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Okavango Delta in a week: practical info

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Okavango Delta in a week: practical info

Below is how we did it in the off-season.

Day 1:

AM: Kasane to Maun by bus via Nata. There was no direct bus between Kasane and Maun so we took the 6am bus to Nata for P70pp. The bus drives through the nature park and we saw birds, giraffes and a big elephant crossing the road. Nata-Maun: we were in Nata in around 3 hours time and had to wait for the Maun bound bus for 40 mins. The ride between Nata and Maun is not terribly picturesque and it took around 3 hours to reach our destination. We were in Maun before 1pm.

PM: taxis to Old Bridge Backpackers from Maun's city centre (The Mall) are P40 and three of us decided to take one because of our luggage; otherwise it's P4pp on a shared taxi/minibus to the turn-off to the accommodation some 10km north(east?) or Maun city centre.

See the separate TripAdvisor entry on Old Bridge Backpackers doesn't have the dorm accommodation any longer and the cheapest twin tented accommodation was P350pn. Of course, it's possible to camp with own tent for much less. They offer the range of activities all described in great detail on their website.

Day 2:

AM Scenic flight:

We tried to join other people at the accommodation for the scenic flight above the delta, but there were no people interested. We went shopping for the flight at airlines' airport offices and found Kavango Air as the best option. It costs P2500 for the three seater plane and their five seater goes for P3500. Delta Air was the second best for P3700 for the five seater. We opted for Kavango Air as they were able to prepare the plane for us in less than one hour. Btw, the departure tax for these two companies is included in the quoted price, but it comes as an extra for some other companies we made inquiries with.

The flight was fantastic and surprisingly there was some water in the delta at the end of February. The majority of delta was dry with different hues of green; it was easy to imagine where water comes to when levels peak sometimes in June. There's plenty of wildlife to be spotted as the plane flies at 150m altitude. Really beautiful experience.

PM: we had our lunch at the** mobile 'buffet' stand** in the street linking the airport to the main road in Maun; this is where many office employees come for their lunch too. There was a really good choice of everything local. BTW, we came back to this stand every time we went to Maun to do the shopping.

We tried to get to Cresta's hotel swimming pool (half way between the airport and city centre), but they didn't let us in. Their pool was exclusive for hotel guests' use. We took a shared taxi to Madou Lodge (which is on the way to Old Bridge Backpackers) and they had a swimming pool for P30pp. We were hot and we had to settle there for a few hours. However, this swimming pool is not properly cleaned and maintained so we wouldn't recommend it.

Day 3-5:

Mokoro trip

It was pretty much as described on Old Bridge Backpackers website.

In addition what it says on the website: we were offered the mokoro sunset ride on Day 2 - we would have asked for this anyway.

Note: this excursion is not an activity packed trip and we thought one night/two days self catering trip would be sufficient in the off season. The mokoro day-trippers miss out on long walks, possible spectacular sunset, the night sounds of Okavango and (possibly again) beautiful sunrise. We went for the three day fully catered experience, but this was a little too long and too expensive.

Below is how we'd recommend doing the self-catering mokoro trip for two days/one night in the off season:

Day1: transfer to the NP; mokoro boat to the camping site; the sunset mokoro ride. Day2: a long (four hours) safari walk starting at sunrise when the chances are best of spotting some wildlife; brunch then back.

Day 6:

Spent the day resting at Old Bridge Backpackers. The swimming pool at that lodge down the dirt road from Maun Rest Camp looked good and they were happy to let you relax there for the price of lunch; however, it was not an option for us on a cloudy day.

Day 7: 5am departure from Old Bridge in Maun to Namibia via many different places.

Visited February 2016

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