The Okavango Delta Music Festival - 29th August 2019

Experience a most unique and fun music and arts festival in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, and not only have fabulous amounts of fun….but through your participation, be a part of uplifting the Tsutsubega rural community.

Operated by: Okmusicfestival
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Description

Thursday 29th August to Sunday 1st September 2019 


Three days and 2 nights of pure entertainment – Friday 9am until Sunday 9pm depart Monday.

Festival ticket pass (3 days) R1250

The Okavango Delta Music Festival takes place on a beautiful ancient island, surrounded by floodplains. It is situated near a community called Tsutsubega, and proceeds from the festival will go towards helping alleviate poverty within this community through employment, providing permanent drinking water and various initiatives aimed at training the community members in various skills.

It isn’t that hard to reach the Festival Island – the closest town and airport is in Maun, in the north of Botswana.

Situated on a magnificent island in the floodplains of the Delta swamps, enjoy three days of live local and international bands, delicious food, eco-art installations and set up camp in the most beautiful scenery for blissful fun.

Where people and wildlife co-exist, reconnect with a wild place again and enjoy amazing music, art and theme camps in beautiful natural surroundings

Community upliftment:

On the edge of the Delta, in Tsutsubega, lies an exquisite complex of tree-lined islands surrounded by floodplains. Tsutsubega is a San name meaning “Place of the Emerald Spotted Dove”, a sweet little bird which occurs in abundance here.

This little Eden is home to approximately 500 people of mostly the ancient Bayei tribe. After consulting the community in a traditional gathering called a Kgotla, the community has given permission for the Okavango Delta Music Festival organisers to host an annual, three-day festival on an island in Tsutsubega in return for assisting them to alleviate poverty in a sustainable way.

The Festival will help the community of Tsutsubega derive direct economic benefit from environmental tourism through the campsites and employment at the festival. The main community projects that the Festival is implementing include a literacy programme and simulation centre, a reed straw project and also the  ‘Feed a Child Botswana’ to ensure the children in the community receive at least one nutritious meal a day.

Camping Accommodation - VIP, Deluxe, Standard or Self-Sufficient: (This excludes your festival ticket, must be purchased separately)

Option 1: Fully Self-Sufficient and TOTALLY FREE! yippee!

Festival-goers provide their own tents, bedding and use shared ablution facilities. No accommodation, camp staff, meals or drinks are included in your Festival Pass but there are fantastic cash bars and food stalls available at the Festival to satisfy your every need. There will also be community showers (P10 a hot shower!) so you won't be completely stinky. Shared toilet facilities.

Option 2: Standard camping R4725 (cost for 2 pax sharing, not each person)

We are working with one service provider to provide your set-up camp so you don’t have to do anything yourself. Just arrive and flop into your tent and bedrolls already made up for you! There are communal toilets and hot bucket showers at the festival for you to use. Meals and drinks available to buy at the festival main area.

Option 3: Deluxe camping R5670 (cost for 2 pax sharing, not each person)

Our service provider will provide you with a large meru tent, beds (not bedrolls, not the floor but REAL beds – woohoo!), linen and side tables. There will also be shared toilets and hot bucket showers in your camp. Just arrive and flop into your tent with a bit of luxury. Meals and drinks available to buy at the festival main area.

Option 4: VIP Glamping accommodation total R16800 (cost for 2 pax sharing, not each person)

Do it in Style!! VIP Luxury walk-in Tent, furnished and with your own private toilet and hot bucket shower and staff to help you with everything necessary. Meals and drinks available to buy at the festival main area.

Golden Africa Safaris are supplying the VIP tented accommodation at the Festival.

Itinerary

29th August 2019 arrive at the festival, Meet the festival staff at the car park where you can arrange transport to the camping grounds either via canoe to cross the waters or via helicopter (additional cost)

1st September 2019 - Festival ends roughly 2 am the following day.

2nd September 2019 at 07:30 depart the festival.

Important information

HOW TO GET THERE:

  • A 20km drive from the tar road in Maun to the Festival parking site at Tsutsubega VDC (P10 car park fee to the community guys). This will take you 45 mins maximum from Maun.
  • Leave your car in the car park and catch a 10mins mokoro (canoe) ride (P20) to the festival entertainment area and your camping OR drive your car across 2 water crossings (you will need a 4×4 to do this) OR take a helicopter with Helicopter Horizons for R1200 one way.
  • Park on the island at your campsite OR walk from the mokoro station to your campsite – 5 mins MAXIMUM walk.
  • If you have bought a ticket and given your email address, you will be sent a map a week before the festival on how to get there. There will be signs all the way to show you where to go. You can't miss it!

By Bus:

Available upon request.

By Air:

Only you know where you are coming from, but your final destination airport is Maun International Airport. Airlink fly there from Cape Town and Johannesburg or you could try Air Botswana. You can also fly Air Namibia from Windhoek or from Gaborone on Air Botswana.

Maun airport is a 45-minute road transfer away from the Festival island. Email us if you would like an arranged pick up shuttle.

You can book your helicopter transfer with Helicopter Horizons for R1200one-way (Maun – Festival Island) which takes approximately 5 to 10 mins.

By Road in Your Own Vehicle (+- 12hrs):

Maun is a 12-hour drive from Johannesburg in South Africa. The roads are good and a saloon car is acceptable to get to Maun. You can also drive from Gaborone (10 hours).

The route from Maun airport to the Festival island will be clearly marked. Directions and GPS coordinates are given to ticket and pass-holders. From Maun, it takes approximately 40 mins along sand tracks.

A 4×4 vehicle is essential as the route includes deep sand and possibly some shallow water-crossings

NB: We have had poor rains and no floods this year so there is a high chance there will be NO water around the island and then no water crossings and no mekoro canoes etc… the floods and water are out of our control and no refunds will be given if there is no water this year. 

Operated by: OkMusicFestival

What’s included

29th August to September 1st 2019:

Three days and 2 nights of pure entertainment – Friday 9am until Sunday 9pm depart Monday.

Check out our blog on this unique festival:

Okavango Delta Music Festival 2019

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