The Old Bridge Backpackers's Review

The Old Bridge Backpackers is a decent hostel that is well located with a wonderful river view. The hostel offers a number of activities at some of the cheapest prices. Guests can book trips on mokoros (canoes), planes, or helicopters to get a good view of the nearby Okavango Delta. The place also has a restaurant on site as well as a lively bar. There is also wireless internet, although you must purchase vouchers to use it.

The Location

The Old Bridge Backpackers is located a few miles outside of the main center of the town of Maun. Unfortunately, the town of Maun is a very sprawling place that stretches for miles down a few roads with accommodations all along the side. This makes getting to the backpackers without a car a bit difficult -- a taxi would probably be the best option. Once at the backpackers, however, the place is set on a nice property overlooking one of the rivers that runs off the Okavango Delta.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are a variety of rooms from which to choose at Old Bridge. The dorm rooms are all housed in one large, thatched-roof building that overlooks the river. It is also possible to rent one of their tents, or pitch your own if you've got one. There is ample space for overlanders, and there are even some nice, large tents where you can stay that are located under a thatched roof, with their own bathroom, and a nice view of the river.

Common Spaces

There is one large main common space and it all focuses around the river. The bar area has plenty of seats underneath the large, thatched-roof building and it spills out into the yard with more seating closer to the water. There is also a swimming pool with a few chairs laying around. On the other side of the main building is a small community kitchen which tends to get dirty. It is cleaned daily, but it still manages to feel a touch grimy despite this.


The Old Bridge Backpackers definitely feels like a backpackers hostel, and has a great location overlooking the water. The prices are comparable to the other budget places in the area, and if the bar scene isn't your thing, it is easy enough to escape it and enjoy the river view.
by Richard Ballentine Staff Reviewer
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The entrance is very informal, but the backpackers is at the end of a dirt road so it can't be missed!


Hippo Pools, Old Matlapaneng Bridge, Maun, Botswana
(+267) 6862406
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