Birders and fishing paradise on the western panhandle of the Okavango Delta. No fishing JAN & FEB
This is a family owned and managed business operating three lodges - the very popular Drotsky's Cabins, Lawdons Lodge and the very private Xaro Camp.
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About 8km from the town of Shakawe, in the northwest of Botswana in the western panhandle of the Okavango Delta, you will find Drotsky Cabins. It is one of the original lodges in the country and especially popular among tourists who want to do some birdwatching as well as fishing.
Drotsky Cabins is run by Jan and Eileen Drotsky and is a family business. Being in business for a while also means they are very knowledgeable about the region, as well as the flora and fauna in this part of the Okavango Delta.
Guests are accommodated in six A-frame chalets overlooking the wide Okavango River. The chalets are clean, comfortable and simple and exudes a charm of yesteryear. The bar at Drotsky’s Cabins are not just for tourists, so any newcomer will soon hear some fascinating stories by the locals about this region of Botswana. The dining area overlooks the Okavango River - but before you sit down, book in advance for the meals and pay when you arrive. Below a huge canopy of trees the campsite is situated.
Drotsky’s Cabins is an ideal location for angling and birding activities thanks to the papyrus channels and lush vegetation of the river. Hippos and crocodiles also frequent the Okavango River. Another great natural attraction is the Barbel Run.
Between August and October Drotsky’s Cabins is the place to be to witness the Barbel Run: the fish congregate in their thousands, swim upstream and slap their tails through the thick papyrus reeds in the river. The slapping noise apparently disorientates the smaller fish species in the river and they become the barbel’s next meal. The commotion attracts the attention of birds but also of tiger fish - so if you’re an avid tiger fish angler, Drotsky’s Cabins is the place for you.
Boating is a popular activity at Drotsky’s Cabins and a number of guided boats of various sizes are on offer. Fishing tackle is available on site. Lawrence of the Okavango is a boat with legendary status in the region.
Attractions nearby include the Tsodilo Hills - a World Heritage site with impressive rock art, the Drotsky Caves (accessible by 4x4 vehicle only) and the Mahango National Park. Drotsky’s Cabins itself is a popular lodge in the Delta area, so it is best to book well in advance. Although the sand on the road can be very thick, you are able to reach Drotsky’s Cabins in a normal 2WD car. Drotsky’s Cabin is also an ideal base if you are driving on the western side of the Okavango Delta and want to head north to Namibia - in particular the Mahango- and Bwabwata National Park and Namibia’s Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip)
OTHER BOTSWANA LODGES
The most obvious route is to cross the border into Namibia once you leave Drotsky Cabins. You then drive along the Caprivi strip and re-enter Botswana at Ngoma Bridge. Once you have crossed the border you will be in the Chobe National Park, one of the world's most famous game reserves. If you have stayed in Lawdons or Xaro in Shakawe you might prefer Chobe Safari lodge in the Kasane region. They are about on the same level of luxury. If Drotsky's Cabins was your favourite in Shakawe then perhaps the slightly cheaper Toro Lodge will suit your needs. There is however no reason why you should not upgrade to the luxurious Mowana Safari lodge. This lodge with its eighteen hole golf course is the favourite lodge for many people including kings and presidents.Senyati Safari Camp is in the bush near the Chobe Game reserve and the self-catering accommodation might be the best option for families.
Island Safari Lodge is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and you might stay a night here before visiting Drotsky Cabins or Lawdons Lodge.
Woodlands Stop which is 10 km north of Francistown can be reached within a day from Drotskys Cabins. This lodge offers self-catering and camping near Francistown in Botswana.
If your route is through Namibia, you could consider the Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre . It is a four star hotel in Swakopmund and 8 hours drive from Drotsky Cabins. The Stiltz is a hotel on poles in Swakopmund. This lodge is extraordinarily beautiful and is on the Swakopmund River near the main beach at Swakopmund. The Stiltz is a luxury hotel in Swakopmund which would be a wonderful addition to any itinerary. Perhaps you can spend a few nights at Etosha Lodge just south of the Etosha National Park on your way from Drotsky Cabins to Swakopmund. Etosha Lodge offers self-catering (self contained) accommodation and luxury fully inclusive accommodation.
Keetmanshoop is about halfway between Cape Town and Drotsky Cabins. The Quivertree Forest Rest Camp just a few km north of Keetmanshoop might be the best place to stay in this town. The Quivertree Forest and the Giants playground is the premier tourist attraction of Keetmanshoop.
Merino Inn Hotel in Colesberg is one of the choices for accommodation in this Northern Cape if you are travelling up from the Cape to go to Drotsky's Cabins. There are also Sunset Lodge and Gables Inn on the N1 highway between Cape Town and Johannesburg.
The Regent in East London is a luxury hotel near the beach in East London in the Eastern Cape South Africa.
Kambro self-catering offers accommodation on a farm north of Britstown if you are travelling down to the Cape from Botswana.
If your route from Drotskys should take you to Zimbabwe you might go to Granite Ridge. Granite Ridge is situated in a scenic area within the Matopo National Park. This lodge is nestled in the famous Matopo Hills near Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Or your route might take you to Hwange and then you will find that Sikumi Tree Lodge is a breathtaking lodge at Hwange Game reserve in Zimbabwe. Sikumi Tree Lodge offers excellent accommodation and safaris through this game park.
Cutty Sark Hotel is a more affordable hotel in Kariba with views over the lake.
Kulizwe Lodge in Binga along the southern shores of Lake Kariba offers self-catering (self contained) accommodation. Cutty Sark Hotel is in Kariba and can be reached by looking at the Hotels and Lodges in Zimbabwe on the Temba website.