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Shakawe, Shakawe, Okavango Panhandle, 0000, Botswana

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In the North-Western corner of Botswana, situated on the banks of the Okavango River, in the panhandle of the Delta, you will find the lush green lawns and tall, shady indigenous trees, a paradise called Drotsky’s Cabins. Thirty years ago, Jan and Eileen Drotsky put their roots down here, and today still own and manage the Cabins, one of the first lodges in Botswana, together with a luxury tented camp further downriver, called Xaro Lodge.

At Drotsky’s you will receive a warm welcome, enjoy personalised attention, and get local knowledge from owners and staff alike on the nature and communities in the region. The area is a birding and fishing paradise. Drotsky’s is the ideal stop over for tourists en route from or to Namibia and a wonderful place to relax for a few days while enjoying a boat cruise on the Okavango River, or visit the nearby World Heritage Site of Tsodilo Hills and Mahangu National Park.

Bird life is abundant at Drotsky’s, and the staff will be quick to point out their local specials such as the Brown Firefinch and White-backed Night Heron, or the haunting call of Pel’s Fishing Owl.

A boat cruise from Drotsky’s is the perfect way to witness the feeding frenzy of the Barbel Run, taking place from August to October each year. Thousands of barbel swim upstream in the Okavango River, slapping their tails to create confusion amongst the smaller fish species, which soon becomes the barbel’s next meal. The ever opportunistic tiger fish join in the hunt, while hundreds of Egrets, Darters and Cormorant follows suite, and keen fishermen cast their lines and try to hook “the big one”.

The lodge supports the local community by buying their fresh produce in the nearby village of Shakawe, and three delicious meals per day are served in the restaurant overlooking the Okavango River.

Guests are accommodated in luxurious air-conditioned wooden chalets, or for the more adventurous there are 20 spacious campsites nestling under large, shady jackal berry and other indigenous trees.

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Room Double beds
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Area activities

Birding and fishing by boat

Boat cruise on the Okavango River

Visit to Tsodilo Hills and Popa Falls

Game viewing in Mahangu National Park

Check in times

Check In Time: 14:00pm

Check Out Time: 10:00am

Driving directions

Drotsky’s is situated 10km South of the Village of Shakawe, on the North-Western panhandle of the Okavango Delta, 25km from the Namibian border, and can be reached in a normal sedan vehicle with 2-wheel drive

• From Maun: Travel on the A3 in a South Westerly direction (towards Ghanzi) for approximately 98km before turning right in a Northern direction onto the A35 towards the village of Shakawe. Continue for 272km on the A35 and the turnoff to Drotsky’s is on the right hand side, 10km before the village of Shakawe.

• From Ghanzi: travel 189km north east on the A3, before turning left in a Northern direction onto the A35 towards the village of Shakawe. Continue for 272km on the A35 and the turnoff to Drotsky’s is on the right hand side, 10km before the village of Shakawe.

• From Rundu, Namibia: Travel approximately 192km on the C48 towards Katima Mulilo, before turning right in a southernly direction onto the A35. After 20km you will reach the entry gate to the Mahungu Game Reserve. If you intend to drive straight through, please register your details in the “Transit” book and continue 12km to the Mohembo border post between Namibia and Botswana. Alternatively, pay the minimal entrance fee and enjoy a game drive on the meandering dirt road along the Okavango River, before reaching the Mohembo border post. From the border post, continue 3,5km to the village of Shakawe, turn right onto the A35 and the entrance to Drotsky’s is on the left hand side

• From Katima Mulilo, Namibia: Travel 312km in a Westerly direction on the C48 towards Rundu, before turning left in a southernly direction onto the A35. After 20km you will reach the entry gate to the Mahungu Game Reserve (add link to game reserve here). If you intend to drive straight through, please register your details in the “Transit” book and continue 12km to the Mohembo border post between Namibia and Botswana. Alternatively, pay the entrance fee and enjoy a game drive on the meandering dirt road along the Okavango River, before reaching the Mohembo border post. From the border post, continue 3,5km to the village of Shakawe, turn right onto the A35 and the entrance to Drotsky’s is on the left hand side

Airports

Shakawe Airstrip

Other transport

For guests that prefer to fly in, return transfers can be arranged between Shakawe Airstrip and the lodge.

Guests staying at Xaro Lodge, will travel downriver by boat to reach the peace and quiet of the more remote tented camp.

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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Tariff name Resource/property type Min people Max people Valid from Valid til   Minimum days Maximum days
All Season – Camping Room Double beds 1 20 January 1, 2017 December 31, 2017 $20.00  Per night 1 1000
All Season – Luxury Chalet Room Double beds 1 20 January 1, 2017 December 31, 2017 $175.00  Per night 1 1000
All Season – Standard Family Chalet Room Double beds 1 20 January 1, 2017 December 31, 2017 $175.00  Per night 1 1000
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