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4 Cabins are situated on the lower deck. A deck situated in the front offers a shaded leisure area as well as an open area for sunbathing.
1 Cabin, dining room, open plan lounge area with small library, a bar and kitchen is located on the upper deck. An open deck on this level makes it possible to enjoy superb views over the floodplains.
Guests can check-in from 02:00pm and check-out from the boat on day of departure is at 10:00am. We have secure parking for vehicles at our mooring facility in Shakawe. Transfers to and from Shakawe Airport and Delta Belle Houseboat are by road and takes approximately 5 minutes. Guests can only arrive on the day of departure. We will try to accommodate reasonable requests for early check-in or late departure but this cannot be guaranteed.
Accommodation will only be on board the Delta Belle Houseboat. The houseboat will be moored at different locations on the Okavango River each night. On the last morning of each trip the boat will travel back to its mooring facility in Shakawe. Departure arrangements will be made according to the guest's needs.
The Delta Belle is a luxury houseboat that offers cruises on the Okavango River, which is the only permanent watercourse that feeds one of the greatest wetlands in the world, the Okavango Delta. She can accommodate 10 guests in 5 luxury en-suite cabins and is indeed a cut above the rest. Ideal destination for families, small groups and individuals interested in an Okavango River Safari.
The mooring facility is located in the Panhandle region of the Okavango Delta on the banks of the Okavango River in the village of Shakawe, which is nestled in Ngamiland's North western corner in Botswana.
This part of the Okavango Delta is a water wilderness with papyrus-lined waterways, riverine forests, seasonal floodplains dotted with numerous islands, tranquil lagoons and crystal clear channels. It is undoubtedly an extraordinary place and home to a big variety of plants and trees, animals, bird, insects, frogs and fish alike.
The Delta Belle Houseboat can accommodate a maximum of 10 guests in 5 x luxury en-suite cabins. The en-suite bathroom contains a toilet, shower, single hand basin with warm and cold water and a wardrobe. The 4 cabins on the lower deck are furnished with twin beds and the cabin on the upper deck with a double bed. Cabins have ample space and are fitted with mosquito nets and a glass sliding door that provide tranquil river scenes. A cabin can practically only accommodate two persons.
Catered and self catered options are available. Meals on the Delta Belle Houseboat are served on the upper-deck. Menus are a mix of traditional, popular and African cuisine offering guests a feast of flavours, an experience to be enjoyed. A cash bar is available for alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages & mineral water. Coffee and teas are complimentary.
A family safari in Botswana is an ideal way to spend a family vacation. Attractions and activities on the Delta Belle Houseboat are aimed at both adults and children. No matter what your age, the powerful forces of nature combined with the sheer beauty of the Okavango Delta will overwhelm you. Our family safari offers the opportunity for young and old to share the exquisite beauty and diversity together.
The dazzling water wilderness of the Panhandle of the Okavango Delta presents nature and wildlife photographers with the perfect stage. Whatever subject you're interest in, ample opportunities will ensure rewarding pictures and lasting memories.
Bird watching in the Panhandle is sure to be a worthwhile experience and offers bird enthusiasts the opportunity to become closely acquainted with the more than 350 species that is found in the area. Frequent sightings include Fish Eagle, Pied Kingfisher, African Jacana, Red-billed Oxpecker, Black Crake, Egrets and Herons, Darter and Reed Cormorant, Heuglin's Robin, Cardinal Woodpecker and the elusive Pel's Fishing Owl. From September onwards numerous species of migrants and breeding-migrants also arrives in the Delta and sightings of the gracious African Skimmer and acrobatic Carmine Bee-eaters is not uncommon.
You will have the opportunity to see Hippo, Nile Crocodiles, Water Monitors, Bushbuck, Cape Clawless Otters, Elephant and the elusive Sitatunga Antelope all that has found its niche in the wetland ecosystem. But it is often the smaller things that catch the eye. The delta is also home to frogs and butterflies of every imaginable shape, colour and size, 8000 species of insects and spiders. All of this whilst around you water lilies bloom and birds call!
The annual fishing season opens on the 1st of March and closes on the 31st of December each year. Not only is the main waters of the Okavango River a captivating destination, it is also filled with life. Whether you are an avid and experienced fisherman or aspire to land your first Tiger Fish, this will be a fishing experience to be remembered. With many crystalline lagoons it's definitely a fly fisherman's paradise. Main fish species in the Panhandle area are the legendary Tiger Fish, various species of Tilapia, Barbel(Catfish) and African Pike. Guests can bring along their own fishing equipment or fishing gear can be rented on a daily basis.
Please note that this Safari requires guests to cross borders between Botswana and Namibia and Zimbabwe. Guests are required to ensure that all relevant Visas are in order.
Reservations and transfers to Lodges will be reserved by Delta Belle Safaris.
Activities during the day and in the evenings, are dependent on the interests and experiences the guests desire and the route followed as formulated by us to satisfy guests wishes.
Summertime in Botswana begins in the month of September and lasts till March. This is a wonderful time to view the diverse birdlife the Okavango wetlands have to offer.
The winter months bring with it the best opportunities for game viewing. From July to August there is an endless variety of wildlife in the bushveld and wetlands of Botswana. Game viewing is however available throughout the year.
Fishing, birdwatching and other aquatic activities on the Okavango Delta are best experienced during the months from April to November.Safaris Include:
The Delta Belle Houseboat is positioned in one of the greatest wetlands in the world, the Okavango Delta. The Houseboat is moored in the Panhandle region of the Okavango Delta on the banks of the Okavango River in the small village of Shakawe, which is nestled in Ngamiland's North western corner in Botswana. This part of the Okavango Delta is a water wilderness with papyrus-lined waterways, riverine forests, seasonal floodplains dotted with numerous islands, tranquil lagoons and crystal clear channels. It is undoubtedly an extraordinary place and home to a big variety of plants and trees, animals, bird, insects, frogs and fish alike. The Delta Belle Houseboat is ideal for small groups and individuals interested in an Okavango River Safari.
The Okavango Delta, expanding from 15 000 km² to 22 000km² during floods, a pristine and fertile wetland (a Ramsar Site) with a unique aquatic ecosystem well-known for its great diversity of fauna and flora, is situated in the middle of the largest continuous stretch of sand in the world - the Kalahari Basin. It once formed part of Lake Makgadikgadi (now Makgadikgadi Pans), an 80 000km² super lake. Tectonic activity and faulting interrupted the flow of the river causing it to backup and form what is nowadays the Okavango Delta.
The Okavango River, which is a phenomenal source of life in a country that is 80% arid, is the only permanent watercourse that feeds the Okavango Delta. It begins its journey 1,280 km away on the Benguela Plateau in the highlands of Angola from where it navigates its way southeast traversing through Namibia and entering Botswana at Mohembo. From here the river is guided by two parallel vaults through an area of about 80km long, known as the Panhandle. The annual floods fed from the Angolan rains starts pushing gently into the Okavango Delta in January and reach a peak in the Panhandle of the Okavango sometime in April.
Dropping a little more than 60m over a distance of 450 km, it takes almost nine months from source to bottom, only reaching Maun in September. An estimated 11 billion cubic meters of water is brought down the Okavango River annually and of this only 3% - 5% reaches Maun. The remainder evaporates and disappears into the Kalahari Desert until the cycle is repeated next year. There's nowhere else quite like it!
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