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Okavango Panhandle, Okavango Panhandle, Okavango Panhandle, 0000, Botswana

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The Delta Belle Houseboat is positioned in one of the greatest wetlands in the world, the Okavango Delta. The Houseboat is moored in the Panhandle region of the Okavango Delta on the banks of the Okavango River in the small village of Shakawe, which 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 km² to 22 000km² 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 000km² 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!

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Photography: 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. Birding: 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. Game viewing: 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! Fishing: 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 can bring along their own fishing equipment or fishing gear can be rented on a daily basis.

Check in times

Check In Time: 14:00pm Check Out Time: 10:00am

Driving directions

By Road: 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

Airports

Shakawe airport Maun International airport

Other transport

By Air: Air Botswana and SA Airlink are the only two carriers with direct flights from OT International (JHB) & Cape Town (CT) to Maun (BW). Various Air Charter companies based in Maun fly to Shakawe Airport. Transfers to and from Shakawe Airport and the houseboat are by road and takes approximately 5 min

Policies & disclaimers

These Terms and Conditions clarify The Owner's obligations to The Renter, The Renter's obligations to The Owner, and in the very unlikely event of any disputes, will be used as the basis for any resolution. Please read them carefully before confirming your booking. Check-In: From 14:00pm / Check-Out: By 10:00am (High Season Weekly Rentals) For Low Season Weekend and Mid-Week Rentals an earlier Check-In and later Check-out may be possible. Acceptance of these Terms & Conditions binds a contract between the following two parties: The Rental Applicant (The Renter) and The Property Owner (The Owner). 1. Party Members - All persons listed on the Rental Agreement or added subsequently by The Renter will be bound by the terms of this agreement. Occupancy of the property is restricted to those names listed on the Agreement or added subsequently by The Renter. The Rental Applicant is considered to be the Lead Renter and will assume full responsibility for all members of the Rental Group throughout the rental period. Information or instructions relating to this rental will be communicated to the Rental Applicant only and not to any third-party member of the Rental Group. 2. Payments - A Reservation will be confirmed by The Owner once the application has been approved and initial or full payment has been processed. For reservations of one week or more, if the reservation is made 45 days or more before the rental commences, an initial rental deposit payment will be due at the time of booking. If a reservation is made less than 45 days before the rental commences, or the reservation is less than a full week’s duration, the full rental fee must be paid at the time of booking. In the event of a reservation not being accepted by The Owner, all fees paid will be refunded immediately. Any booking made within 10 days of the start of the rental period must be paid in full by credit card via PayPal, certified check or money order at the time of booking. No reservation may commence without full payment being cleared. Once a reservation is received and accepted by The Owner, The Renter is liable for payment of the balance of the rental fee 45 days before occupation of the property. Non-payment by the due date will be treated as a cancellation and the deposit will be forfeited. 3. Cancellation - Policy & Changing a Booking - Once a reservation has been accepted and confirmed, a cancellation can only be made in accordance with the terms: - If the period of rental can be re-booked, a refund for the period re-rented or the part thereof, less a cancellation fee will be issued. - If any part of the rental period cannot be re-booked, the Renter will forfeit all monies paid for that period. 4. Occupancy of the Property - Regardless of the published maximum number of persons a property can accommodate, the number of guests occupying the Property is strictly limited to those named on the Rental Agreement or any subsequent amendment notified in writing to The Owner. The stated and agreed occupancy figure includes all persons irrespective of age, day and overnight guests. Exceeding the number of stated and agreed persons will result in immediate eviction without refund, or a “per guest per night” charge at the discretion of The Owner. 5. Condition of the Property - The Property will have been inspected prior to occupation and therefore The Renter undertakes to: - Notify The Owner immediately with regard to any damage and/or maintenance issues that require attention. - Keep the Property and all furniture, fixtures, fittings, chattels and effects in or about the Property in the same state of repair and condition as found at the commencement of the Rental. - Where a cleaning service is provided; The Renter shall follow the departure instructions provided by The Owner. - Where a cleaning service is not provided; The Renter shall leave the Property in the same state of cleanliness and general order in which it was found. Failure to do so to the satisfaction of The Owner will result in a damage/cleaning charge being levied. 