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Welcome to Drotskys Cabins
In the North-Western corner of Botswana, situated on the banks of the Okavango River, in the panhandle of the Delta, you will find the lush green lawns and tall, shady indigenous trees, a paradise called Drotsky’s Cabins. Thirty years ago, Jan and Eileen Drotsky put their roots down here and today still own and manage the Cabins, one of the first lodges in Botswana.
At Drotsky’s you will receive a warm welcome, enjoy personalised attention and get local knowledge from owners and staff alike on the nature and communities in the region. The area is a birding and fishing paradise. Drotsky’s is the ideal stop over for tourists en route from or to Namibia and a wonderful place to relax for a few days while enjoying a boat cruise on the Okavango River or visit the nearby World Heritage Site of Tsodilo Hills and Mahangu National Park.
Cabins: Ten spacious wooden chalets each sleeps 2 people and has a beautiful view of the gardens onto the Okavango River. Each chalet has its own patio overlooking the lush green gardens and is equipped with en suite bathroom, air-conditioner, mosquito nets, television with DSTV and coffee and tea making facilities.
Campsite: Twenty spacious campsites nestle under shady indigenous trees on the banks of the Okavango River and are supplied with firewood, 220V plugs and electric lights. The ablution blocks are sparkling clean and have flush toilets and piping hot showers, while ice cold drinks are available from the lounge area overlooking the river.
Bird life is abundant at Drotsky’s and the staff will be quick to point out their local specials such as the Brown Firefinch and White-backed Night Heron, or the haunting call of Pel’s Fishing Owl.
A boat cruise from Drotsky’s is the perfect way to witness the feeding frenzy of the Barbel Run, taking place from August to October each year. Thousands of barbel swim upstream in the Okavango River, slapping their tails to create confusion amongst the smaller fish species, which soon becomes the barbel’s next meal. The ever opportunistic tiger fish join in the hunt, while hundreds of Egrets, Darters and Cormorant follows suite and keen fishermen cast their lines and try to hook “the big one”. The lodge supports the local community by buying their fresh produce in the nearby village of Shakawe and three delicious meals per day are served in the restaurant overlooking the Okavango River. Guests are accommodated in luxurious air-conditioned wooden chalets or for the more adventurous there are 20 spacious campsites nestling under large, shady jackal berry and other indigenous trees.
Tsodilo Hills nearby with over 3500 bushman paintings. There are 4 hills
forming a line of sheet quartzite cliff faces.
Long associated with spirituality, Tsodilo is a place of special significance to the Basarwa people.
Archaeological studies estimate that humans occupied this area for 1000 years. The Tsodilo Hills are one of the most historically significant rock art sites in the world and is a declared World Heritage site.
For self drive visitors, the track to Tsodilo Hills is a good dirt road and suitable for all vehicles
Drotskys Caves: Near the Namibian border and accessible by 4 wheel drive only. An impressive decorated cavern system with a series of stalagmites and stalactites rising to heights of about 10 meters.
Mahungo Game park: A small but well stocked park. Elephants, wildebeest, sable and are some of the game to be seen in the park.
Some activities include:
With the Okavango river at the panhandle being deep and fast-flowing it is ideal for both the fighting Tigerfish and bream. Seventeen species of fish can be caught in the Panhandle area. Scenically beautiful with superb opportunities for photography.
Bird watching is also outstanding in the region's tall, shady, riverside forests and many resident and migratory birds can be seen along the river.
Prices are staring prices given as a guide only, actual price may vary depending on availability.
A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation with balance payable 10 weeks before your travel date. Bank transfer, credit and debit cards accepted for pre-bookings. Paypal available on request.
Drotsky’s is situated 10km South of the Village of Shakawe, on the North-Western panhandle of the Okavango Delta, 25km from the Namibian border and can be reached in a normal sedan vehicle with 2-wheel. For guests that prefer to fly in, return transfers can be arranged between Shakawe Airstrip and the lodge. Guests staying at Xaro Lodge, will travel downriver by boat to reach the peace and quiet of the more remote tented camp.
Reaching Drotsky’s by road: All roads to the lodge are tarred, except the last 2km, which is a good dirt road, accessible to 2-wheel drive vehicles.
From Maun: Travel on the A3 in a South Westerly direction (towards Ghanzi) for approximately 98km before turning? right in a Northern direction onto the A35 towards the village of Shakawe. Continue for 272km on the A35 and the turnoff to Drotsky’s is on the right hand side, 10km before the village of Shakawe.
From Ghanzi: Travel 189km north east on the A3, before turning left in a Northern direction onto the A35 towards? the village of Shakawe. Continue for 272km on the A35 and the turnoff to Drotsky’s is on the right hand side, 10km before the village of Shakawe.
From Rundu, Namibia: Travel approximately 192km on the C48 towards Katima Mulilo, before turning right in a southernly direction onto the A35. After 20km you will reach the entry gate to the Mahungu Game Reserve. If you intend to drive straight through, please register your details in the “Transit” book and continue 12km to the Mohembo border post between Namibia and Botswana. Alternatively, pay the minimal entrance fee and enjoy a game drive on the meandering dirt road along the Okavango River, before reaching the Mohembo border post. From the border post, continue 3,5km to the village of Shakawe, turn right onto the A35 and the entrance to Drotsky’s is on the left hand side.
From Katima Mulilo, Namibia: Travel 312km in a Westerly direction on the C48 towards Rundu, before turning left? in a southernly direction onto the A35. After 20km you will reach the entry gate to the Mahungu Game Reserve (add link to game reserve here). If you intend to drive straight through, please register your details in the “Transit” book and continue 12km to the Mohembo border post between Namibia and Botswana. Alternatively, pay the entrance fee and enjoy a game drive on the meandering dirt road along the Okavango River, before reaching the Mohembo border post. From the border post, continue 3,5km to the village of Shakawe, turn right onto the A35 and the entrance to Drotsky’s is on the left hand side
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