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Popular 2 night Safari Package:
Chobe Game Lodge
2 night/3-days Botswana Safari
in the Chobe National Park
starting at: $1100 (Apr-Jun 2010)
per person/sharing
- inkl. transfers from/to Victoria Falls


African Crocodile in Botswana, Chobe River Chobe National park
 
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very instable and unreliable mokoro poler

The magical mokoro

In the Okavango Delta a trip by mokoro (indigenous canoe) is cental to the whole safari adventure. The mokoro (plural mekoro) was introduced to the Okavango Delta by the Bayei people in the 18th century. Originally it was hewn by axe from a single ebony, or sausage tree. It had a rounded bottom and no keel and appeared difficult to balance but it proved to be ideally suited to the calm Okavango Delta waters. The boat builders hollowed out the whole trunk until there was sufficient space for two passengers and the poler, who stands in the stern and punts the mokoro with a ngashi, a pole made from the mogonono tree.

As demands for the mokoros rose with the coming of tourism, the precious, hardwood sausage trees came under threat and conservationists introduced a new mokoro made entirely from fiberglass, which has all the boating qualities of the original wooden mokoro.

Nowadays almost all mokoros are made out of fiberglass.

Mokoro trips in the Okavango Delta can last several days with the same poler who takes visitors to islands for picnics, bush walks or even overnight camps.


 

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Lodges and Camps in Botswana: Audi Camp - Camp Moremi -Camp Okuti - Camp Okavango - Chief's Camp - Chitabe Camp - Chobe Game Lodge - Chobe Marina Lodge - Crocodile Camp - Deception Valley Lodge - Delta Safari Camp - Duba Plains Camp - Duma Tau Lodge - Elephant Camp Victoria Falls - Footsteps Camp - Gunn's Camp - Grassland Safari Lodge - Jacana Camp - Kanana Camp - Kings Pool - Kubu Safari Lodge - Kwara Camp Okavango Delta - Leroo-la-Tau - Linyanti Camp - Little Mombo Camp - Mariolina's Victoria Falls - Mapula Lodge - Mombo Safari Camp - Motsentsela Tree Lodge - Nxabega Okavango Safari Camp - Pom Pom Camp - Sandibe Safari Lodge - Santawani - Savute Safari Lodge - Savuti Camp - Semetsi Camp - Xakanaxa Camp - Xigera Camp - Xugana Lodge

Botswana Destinations: Chief's Island - Chobe National Park - Gemsbok National Park - Kalahari - Khwai - Linyanti - Makgadikgadi Pans - Maun - Moremi Game Reserve - Nogatsaa/Tchinga - Nxai Pan - Okavango Delta - Savute - Tsodilo hills - Tuli Block - Xakanaxa

Zimbabwe Destinations: Victoria Falls

Birds of Botswana: Crowned Plover - Blue Waxbill - Cormorant - Egyptian Goose - Fish Eagle - Grey Lourie - Kingfisher - Kori Bustard - Lilacbreasted Roller - Ostrich - Saddlebilled Stork - Secretary Bird

Mammals of Botswana: African Wild Dog - African Elephant - Baboon - Bat-Eared-Fox - Brown Hyena - Buffalo - Bushpig - Cheetah - Eland - Genet - Giraffe - Hartebeest - Hippo - Impala - Jackal - Kudu - Leopard - Lion - Oryx - Puku - Red Lechwe - Roan Antelope - Sable Antelope - Sitatunga - Slender Mongoose - Spotted Hyena - Springbok - Squirrel - Surikate - Tsessebe - Warthog - Waterbuck - Wildebeest - Zebra

Reptiles of Botswana: African Rock Python - African Crocodile - Black Mamba - Cape Cobra - Chameleon - Gecko - Leopard Tortoise - Monitor Lizard - Mozambican Cobra - Puff Adder