Magical mokoro rides
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