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Watery Paths through the Delta

Much of the Okavango Delta is permanently underwater, though levels do vary hugely between the seasons.  Locals and tourists alike rely on boats to travel around, either traditional manually poled mokoros, or small motor boats.

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Each season the available routes change: paths close if not used regularly, and the larger animal residents, mainly hippos and elephants, forge new paths by trampling the reeds and grasses that stand in their way.

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This is an area of incredible beauty, and seeing it by boat gives a great perspective.

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The traditional mokoros, once carved from trees such as the sausage tree but now made of fibre glass, are a must-do activity.  A slow, peaceful meander on one of these allows you close to animals and plants alike, and permits access down narrow and shallow  paths that larger boats just cannot traverse.

Do make sure, however, that you use a reputable company as you are very vulnerable, especially to a hippo encounter!

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Linked to Cee’s Which Way? Challenge.

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