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Okavango Boating Safaris

Inner Delta Boating Safaris are the true way of experiencing the Okavango Delta. These Safaris are available only when water levels permit boating.

Seasonally June to October.

1 Day Chiefs Island Boat Trips.

We can pick up from your place of accommodation in the Maun between 6:30am and 7am (depending on where you are staying). If you are staying out of town please organise your transport with your place of accommodation. We then transfer to “The Old Bridge” where we will serve a light breakfast of cereal, yoghurt, toast, coffee and tea from 7am. We then send you out on your boat by 8am for a full day of viewing game, birds and some of Botswana’s most breath-taking scenery. This mesmerising adventure up winding Okavango channels will be interspersed with pauses for your viewing pleasure. You may also stop several times on your way for leg stretches and breaks. This trip is a classic example of the “journey being the destination”, the object is not to get anywhere in particular but to spend time in the Okavango delta.

Around midday we will reach the turning point near Chiefs Island where your guide will take you for a 1 hour game walk.

Once back at the boat landing your guide will set up a picnic lunch with table and chairs. After lunch you may rest in a shady, beautiful setting to soak up the peace and serenity of the Okavango delta. You then depart for the downstream return trip at around 2pm, arriving at The Old Bridge before 6pm. Where possible, depending on water levels you may use a different combination of channels on your way back.

Once back in Maun we will transport you to where you are staying that night in Maun.

P3150.00 p.p. minimum 4 people

Prices include a light breakfast, lunch and park fees.

Price: (vaild until 31st Dec 2022)

Multi-day Inner Delta Boating Safaris & Trans-Okavango expeditions

This option offers multi-day boat trip into the heart of the Okavango Delta. On these safaris you stay in one, or a combination of, Botswana Guides Association campsites that are located up the side of Chiefs Island. Once in camp we offer guided walks on pristine islands, mokoro explorations on uncharted waterways & boating excursions.

For details of the various levels of Okavango boating safari, prices, inclusions and sample itineraries please click

Please Note:

Guests are urged to have travel insurance and medical aid. We ask to be informed of medical aid details in advance

Please bring:

  • Sunblock.
  • Insect repellent.
  • A hat.
  • Open shoes & good walking shoes.
  • Toiletries and other items of a personal nature.

Okavango Air Rescue – Emergency Evacuation Service


The Old Bridge Backpackers is pleased to team up with OAR which operates a Helicopter for Emergency Evacuations. The current radius of operation is Northern Botswana and the Central Kalahari.

We feel that anyone going on Mokoro trip should contact OAR for coverage.
OAR is based in Maun and transports medical assistance to its Patrons by Helicopter in the event of a medical emergency. Professional staff on board will treat and stabilize you at the scene of the accident or incident. Patrons will then be flown to the nearest appropriate location or medical facility from where further arrangements will be made.
If you’re a foreign visitor, you can become a patron of OAR for currently 175 Pula / year [roughly 20 USD]. OAR is a private organization financed by the annual contributions of its Patrons. Each contribution entitles its Patrons, travelling within OAR’s range of operation, to one free, medically necessitated air rescue per year. The contribution is not an insurance premium, but is a payment that assists to keep the Helicopter airborne.