Discover Botswana’s wildlife and spot some of the country’s most elusive animals as you cruise the Okavango Delta in a mokoro (dug-out canoe). When staying at Sanctuary Baines' Camp and other lodges in the Okavano Delta one of the most exciting ways to view game is by sailing on this traditional craft.
The papyrus-fringed wetland is a beautiful backdrop for viewing wildlife as you cruise down the crystal-clear waters on a mokoro. These hollowed out tree trunks, steered with a pole, allows you to move stealthily through the water. Join your local guide, to get up close and personal to view the wallowing hippo, crocodile and rare birds including the African Fish Eagle and Lilac-breasted Roller.
Mokoros are used by three of the San tribes who make their home on the delta. These intriguing boats were once constructed using ebony, though they are now built from sustainably grown wood and fibreglass to protect this fragile environment. As well as a hotspot for bird and wildlife watchers, this location is full of natural beauty. The delta has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the unique characteristics of these waters. Due to annual flooding a huge amount of flora and fauna have synchronised their lives to the cycles of the delta we see today.
Additional notes about the tour
All water-based activities are seasonal and subject to water levels in the delta.