Guest Info

OKAVANGO DELTA

“The river that never finds the sea” is a World Heritage Site. The rains from the Angolan Highlands gather some 11 km³ of water, on average, to form the mighty Okavango River which floods the Delta on an annual basis.

The flood spreads out in a great alluvial fan creating the world’s largest inland Delta, covering more than 15000 square kilometers. The spreading waters form lagoons, water channels, grassy swamps and riverine islands. Seventy percent of these riverine islands in the Delta began life as a termite mound. Due to the fact that this phenomena occurs during Botswana’s dry months, large concentrations of wildlife are attracted to the Delta.

Rivers and pools are strewn with lily pads and banked with floating papyrus and magnificent trees. These pristine waters create a remarkable habitat for numerous aquatic fauna and flora. The Delta is home to an immense variety of birds, some 450 species habitat Northern Botswana. This area becomes a birder’s paradise during the months of August and September when the floodwaters begin to recede and the concentration of fish increases. The Okavango Delta is home to the endangered Pels Fishing Owl, the world’s only fish eating owl.

The Delta flood attracts many larger herbivores including elephant, buffalo, hippo, giraffe and zebra. Due to this amount of prey the populations of carnivores are numerous and include lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dogs, hyena and crocodiles.

The most wonderful aspect of game encounters in the Delta is the fact that the animal populations have not been imported or controlled in anyway and the area is unfenced. Botswana is one of the last remaining areas where one can witness animals moving freely, as they wish to, in a truly pristine environment.

The zebra migration is one of the country’s best kept secrets. It is the world’s second largest zebra migration where up to 25000 zebra move over 240km from the Okavango Delta to the Makgadikgadi during the summer months of November to April.

Jumbo Junctions position at the topmost part of the Delta in the North Eastern province of Botswana means that the flood reaches our camp in early February in comparison to camps lower down in the Delta that only receive flood water in May to June. The water is filtered through floating papyrus ‘islands’ and becomes crystal clear, perfectly safe for drinking.

How to get to us

Charter flights from Maun to Seronga, from Kasane to Seronga

Johannesburg/Pretoria_Rustenberg_130km
Rustenburg to Zeerust_130km (Fill up your car with fuel in Zeerust)
Zeerust to Skilpadshek / Pioneers Gate (remember your passports, car papers and cash to pay border costs and the address you are going to is Jumbo Junction, Gunotsoga, Botswana)
Pioneers Gate_Kanye_47km (do not go to Lobatse)
Kanye_Jaweng_74km (nandos and fill up fuel again) Maybe buy a B Mobile sim here
Jaweng_Sekoma_86km
Sekoma_Kang_161km (You can fill up fuel in Kang)
Kang_Ghanzi_228 km (You can fill up fuel in Ghanzi, an overnight in Ghanzi is a good option)
Ghanzi_Sehitwa_190km you are now on the A35
Sehitwa_Gumare_149km (You turn left at Sehitwa) the sign also indicates Shakawe
Gumare_Sepupa_78km
Sepupa_Shakawe_57km
Shakawe_Mohembo Ferry_12km
Mohembo Ferry_Seronga (a number of small villages in between remain on the main gravel road_95km
Seronga_Gunotsoga_25km at the first cross road in Seronga turn left to Gunotsoga
Gunotsoga_Jumbo Junction_5km travel through Gunotsoga for a further 4,5km turn right off the main grave road at the Jumbo Junction Sign.

Daily flights from South Africa, OR Thanmbo International to Maun on South African Airways and Air Botswana. SA Airlink has a weekly flight from Cape Town to Maun, Flights from Maun to Seronga (The closest airstrip to the camp is Seronga) can be booked directly with Major Blue Air (Major Blue Air | Phone: (+267) 686 5671 | Phone: (+267) 686 3633 | Fax: 00267 686 5672 | Email: info@majorblueair.com Web: www.majorblueair.com) or Mack Air (Tel +267 686 0675 | Fax +267 6860036Email: reservations@mackair.co.bw Web: www.mackair.co.bwboth charter companies are based in Maun and Kasane.

Electricity

A solar farm and a 5 KW invertor provide electricity, with a back up generator. Plug points are 220 V.

Water

The camp water is pumped directly from the Delta during the ‘wet season’ and from well points during the ‘dry season’. We will provide you with a complimentary bottle of water upon arrival and we also have water for sale at the bar. However, we encourage you to limit the amount of plastic waste created through the purchase of bottled water. Botswana does not have a plastic recycling program and plastic waste ends up on our local landfill site. Most camps in the Delta support the “Throttle the Bottle” campaign and we encourage you to assist us with our effort to reduce our plastic waste by refilling your water bottles at the Osmosis filtration system at the bar.

Hot Water

Our hot water is produced in a ‘Donkey’ or boiler that is heated with a wood fire. We make a fire under boilers early in the morning and again in the afternoon, using firewood collected from dry dead wood, we do not cut any trees.

Sewerage

The camp makes use of a septic tank sewerage system. Please do not flush any foreign objects down the toilets rather use the bins provided.

Firewood

We sell firewood at the camp that has been collected from dry dead wood, we do not cut any trees.

Shopping and Supplies

It is imperative that self-catering guests purchase all their supplies for their stay. Shakawe, 120km from Jumbo Junction on a rough, dirt road, is the last place to buy supplies. There is a small Choppies, which is often not very well stocked, a bottle store – Tempting Stretches, 3 Chinese dealers, a PEP and two fuel stations.

Meals

Our kitchen can provide breakfasts and dinners, with prior arrangements before your arrival. Due to our remote location we have to ensure that we source the fresh supplies, before your arrival, to cater for these meals.

Braaipacks

We do have frozen braaipacks for sale. Please enquire at the bar.

ATM's

The town of Shakawe, 120km from Jumbo Junction has a Barclays ATM where one may draw PULA. However, there is no guarantee that it will be working and the queue is generally long! It is advisable to draw some PULA to facilitate small purchases as we often struggle with a shortage of change.

Payments

We accept most international credit cards – MasterCard and Visa. However, we cannot accept American Express and Diner’s Club cards. We accept US dollars, Euro, Pounds Sterling, Namibian dollars and Rands. Our staff will also accept these currencies when tipping. Due to the shortage of change at times we will round off to the closest figure when guests pay with international currencies.

Security

We have a safe in our office for guests that may want to lock up valuables. Due to the openness of our accommodation we ask you to apply common sense regarding your belongings. We feel that our staff is very trustworthy, but it is best not to tempt anyone with valuables that are not packed away.

Emergencies

We insist that you have already organised medical insurance before you arrive on our premises. There is a basic clinic in Seronga for smaller emergencies and your medical insurance will facilitate a ‘medivac” to Maun should it be necessary.

Malaria

We are situated in a Malaria area and you need to consult your doctor as to how to protect yourself during your visit. The majority of mosquito bites occur at sunrise and sunset, with mosquitos flying mostly at 200mm from floor level. It is advisable to wear shoes, socks, trousers, a long sleeved shirt and a protective spray during these times. We do not spray poisons around our camp to ensure that we maintain a natural balance of spiders, frogs and lizards, which in turn control the mosquito population.

Delta Waters

The annual flood normally arrives at Jumbo Junction towards early February when the rainwaters from the Angolan Highlands are carried into the Delta by the Okavango River. The height and duration of the flood depends on the amount of local rainfall and the rainwaters received from Angola. The flood usually begins to subside at the end of August.

Rainfall and Temperatures

Dry Season – Winter – May to October There is little or no rain during these months. In May, temperatures are relatively low, 10°C in the mornings (50°F) reaching 28°C (80°F) during the day. During the months of June, July and August be sure to pack some warm clothing, especially if you are going to be doing a 4.30am morning wake up for a balloon flight! Average morning temperatures at sunrise are 6°C (42°F) with afternoon temperatures reaching a pleasant 25 °C (78 °F). Night temperatures will often drop below freezing. September to October are hot months and daytime temperatures will increase to 41 °C (106 °F) accompanied by warm evenings.

Wet Season – Summer –November to April Afternoon thundershowers are normal during these months and at times the rain will continue for days. Typical temperatures are between 20 °C (69 °F) in the mornings and 33 °C (91 °F) during the day. By April, the rainfall decreases and the days become clear with an average of 30 °C (87 °F) with cooler nights.

General

Wifi is available and a local cellular reception is also available on the Bmobile network of Botswana an affordable option is to purchase a Bmobile sim card when you arrive in Maun or Kasane

4 x 4 vehicle hire Britz Car Hire Telephone: +27 11 230 5200, Email: bookings@britz.co.za  the contact number is in South Africa, Britz car hire has a depot in Maun and Kasane.