Where is the Festival and How do I Get There?

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.

To come to the Okavango Delta Music Festival, you will need to do 3 things:

  • Purchase a Festival Ticket for every adult, child, toddler or staff member wishing to attend;

  • Plan your camping option: free self-sufficient (just turn up with your tent), standard (P3500), Deluxe (P4200) or book VIP camping (email info@okmusicfestival.com)

  • Decide on how to get there: self-drive (parking on arrival P20) or book your road transfer (P350 return per person, just email

    info@okmusicfestival.com ) or helicopter shuttle with Helicopter Horizons on res1@helicopterhorizons.com (P895 one way)

  • The Community have respectfully requested that no vehicles cross onto the island in the interests of eliminating any damage to the floodplain. However, should you feel it absolutely necessary to take your vehicle across, you will need to purchase a VEHICLE PASS (which allows you one return journey to the island) for P500. The money goes straight to the community to cover any rehabilitation work on the floodplain that they may need to do after the event. 

 

HOW TO GET THERE:

Here’s a useful link on how to get to Maun from Joburg.

And once you arrive in Maun, here’s how to get to the Festival Island…

Self-Drive:

  • 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)
  • 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 cant miss it !

 

Road Transfer:

  • For P350 return per person we will transfer you in a game-drive vehicle from the Tshilli Cafe in Maun to the Festival. 45 mins on a sand road.

 

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. Let us know when you book tickets if you would like us to organise you a shuttle from the airport to the Festival Island – email info@okmusicfestival.com. This will need to be booked and paid for by 1st August 2019.

You can book your helicopter transfer with Helicopter Horizons for P975 one-way (Maun – Festival Island) which takes approximately 5 to 10 mins.

 

By Road in Your Own Vehicle:

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 co-ordinates 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.