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Botswana Time

The Botswana Time is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). So it uses Central African Time (CAT).

In the summer the sun rises around 5:30am and sets around 7:00 pm.

In the winter it will rise around 06:30am and set at 06:00pm.

Sepopa and Shakawe

Nguma Island Lodge | Okavango Houseboats | Drotskys Cabins | Kubu Queen Houseboat | Nxamaseri Fishing Lodge | Ngwesi Houseboat | Swampstop | Back to Botswana Map

Nguma Island Lodge

Nguma Island Lodge offers peace and tranquility with a spectacular and exclusive view over one of the largest lagoons in the north west of the Okavango Delta. The lodge is situated on the banks of the beautiful lagoon bordered by palm trees, papyrus and reed beds. The lodge is accessible by tar road to within 12km of the Lodge and close to Sepopa/Shakawe. The last 12km are accessible by four wheel drive ONLY. Nguma has a fly in airstrip. A safe lock-up for saloon cars is available on request with a four wheel drive transfer to the lodge. The Randalls earned a reputation for superb hospitality which gives Nguma its own special atmosphere. They have lived in the area for the past 20 years and their knowledge is hard to beat.

Set amongst large indigenous trees the Lodge offers accommodation in eight stilted luxury meru en-suite tents. Meals include full English breakfast, hot or cold lunch and three course dinner.

Activities offered are : Boat trips with driver and fuel, use of fishing tackle, mokoro trails, island walks, bird drives and walks and all other water activities, as well as laundry are included in the prices.

A 50 minute boat drive brings you to the main Okavango River in the panhandle where tiger fish abound and the many inlets offer good bream fishing. Nguma Island Lodge offers a very relaxed family atmosphere and a fishing, mokoro and birdwatchers paradise. Excellent tiger fishing except for July and August. Bream, pike and barbel throughout the year. The barbel run starts anytime from mid-September and can continue throughout November. Spin fishing tackle is available for hire and a full stock of lures and spinners are on sale.

Nguma Island Lodge is a birdwatchers paradise covering not only all water species viewed from the boat or mokoro but a full compliment of dry land and flood plain species viewed during island and flood plain walks. Find the elusive Pel’s fishing owl on the numerous islands. Or during the barbel run take a 50 minute boat ride to the main Okavango River through meandering channels literally lined with fish eagle, goliath heron, darters and egrets feeding, forming your own special guard of honour. No Okavango experience is complete without a mokoro ride.

Get lost in the Delta being poled on a mokoro (dugout) through papyrus and reed beds to lily covered lagoons and islands, viewing elephant, lechwe, warthog, sitatunga and other plains game in the open, not to mention the birdlife. Enjoy a 50 minute boat ride to the main Okavango where tiger and barbel abound or outwit that nembwe by dropping a fly or spinner close to that grassy edge. Turn off to an inlet or hidden lagoon for other bream species and african pike.

Large boats are provided for fishing and fly fishing with guides/drivers indigenous to the area with an unbeatable knowledge of the fauna and flora as well as directing you to the perfect fishing spot or positioning that boat for that perfect fly cast. Order that speciality barbeque for an island lunch or for the fisherman a sandwich lunch that won’t interfere with the tying and casting…

Okavango Houseboats

A houseboat holiday on the Okavango is the stuff that dreams are made of. You don't have to be an angler to enjoy it, or even a wildlife enthusiast. As we all know, there is something about calm blue water that is conducive to serenity in the human soul. Well, imagine such serenity in the most idyllic setting in Africa- with tall palm trees and gently waving papyrus reeds forming an emerald green backdrop to crystal waters that mirror the clear blue sky.

Tiny grassy islands floats on their own reflections, and water lilies sway among green lily pads on ponds so clear you can see the sandy bottom ten feet below. That you are floating on this water, in opulent comfort, free to leisurely cruise where you will, enhances the magic.

The hushed silence, save for the call of the wild, makes it all more peaceful, and yes, you do indeed hear the plaintive cry of the fish eagles- and see them in trees along the riverbanks as you glide by. And, of course, the knowledge that you truly are in deepest Africa, in one of the last primordial paradises on earth, freely roamed by all manner of exciting wild animals, makes the experience utterly compelling. Everyone who has the means should do this at least once in their lives.

