Drotsky's Cabins is a comfortable lodge situated on the banks of the Okavango.
Drotsky's Cabins: Our full report
Drotsky’s Cabins is one of the oldest camps in northern Botswana. Situated on the Okavango Delta’s ‘pan-handle’ just under 10km away from the town of Shakawe it isn’t the first place we’d suggest for a wildlife safari. The big game and the isolation that one can find deeper into the Delta are less evident here. For keen birders and fishermen however, Drotsky’s is a good option and well worth considering as part of an itinerary.
No one from Expert Africa has visited Drotsky’s recently, but we’ve been supplied with the following information from reliable sources in Botswana with more up-to-date information on the camp than us.
Drotsky’s has been owned and run by the Drotsky family since its inception, and they are still involved with the camp today. As well as international tourists this is a camp which has built up a healthy local following over the years. So, in our experience this has been a good place to visit for an authentic take on life in Botswana. We imagine this to still be the case today.
Accommodation at Drotsky’s consists of Six A-frame chalets overlooking a wide stretch of the Okavango River as it makes its way towards the Delta beyond. We’re told that despite these chalets being simple and far from luxurious they are well-designed, clean, comfortable and set in pretty gardens. There is also a campsite at Drotsky’s, situated below a canopy of tall trees.
The main area at Drotsky’s Cabins is a large wood and thatch building with lush green lawns leading down to the river. This is also where the bar, restaurant as well as reception are found.
Activities here focus on birding and fishing. The local wetland areas and papyrus beds are home to a healthy variety of bird species. Drotsky’s attracts large number of guests between August and October in particular when thousands of fish swim upstream in an event known as the ‘Barbel Run’. This accumulation of barbel is preyed upon by the larger tigerfish but also a large number of bird species who find easy pickings amongst the confusion. Be sure to bring a good pair of binoculars with you.
The best way to explore the surrounding wetland area is by guided boat trip. Guests can buy their fishing tackle from camp. The Okavango River not only plays host to myriad fish and bird species but also hippos and some of the largest crocodiles in Botswana. These are usually very easily spotted at Drotsky's. For those visitors interested in the cultural side of things, the nearby Tsodilo Hills may well be worth a visit. This impressive display of ancient rock art has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Our viewDrotsky’s is a well-established camp with a distinct focus on fishing and birding. As a result it won’t be to everyone’s taste but for those with a keen interest outside of just big game this is a clean, comfortable camp offering something different. From August to around October this camp makes for an excellent base for fishermen and birders alike who are interested in seeing the famous ‘Barbel Run’.
Ideal length of stay: We’d recommend staying for a couple of nights at Drotsky’s, unless you are a really keen fisherman in which case perhaps three would be more suited.
Directions: Guests are able to fly into the local airstrip and transfer to camp from there. Many visitors however will arrive at Drotsky’s on a self-drive basis. The road to camp is sandy, but we’re told is accessible in a 2WD vehicle – we are yet to test this for ourselves.
Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: The Drotsky Family
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Health & safety
Medical care: Please note that it is only possible to fly out of camp during daylight hours as the bush airstrips do not have any lighting at night.