Plot 64511, Block 5, Unit 3, Fairgrounds, Gaborone, Botswana
It looks like 2021 is going to be an exceptional year, with record water levels in the Okavango Delta, because of all the rain in Angola, feeding the Okavango Delta.
Nothing comes close to travelling the Delta from Swamp Stop at Sepupa in the panhandle, down the channels ending near Maun, by aluminium boat.
Exploring the Moremi and famous Chiefs Island by boat through the waterways and hippo channels, filled with wildlife, is an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Nowhere in the world there is more elephant and buffalo herds than in the Delta. This 15 000 km2 world heritage site has the densest Fish Eagles population in the world, a estimated 300 000. No where, will you hear the Fish Eagles call so often as in the Delta.
Guests will spend 5 nights in the Okavango Delta. The first night will be on a houseboat, 2 hours down the channel from Swamp Stop. If you have any form of “arrival aggression” the first evening’s sunset and sundowner will sort you out and set the tone for a great adventure. The following 4 nights guests will sleep on small islands in the Delta, Cocaine Island, Chau Island, The Loop, ect, on a bedroll, under the stars.
This is not a luxury trip, but rather an adventure, navigating from wide open channels to hippo waterways, looking like single track, weaving its way through the papyrus and vegetation of the Delta. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, as there are no other tour operators offering this adventure because of the logistics and cost.
There will be 2 boats per trip. Each boat can accommodate 6 guests, plus a skipper, making it maximum 12 guests per trip.
Guests need to get to Maun via self-drive or flying in with SA Airlink or Air Botswana. SA Airlink is the more reliable option. These flights arrive Sunday lunchtime. From Maun, guests will be transferred by road to Swamp Stop at Sepupa, roughly a 4 hour drive. Guest will get onto the boats and leave straight away.
The trip will end the following Friday near Maun, in the morning. There are flights back to OR Tambo, Friday’s at lunchtime. If guest would like to stay another couple of nights, they can do so at a Lodge near Maun that will be communicated through at a later stage, at an additional cost of R1250.00 per person per night, breakfast included. This is a special rate. There are scheduled flights in and out of Maun from OR Tambo on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The Trans Okavango trip itself will be from Sunday to Friday.
Meals on the trip will be basic as everything needs to be transported on the boats. Drinks are not included, each guest must bring his/her own drinks. The beverages can be bought in advance, in Maun for guests flying in. Guests can send their orders through and settle it when invoiced. Just keep in mind that it will be more expensive than in SA because of the weaker rand.
The price for this trip is R19900.00 per person. This is a once in a lifetime offer that I secured, I doubt I will be able to offer this to South-Africans at this price in the future. Full payment will be needed to secure your booking. There will be a 100% refund in the case of borders being locked and guests not being able to travel into Botswana.