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Shakawe Fishing Lodge - General

Shakwe River Lodge is a privately owned stylish lodge, set on the banks of the Okavango River in north western Botswana’s Panhandle area. Your guests will receive personalised attention and savour the highest standards of uncompromised service and attention. We pride ourselves in offering the ultimate in river experiences that will leave your guest enticed to visit us again.

The Location

Accessible by two wheel drive vehicles from the tarred road, Shakawe River Lodge is an ideal stopover for visitors driving through the northern parts of Botswana and Namibia. The Mohembo border post to Namibia is 20km north of the lodge. The Shakawe airport has a 1.4km tarred runway for charter flights and private aircraft, with Customs and Immigration clearance available by prior arrangement.



Ten spacious, ensuite air conditioned suites comprising of three double suites with king size beds and seven twin bedded suites. A honeymoon suite, built further from the main lodge, has an outside shower and extended private deck with a comfortable day bed. Each suite is tucked away in the shady riverine forest with a private deck overlooking a small papyrus lined channel. A flat screen LCD television, with a standard hotel DSTV bouquet, soft bath robes and writing stationery are also provided. The lodge has been designed to maximize the river view and the dining area, lounges, bar and deck all have views of the main Okavango River. Meals are prepared by our experienced chefs and are enjoyed on the open planned restaurant deck. The swimming pool area has day beds and loungers and provides welcome relief on warm afternoons.

Situated under the shady canopy of trees, there are ten allocated sites, eight of which have river views. Each site has a barbecue facility with grid and wash up basin with cold water, lights and electrical plug points. The ladies and gents ablutions are neat and clean and have steaming hot showers and a wash basin facility. The main campsite bar area has a small restaurant with a basic bar menu. We also offer four spacious dome tents on decks, with twin beds and comfortable bedding. These tents are serviced by a separate private ablution.




The Okavango River hosts a healthy fish population and offers some of the best sport fishing in Africa. The Tiger Fish hunts in the crystal clear open waters which offer unforgettable fishing, for the novice and experienced angler alike. The lodge has five well equipped fishing boats, each one skippered by well trained and experienced fishing guides. We suggest that avid sport fishermen bring their own equipment for both fly and lure fishing.

Guests will have the opportunity of guided, boating excursions to admire the abundant birdlife, taking time to search for the more rare and endemic bird species (Pel’s Fishing Owl, African Skimmer, White Backed Night Heron, and the Narina Trogon).

The lodge offers day trips to Tsodilo Hills, to view the Bushman Paintings. An hour’s drive away, your professional guide will take you on a guided tour through the Hills, followed by a picnic lunch, returning to the lodge in the late afternoon. There is also game-viewing in Mahangu National Park, across the border in Namibia.