Just thought we'd share our mokoro experience from Maun with everyone and give everyone some backround re how the system works- who you paying for what etc.
1. Most of the lodges/campsites/etc in Maun offer a mokoro trip- which is definately a must- a really fascinating way to see the beautiful Delta through the eyes of people who actually live the experience.
2. The prices they charge for a day trip is +/-750P pp, and for overnight +/-1000P pp. This includes: A permit for the NG32 area, a guide/poler (1 guide/poler per mokoro, which takes 2 people), the drive to the village and back (most leave from Boro 2).
3. ALL of them book through the OKMCT (Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust) which is the Poler's trust and where you also get your permit. The polers wait at the station and are payed a set rate and are meant to work through a rotation method (which means that for example, the Backpackers can't request poler X for your trip). Every trip has a guide (a poler with more experience and better English) amongst the polers.
4. So far so good, the only thing is: a poler is paid 180P for a day (a guide, gets paid 200P) and 50P for a night, regardless of if there are 1/2 people in the mokoro. Basically- a couple will pay 1500P for a day trip, while their permits are 136P (68 pp per day) and the poler gets 200P/180P- you are basically paying an extra 1164P when all the lodge has done is driven you to Boro and collected a permit for you.
5. The drive to Boro is quite sandy- but really fine if you have a 4x4- we did it 4 times with no problems. There were lots of people there willing to look after our car and we had absolutely no issues. The OKMCT can arrange a ride.
6. You can collect your permit and arrange a poler straight through the OKMCT from the Apollo house which is right next to the airport.
What we did is, after seeing that the road to Boro was fine, got our permit from the OKMCT, arranged a poler (who is a head poler) who was wonderful. We brought food for the three of us, and agreed we'd pay 250P for the day. At the end of the trip we gave him another 150P, he was payed 400P for a day trip (double what he would have got).
All in all we paid 556P for our guide, parking, and permits, as opposed to 1500P. We were happy, they were happy and we all had a great experience :) Definately recommend this method, free to ask any questions.