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 MOKORO TRAILS

 

 

 

          An Introduction …..   

 

         The Okavango Delta , a complex delicate ecosystem which traps the overflow of

             the Okavango River that rises in Angola, containing meandering papyrus fringed 

             channels, tranquil lagoons and palm studded islands which make up this unique

             inland delta covering about 15,000 sq. kms.

             These waters eventually peter out into the desolate expanses of the Kalahari Desert.

                     

             The Okavango Delta is one of the most beautiful African safari areas, where

             everyone can find something to please them.

 

             The best way to explore the myriad of lily-filled waterways is undoubtedly by Mokoro.

 

              Using mekoro to navigate the channels and lagoons of the Okavango Delta offers visitors

              a chance to experience at first hand the wetlands of the Delta and also an opportunity to meet

              the Bayei peoples who call this stunning pristine wilderness area home. 

 

             The day mokoro safari offers a snapshot view of the traditional mode of transport utilized for

             hundreds of years by the Bayei tribes people living in the Okavango Delta.

 

             A variety of game may be spotted in this pristine wilderness area including elephant ,

             giraffe , kudu , impala and zebra for instance.

 

            

             The Mokoro

 

  

The traditional dug-out canoe, or “Mokoro” (plural, Mekoro) was originally introduced into the Okavango Delta by the Bayei tribe who moved into the region fro the Zambezi river area after the 1750’s.The presence of the tsetse fly meant that pastoralism was not possible and instead they relied on hunting and fishing for subsistence.

 

Trees that are favored by the Bayei people for the construction of mekoro were, the Kiaat (Pterocarpus Angolensis)or “mukwa”in Setswana, the Jackal Berry tree (Diospyros Mesopiliformis) or “Mokutshumo”and the sausage tree (Kigelia Africana) or “Moporota”.

A tree might take well over a century to attain Mokoro size, but the lifespan of the Mokoro would typically only be about 5- 10 years.

 

In the interests of conservation and the protection of the trees and ecology of the Okavango Delta ,

the recent policy of most communities in the area to use fiberglass canoes that are modelled on the traditional wooden Mokoro.

                                                                                                                                                                   

The pole or “ngashi” that is used to push the Mokoro along is commonly made from the Silver Terminalia tree (Terminalia Sericea) or “Mogonono”.The straight growth form of the young branches, coupled to the elasticity of the wood, make it ideally suited to the task.

 

                                                                                                        

  

                                          MOKORO TRAILS 3 DAY SAFARI

 

 

                See above for history                                                                                                                     

    

            Day 1

 

               Departure from Sedia Riverside Hotel after breakfast, the exact departure time is agreed with the guests

               the night  before the activity.

 

               The drive to the mokoro mooring station at Xaraxao on the  Boro Channel, situated in the south east of the

               Okavango Delta in the Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust (OKMCT ) concession area,

               will take around an hour.

               The transfer is in customized safari vehicles with rear mounted game viewing  seats beneath a canvas

               canopy.  

  

               On arrival at the mokoro mooring station you will meet your mokoro poler guides and polers who will load

               the luggage into the mekoros and organize the seating arrangements in the mokoro. 

               

     Each mokoro takes two persons, and have seats installed offering a more comfortable mokoro experience.

               The guide polers and polers will be available at all times  to ensure the safety of the participants

               throughout the mokoro trail.

                             

               The mokoro poler guides are licensed and it is the poler guides who lead the mokoro trails , with a

               guide poler leading and a guide poler at the back of each group of mekoro, steering  through

               this serene area of narrow reed lined channels in traditional dug-out mekoros, floating through

               the myriad of  waterways which open out unexpectedly onto beautiful lagoons.

               The most rewarding way  to explore and experience the beauty and serenity of these  lily-filled

               waterways is undoubtably by dug-out canoe or mokoro.

 

               The  Mokoro Trails offers a snapshot view of the traditional mode of transport utilized for hundreds

               of years by the Bayei tribes people living in the area. Although the mokoro trails is not primarily a

               game viewing activity , a variety of game may be spotted in this pristine wilderness area including

               elephant, giraffe and zebra.

              

               Activities available from the camp are mokoro trails and guided bush walks which offer the rare opportunity

               of spotting wildlife in their unconfined natural habitat whilst on a bush walk.

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               After arriving at our private camp on one of the many secluded islands, which make up this fragile

               yet dynamic  unique eco-system , lunch will be served followed by a short relaxation period to familiarize

               with the camp, after which a guided bush walk will commence around 1500hrs or a little later dependant

               on the afternoon temperature, returning to camp before sunset.  

 

             The tents are en suite with traditional shower and toilet and sleep two people sharing each tent.                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                  

               Prior to the guided bush walk, the guides will give a comprehensive safety briefing about the

               environment of the Okavango Delta. The guided bush walk will also be available on the second day.   

               The polers remaining in the camp  will collect firewood and water and undertake other camp duties,

               with the bush chef  preparing dinner whilst the guides take the game walks. 

               On returning to camp after the bush walk, we enjoy time around the camp fire for sun downers before taking

               dinner after which we return to the camp fire and maybe reflect on the day, listening to the night sounds of

               Africa’s bush – truly, an Okavango lullaby , a feast for the senses, before settling into our cosy tents for a

               good nights sleep .                                                   (  Lunch & Dinner Provided in the dining tent )

 

                                                                                                                           

               Day 2

 

              Before breakfast an early morning game walk will be available for interested persons, returning to

              to the camp when ready to enjoy breakfast.

 

              After breakfast or brunch, the mekoros can be taken again to enjoy the channels, these intricate

              veins of waterways which interconnect the lagoons, or take a guided bush walk before having lunc,

              afterwhich we enjoy a relaxation period.

              After  mid afternoon refreshments the guides may take their guests in the mekoros to a safe location where

              swimming maybe possible in the waters of the Okavango Delta, if deemed safe by the guide , followed by a

              chance to learn how to pole a mokoro using the gnashi.

 

              Time can be taken to relax and drink in the landscape. 

                                              

                                                                         

               After the bush walk, we can relax and unwind in the camp, refresh and take dinner under the milky way

               starlit skies after which the guides and polers will narrate cultural stories and entertain with

               traditional dances which display animal tracking techniques and gathering methods for traditional

               medicinal purposes.

 

               Guests interested in astronomy will be treated to one of the most expansive displays of stars on earth, 

               before retiring again in cozy tents for the night and drifting off to the sounds of the wild.

                                                                                                                  ( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner provided )

 

.             Day 3

 

              Start the day with another bush walk, experiencing the sights and sounds of this wild magnificent oasis.

              After the bush walk we return to camp to enjoy a final breakfast before departing in the mekoro for the

              return journey through the channels back to the mekoro mooring station where  our safari  vehicles will be

              waiting with cold beverages for the transfer back to Sedia Riverside Hotel.  

                                                                                   

 

END of MOKORO TRAIL SAFARI

 

 

                   This fully catered non participation mokoro trail safari

                    Includes the following :

 

·         The safari vehicles that transfers to the Polling station

·         Guide and Polers

·         Bush safari chef

·         Camp assistant

·         Tents

·         Camp beds, dressed with sheets, duvets and pillows

·         Towels

·         Red and White wines ( limited quantities ) and mineral waters

·         Meals as indicated in the mokoro trails safari description

 

 

 

                   The following items are Excluded :

 

 

·         Air Fares

·         Items of personal nature.

·         Travel Insurance and Medical Insurance

·         Visa fees

·         Gratuities and tips

·         Extra activities not specified.

 

                                                                

                            

 

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