A Mokoro is a traditional dug out canoe, typically crafted from either a straight Jackalberry, sausage, ebony, or mangosteen tree. The centre is hollowed by controlled burning and chopping then crafted into a streamlined shape. The Mokoro is navigated by standing at the rear and using a long stick called a Ngashe Pole to propel it forward over the reed and papyrus filled channels. It is the perfect way to quietly observe the sights without scaring off animals and birds in their natural habitat.
Elephants, hippos, crocodiles, red Lechwe, reedbok, Impala, waterbuck, buffalo, herons, egrets, comonrants and even lions and baboons can be spotted on the delta floodplains making one of the perfect methods of viewing these wonderful creatures would have to be via mokoro.
By experiencing the African wilderness via mokoro, dug-out canoe, has to be on every safari-goer’s must do list. See and experience African scenery, wilderness and wildlife from a different perspective – priceless!
The Okavango Delta and Chobe River in Botswana are the best places to experience a Mokoro canoe safari. A mokoro usually fits two guests with an experienced guide and morning trips are often more successful with wildlife spotting. If you are taking a morning experience, expect to get a little wet – not from the water but from the dew from the reeds!