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. The 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 the houseboats ensures your exclusivity and privacy. There is no sharing with other guests and so you can dictate the day’s activities. The 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 the 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.
QUESTIONS ASKED ABOUT THE HOUSE BOAT
Could you send me a “typical” boat itinerary? A typical day on the houseboat might be something like this: 07:00 generator starts which serves as a wakeup call and operates the shower pressure pump, 08:00 breakfast, fishing or birding from tenders, 11 or 12:00 brunch, rest until 1500, fishing and exploring islands and channels, 17:30 snacks, 1800 is shower hour then cocktails and supper at 20:00. This is just a suggestion; times and activities can be changed, there are also optional extra’s like mokoro and game flights. The boat moves once a day.
What game can we expect to see from the houseboats? 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.
It would also be helpful to know what the fuel requirements for the boat would be. The average fuel consumption is about 200 liters per day if fishing is part of the itinerary down to 100 liters depending on your needs.
And how much outboard oil? 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 liters petrol.
CATERING & SELF CATERING:
If we choose to self-cater, does this mean we have to provide the food & cook it? You need to provide the food however the norm is that the houseboat staff does 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.
If we choose the catered option is the food being supplied by the houseboat and cooked by the crew or does the food have to be supplied by us to be cooked by the crew? 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.
If choosing the catered option, is it possible to see & discuss menus beforehand? 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 menus upon request.
Where can we park and will or cars and equipment be secure? Your parking at both Sepopa and Seronga will be secure however we do not take responsibility for any losses.
POLICY ON CHILDREN
Is there an age limit on the houseboats? Are children allowed (if so, is there a different rate?)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.
Do you have a guide to what our people should bring with them? Bring along items that you would normally pack when visiting friends and family. We provide bedding, towels, toilet paper etc.
What is the situation as regards charging batteries for laptops, cameras etc.? We have an inverter on board and if you are close to Seronga, you can charge your accessories there
We see you sell ice, is it safe for human consumption? 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.
Leisure and Travelling Booking Agents
P O Box 2279 Maun, Botswana
LOT 532 Light Industrial (Air Port Side)
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