Okavango Delta Mokoro Trips – 2 & 3 Days (O 3)

The BaYei people came to the Okavango Delta hundreds of years ago, bringing with them their traditional mode of transport, the mokoro: a dug-out canoe made from a large straight tree such as a sausage tree or an ebony tree. The mokoro is ideally suited as transport in the delta as it can move quietly through shallow water, being pushed by the boatman using a long pole, moving along the narrow channels or cutting through the long grasses or papyrus. Mekoros (plural for mokoro) have been used by tourists since the early 1980’s and has become an almost mandatory activity if one is visiting the Okavango – the two almost becoming synonymous.

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Relaxing in a Mokoro in the Okavango Delta

Rates: 2018
Two days one night @ R6970 per person (Please enquire for single supplement)
Three days two nights @ R9500 per person (Please enquire for single supplement)
Day 1
Departure for the delta is @ approx. 7:30am. You climb on a 4X4 vehicle and bash around on dirt tracks for approx. one and a half hours (depending on the season and conditions of the road) and you’ll be dropped at the mokoro station in the southern part of the delta. A mokoro poler will be introduced to you and will be your boatman and guide throughout the trip. Depending on the length of the trip, you can expect to spend a few hours poling on the mokoro, having lunch along the way, and doing game walks into the bush.
Your poler will find a nice campsite and help you collect some firewood for cooking. Remember, this is the bush and there are no facilities,  back to basics, no showers, no toilets. While you are on the trip, remember to listen to your guide, he has grown up and lived in this area most of his life. He will not only show you many fascinating things, he will also keep you out of trouble and safe while your’re in the bush.
Day 2
The day is spent exploring channels deeper into the Delta as well as bush walks on the larger islands. The mokoro gives the you access to places unreachable by other modes of transport: quiet backwaters, floodplains and shallow sandy channels.
The silence of the mokoro means you can get close to wildlife – hold still as the elephants cross the river in front of you… or drift slowly towards that basking crocodile. Dinner is again prepared by your guide under the African Stars.
Day 3
After breakfast you will enjoy a morning walk before heading back on your mekoros to the mainland. From here you will be picked up at a pre-arranged time and brought back to the camp.
Rates include:
Return road transfer, entrance fees into the concession area, mokoro, guide/polers, all camping equipment, all meals and a cook to prepare them.
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