Okavango Air Rescue is a private company, inspired by the Swiss Rescue Service "REGA" who originally established the Patronage system. This created a steady flow of income, for the service to remain airborne. 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.
Okavango Air Rescue complements existing road and air ambulance services operating in Botswana.
Our current radius of operation is Northern Botswana and the Central Kalahari.
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.
Additional funds will be sourced by Okavango Air Rescue, by invoice, from a Patron’s insurance company directly after a medically necessitated rescue is complete. A Patron will not be required to make any personal payment related to this invoice. Annual Patronage contributions, including VAT, are as follows: