The Delta Belle House Boat
The Delta Belle
House Boat is positioned in one of the greatest wetlands in the world, the
Okavango Delta in Botswana. The Delta Belle is moored in the Panhandle region of the Okavango
Delta on the banks of the
Okavango River in the small village of
is nestled in Ngamiland’s North western corner in Botswana. This part of the
Okavango Delta is a water wilderness with papyrus-lined waterways, riverine
forests, seasonal floodplains dotted with numerous islands, tranquil lagoons and
crystal clear channels. It is undoubtedly an extraordinary place and home to a
big variety of plants and trees, animals, bird, insects, frogs and fish alike.
The Delta Belle Houseboat is ideal for small groups and individuals interested
in an Okavango River Safari.
The Okavango Delta, expanding from 15 000 km. to 22 000km. during floods, a pristine and fertile wetland (a Ramsar Site) with a unique aquatic ecosystem well-known for its great diversity of fauna and flora, is situated in the middle of the largest continuous stretch of sand in the world - the Kalahari Basin. It once formed part of Lake Makgadikgadi (now Makgadikgadi Pans), an 80 000km. super lake. Tectonic activity and faulting interrupted the flow of the river causing it to backup and form what is nowadays the Okavango Delta.
The Okavango River, which is a phenomenal source of life in a country that is 80% arid, is the only permanent watercourse that feeds the Okavango Delta. It begins its journey 1,280 km away on the Benguela Plateau in the highlands of Angola from where it navigates its way southeast traversing through Namibia and entering Botswana at Mohembo. From here the river is guided by two parallel vaults through an area of about 80km long, known as the Panhandle. The annual floods fed from the Angolan rains starts pushing gently into the Okavango Delta in January and reach a peak in the Panhandle of the Okavango sometime in April.
Dropping a little more
than 60m over a distance of 450 km, it takes almost nine months from source to
bottom, only reaching Maun in September. An estimated 11 billion cubic meters of
water is brought down the Okavango River annually and of this only 3% - 5%
reaches Maun. The remainder evaporates and disappears into the Kalahari Desert
until the cycle is repeated next year. There's nowhere else quite like it!
Mooring: Shakawe, Botswana
Length: 19 metres
Width: 7 metres
Engines: 2 Outboard engines
Accommodation: 4 x Luxury en-suite Cabins
Passengers: Maximum of 8 guests
Crew: Licensed Boat Captain, Chef and Deckhand
Tender Boat: 2 For Water- & Land based activities
FACILITIES ON BOARD
3 Cabins are situated
on the lower deck. A deck situated in the front offers a shaded leisure area as
well as an open area for sunbathing.
1 Cabin, dining room, open plan lounge area with small library, bar and kitchen is located on the upper deck. An open deck on this level makes it possible to enjoy superb views over the floodplains.
The Delta Belle House Boat photo album
The Delta Belle
Houseboat can accommodate a maximum of 8 guests in 4 x luxury en-suite cabins.
The en-suite bathroom contains a toilet, shower, single hand basin with warm and
cold water and a wardrobe. The 3 cabins on the lower deck are furnished with
twin beds and the 1 cabin on the upper deck with a double bed. The cabins have
ample space and are fitted with mosquito nets and a glass sliding door that
provide tranquil river scenes. A cabin can practically only accommodate two
Catered and self
catered options are available. Meals on the Delta Belle Houseboat are served on
the upper-deck. Menus are a mix of traditional, popular and African cuisine
offering guests a feast of flavours, an experience to be enjoyed. A cash bar is
available for alcoholic beverages, soft drinks & water. Coffee and teas are
The dazzling water
wilderness of the Panhandle of the Okavango Delta presents nature and wildlife
photographers with the perfect stage. Whatever subject you’re interest in, ample
opportunities will ensure rewarding pictures and lasting memories.
Bird watching in the
Panhandle is sure to be a worthwhile experience and offers bird enthusiasts the
opportunity to become closely acquainted with the more than 350 species that is
found in the area. Frequent sightings include Fish Eagle, Pied Kingfisher,
African Jacana, Red-billed Oxpecker, Black Crake, Egrets and Herons, Darter and
Reed Cormorant, Heuglin’s Robin, Cardinal Woodpecker and the elusive Pel’s
Fishing Owl. From September onwards numerous species of migrants and
breeding-migrants also arrives in the Delta and sightings of the gracious
African Skimmer and acrobatic Carmine Bee-eaters is not uncommon.
You will have the
opportunity to see Hippo, Nile Crocodiles, Water Monitors, Bushbuck, Red Lechwe,
Cape Clawless Otters, Elephant and the elusive Sitatunga Antelope who has found
its niche in the wetland ecosystem. But it is often the smaller things that
catch the eye. The delta is also home to frogs and butterflies of every
imaginable shape, colour and size, 8000 species of insects and spiders. All of
this whilst around you water lilies bloom and birds call!
The annual fishing
season opens on the 01st of March and closes on the 31st of December each year.
Not only is the main waters of the Okavango River a captivating destination, it
is also filled with life. Whether you are an avid and experienced fisherman or
aspire to land your first Tiger Fish, this will be a fishing experience to be
remembered. With many crystalline lagoons it’s definitely a fly fisherman’s
paradise. Main fish species in the Panhandle area are the legendary Tiger Fish,
various species of Tilapia, Barbel (Catfish) and African Pike. Guests to supply
own Fishing equipment.
