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    Bed Only (BO)

    Excluding BWP10 Bed levy per person
    Meals to be booked in advance!!
    Transfer required to reach Drotsky’s Cabins!!

    This rate is valid until 31.12.2017


About 8km from the town of Shakawe, in the northwest of Botswana in the western panhandle of the Okavango Delta, you will find Drotsky Cabins. It is one of the original lodges in the country and especially popular among tourists who want to do some birdwatching as well as fishing.

Drotsky Cabins is run by Jan and Eileen Drotsky and is a family business. Being in business for a while also means they are very knowledgeable about the region, as well as the flora and fauna in this part of the Okavango Delta.

Guests are accommodated in six A-frame chalets overlooking the wide Okavango River. The chalets are clean, comfortable and simple and exudes a charm of yesteryear. The bar at Drotsky’s Cabins are not just for tourists, so any newcomer will soon hear some fascinating stories by the locals about this region of Botswana. The dining area overlooks the Okavango River – but before you sit down, book in advance for the meals and pay when you arrive. Below a huge canopy of trees the campsite is situated.

Drotskys Cabins is an ideal location for angling and birding activities thanks to the papyrus channels and lush vegetation of the river. Hippos and crocodiles also frequent the Okavango River. Another great natural attraction is the Barbel Run.

Between August and October Drotskys Cabins is the place to be to witness the Barbel Run: the fish congregate in their thousands, swim upstream and slap their tails through the thick papyrus reeds in the river. The slapping noise apparently disorientates the smaller fish species in the river and they become the barbel’s next meal. The commotion attracts the attention of birds but also of tiger fish – so if you’re an avid tiger fish angler, Drotskys Cabins is the place for you.

Boating is a popular activity at Drotskys Cabins and a number of guided boats of various sizes are on offer. Fishing tackle is available on site. Lawrence of the Okavango is a boat with legendary status in the region.

Attractions nearby include the Tsodilo Hills – a World Heritage site with impressive rock art, the Drotsky Caves (accessible by 4×4 vehicle only) and the Mahango National Park. Drotskys Cabins itself is a popular lodge in the Delta area, so it is best to book well in advance. Although the sand on the road can be very thick, you are able to reach Drotskys Cabins in a normal 2WD car. Drotskys Cabin is also an ideal base if you are driving on the western side of the Okavango Delta and want to head north to Namibia – in particular the Mahango- and Bwabwata National Park and Namibia’s Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip).

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Payment All prices are inclusive of VAT at 15% in Namibian Dollar (N$). Payment in approved currency will be accepted at the rate of exchange of the bankers of Namibia Reservations CC at the time of the receipt of payment. Any shortfall resulting in exchange fluctuations will be for the account of the customer. Payment must be made 60 days prior to arrival, whereupon a due date for the payment will be given, and can be made by electronic transfer, credit card (VISA and MASTER card are both accepted). Cancellations Policy Any cancellation of bookings made between 60 to 45 days prior to arrival will result in a 20% cancellation fee of the total cost. Any cancellation of bookings made between 44 to 30 days prior to arrival will result in a 40% cancellation fee of the total cost Any cancellation of bookings made between 29 to 14 days prior to arrival will result in a 70% cancellation fee of the total cost Any cancellation of bookings made between 13 to 0 days prior to arrival will result in a 100% cancellation fee of the total cost 100% of the total cost for any non-arrival.

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Shakawe is a village located in the northwest corner of Botswana at the beginning of the Okavango Delta, close to Namibia and Angola. Shakawe is awakening from its former status as a sleepy little outpost on the Okavango. For travellers, Shakawe means a Botswana entry or exit stamp or a staging post for a visit to the Tsodilo Hills, 40 km away. For Southern African holiday-makers, it is most often the start of a fishing trip in the Okavango Panhandle. It also provides access to the Caprivi Strip.

The village is served by Shakawe Airport. It is the gateway to the northern part of the Okavango Delta and the Linyati area. Direct charter flights are operated to the aerodrome, with the main airline in the area being AirShakawe. Flight is the most efficient form of transport in the area.

Travel by road is slow and mainly on gravel roads. Tarred roads are on the way, but progress is slow. Bus transport is available to the main city of Maun, but this is a 5 hour travel.

Shakawe is growing rapidly starting with two shopping centers or malls. Each mall has a well stocked supermarket. Also had developed a few safari lodges.

Sports & nature

Sports & natureThe city is surrounded by game farms and fishing resorts which offer many exciting activities for visitors to enjoy. This area in Botswana has unique flora and wildlife and fishing holidays are an especially popular activity as well as renting a houseboats along the Okavango Delta. It makes for a uniquely beautiful experience and there is nothing quite as beautiful as ending a day sipping on cocktails while you watch the sun set over the Okavango Delta.

Culture and history info

Culture and history infoDue to its proximity to the Okavango Delta, bird life is populous and bird watchers will be amazed at the variety and wide array or bird species. The town encompass the true nature of Botswana and its culture and is known as one of the most laid back locations in Botswana. Local woman have become known for their spectacular weaving skills and many tourists take time to watch these ladies in action and support local businesses by bargaining for a woven basket. Stopping over in this town is well worth your while and you may find ancient hidden secrets along your way.
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