Mokoro Trip

Trip Start Oct 01, 2004
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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

I decided to take on the Okavango Delta by flight, foot, boat and Mokoro. They say the only way to truly appreciate its size is to fly over the massive wet lands (very true). If you want to take in the details I recommend the traditional dung out canoe (mokoro).

I started my trip from Boro (near Maun). If you can, try to get someone to come with you to bring the cost down. I became very familiar with the ¡§single supplement¡¨ while traveling alone in Botswana. Everything costs more if you are on your own, so find a friendfº

There are several options with the Mokoro, 3 days in the bush, day trips and half days. I decided to go for a day trip with a long hike in the afternoon. We departed Boro very early (to beat the heat) and began to glide through the massive papayas. There is a certain beauty about the Delta that words can not even describe. Once you are there you will understand. I sat and took in everything with a smile and a strange feeling of satisfaction to be part of such a beautiful place. They say there are over 350 birds in the Okavango and Mokoro is the way to go to spot them all. The canoes makes very little noise as you glide through the shallow waters, sneaking up on King Fishers, Purple herons and much more. After a while my polar let me take control. He was pretty confident that I was going to tip us, but luckily I managed to keep it together and poled myself through the delta.

The water is crystal clear and actually good enough to drink. This is more than I can say for the water in Maun. In the shallow spots (no crocs) you can get out and enjoy the sandy bottoms and fresh water to cool down.

Half way my polar took me for a walk in the bush. Unfortunatly we did not see any wild life, but we were fresh on the buffalo dung for hours fº

In total, I spend 8hrs in the little canoe and it was toasty. If you are taking a Mokoro trip, make sure you bring lots of water and something to cover you, unfortunatly there is no protection from the hot African sun.
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