Okavango boating Safaris

Okavango Boating Safaris

Chiefs Island Okavango

1 day Chiefs Island
Okavango Boating Safari

For details and prices of the 1 day boating safaris from Maun to Chiefs Island in the heart of the Okavango delta please click here.

 

Okavango boating and bird viewing

Multi-day Inner Delta Boating Safaris

This option offers multi-day boat trip into the heart of the Okavango Delta. On these safaris you stay in one, or a combination of, Botswana Guides Association campsites that are located up the side of Chiefs Island. Once in camp we offer guided walks on pristine islands, mokoro explorations on uncharted waterways & boating excursions.

We run our Okavango boating safaris
on
a variety of budget levels.

The prices below are based on 3 or more people.
(valid until the 1st December 2018)
For 2 people add 30% to the price.
Optional add-on :
Morning mokoro excursion……….US$ 20.00/ person sharing

Budget semi-participatory dome tent boating Safaris
Price US$ 180.00 per person per day.
Standard dome tent boating Safaris
Price US$ 250.00 per person per day.
En-suite dome tent boating Safaris
Price US$ 325.00 per person per day.
En-suite Meru tent boating Safaris
Price US$ 400.00 per person per day.

Details of the various levels of Okavango boating safaris
Budget semi-participatory dome boating Safaris

We reserve the right to add people to the semi-participatory boating safaris.
In the event that the 30% surcharge has been charged and we find someone to join the safari the surcharge will be refunded.

Accommodation:
3m x 3m tent with a comfortable bedroll (with linen) on the floor.
Shared shower tent and toilet tent. Towels not supplied.

Meals: (Vegetarian and Vegan options are available)
Early breakfast- Porridge, tea and coffee.
Brunch- Eggs, beans, sausage and toast.
Dinner- Stew (chicken, beef or vegan) with rice or Mash potatoes or maize meal.

Drinks:
3lts of bottled water per person per day will be supplied. If you would like to take any extra drinks we can supply a cooler and ice.

No supply boat will take staff to set up camp ahead of you, all equipment will be carried on the boat with you.
Your guide and 1 camphand/chef will accompany you.
Help is required from you with unpacking, setting up and repacking your tent and bedroll.
Luggage must be restricted to 10kg per person in soft bags.

Okavango delta boating

Standard dome tent boating Safaris

Accommodation:
3m x 3m tent with a comfortable bedroll (with linen) on stretchers. Bedside table with sloar powered lantern.
Shared shower tent and toilet tent. Towels supplied.

Meals: (Vegetarian and Vegan options are available)
Early breakfast- Cereals, rusks tea and coffee.
Brunch- Eggs, bacon, beans, fried tomato, sausage and toast.
Light afternoon lunch- Cold meats, salads breads and fruit.
Dinner- 2 courses, either soup and a main or a main and desert.

Drinks:
3lts of bottled water per person per day, fruit juice for breakfast and a couple of glasses of wine for dinner will be supplied. If you would like to take any extra drinks we can supply a cooler and ice.

For groups of more than 4 people a supply boat and 2 staff will set up camp ahead of you. For 4 or less people 2 staff will go with you and all equipment will be carried on the boat with you.
Luggage must be restricted to 10kg per person in soft bags.

En-suite dome tent boating Safaris


Accommodation:

3m x 3m tent with a comfortable bedroll (with linen) on stretchers. Bedside table with solar powered lantern.
An attached enclosure at the back of each tent with own shower and toilet. Towel included.

Meals: (Vegetarian and Vegan options are available)
Early breakfast- Cereals, yoghurt, rusks tea and coffee.
Brunch- Eggs, bacon, beans, fried tomato, sausage and toast.
Light afternoon lunch- Cold meats, salads breads and fruit.
Dinner- 3 courses, soup, a main and desert.

Drinks:
3lts of bottled water per person per day, fruit juice for breakfast and wine for dinner. A limited supply of local soft drinks, beers and cider will also be supplied. If you would like to take any extra drinks we can supply a cooler and ice.

For groups of more than 3 people a supply boat and 2 staff will set up camp ahead of you. For 3 or less people 2 staff will go with you and all equipment will be carried on the boat with you.
Luggage must be restricted to 15kg per person in soft bags.

Okavango boating safari dinner

En-suite Meru tent boating Safaris


Accommodation:

3.5m x 3.5m classic Safari style Meru tent with comfortable beds and quality cotton linen. Bedside tables, solar powered lanterns and luggage rack.
A covered verandah at the front of your tent with chairs and table
An attached enclosure at the back of each tent with own shower and toilet. Towel included.

Meals: (Vegetarian and Vegan options are available)
Early breakfast- Cereals, yoghurt, fruit, rusks, tea and filter coffee.
Brunch- Eggs, bacon, fillet of beef, beans, fried tomato, sausage and toast.
Light afternoon lunch- Cold meats, salads breads and fruit.
Dinner- 4 courses, soup, a main, desert and cheeses.

Drinks: All bottled water, fruit juice. Local soft drinks, beer, cider. Wine and a limited supply of spirits will be supplied. We would be happy to hear from you regarding your drinks preferences.

A supply boat with at least 2 staff will set up camp ahead of you.
Luggage must be restricted to 15kg per person, preferably in soft bags.

Okavango boating safari elephants swimming

 

A typical boating safari itinerary.

