Glide your way across the calm waters of the Okavango Delta in traditional mokoro, the dugout canoe used as transport since time immemorial. It gives a completely different view of the waterways and a chance to spy resident wildlife close up.
Traditionally the mode of transport in a region where there are more rivers than roads – around the shallow channels of the Okavango, mokoros used to be carved from a single tree trunk (ebony or Kigelia), but are now made from commercially grown wood and fibreglass to protect the fragile environment of the Delta. Propelled forward by a pole, rather like a punt, your guide stands at the back, keeping an eye out for wildlife and the mokoro gliding along.
Mokoro safaris allow you to float around the waterways, lagoons and filigree of smaller channels, spying crocodiles in the water and catching fleeting glimpses of African pike or bright-green nembwe fish, while getting a remarkable view of the plains game from a new and exciting angle. Some lodges offer innovative glass-bottomed mokoro, constructed from sturdy fibre-glass, to allow for incredible views of the Delta both above and below.