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Mokoro from Maun- Do not book through agencies/lodges!

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Mokoro from Maun- Do not book through agencies/lodges!

Hey Everyone,

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.

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1. Re: Mokoro from Maun- Do not book through agencies/lodges!

Hello,

THank you very much indeed for your excellent advice ! I would like to get the same experience with them this summer. I try to contact the community by phone and email to book in advance from France. but I have no reply. Do you think it is possible to book in advance or do we have to meet directly them in the apollo house near the airport?

Thank you

Hélène

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2. Re: Mokoro from Maun- Do not book through agencies/lodges!

Thanks for the advice.

Sounds ideal for us in September. We will have a 4x4.

Would you recommend an overnight stay?

For day trips, can you dictate what times you start and return? What's the driving time to Boro from Maun?

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3. Re: Mokoro from Maun- Do not book through agencies/lodges!

If you plan to drive to the mokoro station yourself, remember there are NO road signs. The road can also get quite bad especially if it has rained. The flood also changes the route used so this is not a route you should take lightly if you plan to drive yourself - especially when the "flood" pushes in to the flood plains. Agencies and lodges offer transfers to the mokoro station with trained drivers (guides) by either vehicle or sometimes by boat. Having USD50 000 worth of 4x4 vehicle and a driver that needs to be paid, requires that the lodges charge for this service. Indeed, there are also fuel costs involved that need to be paid. Remember that the transfer vehicle may have to make 2 return trips, if it returns to Maun and collects later in the day or the next day!

Further, there are other boat stations besides the one you used in villages deeper into the delta. Again, no road signs, possible water crossings and many more challenges.

By all means book direct and do it yourself, but do be aware that local conditions change dramatically according to the time of year, therefore local knowledge should be sought before attempting the drive yourself.

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4. Re: Mokoro from Maun- Do not book through agencies/lodges!

Hey,

From what we saw there is no need to book in advance- you can go straight there, but I don't know exactly how busy they get...

You can leave whenever you want, but from what we understood, all mokoros (no doing overnight trips

) need to be back by 16:00- this may change with sunsets times etc.

We were on a long trip so we did a day trip and it was great, although everyone we spoke to recommended overnight trips.. suppose it depends on you and the experience you looking for :)

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6. Re: Mokoro from Maun- Do not book through agencies/lodges!

We arranged a full day mokoro trip with OKMCT at Apollo house. As the OP stated, this is possible to do yourself if you have a 4x4.

OKMCT have 2-3 departure points and the roads/directions to these can be a bit confusing, but not that difficult. We had a lovely day with a really knowledgeable guide. We walked to within 50m of elephants and zebras. If we had more time, one night's camping on one of the islands would have been great.

Costs are P136 for permits at Apollo house and P200 for the guide. We gave the guide a lot more than this as he was so good.

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7. Re: Mokoro from Maun- Do not book through agencies/lodges!

Hi all,

I am going to Botswana next month, working in Namibia and have to visit some of our projects there. However in the meantime I would like to do a mokoro trip, but I have limited time. On the first of June I come from Maun and that day I stay at Maghoto Community Campsite (close to Khwai North Gate Campsite). Do you think it is possible to do a mokoro trip in between, and after that continue driving to the campsite? Is the time flexible if you book it directly to OKMCT so that we have time to drive to that campsite the same day?

Thanks.

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8. Re: Mokoro from Maun- Do not book through agencies/lodges!

Is there any possibilty to contact them online ? Or can you just drive there ?

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9. Re: Mokoro from Maun- Do not book through agencies/lodges!

I have done this last month. You can just drive to the Apollo house near the airport, there is the OKMCT office, and book for the next day. It was exactly as Abigail explained in the first message in this Forum. What is nice is that you have more flexible times (we needed to go back earlier than the regular tours and that was possible) and the community benefits more.

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