4 day inner Delta Boating / Mokoro Safaris

Okavango Island game walk

 Day 1

Depart from “The Old Bridge” Maun 9am on day one by motor boat, first on the Thamalakane river then up the Boro river.
After the first 45 minutes passing through a rural area we then cross the “Buffalo fence” and enter the wildlife area of Okavango Delta.
The next few hours is spent game and bird watching while navigating the reed channels of the southern Okavango on our way up to Chiefs island.
A light lunch of cold meats and salads will be served en-route.
We arrive at our camp at Nxaraga lagoon (19*33’42.21″S 23*12’23.32″E) at around 3pm, settle in and take a rest in the shade for a couple of hours.
At around 5pm depart on foot with a guide for a short 1 hour game walk around Nxaraga island to stretch your legs. Arrive back before sunset which we enjoy with hippos from the boat on the middle of Nxaraga lagoon.
Arrive back shortly before dark to a warmed bucket shower and a hearty campfire cooked dinner.
Retire at your leasure to your tent to fall asleep to the sounds of the Okavango.

Day 2

Wake up call at 5:30am for anyone wanting to go on an early morning walk.
Coffee/tea and rusks will be served for a little sustenance before the walk.
Depart on foot at 6am with a guide for a three hour game walk.
Other than plains game there is a very real chance to spot the elusive leopard and bushbuck in the forests on the fringes of Nxaraga island.
Arrive back from your game walk to a full English breakfast.
Depart from Nxaraga at around midday, stop for a quick splash in the shallows near a sandbank to cool off.
Continue upstream for a couple of hours game viewing on the way. On this stretch of the river there is a good chance to find elephants playing in the river to ease the midday heat. A light snack lunch will be served en-route.
Arrive at Xaxaba campsite ( 19*31’55.07″S 23*04’36.99″E ) at around 3pm, settle in and relax for a couple of hours.
This campsite is one of the few places that Chiefs island actually borders on the mainstream of the Boro river even at high water so the gamewalking possibilities are endless.
At around 5 pm depart on foot for a one and a half hour game walk.
Arrive back shortly before dark to a warmed bucket shower and a hearty campfire cooked dinner.
Retire at your leisure to your tent to fall asleep to the sounds of the Okavango, most probably including lions on Chiefs island.

Day 3

Wake up call at 6:00am, coffee/tea and rusks will be served for anyone wanting something small before the mokoro trip. 7am depart for a short boat ride to Xaxaba village to meet your mokoro polers.
Depart with guides in a Mekoro (traditional canoes) for 3 hours cruising down uncharted side channels that are not navigable by motorboats and walking on less accessible islands.
Arrive back at around 11am to a full cooked brunch.
Leave at around 1 pm to go upstream past Jugu-jugu island to spend the afternoon game and bird viewing from the boat.
This is one of the most spectacular settings that the Okavango delta has to offer. The wide open plains of this area is home to a large number of red lechwe (a semi aquatic antelope), lots of Crocodiles and birds.
Arrive back shortly before dark to a warmed bucket shower and a hearty campfire cooked dinner. Retire at your leisure to your tent.

Day 4

Wake up call at 5:30am for anyone wanting to go on an early morning walk.
Coffee/tea and rusks will be served for a little sustenance before the walk.
6am depart on foot with a guide for a two hour game walk.
Arrive back from your game walk to a full English breakfast.
Depart at 10am for a leisurely 7 hour boat trip back to Maun with a light lunch served en-route.
For part of the return trip we will where possible use alternative channels.
Arrive back in Maun at around 5pm.

Okavango Little Egret

Trans-Okavango Adventure

Usually done over a six day period, this trip is not for the fainthearted and the memories you take with you will certainly never be forgotten. Hippos, crocs and problematic reed blockages can cause planned itineraries to vary somewhat on these expeditions.

A typical Trans-Okavango itinerary

 Day 1:

We begin the trip in Maun by driving you in our mini-bus to Sepopa in north western Botswana. We  depart at 6am and arrive in Sepopa at 10am.
The mini-bus is comfortable, air-conditioned and has ample space for you and your luggage.
By 11am you would be on your way on the boat.
A supply boat with all the equipment, provisions and 2 staff members will have set off ahead of you to make camp.
On the first day we go a short way to Ikoga as it is good to spend the first afternoon acquainting ourselves and getting used to the environment.
If Tiger fishing is of interest then this is the part of the Okavango in which to try your luck.

Day 2:

On the second day you will pass through the remainder of the “pan-handle” part of the Okavango.
Distance needs to be covered so most of the day is spent cruising down winding papyrus channels punctuated by birding, fishing and a picnic lunch.
In the late afternoon we reach “Masupitsila” in the Jedibe area of the Okavango where we find our camp set up for us.

Day 3 and 4:

of your Trans Okavango takes you from Masupatsila to Chao again a long way but now you start watching the scenery and vegetation change dramatically.
You are now in the central Okavango, you have left the winding papyrus channels and deep water. You are now in the wide open flood plains teeming with wildlife.
I would recommend 2 nights in Chao in order to get in a good early morning and late afternoon guided game walk and perhaps spend midday out of the sun relaxing over lunch in a spectacular campsite.

Day 5:

The length of river from Chao down to Nxaraga is arguably the most amazing day of boating the Okavango has to offer (especially in the mid August to mid October period).
This day can be enjoyed at a slow pace to do justice to the bird life, wildlife and scenery. There are a lot of places to stop for a picnic and short game walk or two.
Arrive at Nxaraga in the late afternoon. This is a wonderful campsite set on the edge of a huge lagoon and has good game walking opportunities.

Day 6:

Start the last morning in the Okavango with a long game walk on the southern tip of Chiefs Island, getting back to camp mid morning for a huge cooked brunch to see you through the rest of the day. Spent the afternoon cruising from Nxaraga to Maun with some game viewing on the way.

Game viewing from boat

Price:
For min. 4 people US$ 7200.00
(US$ 1800.00 per person.)
plus US$ 1500.00 per person over 4 people.