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The mokoro or makoro - (mekoro, plural), is a traditional canoe-like vessel commonly used in the Okavango Delta as a popular mode of transport, and now utilised for game viewing safaris.
The makoro has become the iconic symbol of the Delta and is a popular way for visitors to explore the Okavango while on safari.
Originally, the only form of transport for fishing or transporting people and goods around the channels, these canoe-like vessels, approximately 20 feet or 6 meters in length, used to be crafted from tree trunks, which were painstakingly hollowed out using hand-tools.
However timber ultimately rots, and results in more trees having to be cut down, a practice which is not environmentally sustainable.
So, in keeping with the times, the modern makoro is constructed from molded fibre-glass. Durable, long-lasting and environmentally friendly, it still maintains its character - the serene, dream-like gliding through the papyrus waterways will leave a lasting impression on you.
The mokoro usually carries one or two passengers, while the boat-man stands at the stern using a long pole called a "ngashi", to pole or push the mokoro forward. Local boat-men are able to move with considerable speed and maneuverability as many have perfected this lifelong skill. The skilled locals who operate the mokoro are commonly known as 'Polers'. #travel #tourism #adventure #Africa #botswana #okavangodelta #mokoro #video #hexafrica #2019