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“Wow what an experience”
Review of Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta
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$2,382.00*
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Victoria Falls To Okavango Delta Tour
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$1,576.06*
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9 Day Delta and Victoria Falls
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Maun
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

The Okavango Delta in Botswana was something I was looking forward to experiencing and it didn't let me down. The Mokoro is a wonderful way to experience the Delta laying back relaxing and watching the delta go by whilst the Poler glides you over the water. Camping wild on the banks of the Delta watching the sunset is something I will always remember. Flying over the delta was an emotional experience for me. To actually be doing something that I had dreamt about and which was now a reality was very emotional. I would highly recommend both experiences.

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Reviewed July 31, 2011

When you are in Botswana go to Maun and spend days of extreme relaxation, from there book a mokoro trip or whatever. Really worth visiting the world's largest inland delta. I did only one day trip, but my friends that I met there they did 2 days and slept in one of the island. You will see real african nature: hippopotamus, huge aligators swimming around you and elephants far away. The color of the water is an attraction apart, really clear and it is an invitation for swimming, just ask your guide the right place to swimming for sure you don't want to swimming with hippos and crocodiles around and their experience will let you safe. BTW, I learned how to paddle a mokoro.

2  Thank Simonest
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Reviewed January 20, 2011

We did a Mokoro trip through the Boro community station and absolutely enjoyed it. We had a great guide and could talk to him as to how we would like to spend our two days in the wild. So, we arranged with him to take us out fishing in the delta (most delicious bream, which we grilled on the open fire later on) and he showed us a beautiful place to go swimming. Imagine swimming into the sunset and the water all around you sparkling pink and golden in the midst of countless water lilies...hmm still dreaming about it now.
As for the early morning walk, it was too long and bloody hot, but still very enjoyable and quite a different feeling to approach zebras and wildebeest walking on the ground without any gun or other protection.
It is important not to take to much luggage as the boats quickly get too heavy, and enough water (we ran out of water the second day and had to boil and drink some Delta water, which was save enough, but totally disgusting in taste).
Guides seem to vary greatly in quality and English skills, but it's always possible to talk to them and arrange the activities as one likes it (walking lots or resting more or whatsoever).
We found out that the accomodations and tour operators from Maun pay the guides very little and keep most of the money they charge for the Mokoro trips for themselves. We think that is very sad and unethical!! Maybe they should invest more of their profit into the training and equipment of good guides.
It is possible to call the community stations directly, though, and they can arrange pick-ups in Maun and the whole trip (one still needs to bring a tent, food and cooking utensils) for much less costs and all the money going straight to the community and guides.

1  Thank maludka
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Reviewed December 1, 2010

I went with a tour group which involved setting up own tents and cooking own food. Upon arrival to the Delta, everyone got into their Mokoro and we all enjoyed a 2hour ride through the reeds of the Delta. It was so exciting "we have to go this way because a hippo was spotted their earlier". The mokoro ride itself was so relaxing no one wanted to get out when we arrived at the site we were to set up tent. The Polars (the drivers of the Mokoros) had to flatten the ground for us to set up tent but before any of us had done so, we spotted a huge herd of elephants through the trees. We all sat and watched in amazement. We were here for 3days with no electricity, no running water and no toilets (well, man made hole in the floor).

Each day we did a morning walk and an evening walk to learn about the Delta, the way the animals live and hunt, and also to spot any animals. We spotted allsorts!! From giraffes running in thier herds, elephants grazing, Jeckels searching for food, to hippos relaxing in the waters. What an experience this was!!

Highly recommended and is a must do!!

3  Thank Camacho87
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Reviewed December 1, 2010

Organised a mokoro trip through Old Bridge Backpackers, Maun, in November 2010. Old Bridge's organisation was fine (though they aren't great at responding to emails). The challenge is that they use the Boro Village Community Trust, near Maun, who supply guides on a rotation basis, and you may get great guides or not-so-great guides - the quality of whom is beyond the control of Old Bridge. I went in through the Panhandle from Etsha in 2003, also through a community trust and had a fantastic experience. This experience from Maun was less enjoyable.

1) The itinerary was unbalanced: we did too little on the first day (reached camp at 10am, the guide told us he would next speak to us at 5pm, followed by a short 1-hr walk on the island behind the camp) and too much on the second day (5-hr hike starting 7.15, in 45 degree heat without shade and without much by way of animal-spotting), with less than 2 hours in the mokoro over the 2 days
2) We were put into a group with a couple of American college students, who were nice enough, but as you'd expect, quite loud and excitable. Our guides themselves were also loud and excitable, the two sets drawing on each other's energy, and as such, we barely had a quiet moment to enjoy the sounds of the Delta or experience the birdlife.

There are some constraints as to how mokoro trips from Maun can be arranged, and budget hotel owners do not have a lot of control over the guides. However, when considering whether to do the luxury fly-in, or whether to do the mokoro trip booked by a budget hotel, travellers should keep these factors in mind.

3  Thank Adam_in_Africa
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