Okavango Mokoro Safaris

Water lily mokoro

 

Traditional dug-out canoe or mokoro safaris have long been a popular way for travellers to enjoy the tranquillity of the Okavango Delta.

It is not surprising that regardless of budget, visitors to Botswana wanting real insight into the lives of the people of the Okavango, choose to do these trips.

They are a good and affordable way to slip quietly into and become part of everyday life in this watery wonderland.

The Old Bridge Tours & Safaris conduct Mokoro trails through the community run “Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust”. The trust sets the guide and community fees for activities.

The members of this community traditionally use this area of the delta for fishing, the harvesting of water lily bulbs as food and the cutting of reeds for the building of traditional huts.
The mokoro is an integral part of these activities.

We run trips ranging from one to four days, for up to fourteen people. Larger groups can be organised but require prior arrangement.

A motorboat transfer during times of high water, or a safari 4×4 transfer during times of low water, both take approximately one hour from Maun. These will start and end your trip, taking you out by on day 1 at 8 a.m. and getting you back on your last day by 5 p.m.Mokoro guide

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 evenings are spent in island camp sites, sitting at the fire-side immersed in the sounds of wild African nights.

In addition to the community guide and polers The Old Bridge Tours and Safaris will send you out with our own guide, a chef, all your provisions and equipment needed to set up a comfortable camp on a remote Island.

A typical itinerary for a 3 day mokoro trip would be as follows.

Day 1 Take a 1 hour motorboat ride or safari 4×4 drive (depending on water levels) from “The Old Bridge” in Maun to a 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, hanging over a canvass enclosure) and enjoy your campfire dinner.
Spend the evening around the campfire enjoying interaction with your guides and sharing 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 at sunset, have a shower and enjoy your campfire dinner.
Day 3 Wake up early for coffee/tea cereal and rusks.Reed frog from mokoro
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

Prices: (Valid  until 1st December 2018)

Standard dome tent level Mokoro Safaris.

2 day trip costs $280.00 p.p.
3 day trip costs $420.00 p.p.
4 day trip costs $560.00 p.p.

Plus $140.00 per person per each additional day.

En-suite dome tent level Mokoro Safaris.

2 day trip costs $360.00 p.p.
3 day trip costs $540.00 p.p.
4 day trip costs $720.00 p.p.

Plus $180.00 per person per each additional day.

Prices include 12% VAT, government levy, community day fees and camping fees..

Okavango mokoro sunset

 

Inclusions.

Standard dome tent Mokoro Safaris
Accommodation:
3m x 3m tent with a comfortable bedroll (with linen) on stretchers. Bedside table with solar powered lantern.
Shared toilet tent and shower tent. Towel supplied.
Meals:(Alternative dietry options available)
Early breakfast- Cereals, rusks tea and coffee.
Brunch- Eggs, bacon, beans, fried tomato, sausage and toast.
Light afternoon lunch- Cold meats, salads breads and fruit.
Dinner- 2 courses, either soup and a main or a main and desert.
Drinks: 3lts of bottled water per person per day, fruit juice for breakfast and a couple of glasses of wine for dinner will be supplied. If you would like to take any extra drinks we can supply a cooler and ice.

En-suite dome tent Mokoro Safaris
N.B. Minimum 2 nights per campsite.
Accommodation:
3m x 3m tent with a comfortable bedroll (with linen) on stretchers. Bedside table with solar powered lantern.
Chairs and a table on a groundsheet outside the front of the tent.
An attached enclosure at the back of each tent with own shower and toilet. Towel supplied.
Meals:(Alternative dietry options available)Okavango channels used by mekoro
Early breakfast- Cereals, yoghurt, rusks tea and coffee.
Brunch- Eggs, bacon, beans, fried tomato, sausage and toast.
Light afternoon lunch- Cold meats, salads breads and fruit.
Dinner- 3 courses, soup, a main and desert.
Drinks: 3lts of bottled water per person per day, fruit juice for breakfast and wine for dinner. A limited supply of local soft drinks, beers and cider will also be supplied. If you would like to take any extra drinks we can supply a cooler and ice.