visiting Okavango Delta
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Jan 24, 2012 12:29 PM Last Post By: RudiK
Jan 13, 2012 6:00 AM
visiting Okavango DeltaHy, everybody
the last days in may I will come to Gabrone. But next day by public transport I want to go to Maun for visiting Delta for about 3- 5 (?) days.So I have some quetions:
1. What about buses Gabrone to Maun ( prices, time etc ) I think I must spend one night in Gabrone so what about hostel ( cheap, near bus station )
2. what about Mokoro trips from Maun, I prefere go with tour organisations ( the Old Bridge Backpackers?, Okavango River?....)
After that I want leave Botswana to Zambia - Livingstone see waterfall the first from Zambian side after from Zimabwe.
I will have some question about Mana Pools but it will be next time.
Sorry.... my english, but I need some informations. Thanks. Pozdrawiam Grazyna
Jan 13, 2012 6:42 PM
1In Maun, most places you stay at will be able to arrange a trip into the delta for you, on Mokoros, scenic flights are around $65 , the more people on the plane, the cheaper it is. You can find transport to livingstone or Victoria falls, if you want to go to Mana Pools, best to go to Victoria falls Zimbabwe, the falls are better from the Zim side!
Jan 13, 2012 11:18 PM
2For Mana Pools you will need to hire a 4x4, else go with a tour operator, or on a canoe safari.
Audi camp in Maun is a reasonable place to stay, either in one of their river-front safari tents, or in your own tent on a pretty hard, featureless, area. They do have a restaurant and bar that are quite good. Audi camp also arranges Mokoro trips and scenic flights (which I personally do not believe are worth it).
There is certainly bus transport from Gaborone to Maun, but I have no knowledge of the schedule, duration, cost or route, although I suspect that the route is via Francistown and Nata and would take more than a day.
I agree that the falls are far better from the Zim side, although one must see both sides while you are there. Not to do so would be to short-change yourself.
Jan 14, 2012 1:50 PM
31) I don't think there's a direct bus, at least the people I know who live in Botswana say there's not. It is possible to make it in one day, with connections either in Francistown, Nata or Ghanzi, but I think it will be tough. Depending on you budget, maybe check the flights?
2&3) I loved staying at the Bridge, and they were very helpful with all sorts of things, including arranging a delta trip and scenic flights.
Jan 15, 2012 12:00 AM
You can organize Mokoro trips from almost all Lodges, from day trips to several days.
if you travel alone you can share an airplane with others. Go to the airport there is a coffee shop where people meet who want to share flights. You also can arrange with travel agencies, they call you if there are others that want to share a flight.
Eric and Alexandra
Long term travellers
Jan 20, 2012 12:09 AM
We are based in Maun and I have personally done the bus trip between Maun and Gaborone. There are a number of various bus operators that do the route. I used AT&T. Cost is P189 depart Gaborone bus rank everyday 6am and arrive maun around 4pm.
There is also busses travelling now from Johannesburg to Maun. not sure when and how much.
Edited by: Andreas_at_LP
Jan 23, 2012 11:10 AM
Jan 23, 2012 10:50 PM
7hi,everybody and thanks for info.
Now I have a tickets from Johanesburg to Gabrone after to Maun.
So I want to know when I can stay for one night in Gabrone ( hostel cheap, clean etc)
and how much is transport maybe combis or other public transport from aeroport to the city. I have a ticket to Maun early in the morning ( 7 o clock) I must get a taxi? How much is it ?
And when I can change the money ( dollars US for get lokal ) on the aeroport?.
Its realy not interesting to see from Zambia side in Livingstone? I think to get a 24 h visa and pass by bridge to Zimbabwe.....It not a good idea?
Jan 24, 2012 2:47 AM
8I cannot help you with your Botswana questions, but as far as I am concerned the falls are far better from the Zimbabwean side - in fact, about 75% or 80% of the falls are on the Zim side. I also enjoyed the Zambian side of the falls, but to come all this way and not see the best of the falls seems to me to be a bit of a waste.
Jan 24, 2012 2:52 AM
its easy to get the transport from Kasane/Kaugula to V.F in Zimbabwe? Grazyna
Jan 24, 2012 9:50 AM
10Rudi, the falls are entirely in Zambia and Zambian people are very proud of that fact, but you can see them best from the Zimbabwean side which covers two thirds of the opposite side - and that´s where you want to be to see a waterfall.
VF to Kasane - I did hitch a lift, wasn´t too difficult, check if they want money before getting in.
Jan 24, 2012 12:29 PM
11Travelbert, at the falls the border between the two countries actually runs down the centre of the river and in reality cuts the falls in two (as it plunges over the edge) just to the east of Livingstone Island. However, from there the border swings east (towards Zambia) along the base of the falls and turns south again through the centre of the Boiling Pot.
From a viewing point of view I think we are in agreement that, as one can walk along opposite the falls all the way to Danger Point, one is facing the falls from the Zimbabwean side for most of its length.
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