Okavango Spirit offers an extraordinary houseboat experience that puts you closer to the Okavango Delta than ever before. Find yourself immersed in a world of beauty , comfort and serenity with the call of fish eagles and lap of water waking you up each morning and a world of adventures quite literally on your doorstep.
You’ll weave between islands, watch elephants drink at the water’s edge, see the surface ripple as pods of hippos bob and spot crocodiles lazing on sunny banks. This will be your constantly changing backdrop and the boat’s been designed to amplify the wonderland around her. Each of the eight en suite cabins has sliding glass doors that allow the outlook to be savoured before you’ve even got out of bed, and through them is a private deck.
Tuck into your meals on the upper deck’s dining area before relaxing on a sofa in the lounge space. Wildlife watch from the sun deck before taking the afternoon sundowner cruise along the river. Choose a drink from the well stocked bar upon your return before settling in for the night as Okavango Spirit moors along the tranquil river banks.
Tender boats await your next adventure, and are primed to whisk you away for game drives or exploratory rock art excursions. The wildlife around here is spectacular and you needn’t travel far to make the most of it.
Okavango Spirit operates in the ‘Panhandle’ region of the Okavango Delta, an area known to be one of the quietest and most peaceful and remote parts of the Delta. It’s likely you won’t see another soul during your stay other than those who are also aboard the houseboat.
The surrounding area is awash with exciting activities that can be enjoyed from the houseboat, and there’s an opportunity to head out and explore them on one of the smaller game viewing boats each day.
Twitchers will be in their element here as the birdlife is nothing short of incredible, and anglers will also fall hook, line and sinker for the opportunities available here. You could take a guided walk on the smaller islands or pay a visit to Tsodilo Hills. This World Heritage Site sits 50 kilometres west of Shakawe and its four hills rise to 400 metres above the dry bushland beneath it. The hills have been inhabited for 30,000 years and are home to more than 4,000 San Bushman paintings – probably the most important rock art collection in Africa.
The three night Okavango Spirit offering includes a border crossing into Namibia for a morning game drive in Bwabwata National Park. There’s an abundance of wildlife to see in the park including elephant, buffalo, greater kudu, roan and sable antelope.
The landscape here is alive with wildlife and Okavango Spirit is at the heart of it all. The world famous waterways are bustling with birdlife and there are mammals aplenty to find along the river and sandbanks, sheltered beneath the shade of majestic trees and bathed in the warm African sun. Species like kudu and buffalo will amble down to the water’s edge to drink, keeping an eye out for lurking crocodiles, while other predators stalk the treelines nearby.
If avians set your heart aflutter, you’re in luck because 200 bird species could comfortably be spotted in a single day here, among them heron, kingfishers, bee-eaters, eagles, plovers and Pel’s fishing owl.
Guests have the choice of flying directly to Okavango Spirit from Maun or taking a 5 hour drive around the Okavango Delta, passing through small villages before reaching Shakawe where the houseboat is moored on the Delta’s pristine waters. Transfers can also be arranged from Livingstone and Kasane via the Caprivi Strip.
The living’s easy aboard Okavango Spirit, with all accommodation, meals, local drinks and activities included.