A memorable experience on the Okavango River in Shakawe, Botswana aboard a luxury houseboat, ready to book now! Rates as low as $1,700 USD per night. Rates: • Per night: $1,700 USD What You Can Expect: Our 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. Our houseboat is ideal for small groups and individuals interested in an Okavango River Safari. The Okavango Delta, expanding from 15 000 km⊃2; to 22 000km⊃2; 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 000km⊃2; 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! Family Safaris A family safari in Botswana is an ideal way to spend a family vacation. Attractions and activities on our 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. What To Expect Onboard: Our houseboat "Delta Belle" can accommodate a maximum of 10 guests in 4 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. Specification • Built: 2010 • Mooring: Shakawe, Botswana • Class: Luxury • Length: 19 metres • Width: 7 metres • Engines: 2 outboard engines • Electricity: 220V • Accommodation: 5 x luxury ensuite cabins • Passengers: Maximum of 10 guests • Crew: Licensed Boat Captain, Chef and a Deckhand • Tender Boat: 1 for water-based activities Facilities On Board Lower Deck: 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. Upper Deck: 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. Check-in and Check-out Times 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 our 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 our 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. Meals Catered and self catered options are available. Meals on the our 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. If you have any questions, we can answer those through GetMyBoat’s messaging platform before you pay. Just hit, “Request to Book” and send us an inquiry for a custom offer.
We are located at Shakawe, Botswana.
You’ll get directions to the departure location when you make a booking.
Full refund up to 5 days prior.