Mag­i­cal mokoro rides

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - DESTINATION AFLOAT -

Most vis­i­tors to the Oka­vango Delta aim for the safe and stylish, and stay at camps such as those run by Sanc­tu­ary Lodges. Sanc­tu­ary Chief’s Camp, about 20 min­utes by air from Maun, the gate­way town and air­port for the delta, has been re­cently re­fur­bished and fea­tures 10 bush-tented pav­il­ions with big decks and pri­vate out­door dip­ping pools oc­ca­sion­ally vis­ited by thirsty passers-by such as ele­phants and an­telopes.

It’s highly rec­om­mended to take a mokoro trip into the wet­lands right from the camp’s front door, as it were. Some guests don’t even get their shoes wet, pre­fer­ring to sit on el­e­vated decks shaded by jack­alberry trees and watch the wildlife wan­der past. A mokoro is a slen­der dugout ca­noe made from the hol­lowed-out trunk of a tree, usu­ally an ebony, and poled by a guide who acts as spot­ter, on the look­out for crocs, hip­pos and typ­i­cally bad-tem­pered buf­faloes.

My mokoro es­cort, Derek, whis­pers when he speaks

Into the wet­lands

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