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Mokoro safari Botswana

Glide along picturesque waterways, in touching distance of Botswana's aquatic wildlife

Mokoro safari Africa
Explore the wilderness like locals
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Traditionally crafted dugout canoes, known as mokoros, glide silently through the pristine channels of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, and other stunning natural habitats.

The primary mode of transport for inhabitants of the Delta for centuries, experience an authentic day in the Bush and immersive encounters with the region’s diverse wildlife.

Mokoro safari Africa
Explore the wilderness like locals
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In the hands of an expert

You will be guided by knowledgeable local polers who can navigate the complex water channels whilst you sit back and take in the life on the water.

Your expert team will delight in showing you the hidden gems that you might miss from a vehicle, from migrationary birds to rare antelopes.

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The silence of travelling by mokoro, without the need for a motorised engine, not only leads to a more tranquil experience but means that birds and animals are less lightly to take fright.

Glide serenely along, snapping shots of shy birds and animals, almost impossible to spot from a game drive.

Access places that game vehicles can’t, escaping the crowds and witnessing the true face of the bush.

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Some of our favourite family safari destinations in Botswana offer spectacular mokoro safaris.

The traditional home of the mokoro, the enchanting waterways of the Okavango Delta are the perfect place to start your mokoro experience.

Depending on the season and water levels, you can also explore the International Birding Area of the Moremi Reserve on the water, or opt to witness the prime game of the Linyanti Wetlands on a mokoro excursion.

 

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The best time for mokoro safaris in Botswana depends on the seasonal variations and the specific experience you’re looking for.

The dry season – from May to September – is typically considered the best for mokoro safaris in the Delta.

During these months, the water levels in the Okavango Delta and other wetland areas are at their lowest. The reduced water levels make it easier to navigate the waterways in mokoros, and the wildlife tends to congregate around the remaining water sources, making for excellent game viewing opportunities.

The wet season brings heavier rainfall and a greater opportunity to do a mokoro excursion in more seasonal-dependent locations, such as the Linyanti Wetlands.

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As a mokoro safari involves stepping out into the wilderness, albeit with a trained guide, there are certain requirements that need to be met. For example, you will need to be comfortable with maintaining a still, balanced position and there are limitations on ages for young children. Many places have a minimum age of 12.

If a mokoro safari is something you would like to include in your family safari holiday, we would love to help add that extra little bit of magic to your trip.

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    A family holiday to Botswana starting in the unique Okavango Delta, stopping off in the private concessions of the Linyanti, before finishing in the Chobe National Park and its huge herds of lions and elephant.

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Why travel with Coral Tree?

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We are Africa experts and also parents. We understand what makes a memorable family adventure.

Our knowledge and connections are unsurpassed

We have been living and working in African tourism for over two decades.

Every journey is tailored with your specific wishes in mind

No off-the-shelf packages or cookie-cutter itineraries. Unique family safaris.

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You pay no more for the privilege, we support causes close to our hearts.

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We know what makes a memorable family experience, and as parents, we understand what’s important to you.

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