6. Use of Telephone and Internet Services - Where a telephone is provided as part of the rental, The Renter must charge all long-distance telephone calls to either a credit/phone card or call collect, unless advised otherwise. Where internet services are provided, there may be download restrictions and a charge may be levied if these are exceeded. It is The Renter's responsibility to check for restrictions on an internet device before commencing any download. 7. Pets - One dog is permitted. All evidence of pet occupation must be removed from the Property and grounds at the end of the rental period. Pets are not permitted on any item of furniture, including beds, and evidence of pet hair on furniture and bedding may incur additional cleaning charges. OR Pets are strictly prohibited at this property. Any evidence of pet occupation will result in a forfeit of the damage deposit in its entirety. The Owner accepts no responsibility for any allergic reaction or other conditions arising from occupancy of the property. The designation of “No Pets” does not indicate there have not been pets at the property at some time. 8. Smoking - Smoking is not permitted in or around the immediate vicinity of the property. 9. Property Access - During Winter Months - The Property is offered for rental during the winter months and has road access and receives a snow clearance service. However, Renters are advised that following any major snowfall, snow plough providers are contracted to clear local roads in a predetermined order. Consequently, ploughing at a property may be delayed for several hours or, in severe storm conditions, days. In the unlikely event that a Renter is unable to leave a property on the planned departure date, the Renter will not be liable for any additional accommodation charges. Conversely, should a lack of snow clearance prevent a Renter from reaching a property, the Renter will receive a refund of the rental fee for the day(s) the property was inaccessible. However, The Owner will be held responsible for any losses, additional expenses or penalties incurred as a result of being unable to arrive at or leave a property on time due to a lack of snow clearance. Renters are also reminded to ensure that they and their vehicles are suitably prepared and equipped for driving in the wintry conditions likely to be encountered during their visit to the Property. 10. Equipment and Facilities Provided - Equipment and facilities are provided at the discretion of The Owner and whilst every attempt is made to ensure that such equipment is in working order for the duration of the rental period, should a breakdown or some other situation occur that renders non-essential element unusable, the Owner does not take responsibility for replacing or refunding The Renter for the lack of use of these equipment or facilities. The equipment and facilities referred to include (but are not exclusive to) such items as watercraft, motors, televisions, VCRs/DVDs, hot tubs, saunas and Jacuzzis. The Renter must report any inoperative or defective equipment to The Owner promptly! The Owner will make every reasonable effort to have repairs made as soon as possible; however, there are limited service contractors. While every attempt will be made to ensure that all the advertised equipment and appliances are in working order at the commencement of a rental period, no reduction of rent; rebate; or refund will be issued for a mechanical failure of air conditioning, dishwasher, washer, dryer, TV or other appliances. 11. Refunds - If a breakdown should occur to fundamental elements such as water systems, plumbing and electrical systems, and major appliances such as stove or refrigerator, every effort will be made to repair or replace, or an appropriate refund will be made for the inconvenience caused. This does not apply to system breakdown caused by misuse, such as plumbing blockages caused by inappropriate use of sanitary facilities. The Owner is not liable, nor will provide a refund, for any stoppage of electrical services caused by extreme weather or other circumstances beyond his control. Similarly, there will be no refunds for inclement weather, changes in water levels, conditions at neighbouring properties, or any nuisance afforded by the natural elements of the location such as flying insects or the animal population. 12. Other Conditions of Booking - The Renter shall abide by these Terms and Conditions of Rental and any other instructions contained in the individual Cottage Guide and any additional information and instructions as shall be supplied in the Property or by The Owner. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: The Renter represents, warrants, acknowledges and agrees with The Owner that he/she will use the Property and its facilities in accordance with The Terms and Conditions above and the Information provided and that he/she does so at his/her own risk and that he/she indemnifies and saves The Owner harmless from any personal injury, sickness or death, loss or damage, however caused, to person or property of The Renter, his/her family, or guests, before during or after the time of occupancy. Further, he/she accepts full responsibility for the use of the Property and any recreational equipment such as boats and motors, etc. and agrees to pay for any damage of said equipment, other than for normal wear and tear. The Renter further acknowledges he/she is responsible for ensuring all Boating Regulations are observed, including having required safety equipment in the watercraft, as well as meeting current Operator Competency Requirements.

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All season - Houseboat Room Double beds 1 10 January 1, 2017 December 31, 2017 $350.00  Per night 1 1000
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