There are a hive of exciting activities to enjoy from the houseboat. Each day you will have the opportunity to get onto our smaller game viewing boats, taking you to the various activities in the area. These include bird watching, boat safaris and a visit to Tsodilo Hills – an absolute must see!
Tsodilo Hills is a World Heritage Site and is about 50km southwest of Shakawe, in a 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 most important collection of rock art in Africa. 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 Bushman and other people.
You’ll end each day with an afternoon sundowner cruise on the river. As the water ebbs and flows, keep an eye out for elephant eating papyrus shoots on the riverbanks surrounding you. Or spend an evening on one of the nearby islands, enjoying your dinner under a blanket of a billion stars.
Scoot across to Namibia for a morning game drive in Bwabwata National Park (trip dependant on Namibia’s Covid testing requirements). Here, you’ll find an abundance of wildlife in the park, like elephant, buffalo and several antelope species including greater kudu, roan and sable antelope. All big cats are present and there have been many sightings of wild dog as well. Some of the species that have been re-introduced here include red lechwe and the semi-aquatic sitatunga. Returning to the houseboat by mid-afternoon.
- Enjoy daily boating safaris (early morning and evening).
- An excursion to Tsodilo Hills, a World Heritage Site, with possibly the richest concentration of San Rock art in Africa.
- Phenomenal Bird-watching opportunities all year round.
- Guided walks on smaller islands.
- Try your hand at a spot of fishing (01 Mar – 31 Dec); fishing is not permitted from January to February due to breeding season).
- Dinner on one of the islands, under a blanket of stars.
- A trip across the border into Namibia to do a morning game-drive in Bwabwata National Park.
- Relaxing in the solitude and soaking up the serenity of this beautiful Okavango River.