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Weekend trips from Maun - ideas?

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Weekend trips from Maun - ideas?

Hi all,

I will be going to Maun, Botswana through work for 1 month approximate mid-Nov to mid-Dec. I'll have 3-4 WEEKENDS (not weeks) for personal time. Can you please suggest how to best plan this time? Obviously I want to see animals, safaris, etc. tons to do in Maun. I'd also like to go Vic Falls. I'll be on my own (female) and budget isn't really an issue but prefer low cost options where I can but not at the expense of time.

Thanks so much!

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1. Re: Weekend trips from Maun - ideas?

Also to see game reserves should I book something through a local tour company once I'm there? Is it possible to do day trip from Maun? Which games and parks do you recommend? Thanks!

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2. Re: Weekend trips from Maun - ideas?

For weekends/day trips, it would definitely be worth going and speaking to an agent in Maun. I've used Safari Specialists to organise longer trips, but Travel Wild have an office in the little strip of shops just opposite the airport that would be convenient to pop in. If you are working until, say, 5pm on Friday and have to start on Monday morning, I think you'll be limited as to what you can fit in in a weekend. Hopefully you will meet some people working there who might also be able to help you out.

But I think if you want to really see the wildlife and Victoria Falls, the best way would be to add on some time at the end of the trip, maybe a week or 10 days.

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3. Re: Weekend trips from Maun - ideas?

You can do quite a bit from Maun, Weekend trips into the Okavango by mokoro, day trips to Moremi Game Reserve, Nxai pan weekend trips, Just go to places like The Bridge Backpackers, Okavango River Lodge etc and you will see what trips they do from Maun,

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4. Re: Weekend trips from Maun - ideas?

I agree with dumelamaun, there are lots of short trips to do from Maun and most of the accommodation establishments in Maun can help you. Being on your own they will be able to find something for you to join which will help to bring the cost down a bit.

Good luck!

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5. Re: Weekend trips from Maun - ideas?

Thanks all - I'm leaving in a couple of weeks. Before I go there I want to have an idea of which places I want to go see (e.g. Moremi, Chobe, etc). I'm not worried about finding a tour company or travel mates but I do want to have a sense of where in the country I'd like to visit.

I will have a total of 3 weekends so I was thinking:

1. Okavango Delta area

2. Chobe NP

3. Kalahari

How does that sound?

Edited: 06 November 2014, 07:54
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6. Re: Weekend trips from Maun - ideas?

Try Unlimited Tours and Safari in Maun a new company who will be glad to help you. I am going on a 14 night tour next year and they are very keen to help provide a personal service. C

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7. Re: Weekend trips from Maun - ideas?

I'm finally in Botswana and it's been amazing so far!! I'm based in Maun and went on a day trip to Moremi as well as a day trip to the inner Okavanga delta (via Backpackers which I highly recommend).

I'm still trying to figure out my 2 other weekends. I'm pretty sure next weekend I will go to Gweta to see the salt pans. Any advice on how to best plan this portion is appreciated. Plan is to take a bus and stay at Planet Baobab (that's the cheapest option I can find) and take a 1/2 day tour with them to the salt flats.

My last weekend - I'm looking for advice. I was thinking about going to Vic Falls but not sure yet because of the distance and expense but more importantly because I already know I'm coming back to southern Africa as well as well as Eastern Africa so I'm trying to see if there's somewhere else I should go in Botswana over Vic Falls. The other reason is because I read that now is not the best time to go because water levels are low.

I welcome any suggestions. I was looking at Chobe NP and while I really enjoyed my time at the safari but don't think I need to go on another one if it's going to be fairly similar. Thanks for any advice.

Edited: 01 December 2014, 06:07
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8. Re: Weekend trips from Maun - ideas?

The great thing about Chobe is the river cruises - I doubt you'll find any where else quite like it for that.. Stay there on your way to Vic falls and at least fit in one of them.

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Thanks, if I'm able to go I will do so but I'm finding it quite difficult to get help planning a trip - I've contacted a number of agencies and lodging places as well as Botswana Tourism - it's quite difficult when you're on your own to find an organized tour. Doing self-drives is out of the question. My plan was to go to the salt pans on the way to Vic Falls one weekend and the other weekend go to the cave paintings in Tsolido but having a tough time with both.

I'm assuming I would need a tour to do the salt pans since I won't have a car - it's easy enough to Gweta on my own but not sure how easy it is to get to Vic Falls. Can anyone give me some advice on how to get to Vic Falls via Kasane? How easy would it be to join an organized river tour if I'm on my own?

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