In addition to the excellent Chobe Houseboat options, the soon to be opened (in April 2022), Okavango Spirit Houseboat is the classic private wilderness getaway for a big family or a group of friends. The houseboat is sold on an exclusive use basis to groups up to 14 people (children 6 yrs and older are welcome).

Okavango Spirit Houseboat, Botswana

Operating on the remote & meandering water ways of the upper pan handle of the Okavango, known for its excellent fishing and birding. It is also conveniently located close to other activities including the remote Tsodilo Hills and Namibia’s Bwabwata National Park.

Guests arrive by tender boat
Meandering waterways of the upper panhandle

Accommodation is in 4 double and 3 twin en-suite cabins each with glass doors to capitilize on the changing views and each with a private deck. The boats communal deck stands 3 meters high and in this vast, flat wilderness affords excellent views for sunrise & sunset – the ideal setting for the meals & laughter you will share with your group.

Access to the Okavango Spirit

Guests fly from Maun by light aircraft to the Shakawe Airstrip, a flight of about 60 minutes. Here you are met by the crew and transferred by motorboat to the Okavango Spirit for boarding and orientation. From here the boat slowly takes in the vistas and wildlife as it moves to it’s firsts overnight mooring spot.

The Okavango Spirit moors each night in a secluded piece of paradise

Guests have the options of enjoying the boat’s viewing deck or the environment of your private cabin. The more energetic can take to the tender boats with a guide and enjoy some fishing or bird or game viewing before returning to the houseboat for sundowners & dinner.

The dining / bar area is up top affording excellent views

Activities from the Okavango Spirit

Between Aug - Oct each year the Okavango Rivers plays host to the ‘barbel run’ - as the flood waters begin to recede, the water drains into the main channels and the small fish run the gauntlet of the prowling barbel and tigerfish. This of course makes for some chaotic fishing for fishing enthusiasts.

However apart from the excellent fishing (catch & release) which is done from the tender boats, guests can also enjoy birding or guided walks on some of the small islands for birding and tree spotting.

Other exciting activities include ‘off-boat’ day excursions. The first is a trip to the Tsodilo Hills, a remote cluster of rocky hills that rise up sharply above the vast Mopane veld of northwestern Botswana. This world heritage site is home to a vast collection of rock art done over thousands of years by the San-Bushmen that inhabited this wilderness.

Tsodilo Hills and its rock art is of great cultural importance

Another ‘off-boat’ excursion involves a morning game drive across the border into Namiba’s Bwabwata National Park home to an abundance of wildlife including lion, elephant, roan, kudu, leopard, wild dog to name a few.

Game drive in the Bwabwata National Park, Namibia

Rates for 2022

The Okavango Spirit Houseboat operates on an exclusive use basis, as a two or three night package for up to 14 people. The base price covers the first 7 guests, then there is a ‘per extra person’ surcharge for the extra guests 8 – 14.

Two Night Package
Shoulder Season (01 Apr - 30 Jun | 01 Nov - 19 Dec)
USD 9100 – per 2 night package, (covers guests 1 – 7)
USD 650 – per extra person, for the 2 night package (guests 8 – 14)

High Season (01 Jul - 31 Jul | 01 – 30 Sep | 20 Dec - 09 Jan 2023)
USD 10 500 – per 2 night package, (covers guests 1 – 7)
USD 750 – per extra person, for the 2 night package (guests 8 – 14)

Peak Season (01 - 31 Aug | 01 - 31 Oct)
USD 11 900 – per 2 night package, (covers guests 1 – 7)
USD 850 – per extra person, for the 2 night package (guests 8 – 14)

Three Night Package
Shoulder Season (01 Apr - 30 Jun | 01 Nov - 19 Dec)
USD 12 495 – per 3 night package, (covers guests 1 – 7)
USD 894 – per extra person, for the 3 night package (guests 8 – 14)

High Season (01 Jul - 31 Jul | 01 – 30 Sep | 20 Dec - 09 Jan 2023)
USD 14 595 – per 3 night package, (covers guests 1 – 7)
USD 1044 – per extra person, for the 3 night package (guests 8 – 14)

Peak Season (01 - 31 Aug | 01 - 31 Oct)
USD 16 695 – per 3 night package, (covers guests 1 – 7)
USD 1194 – per extra person, for the 3 night package (guests 8 – 14)

RATES INCLUDE
Accommodation
All meals
Local beverages
Guest laundry
Daily activities
Transfers to/from Shakawe Airstrip
Expert guiding
Park entry fees & VAT.

RATES EXCLUDE
Flights to and from Shakawe Airstrip
Premium brand drinks
Gratuities
Fully comprehensive personal travel insurance.