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Mokoro Trips

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Mokoro Trips

General Information

As a guest of the local Batswana community you travel the reed and papyrus lined waterways in a traditional mokoro (dugout canoe), winding your way to a forested island. Listen to the bird calls and the tinkling of the reed frogs as you walk with your mokoro guide to discover the local plant and animal life both large and small. Share local stories in the evenings as you sit fireside beneath a blanket of Okavango stars. Noted as the world’s largest inland delta and respected as one of nature’s most rewarding quiet wild areas, the Okavango Delta is a gift not to be missed.

Overview


Traditional dug-out canoe or mokoro trips have over the years become a very popular way for travellers to experience the tranquillity of the Okavango Delta.

It is not surprising that regardless of their budget, visitors wanting a real insight into the lives of the people of the Okavango, choose to do these tmokoro-smallrips.

They are a good way to slip quietly into, and become part of, every day life in this watery wonderland.

The Bridge Backpackers runs all its Mokoro through the “Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust” who control the use of a large area of the delta and who set the guide and community fees for activities.

This community traditionally use this part of the delta for fishing, reed cutting and the harvesting of water lily bulbs. The mokoro is an integral part of these activities.

We run trips ranging from one to six days, for groups of anything up to 12 people. We are happy to send out individuals if that is what you would prefer.

For our self-catered trips you need to take your own food and walk1cequipment with you, however for those travelling light you can hire a tent and other necessary items from us.

A motorboat transfer during times of high water (or 4×4 during times of low water) of one hour each way will start and end your trip leaving by 8 a.m. and getting you back by 5 p.m.

Your days will be spent with your guide gliding silently down waterways, chilling in camp during the mid-day heat and taking early morning and late afternoon game-viewing walks.

Your nights spent camping at the fire-side on islands immersed in the wild sounds of African nights.

You are not obliged to take food for your guides but it would be a nice gesture to share with him, he will be sharing his wonderful garden with you.

“The Old Bridge Backpackers” sends all overnight mokoro trips mokoroout with:

Mokoro seats, firewood, refuse bags, toilet paper and a spade.

Self-catering Mokoro trips


Prices: (Valid until 1st December 2016)

1 day trip costs P770.00 p.p.
2 day trip costs P990.00 p.p.
3 day trip costs P1210.00 p.p.
4 day trip costs P1430.00 p.p.
Plus P220.00 p.p.p.d. thereafter.

If extra luggage Mekoro (pl.) are required add P240-00 p. mokoro .p.d.

Fully catered and equipped Mokoro trips

  • Day 1
  • Take a 1 hour motorboat or 4×4 ride (depending on water levels) from “The Bridge” to the community run mokoro station departing around 8:15am.
    Arrive at the Mokoro station around 9:15, meet your mokoro guides/polers and
    load all luggage and equipment into the mekoro.
    Spend 3 hours on a mokoro gliding to your campsite.
    Once in your riverside campsite, have lunch followed by an hour or two relaxation . Your guide will then take you for a 2 -3 hour late afternoon game walk.
    Arrive back to camp, have a shower (bucket shower hoisted into a tree)
    and enjoy your campfire dinner.
    Spend the evening around the campfire enjoying interaction with your guides and listening to their stories.

  • Day 2
  • Wake up early, around 5:30 for coffee/tea cereal and rusks.
    Depart on a 4 hour early morning game walk.
    Return at around 10am for a hearty brunch.
    Relax in camp, or ask your guides to take you for a swim.
    Mid afternoon, go for a 3 hour mokoro trip or game walk arriving back in camp just before sunset, have a shower and enjoy your campfire dinner.

  • Day 3
  • Wake up early, around 5:30 for coffee/tea cereal and rusks.
    Depart on a 4 hour early morning game walk.
    Return at around 10am for a hearty brunch.
    Relax in camp, or ask your guides to take you for a swim.
    Return to mokoro station for motorboat pick up at 4pm
    Return back to “The Bridge” at 5pm

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