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The truth that I’m not at all proud of is that I’ve never been to Danube Delta (famous touristic place in Romania)…but, seriously now, I’ll go next time I get to Romania (if it’s not winter)!
In Okavango Delta I also didn’t make it in the best season – beginning December is still dry season, the water level is not very high, there aren’t a lot of channels, there’s just a main channel and very few smaller ones and, on top of that, it’s VERY hot. However, it’s a very quiet place where it’s well worth it to spend a few days, even if you end up there in the wrong season. We stayed 4 days (3 nights), we camped in isolated places, just Luci decided to sleep in his hammock while dreaming that the hippos were devouring him.
It’s not extremely expensive, but it’s not cheap either. If you have your own tent and you buy your own food, it’s around $160 dollars for 4 days. The leaving point is in a village called Boro that’s about 30km away from Maun. So you first have to make it to Maun – which is not very difficult, there’re buses to Maun from all cities in Botswana. The price includes the transfer from the accommodation place (Old Bridge Backpackers in our case) until the village – probably if you can get to the village by yourself, paying directly in the village would probably be cheaper. But we didn’t know that. The price also includes a guide, who is actually the poler, the one who makes the boat move. The boat is actually called a mokoro (it’s similar to a punt) – it has a flat bottom and it’s very stable. Traditionally, it’s made from the trunk of sausage trees (Kigelia Africana), but the traditional method is not very eco-friendly – it takes the tree about 100 years to grow and the boat can only be used for about 5/6 years – so the local community is now promoting mokoros made of carbon fiber.