and safaris

We can organise day trips to Moremi Game Reserve and Nxai Pan National Parks. Longer trips can be arranged to include Chobe National Park, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

The day trips need to be booked at the latest, the morning before the date of departure, in order to arrange park fees, fuel and food.

The vehicle will depart Okavango River Lodge at 6.30am. The drive to Moremi Game Reserve should take about 2 hours. Morning coffee en route and picnic lunch will be supplied. Also a coolerbox with ice will be available for your personal drinks.

Spend the day with your guide looking for animals and birds around the park. Moremi Game Reserve is home to the big five and some 500 species of birds.

Depart the park before closing for arrival back at Okavango River Lodge for sunset.

Includes: Guide, vehicle, fuel, park entry fees, coffee and lunch.
Excludes: Drinks and items of a personal nature. Do bring sunscreen, hat and camera.

2 pax – P2750.00 per person
3 pax – P1900.00 per person
4 pax – P1500.00 per person
Inclusive of park fees and lunch.

Overnight safaris can also be booked, please contact Kate at the Travel Desk for further info.

Private mobile safaris

We offer mobile safaris into the Moremi Game reserve, Khwai Concession, Nxai Pan National Park and into the Santawani area. Travelling in an open game drive Land Cruiser with a trailer we pack all the essentials. Comfortable 2.5 x 2.5m dome tents equipped with bedrolls. Bush shower and toilet when not using public sites. We serve 3 meals a day with dinner being two courses. Drinks offered are water, tea, coffee, breakfast juice and limited wine. Our safaris are simple yet comfortable and all your needs will be catered for.

Prices are per person per day
2 pax – P3600.00 per person per day
3 pax – P3050.00 per person per day
4 pax – P2500.00 per person per day
5 or more – P2200 per person per day

See our dedicated mobile safari website for more details.

Our Kangara Adventure Safaris website provides further insight into all our activities provided at Okavango River Lodge.


to find us

From Maun
take the Shorobe road towards the Moremi Game Reserve. After approximately 10km along this road you will reach a circle, turn left and we are 3 km on the left hand side.

From Moremi
you will find the dirt road becomes tar once you reach Shorobe. From Shorobe we are only 20km, just past Bar BP. You can’t miss the signboard on the right hand side.

GPS co-ordinates


asked questions

Q: Do we need to supply food for our guide/poler on the mokoro trip?
A: No you don’t have to they are completely self sufficient, however it is a nice gesture to do so. They will make a fire for you to cook over.

Q: Is ORL reachable by 2wd?
A: Yes, the roads in Botswana are tarred. Only the roads to the game reserves are not tarred.

Q: Do I need to book if I am camping?
A: Yes please do, especially during peak season, but walk-ins are always welcome if space is available.

Q: If I don’t have a car how easy is it to get around?
A: The combis stop outside the lodge, and ROUTE 1 will take you straight into town. We can also call you a taxi but this is more expensive. There is a local bus network around Botswana. If you are patient this is the cheap way to travel!

Q: Do I need to pay a deposit to secure my booking?
A: For accommodation – yes. An invoice will be sent 6 weeks prior where full payment will be requested to confirm the booking. For activities (except safaris) you can pay on arrival. Safaris we will ask for full payment to secure the booking.

Q: How long does it take to get to Moremi?
A: Turn left out of ORL and the tar road finishes in Shorobe after about 20km. From here it is about ½ hour to the buffalo fence and into a Wildlife Management Area. It is another 1 – 1 ½ hr to South Gate where you enter the Moremi. In total about 2 ½ – 3 hours.

Q: Our children are very young is it still safe to take them on safari/mokoro?
A: There is a standard regulation where kids under the age of 12 are not permitted on activities. We will take children from about 12 years. Parents need to be aware that activities such as boating/mokoros/safaris are in wildlife areas. The campsites are not fenced and it is very dangerous. Kids need to be well behaved and parents must not let their children out of sight. ORL will not accept any responsibility for accident/injury/illness/death of clients. Indemnity forms must be completed for activities.

Q: Do your accommodation prices include breakfast?
A: No they don’t. Our breakfast menu ranges from P20 – P60pp.The menu includes pancakes, omelets, muesli and a good full English with great filter coffee.

Q: When we go on an over night excursion is it safe to leave our car and valuables?
A: Yes it is safe to leave your car and we will lock away your valuables.

Q: We have fresh food and meat that we need to keep in a fridge/freezer. Do you have facilities for this?
A: Yes we have a freezer in our office that we can store goods for you.

Q: Do you provide towels?
A: Yes in the chalets. They are not provided in the tents.

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