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Okavango Houseboats offers fully furnished, 'Old Africa' Style houseboats for hire in the panhandle of the beautiful Okavango Delta in Northern Botswana. The Okavango Delta is an idyllic wetland in the middle of a desert, aptly called 'The Jewel of the Kalahari', home to the most astonishing proliferation of bird, animal and aquatic life. Our houseboats offer the rare opportunity to experience this wetland paradise in comfort, as you float along the waterways in peace viewing the magnificent bird and animal life.
Hiring one of our houseboats ensures your exclusivity and privacy. There is no sharing with other guests and so you can dictate the day's activities.Our rates include the services of a chef and licensed boats-man, accommodation, and the use of tender boats and utilities. You are left with nothing to worry about and nothing to do but relax.
At Okavango Houseboats you will spend your days cruising the waterways, fishing and relaxing in unique serenity. Guests enjoy exceptional birding and angling opportunities as well as a chance to view the rare sitatunga antelope, or watch elephants feeding on palm fringed islands. You can try your hand at catching the mighty tiger-fish or go for bream and enjoy your catch for dinner.
The hushed silence makes it all more peaceful and the knowledge that you are in deepest Africa make your experience utterly compelling.
Our four 'Old Africa' Style Houseboats 'Inkwazi', 'Inyankuni', 'Ngwesi' and 'Madikubu' allow you to experience the quintessential Okavango experience. Sleeping on board you experience the rhythms of the Delta- the gentle lull of the river, the rise and fall of the sun, the haunting cry of the fish eagle and cheerful grunting of the hippo. Our boats are moored on the main channel of the Okavango river, near the village of Seronga, in an area that offers fantastic fishing, papyrus beds and charming palm islands.
With the main channel being deep and fast-flowing it is ideal for both the fighting Tiger fish and bream. Seventeen species of fish can be caught in the Panhandle area. Bird watching is also outstanding in the region's tall, shady, riverine forests and many resident and migratory birds can be seen along the river. This area is accessible by road for 4 x 4 enthusiasts or by light aircraft.
Although relaxing on board satisfies many of our guests we offer excursions on tender boats to explore the Delta's countless water channels, fishing and birdwatching as well as mokoro excursions, overnight camping trips, fishing and village tours.
All of our boats offer the following facilities:
Wood and Brass accents in the bar and deck give this boat an 'Old Africa' feel.
Pax: Maximum 23
Cabins: 3 Single Cabins, 6 Double Cabins and 4 Twin Cabins
Ablutions: 3 Single Cabins share 1 full bathroom (shower and toilet) and 10 Upper Deck Cabins (4Twin & 6Double) are all en-suite with a shower and toilet
The oldest of our fleet and still a favourite among regular visitors for its homely feel.
Pax: Maximum 24
Cabins: 2 Double Cabins with en-suite, 10 Twin Cabins
Ablutions: 2 en-suite full bathrooms (shower and toilet); 4 toilets and 2 showers.
Madikubu (mother hippo in Setswana) offers a modern feel and a dining area on the upper deck.
Pax: Maximum 20
Cabins: 8 Twin Cabins & 2 en-suite Twins
Ablutions: 2 en-suite Cabins, 4 shared full bathrooms (shower and toilet)
Ngwesi (Tiger Fish) is perfect for smaller groups and has an enclosed dining area on the upper deck.
Pax: Maximum 16
Cabins: 4 Double & 4 Twin Cabins with en-suite
Ablutions: All 8 Cabins are en-suite
Although relaxing on board satisfies most of our of our guests we offer many activities to satisfy those who like their holidays to be busy. You can enjoy fantastic fly and sport fishing (not available throughout the year), relax whilst being 'poled' by your own guide in a dugout canoe, do a village tour, or a spectacular scenic flight, or if you have time you can camp overnight or even undertake a multi day adventure that will see you travelling through the Okavango's varied habitats.
A typical day on the houseboat might be something like this: 0700 generator starts which serves as a wake up call and operates the shower pressure pump, 0800 breakfast, fishing or birding from tenders, 11 or 1200 brunch, rest until 1500, fishing and exploring islands and channels, 1730 snacks, 1800 is shower hour then cocktails and supper at 2000. This is just a suggestion; times and activities can be changed, there are also optional extra's like mokoros and game flights. The boat moves once a day.
The houseboat operates on the Okavango mainstream which is covered by papyrus both sides. In places the papyrus stretches up to five kilometers both sides. The only game to be met will be hippos, crocodiles and abundant bird life.
The average fuel consumption is about 200 litres per day if fishing is part of the itinerary down to 100 litres depending on your needs.
Out Board Oil is used for two-stroke motors only and we are in the process of replacing them with four-stroke motors. The mix proportion is 1:50 , expect to use about 4 liters per 200 litres petrol.
You need to provide the food however the norm is that the houseboat staff do the cooking. If you want to cook the meals yourself you can though, there have been clients in the past who have preferred to cook their own meals.
The catered option includes all food supplied by the Houseboats & the meals are prepared by the crew. If however you wish to bring any items with due to special dietaries or you prefer a specific type of snack, you are most welcome to bring this with.
In the case of a catered trip we normally call for preferences and then send a menu for approval. We are happy to send through our sample menu's upon request.
Your parking at both Sepopa and Seronga will be secure however we do not take responsibility for any losses.
There is no age limit, but due to the nature of the boat, it is not advisable to bring babies and toddlers on board. Any children on board are the parent's responsibility. Children younger than seven years are charged half the rate.
Bring along items that you would normally pack when visiting friends and family. We provide bedding, towels, toilet paper etc.
We have an inverter on board and if you are close to Seronga, you can charge your accessories there.
We make our ice from the local town bore hole water and it is safe for consumption. The water is however rich in minerals and oxides and sometimes have a brownish colour. If this is not acceptable then guests are advised to bring their own ice on board.
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