You’ll never be closer to the waters as you venture in dug-out canoes

The traditional mode of transport along the waterways and over flood plains in Botswana is the mokoro (dug-out canoe). There is no better way to experience the stillness and beauty of the Okavango Delta than to be pooled on the water silently, gliding just inches above the crystal clear surface, eye-level with dragon flies, reed frogs and water lilies and within touching distance of the myriad of colourful fish that swim just below the surface.

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The mokoro, introduced into the Delta by the Bayei people in the early 18 th century, was originally made from the trunk of a single African Ebony or Sausage Tree. The rounded underside of the mokoro made it ideal for traversing the shallow flood plains. Nowadays, with the ever increasing demand for tourism, almost all new mokoros are made from fiberglass in an effort to protect the large indigenous trees.

The mokoro usually carries one or two passengers, while the boat-man stands at the stern using a long pole called a “ngashi”, to pole or push the mokoro forward. Local boat-men are able to move with considerable speed and maneuverability as many have perfected this lifelong skill. The skilled locals who operate the mokoro are commonly known as ‘Polers’

BEST LODGES FOR MOKORO RIDES

Nxamaseri Island Lodge

Mokoro rides are available at both Okavango Horse Safaris as well as Mokolwane Camp (season and water level dependent) but with Nxamaseri being an island lodge based on the permanent waters of the Okavango pan-handle, it guarantees moroko rides year round.

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BEST LODGES FOR MOKORO RIDES

Nxamaseri Island Lodge

Mokoro rides are available at both Okavango Horse Safaris as well as Mokolwane Camp (season and water level dependent) but with Nxamaseri being an island lodge based on the permanent waters of the Okavango pan-handle, it guarantees moroko rides year round.

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