Okavango Panhandle fishing boat at Nxamaseri Island Lodge.
The Okavango Panhandle lies in the north-eastern part of Botswana where the river widens into channels across the sand. This narrow strip of swampland is the main Okavango River before it fans out into the Delta and is relatively underdeveloped. The Okavango Panhandle consists of 80 kilometres of canals with flat tranquil water running in between papyrus and reeds in this diverse habitat.
There are 500 recorded bird species which is attracted to the Okavango Panhandle because of the abundance of fish in this Panhandle. Between August and October there is a barbel run whereby the barbels swims in their thousands upstream, a very unique phenomenon. The Wildlife like the Hippopotamus and crocodile are more thinly spread.
For Okavango Panhandle accommodation which is part of the Okavango Delta, there is a choice between lodges and the popular house-boats. Okavango Panhandle activities include fishing, boat safaris and mokoro trips year round because of permanent water. The accommodation are relatively cheaper than what is on offer the rest of the Okavango Delta. See Okavango Panhandle safaris in Botswana below.
This 4 day Upper Okavango Botswana Safari Package takes in the Panhandle region of the Delta, where your days are spent on a pristine island enjoying leisurely bird-watching and fishing...more
This 7 day Desert and Rivers Botswana Safari package takes in 2 very different regions of Botswana, the dry central Kalahari and the pristine waterways and islands of the Okavango Delta Panhandle...more
The Okavango Panhandle is legendary for its fishing, and many visitors come from around the world to experience the fishing here, but in safari circles...more
This Classic 5 day Safari Package visits 2 very different regions of Botswana - the pristine waterways and islands of the Okavango Delta and the unknown Panhandle. This Botswana houseboat & wildlife safari...more
The personalised service and unique style of this secluded Okavango Panhandle lodge showcases the Okavango Delta's renowned beauty and astonishing birdlife...more
Well known among fishermen and birders alike, the Okavango Panhandle has never been explored as a safari destination in its own right...more
This 4 day Panhandle Meander Safari Package showcases a virtually unknown but dramatic part of the Okavango water system in a unique way, where cruising the channels in a houseboat...more