A charming houseboat exploring the waterways of the Okavango Delta’s remote Panhandle
The Okavango Spirit explores the mesmerising waterways of the Delta’s remote Panhandle area in northern Botswana, an experience offered all year round. Guests stay on a charming houseboat with full wifi, featuring en-suite cabins with sliding glass doors leading to the perfect way to enjoy sundowners, from a private deck. There are activities available on smaller game viewing boats and the wildlife is teeming, with hippos gracing, crocodiles sunbathing, elephants splashing, and buffaloes drinking at the water’s edge. The same goes for the birdlife with up to 200 species that could potentially be seen in one day. When opting for the Okavango Spirit experience, guests directly support the Mmogo Coexistence Programme, a Natural Selection conservation initiative that deals with human-wildlife conflict.
Best time to go to Botswana
Botswana's climate ranges from arid to semi-arid and is marked by hot and rainy summers, usually between November and March. This ‘green’ season is the best time to spot migrating birds, predators, and baby animals. However, many lodges in the Okavango Delta close during these months, so do check before you book. The dry season, between April and October, is the prime time to spot animals as they frequent water sources. This is also when the Delta floods, making it a great time for water-based activities. These months are a fantastic time to visit the salt pans, which will be dry from about June to September.
The Okavango Spirit cabins each come with twin beds or double beds, all boasting private viewing decks to admire the constantly changing riverbanks. At night, the houseboat is moored along peaceful riverbanks. The 3-m high upper deck offers a dining area, a cosy relaxation lounge, a well-stocked bar, and a sundeck.