Mokoro trips have become the popular way for travellers to experience the tranquility of the Okavango Delta. A trip by ‘Mokoro’ either a traditional/fiberglass dugout canoe is central for the tourists to experience in the delta. The mokoro was introduced by the Bayei people in the 18th century.
Depart from your Lodge at 07:30 am; arrive at the mokoro station at 08:15am on an open 4WD Safari Vehicle en route to the Delta where you will meet your local mokoro poler for a peaceful and relaxing mokoro journey taking in the sights and sounds of the Okavango Delta. This activity is conducted by local mokoro community guide .Mokoromeaning (the traditional Aquatic mode of transport, dugout canoe) who will take you through the water channels listening to bird’s calls. Bird life is quite spectacular; Hippos and crocodiles are also a usual sight. It takes about 2 hours to reach the island. Roughly you will arrive at the Island between 10 and 11 am depending on what you saw on the way. When you arrive you take a quick rest and stretch your legs while camp is set up by our staff and then you take a three hour walk on the Island where you will seesome animals, for example Zebras, Elephant, Buffalos, Impalas, Giraffes and many more depending on the day. At times we encounter lions. Guides are very brilliant; they will explain lot of things to you about the animals and the entire environment. We then have a stopover for lunch. After eating you learn how to Pooler the mokoro. We camp wild in a remote campsite for 2 nights.
Wake up and have your breakfast. You will then go for a short walk in the morning, then return to camp to pack and return to the Mokoro station. You will find our car and guide waiting for you there to bring you back to Maun.
Okavango Delta - One of the largest Inland water systems in the world, the Okavango Delta covers an approximate area of 16 000 square km of the Kalahari. The Okavango River rises in the Angloa’s highlands and flows though Namibia before flooding onto the soft sands of the Kalahari creating the inland delta.
The flood waters of Angola take approximately 3 months to reach the borders of Botswana and may only reach the southern end of the Delta in June. This creates a unique source of water in this region during the dry season. As the surrounding game reserves are drying out the Okavango’s waters are rising attracting wildlife which remains in the area from May to October. One of the best experiences in the Okavango Delta is to be poled along the reed lined channels in a Mokoro (dugout canoe).
The water flows inland and southeast into Botswana where it fans out to form this paradise of swamps, reed, beds, flood plains, and island and long stretches of cool, clear water.
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When you bring you own equipment it will cost you 150 USD per person per day.
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