Operating between Sepopa and Seronga on the Okavango Mainstream, there are three different houseboats to choose from, all unique and providing a holiday you’ll remember for years to come. Ngwesi House Boat, Inyankuni House Boat and Inkwazi House Boat. Accessible by road, stopovers are ideal for 4x4 overlanders and tour groups.

Drotskys Cabins

Drotsky’s Cabins on the western panhandle of the Okavango Delta, near Shakawe in the north-western corner of Botswana, is one of the original lodges in the country and especially popular amongst tourists keen on fishing and/or birding. It’s a family business, and since it has been here for a long time, its owners are extremely knowledgeable about the Shakawe area, as well as the flora and fauna in this part of the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

Guests at Drotsky’s Cabins are accommodated in six A-frame chalets overlooking the wide Okavango River. The chalets are simple, clean and comfortable, and exude the charm of years gone by. The bar at Drotsky’s Cabins is also frequented by locals, apart from tourists, so you are guaranteed to hear some fascinating stories about the Shakawe region of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. The dining area overlooks the Okavango River – note that meals have to be booked in advance, and paid for when you arrive. The campsite is situated behind the chalets, below a huge canopy of trees offering welcome shade.

The papyrus channels and lush vegetation of the river make Drotsky’s Cabins a haven for fishing and birdwatching. Also be on the lookout for hippos and crocs in the Okavango River. Botswana’s famous Barbel run takes place sometime between August to October and Drotsky’s Cabins in the Okavango Delta is the place to experience this phenomenon. The fish congregate in schools of thousands. The fish then swim upstream, slapping their tails on the water as they swim through the thick papyrus reeds in the river. Apparently this slapping noise disorientates the smaller species of fish in the Okavango River and they become easy prey. The noise and frenzy attract lots of birds, as well as tiger fish – so if it’s a tiger fish you are after, come to Drotsky’s Cabins near Shakawe in the Okavango Delta.

Drotsky’s Cabins is very popular for boating and offers a number of guided boats of varying sizes. Lawrence of the Okavango is a boat with legendary status in this part of the Okavango Delta near Shakawe. Fishing tackle is available on site.

Nearby attractions include the Tsodilo Hills (a World Heritage site with important rock art), the Drotsky Caves (accessible by 4x4 vehicle only) and the Mahango Game Park.

Kubu Queen Houseboat

The Kubu Queen Houseboat is an exclusively managed riverboat moored in Shakawe and operates on the Okavango Delta. It is easily accessible by tar road and Shakawe has a small international airport suitable for light aircraft.

Your hosts will be Greg and Kate Thompson who have both been involved in various aspects of the safari industry in the Okavango Delta for the last 10 years. Greg is a professional guide & specializes in photographic, birding and fishing safaris. His Skills are ideally suited to skippering a houseboat on the Okavango River.

Your itinerary will be tailor made to best suit your needs and interests. The houseboat is moored at a different location each night. Two tender boats accompany the Kubu Queen and these are used to explore the channels and lagoons in the area. One of the world's finest freshwater fighting fish inhabits these waters and guests have the opportunity to go out on the tender boats to try their hand at hooking into the mighty Tiger Fish. Nature Walks can also be conducted on some of the larger islands found along the river.

The Okavango River's crystal clear waters are home to a variety of fish as well as crocodiles, hippopotamus and otters. They also support an abundance of bird life. Several species of bird are rare and endemic to the area. Guests to the area also have the chance to glimpse a sighting of the rare and elusive Sitatunga antelope.

The boat sleeps a maximum of 6 people on board and up to 12 guests incorporating accommodation in bedded tents on islands (safari style).

Nxamaseri Fishing Lodge

Nxamaseri Island Lodge is a unique African experience on an island in the permanent waters of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. A small, exclusive lodge, and one of the oldest in the Delta, it has six double en-suite chalets each secluded in indigenous forest and each with a private deck overlooking the water. Teak walkways link the rooms to the main area of the lodge.

