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 self-catered trips you need to take your own food and equipment with you, however 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 4×4 during times of low water) of one hour 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.

Self-catering Mokoro trips

Okavango mokoro sunset

Prices: (Valid until the 1st December 2019)

1 day trip costs P750.00 p.p.
2 day trip costs P1000.00 p.p.
3 day trip costs P1300.00 p.p.
4 day trip costs P1600.00 p.p.
Plus P300.00 per person for each additional day.
If extra luggage Mekoro (pl.) are required add P240-00 per mokoro per day.

catered and equipped Mokoro trips

On our fully catered mokoro trips we send our guide in addition to the guide that the community trust assigns to you. We also include all camping equipment, a cook/camphand, meals, bottled water, fruit juice (for breakfast), wine (for dinner) and extra mekoro for equipment.

A typical 3 day catered Mokoro itinerary

Day 1 Take a 1 hour motorboat or 4×4 ride (depending on water levels) from “The Bridge” to the community run mokoro station departing around 8:15am.
Arrive at the Mokoro station around 9:15, meet your mokoro guides/polers and
load all luggage and equipment into the mekoro.
Spend 3 hours on a mokoro gliding to your campsite.
Once in your riverside campsite, have lunch followed by an hour or two relaxation . Your guide will then take you for a 2 -3 hour late afternoon gaWater lily Okavangome walk.
Arrive back to camp, have a shower (bucket shower hoisted into a tree)
and enjoy your campfire dinner.
Spend the evening around the campfire enjoying interaction with your guides and listening to their 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 just before sunset, have a shower and enjoy your campfire dinner.
Day 3 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.
Return to mokoro station for motorboat pick up at 4pm
Return back to “The Bridge” at 5pm

Prices: Based on a minimum 2 people
(Valid until the 1st December 2019)Sunset over Okavango
2 day trip costs P3100.00 p.p
3 day trip costs P4650.00 p.p.
4 day trip costs P6200.00 p.p.
P1550.00 p.p.p.d. for each additional day.

These prices include 12% VAT.


Guests need to have travel insurance and medical aid. We need to be informed of medical aid details in advance.
They should also bring:
A flashlight.
Insect repellent.
A hat.
Open shoes & good walking shoes.
Toiletries and other items of a personal nature.

For more details check out Mokoro Safaris

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.