Krokovango Crocodile Farm
With about 13,000 Nile
Crocodiles on the farm, this sure is an experience not to be missed. A guided
tour will give visitors the chance to observe the latest hatchlings as well as
an opportunity to meet the oldest member of the family, Sam, roughly 70years
old. You will also be able to witness these prehistoric creatures in action
during feeding times. A traditional Muti-garden showcases medicinal plants that
can be found in the area and information on their uses by the local Batswana and
A family safari in
Botswana is an ideal way to spend a family vacation. Attractions and activities
on the Delta Belle Houseboat are aimed at both adults and children. No matter
what your age, the powerful forces of nature combined with the sheer beauty of
the Okavango Delta will overwhelm you. Our family safari offers the opportunity
for young and old to share the exquisite beauty and diversity together.
CLIMATE & WHEN TO GO
The best time of year
to visit is between April and November. Summer (December - March) with high
temperatures averaging 30°C and lows around 20°C and Winter (June - August) with
high temperatures averaging 24°C and lows around 6°C. It’s very rare for
temperatures to drop below zero. The rainy season usually starts in November,
peaks in January/February and more often than not ends in March. The average
annual rainfall is between 480 - 520mm. There is no rainfall during the winter
months. Malaria is present throughout the Okavango region, and all visitors are
advised to take anti-malarial medication as prescribed by their Doctors.
All season round offers fantastic opportunities for bird enthusiast and fishermen alike. Bird enthusiasts should visit from mid-August/September onwards when numerous species of migrants arrive; many of them come to breed in the Delta. Annual Fishing season opens on the 01st of March and closes on the 31st of December each year with February to March good for Bream (Tilapia) and August to October the best months to catch Tiger Fish, Barbel and Nembwe.
Tar road - Maun / Shakawe (378km)
Tar road - Ghanzi / Shakawe (558km)
Tar road - Kasane / Maun / Shakawe (999km)
Tar road - Gaborone / Maun / Shakawe (1,312km)
Tar road - Mohembo Border Post / Shakawe (13km)
We have secure parking for vehicles at our mooring facility in Shakawe.
Air Botswana is the only Operator with direct flights from OT International (JHB) to Maun (BW). Various Air Charter Companies based in Maun fly to Shakawe Airport. Transfers to and from Shakawe Airport and Houseboat are by road and takes approximately 10 min.
Guests are responsible
for their own luggage and personal belongings. We recommended that guests
purchase the following types of insurance which are commercially available:
Accidental death and disability, International medical, Trip cancellation and
Loss of personal effects. Neither the owner nor any operator of the Delta Belle
Houseboat, nor any of its crew members, employees or agents shall be responsible
for lost or stolen personal belongings.
VISAS AND OTHER TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION
It is the
responsibility of guests to ensure that passports, visas, travel permits, health
certificates, inoculations, international driving license and any other
documents relating to their holiday are in order.
The local currency is the Pula, meaning “rain” in Setswana. There is a Barclays Bank with an ATM (Visa cards only) in Shakawe. VISA and MasterCard are accepted almost everywhere. US$, Euro, UK. and South African Rand are widely accepted and are very welcome for tips and gratuities for guides and staff.
Rate per boat per night: on request
Use of the entire houseboat and
Houseboat Staff: Captain, Chef & Deck hand
150 litre of Fuel and 3 litre of Outboard Oil per day
Fishing License (Season open from 01 March till 31 December)
Transfers to and from Shakawe Airport and Delta Belle Houseboat
Complimentary Teas & Coffee
All meals (Self-catered / Guest
supply own food and crew prepare meals) (Catering upon request)
Alcoholic beverages, Soft Drinks & Water (Cash bar is available on the houseboat)
Fishing Equipment (Guest can supply own or the houseboat has tackle for hire)
Catering per person
Ice per block
Drinks - As per pricelist
Petrol per litre
Outboard oil per litre
Fishing Equipment Hire
Optional (priced upon request)
Krokovango Crocodile Farm visit
at Samochima Village.
Scenic Flights over the Okavango Delta by Air Shakawe.
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.
You must advise the Delta Belle Houseboat in writing of any special requests; e.g. diet, facility or physical handicap when you submit your reservation request. Every effort will be made to meet the request provided that it is reasonable in the circumstances.
CHECK-IN & CHECK-OUT TIMES
Check-in time is between 12:00pm and 14:00pm. Check-out time from the boat is at 10:00am. We have secure parking for vehicles at our mooring facility in Shakawe. Transfers to and from Shakawe Airport and Delta Belle Houseboat are by road and takes approximately 5 minutes. Guests can only arrive on the day of departure. We will try to accommodate reasonable requests for early check-in or late departure but this cannot be guaranteed.
Notes: Well in advance bookings are strongly recommended. Rates are subject to change without prior notice should tax be increased or Government levies introduced. Rates include Value Added Tax.
Contact & reservations:
1) you can e-mail us requesting information and/or rates
Reservations are only accepted in writing: by fax or via e-mail.
Final availability confirmation: in writing: by fax or via e-mail.
Terms & conditions, Payment options and Cancellation policy
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