The distinct style of Nxamaseri Island Lodge showcases the beauty of the permanent swamp that is its home and also subtly expresses the rich vibrance of the indigenous people .The lodge and the rooms are enhanced with original Botswana artwork and furniture is handcrafted by local artisans. Nxamaseri Island Lodge is owner-run with the focus on personal attention to detail, noticeably expressed in the original décor and excellent catering. They pride themselves in creating the opportunity to experience the unique, intimate and peaceful nature of Africa.

Take a boat or mokoro trip in the cool Nxamaseri waterways to relax and revitalise your soul. The channels abound with water lilies, fish and wildlife such as crocodiles, hippos, otters, swamp antelope and bird species too numerous to count. Experience the thrill of fishing in the deep waters from boats or sandbanks for tigerfish and bream. Nxamaseri is renowned for spectacular birding trips and night boat trips. They offer guided walks on nearby islands, accessed by boat or mokoro to give you the opportunity to experience the intimacy and peace of unspoiled Africa. They also offer the rare opportunity to visit a sacred San site – the beautiful Tsodilo Hills. Here you will experience the soul of Africa.

Nxamaseri Island Lodge is a prime destination for lure fishing throughout the year. Tigerfish are indigenous to the area, and as one of the world’s most dramatic freshwater game fish it provides thrilling angling for both experienced and novice fishermen. In addition to tigerfish, up to eight other species are generally caught on line, creating eventful and memorable fishing at Nxamaseri. Our lodge has boats made for fishing and carries all the necessary equipment.

Nxamaseri Island Lodge prides itself on being the premier fly fishing destination in Botswana. It is featured in several specialist books including “Fly fishing in Southern Africa”, “The Longest Cast” and “A fly Fishing Safari in Africa”. The prize catch at Nxamaseri is the tigerfish, but this is only one of eight separate species in the area.

The optimum time to fish for tigerfish is during the annual catfish runs (“barbel runs”). The exact time of these runs differs from year to year but generally lasts from early September to the end of October. During November through to February, although there are no catfish runs, the tigerfish are still in abundance, and these are also excellent months for fly-fishing for species diversity as the water level is low and the fish are concentrated in the permanent channels.

Ther are fly-fishing guides available and special arrangements at an additional charge can be made for additional boats for fly-fishing, if required. The lodge carries standard lure fishing equipment and basic fly equipment, but for avid fly-fishermen we suggest you bring your own equipment.

Ngwesi Houseboat

Capture the rhythms of the Delta and feel the heartbeat of the mighty Okavango in Botswana as you journey on the Ngwesi Houseboat moored on the river, near the village of Mohembo, in Shakawe.

En suite accommodation is offered for eight guests in the cabins on the lower deck, with additional open air accommodation offered for six people on the upper deck. Activities include game viewing and birding, with over 450 bird species or try your hand at the sport of Tiger and Bream fishing - excursions on tender boats to explore the Delta with its countless water channels, floating islands, fertile banks and of course, Mekoro excursions (dugout canoe) can be arranged to discover the Delta the traditional way with an experienced local guide. The untouched water wilderness sanctuary of the Delta is ideal for quiet discovery. The setting of Okavango River Boats is classically African, relaxed and informal while drifting under the African sky.


At Swampstop in Sepopa there is accommodation available in Air Conditioned Chalets, Serviced tents and Campsites. There are two Swimming pools overlooking the river. There is a Restaurant and Bar with a beautiful Deck where sundowners taste so much better, while the view across the Okavango is stunning!

Fishing at Sepopa & Shakawe is undoubtedly the best in the region. The annual barbel run can last into mid December. During this annual occurrence, big Bream and Tiger fish can be caught. If you are into fly fishing, it will add additional adrenaline to the experience.

Two hours away by motor boat, is Pepere Island, which can only be reached by boat. Sight-seeing on this trip is extraordinary, with Crocodile, Hippo, and an enormous variety of birds keeping the cameras snapping away. Shy Sitatunga have been spotted as well.

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