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. Our 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 our houseboats ensures your exclusivity and privacy. There is no sharing with other guests and so you can dictate the day’s activities.
Our 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 Okavango 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.
Our four ‘Old Africa’ Style Houseboats ‘Inkwazi’, ‘Inyankuni‘, ‘Ngwesi‘ and ‘Madikubu‘ allow you to experience the quintessential Okavango experience. Sleeping on board you experience the rhythms of the Delta- the gentle lull of the river, the rise and fall of the sun, the haunting cry of the fish eagle and cheerful grunting of the hippo. Our boats are moored on the main channel of the Okavango river, near the village of Seronga, in an area that offers fantastic fishing, papyrus beds and charming palm islands.
With the main channel being deep and fast-flowing it is ideal for both the fighting Tiger fish and bream. Seventeen species of fish can be caught in the Panhandle area. Bird watching is also outstanding in the region’s tall, shady, riverine forests and many resident and migratory birds can be seen along the river. This area is accessible by road for 4 x 4 enthusiasts or by light aircraft.
Although relaxing on board satisfies many of our guests we offer excursions on tender boats to explore the Delta’s countless water channels, fishing and birdwatching as well as mokoro excursions, overnight camping trips, fishing and village tours. See our activities page for more information.
All of our boats offer the following facilities:
- Lounge/dining room, galley, semi-covered deck
- Tender Boats: 1 x Swamp cruiser
- Crew: A licensed boatman and chef
Each of our Houseboats offers its own unique flavour.
Wood and Brass accents in the bar and deck give this boat an ‘Old Africa’ feel.
- Pax: Maximum 23
- Cabins: 3 Single Cabins, 6 Double Cabins and 4 Twin Cabins
- Ablutions: 3 Single Cabins share 1 full bathroom (shower and toilet) and 10 Upper Deck Cabins (4Twin & 6Double) are all en-suite with a shower and toilet
Madikubu (mother hippo in Setswana) offers a modern feel and a dining area on the upper deck.
- Pax: Maximum 20
- Cabins: 8 Twin Cabins & 2 en-suite Twins
- Ablutions: 2 en-suite Cabins, 4 shared full bathrooms (shower and toilet)
Ngwesi (Tiger Fish) is perfect for smaller groups and has an enclosed dining area on the upper deck.
- Pax: Maximum 16
- Cabins: 4 Double & 4 Twin Cabins with en-suite
- Ablutions: All 8 Cabins are en-suite