2 Nts Okavango Explorer (Self-drive – House Boats) – Delta Belle
Experience Botswana – Beyond Wildlife
|Why we love it:||Owner Run/Budget Friendly/Family Friendly/Fishing / Mokoro Experience|
|Optional Extras||Tsodilo Hills Day trip|
|Best Combined With:||2 Night Big Game Safari (Budget) – Self Drive – Khwai Guest House
2 Night Desert Explorer (Budget Option B) – Boteti River Camp – Self Drive
2 Night Desert Explorer (Budget) – Planet Baobab – Self Drive
2 Night Maun (Budget) – Sedia Hotel
|Seasons||Date||Price (pp sharing)||Single supplement|
|Standard||Jan 24 – Dec 24||USD||USD|
The Delta Belle is a comfortable, 5 bedroomed houseboat located in the panhandle region of the Okavango Delta. Moored at Shakawe, the Delta Belle is ideal for both small groups and families looking for an idyllic water safari. Activities include Tiger fishing, game viewing and birding.
There are more than 350 species of birds to spot on the waterways and guests will have the opportunity of seeing hippo, Nile crocodiles, Water monitors, Red Lechwe and a plethora of other wildlife. Avid fishermen will delight in the chance to catch Tiger fish, Barbel and African Pike which are found in abundance in this area. There is 1 tender boat which is used for activities. The fishing season is from March 1 to 31 December.
There are 3 cabins located on the lower deck and 2 cabins on the upper deck. The 5 cabins are furnished with twin beds and can only accommodate two persons. Guests have the option of enjoying a self-catered or catered houseboat.
Included2 Nts Okavango Explorer (Self-drive – House Boats) – Delta BelleAir-conditioned vehicle
Not Included3 Hr Maun Immersive TourBreakfastReturn FlightsAccommodation (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast)Boat CruiseLaundryPark feesActivitiesLocal drinksMealsReturn Transfer2 Waters ppLunch PackCurio purchasesHotel transfers (can be arranged at an additional cost)WaterDeparture TaxesTraditional snack and drinkEntry FeesScheduled Group TourPersonal GuideBreakfast
Self Drive Directions To Delta Belle
Self Drive Directions From Delta Belle
Before the Okavango River fans out into its familiar delta shape, its waters are channelled between parallel fault lines, this channel is commonly known as the Pan Handle, as the Delta takes on the appearance of a giant frying pan in the heart of the Kalahari. Permanent deep water has encouraged the growth of villages along the river on the western side, these communities are mainly fishermen and cattle farmers, offering a true glimpse of village life rarely seen by visitors to Botswana who normally frequent the wildlife areas only. The Panhandle contains huge areas of unspoiled wetlands and a number of well-established lodges on the western side, offer you the chance to experience exquisite birdlife, a huge population of hippos and some of the largest crocodiles in Africa. In general wildlife is less abundant so the focus is on water based activities - motorboating and fishing. The best time for fishing is September/October and the renowned Barbel Run’s, it’s a fascinating phenomenon where both serious fisherman and beginners, can try their luck at landing the legendary Tiger Fish. It is also possible to travel by road or boat to the eastern side where community based mokoro excursions are offered. The Pan Handle is in close proximity to the ‘must see’ world heritage site of Tsodilo Hills, the spiritual home of the San and Bantu people. Tsodilo features many well preserved specimens of 'rock art' and there is a small museum where it is possible to hire a local guide for a personal tour of this historical area.
|Delta Belle Overview To be amended||Delta Belle Website|
|Area||Okavango Delta / Private concession|
|Accommodation||9 rooms / 1 Family|
|Age Restrictions||Minimum age 12 years|
|Charging Facilities & Wi-Fi||Charging available and limited Wi-Fi|
|Laundry Service Available||Complimentary|
|Air-Cons or Fans||Fans|
|Activities||Boating, Mokoro, Walks, Village tour & Fishing in season (March – December)|
|Water Levels in General||All year, June -September High, October-May Low, always dependent on annual flood & local rains. Botswana, as with other countries has been affected by climate change so impossible to predict exactly|
DETAILED SELF DRIVE DIRECTIONS
Directions - Maun International Airport [MUB] to Delta Belle
Distance: 384.47km Travel Time: 4:34 hours | GPS co-ordinates for Delta Belle: S 18° 23' 43.350" E 21° 52' 6.216"
- Head southwest on Mathiba I St toward Mophane St (4.0 km)
- Turn right onto Tsheke Tsheko Rd/Tsheko Tsheko Rd/A3. Continue to follow A3 (95.6 km)
- Turn right onto A35 (284 km)
- Turn right (1.1 km)
- Turn left (0.1 km)