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.