Mit dem Hausboot im Okavango-Delta unterwegs

Tour Code: WDS-2017


//Kabbo Houseboat Water Wilderness

Three nights spent on the enigmatic Okavango River on a Houseboat and a day where guests can experience the resonant atmosphere of spirituality that inhabits Tsodilo Hills and another day exploring the myriad of crystal clear waterways. Leave //Kabbo with recollections of three nights spent out in the unique water wilderness of the Okavango Delta, to the haunting hills of Tsodilo - these images all combine to leave indelible memories of river washed with serenity, of nights passed on Kabbo Houseboat listening to the flow of the Okavango and the tinkling of Bell Frogs... and of evenings spent on a deck under billions of stars.

//Kabbo is a San Bushman word which is a loose translation meaning “To dream” or in a sense, a “reflection” of a story - a story like the wind, a story which comes from a far off place. It is also the name we have chosen for our Luxury Houseboat, which operates in the “Panhandle” area of the Okavango Delta in Northern Botswana. This area is recognized as being amongst the quietest and most peaceful in the Delta, due to its remoteness. Indeed, there are very few permanent camps and boats’ operating along this water wilderness .This factor makes it ideal for our discerning guests.

 

When the Okavango River, originating from the remote mountains of Angola, enters Botswana, it is contained between two distinct geological fault lines which ensure that some 11 billion cubic meters of water form a single, broad channel, over a hundred meters wide and a hundred kilometres long, that snakes along the floodplain in a series of exaggerated S-bends and oxbow lakes. The plant life and desert sands act as a massive filter for this this river, which results in a clarity that has not it’s like anywhere in the world. //Kabbo floats along this water ribbon-offering our guests the opportunity of spending time on this water wilderness, of experiencing the solitude and serenity of this beautiful river, at a cost that is extremely competitive.

Guests can expect some comfort on //Kabbo Houseboat. She consists of 2 decks - the lower deck has eight en-suite cabins with sliding glass doors opening on to the pristine wilderness that is the Okavango Delta. This design offers our guests’ unrivalled views of the crystal clear waterways, abundant bird life and the
seas of papyrus. The Upper Deck is approximately three meters above the waterline, where the dining area, bar and sundecks is situated. This design offers views that are simply breath-taking when having a sundowner, the privacy and convenience of cabins that are en-suite…and ample space for our guests to have some “alone” time.

//Kabbo has tender boats which assist in the optional activities offered. The activities available include fishing, bird-watching, boat safaris and visits to Tsodilo Hills. The latter is a World Heritage Site with possibly the richest concentration of San Rock Paintings in the world.

All meals are inclusive, as are tea, coffee and drinking water and one water-based activity per day. We have spared no expense or effort in fulfilling our vision of offering an experience that is truly unrivalled and unique in every way.

Tsodilo Hills is a World Heritage Site with the richest concentration of San Rock Paintings in the world. Tsodilo Hills are about 53km southwest of Shakawe in dry, bush-covered and softly undulating landscape. The site consists of four hills that rise abruptly, to about 400m, from the dry expanse of bushveld. Having been inhabited for about 30,000 years, they're one of the world's oldest historical sites. The hills are home to more than 4,000 San Bushman paintings - probably the world's most important collection of rock art- perhaps even more remarkable is the resonant atmosphere of spirituality that inhabits Tsodilo Hills.

The Hills are arranged roughly in a line, the most southerly of the Tsodilo Hills is called the Male Hill. It's the tallest of the four hills, rising 410m above the surrounding area. Close to it is the Female Hill, which covers about three times the area of the Male Hill but reaches only 300m in height. Female Hill has most of the rock art sites, and its western side has a permanent source of water. Northwest of the Female Hill is the Child Hill, which is only about 40m high. A fourth hill is a few kilometres northwest of Child Hill - rumoured to be Male Hill's first wife, whom he left when he met Female Hill. Several walking trails provide helpful routes around the painting sites. Among the interesting paintings are paintings of whales and penguins that suggest contact between the San and other peoples.

//Kabbo Houseboat Three Night Water Safari-(TOUR CODE KH3)

DEPARTURE POINT IS MAUN AIRPORT.

Guests are required to be at the arrivals area by 13h00 on day 1.

Day 01:
This afternoon we aim to be onboard //Kabbo Houseboat, based on the serene waters of the Okavango River. Guests depart Maun by road transfer (12h00). We make our way south-westwards, before driving north along the outskirts of this unique inland delta to the town of Shakawe, which is situated on the banks of the Okavango River (3.5-4 hours good tar road in an air-conditioned minibus). From Shakawe, a short drive takes us to the Okavango River and then on a motorboat to the area where //Kabbo Houseboat is moored. //Kabbo will make her way downstream to a suitable mooring location for the night. //Kabbo is a San Bushman word which is a loose translation meaning “To dream”. The Houseboat operates in the “Panhandle” area of the Okavango Delta, Northern Botswana. This area is recognized as being amongst the quietest and most peaceful in the Delta, due to its remoteness. Indeed, there are only a few of permanent camps and boats operating in this wilderness area-which makes it ideal for our discerning guests. (L, D: En-Suite Houseboat Cabin).

Day 02:
After a relaxed morning wake-up and breakfast, guests head out on the tender-boats to explore the OKAVANGO RIVER through the myriad of smaller channels that are inaccessible to //Kabbo. This area is internationally known for its birdlife. Return to //Kabbo for lunch. Afternoon at leisure while //Kabbo makes her way further downstream from late afternoon. (B, L, D: En-Suite Houseboat Cabin).

Day 03:
Today we visit  Tsodilo Hills, a
World Heritage Site with the richest concentration of San Rock Paintings in the world. Tsodilo Hills are about 53km southwest of Shakawe in dry, bush-covered and softly undulating landscape. The site consists of four hills that rise abruptly, to about 400m, from the dry expanse of bushveld. Having been inhabited for about 30,000 years, they're one of the world's oldest historical sites. The hills are home to more than 4,000 San Bushman paintings - probably the world's most important collection of rock art. Perhaps even more remarkable is the resonant atmosphere of spirituality that inhabits Tsodilo Hills. Several walking trails provide helpful routes around the painting sites. Among the interesting paintings are paintings of whales and penguins that suggest contact between the San and other peoples. (B,L,D: En-Suite Houseboat Cabin).

Day 04:
//Kabbo makes her way upstream during breakfast after which guests transfer by vehicle back to Maun. Arrangements end in Maun. (B,L).

Minimum Two Guests. (Guests travelling alone subject to € 350.00 surcharge to guarantee transfer)

While we endeavor to ensure the itinerary runs as advertised, we reserve the right to change this due to unforeseen circumstances or external influences beyond our control. E&OE

Included:
//Kabbo Houseboat accommodation, meals as specified (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner), Botswana National Parks entrance fees. Return transfer by vehicle from Maun to Shakawe. Stated activities

Excluded:
All airfares, mineral water, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (Except tea and coffee), activities not stated. All fishing equipment damaged or lost ,optional activities, any gratuities, any personal expenses and visa fees.