With a size of 16 000 square kilometres, the fan-shaped waterways, swamps and grasslands of the Okavango Delta in the northwest of Botswana are a sight to behold from above. But there is another vantage point from where to explore the world’s largest inland delta and the region’s incredible and diverse wildlife – just a few centimetres on top of the water’s surface, in a traditional mokoro. Mokoro trips hold significant cultural and historical importance in Botswana, as they have been used by local communities for centuries. These trips not only serve as a means of transportation but also play a crucial role in preserving traditional knowledge and practices. They offer an opportunity for locals to connect with their ancestral roots, learn about the ecosystem, and pass down indigenous wisdom to future generations.
Mokoro trips also contribute to the sustainable tourism industry in Botswana, allowing safari-goers to learn more about the region’s rich cultural heritage. By supporting local guides and operators, tourists help create economic opportunities for the community while also promoting the conservation of natural resources.
A mokoro is a traditional canoe made from a hollowed-out tree trunk. It is propelled forward by poling, where a guide stands at the back of the mokoro and pushes it through the shallow waters using a long pole. It allows the poller to navigate through the narrow channels and waterways of the Delta, exploring the diverse wildlife and vegetation that thrive in this unique ecosystem.
Mogotlho Safari Lodge
Bordered by the Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve, the prime position of this Botswana Safari Lodge makes it the ideal choice for the conscious safari enthusiast looking for the quintessential mokoro excursion. Mogotlho Safari Lodge offers guests the opportunity to embark on these guided water-based safaris, where they can witness the beauty of the Okavango Delta up close and personal.
Departing from Mogotlho and with experienced polers leading the way, safari-goers glide silently through the waterways on the Khwai River, immersing themselves in the tranquillity of nature. The gentle swaying of the mokoro and the rhythmic sound of poles dipping into the water creates a soothing melody that harmonises with nature’s symphony. From graceful elephants and majestic hippos to colourful bird species like the African fish eagle and vibrant kingfishers, there is an abundance of wildlife to spot along the way. Each sighting offers a glimpse into the intricate ecosystem that thrives in this untouched wilderness.
Each of the 13 tents in this Botswana safari camp has been strategically positioned to offer uninterrupted, sweeping vistas of the African wilderness. With each tent boasting an untainted perspective of the Khwai River, guests will have abundant chances to witness the indigenous wildlife and the ever-shifting scenery right from the seclusion of their private balconies.
Mogotlho Safari Lodge offers the ideal setting to relax and savor the best of Botswana, providing amenities that cater to your comfort and enjoyment. Guests can enjoy the luxury of king-size beds (with cots available upon request) for a restful night’s sleep. The indoor showers and His and Hers bathrobes enhance your stay, providing a touch of indulgence. For modern convenience, digital charging points are available in each tent.
The lodge’s spacious dining room, lounge, and bar provide welcoming spaces to unwind and socialize, while the pool and deck offer captivating views of the river. A library awaits those seeking a quiet moment of contemplation, and Wi-Fi access is available in the main lodge area for those who wish to stay connected. Additionally, laundry facilities are provided for your convenience, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable stay at Mogotlho Safari Lodge.
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Hideaways will assist you in securing the best accommodations near the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, ensuring your comfort and convenience throughout your safari. We can design custom tours to both these destinations, considering your budget, preferred activities, and amenities.
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