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The Old Bridge Backpackers

Matlapaneng, Maun, Ngamiland East Botswana
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#7 of 64 Specialty lodging in Maun
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We stayed three nights at this place and it had its ups and downs. We had a little hut directly at the river. Down we could see the crocodiles and many birds at the pool in the river. We arrived on a Friday and the weather was very hot (37 Celcius). Inside it was unpleasantly hot.It was difficult to sleep The room had no AC and no fan! The next day the weather was more pleasant. At Saturday night the music was very loud until mid-night. At the hotel bar were a lot of local drunken people. Again we did not sleep well. The next day the weather was fine and there was little music. Finally we enjoyed staying at the Backpackers. From our hut we saw Fish Eagles and King Fishers taking fish in the pool. A dog jumped half a meter into the air and runned as fast as possible, when he tried to drink from the pool and a crocodile jumped out to the water in an attempt to grap him. ( there are few place with give such as show) I recommend this hotel, if it is not too hot ( there is not even a fan) and not for Fridays and Saturdays, unless you like to drink a lot with the locals.
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I stayed back in December for a couple of weeks and had a blast. During the day it's a perfect spot for reading, having a coffee or a swim in the pool. At night it came alive with great music and a fantastic atmosphere. Rooms were brilliant (we stayed in both ensuite and non ensuite) and loved showering under the stars. The place seems to thrive with wonderful staff who were so approachable and accommodating. Having been back since, it seems to be even better- great food and service, and the same tranquillity that makes you feel like the world around you has stopped. I hear it's wonderful when the river flows, but even in drought it's a must visit.
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We loved our stay at the Old Bridge Backpackers! We slept in one of the dome tents which was much more comfortable than expected due to proper mattresses and comfy bedding. It was easy to connect with other people (travellers as well as locals) at the cosy bar area. The staff was always friendly and very helpful - especially Jethro. Cheers to him! If we ever get back to Maun/Botswana we will make sure to chose the Old Bridge Backpackers again.
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I stayed in one of the 'cabins' (not a tent) facing the water for one night. The scenery was nice and relatively peaceful. There are no hippos and the one gator that's left should probably be somewhere else. I was told this is because of the drought Botswana is experiencing. Ordered dinner...it was pretty good. And like another reviewer noted; showering under the stars/sun is very cool. My one complaint would be the need for a fan in these rooms...it would help to cool it down as well as keep the bugs away. Also, there are no locks on the doors once you leave the cabin (you can lock it from the inside when you're in there). Staff was very pleasant.
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This place was definitely worth staying despite 12- hour -4 different ride on the way.The staffs were very friendly and considerate. They tried their best to break the fatigue of my long journey. I enjoyed the rural landscape and interesting animals while walking, chilling out at a bar. I met myself in peace and could blow away all the stress. Its mokoro tour was one of the best moments during my trip. I miss the shower under the blue sunny sky. 빈트후크 에서 버스로 가는 여정의 수고로움을 싹 날려주는 평화로운 숙소 였습니다. 오는길 피곤하다고 룸도 업그레이드 해주고 스탭들,바텐더 다 친근하고 멍하니 시간 유유히 보내는게 좋았습니다.
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BotswanaNorth-West DistrictNgamiland EastMaun
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Old Bridge Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to The Old Bridge Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Okavango River (2.6 miles), Heritage Studio (4.2 miles), and Tracks Adventure Safaris & Lodges (4.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Old Bridge Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Old Bridge Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at The Old Bridge Backpackers?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Old Bridge Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Marc's Eatery, The Tshilli Farmstall, and French Connection.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Old Bridge Backpackers?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The Old Bridge Backpackers have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.