A safari holiday in Botswana is not complete until you have experienced drifting serenely through the placid waters of the Okavango Delta in a Mokoro.
© Take a mokoro excursion through the Delta Waterways
The Okavango Delta is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Botswana. Located in the north west of Botswana with the Moremi Game Reserve on its eastern boundary, the Okavango Delta is formed by the Okavango River flowing over the central part of the Kalahari. Unlike most deltas, the water never reaches the sea or ocean and is rather, eventually absorbed into the earth or completely evaporated.
A mokoro excursion is considered the most authentic, up-close, exhilarating and possibly relaxing way in which to explore the Okavango Delta. A mokoro (also spelt mekoro or makoro) is a narrow, wooden canoe traditionally formed by hollowing out a single tree to form a rustic shell in which 3 - 4 people can sit. Morokos move by being gently pushed through the water by local guides using long poles, similar to a Venetian gondola.
Imagine comfortably laying back as you are slowly and steadily pushed along the water through the tall stands of papyrus. Because the mokoro is so thin and light it is almost as if you are floating freely with nothing between you and the water. Settling back you notice a small splash as a fish bobs its head up or an Otter disappears into the water.
A mokoro trip also offers the added benefit of being able to access the more out of the way and unreachable places where a game viewing vehicle will not be able to go, allowing you to silently and slowly drift closer and closer to an animal, stopping just a few metres away as an Elephant crosses in front of you or as Hippo surfaces for air. Nothing can compare to the intimacy and excitement of a mokoro boat excursion.
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