Mokoro Trips

Mokoro trips

Traditional dug-out canoe or mokoro trips have over the years become a very
popular way for travellers to experience the tranquillity of the Okavango Delta.
It is not surprising that regardless of their budget, visitors wanting a real insight into the lives of the people of the Okavango, choose to do these trips.

Okavango mokoro safari

They are a good way to slip quietly into, and become part of, every day life in this watery wonderland.
The Bridge Backpackers runs all its Mokoro through the “Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust” who control the use of a large area of the delta and who set the guide and community fees for activities.
This community traditionally use this part of the delta for fishing, reed cutting and the harvesting of water lily bulbs. The mokoro is an integral part of these activities.
We run trips ranging from one to six days, for groups of anything up to 12 people. We are happy to send out individuals if that is what you would prefer.
For our mokoro trips you are required to provide your own food and equipment. For those travelling light you can hire a tent and other necessary items from us.Island game walk Okavango
A motorboat transfer during times of high water (or safari 4×4 during times of low water) of between one and two hours each way will start and end your trip leaving by 8 a.m. and getting you back by 5 p.m.
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 nights spent camping at the fire-side on islands immersed in the wild sounds of African nights. You are not obliged to take food for your guides but it would be a nice gesture to share with him, he will be sharing his wonderful garden with you.

“The Old Bridge Backpackers” sends all overnight mokoro trips out with:
Mokoro seats, firewood, refuse bags, toilet paper and a spade.

Okavango mokoro sunset

Prices: (Valid until the 1st December 2020)

1 day trip costs P800.00 p.p.
2 day trip costs P1100.00 p.p.
3 day trip costs P1400.00 p.p.
4 day trip costs P1700.00 p.p.
Plus P300.00 per person for each additional day.
If extra luggage Mekoro (pl.) are required add P400-00 per mokoro per day.

Fully catered and equipped Mokoro Safari

If you would like the mokoro trip option with more of a safari feel a catered mokoro Safari is a good option.
In addition to the community guide and polers The Old Bridge Tours and Safaris will send you out with, a chef, all your provisions and equipment and staff needed to set up a comfortable camp on a remote Island. This requires the use of several extra luggage mekoro.

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

Day 1 Take a 1 and a half – 2 hour safari 4×4 drive from “The Old Bridge” in Maun to a community run mokoro station in the eastern delta. We depart around 8am and arrive at the Mokoro station between 9:30 and 10am.
Here we meet your mokoro guides/polers and load all luggage and equipment into the mekoro.
You then spend 2 to 3 hours on a mokoro gliding along the waterways to your campsite.
Once in your riverside campsite lunch is served followed by an hour or two relaxation . Your guide will then take you for a 2 to 3 hour late afternoon game walk.
On arrival back in camp you may request water to be warmed for you to 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 mokoro and 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 3pm
Return back to “The Bridge” at 5pm

Prices: (Valid  until 1st December 2020)

Standard dome tent level Mokoro Safaris.

2 day trip costs P   5500.00 per person
3 day trip costs P   8250.00 per person
4 day trip costs P 11000.00    per person

Plus P2750.00 per person per each additional day.

En-suite dome tent level Mokoro Safaris.

2 day trip costs P 7200.00 p.p.
3 day trip costs P 10800.00 p.p.
4 day trip costs P 14400.00 p.p.

Plus P3600.00 per person per each additional day.

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

Sunset over Okavango

PLEASE NOTE:

Guests are urged to have travel insurance and medical aid. We ask to be informed of medical aid details in advance.
Additional things to bring:
A flashlight.
Sunblock.
Insect repellent.
A hat.
Open shoes & good walking shoes.
Toiletries and other items of a personal nature.

For more details check out Okavango Air Rescue – Emergency Evacuation Service

Okavango Air rescueThe Old Bridge Backpackers is pleased to team up with OAR which operates a Helicopter for Emergency Evacuations. The current radius of operation is Northern Botswana and the Central Kalahari.
We feel that anyone going on Mokoro trip should contact OAR for coverage.
OAR is based in Maun and transports medical assistance to its Patrons by Helicopter in the event of a medical emergency. Professional staff on board will treat and stabilize you at the scene of the accident or incident. Patrons will then be flown to the nearest appropriate location or medical facility from where further arrangements will be made.
If you’re a foreign visitor, you can become a patron of OAR for currently 175 Pula / year [roughly 20 USD]. OAR is a private organization financed by the annual contributions of its Patrons. Each contribution entitles its Patrons, travelling within OAR’s range of operation, to one free, medically necessitated air rescue per year. The contribution is not an insurance premium, but is a payment that assists to keep the Helicopter airborne.