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Trips by mokoro and on foot: on safari in the Okavango Delta

Seeing big game is always special too – being on foot gives you a completely different perspective of the size of these animals….

By Keitumetse 'KT' Mogale
Guide at Camp Okavango

Among the lagoons, channels, woodlands and islands of the Okavango Delta, we’re blessed with some of the most incredible wildlife-spotting in Botswana, and visitors will find several different ways to experience the region.

Among the most popular activities are the walking safaris; motorboats take guests to one of the islands to embark on a hike with an armed ranger. As you cruise along the river you might spot hippos, crocodiles or occasionally the rare sitatunga antelope, and the morning light on the papyrus plants and water lilies is always beautiful.

Once on the island, you follow the guide in single-file, stopping to see wildlife while learning about the medicinal properties of the plants. When I’m guiding these walks, I love showing guests the smaller things that might have been overlooked on a game drive, like the foam nest frog, which produces this fascinating nest in the tree. You can learn so much from even a pile of dung; you can see what the baboons have been scratching at and what the dung beetles have been busy at. This always intrigues me and is worth getting a bit of dirt on my hands for.

Seeing big game on foot is always special too – it might be an elephant, a buffalo, a giraffe or even a lion. Occasionally you might be lucky enough to see a full pride, which guests can find a bit scary at times but is always a memorable moment! Being on foot gives you a completely different perspective of the size of these animals.

But the highlight of the delta for many is heading out on a mokoro trip – you’re ‘poled’ through the shallow waterways in a traditional wooden canoe, gliding through reeds and waterlilies as you pass elephants, hippos, crocodiles, fish eagle birds and other wildlife. Guests always love this, and it’s a really peaceful way to see the channels.

At the end, guests are surprised with sundowners in a remote spot, paddling in a shallow bit of the water where it’s really clear (and there are no hippos…) Watching the sun set over the water is one of my favourite sights in the delta – however many times I see it, it never gets old, and it definitely doesn’t feel like work! I love guiding here, and teaching guests more about the delta – I’ll never tire of exploring these scenic waterways.

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Alfred & Keitumetse 'KT' Mogale

Keitumetse has been guiding for 12 years. He grew up in the village of Mogotho in the Okavango Delta and began his career as a tracker. He now leads walking safaris and game drives at Camp Okavango and enjoys sharing his stories with guests from all over the world.

Alfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like James, who's travelled extensively in Botswana. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife in Chobe, the village chiefs who'll give you an insight into local life and the helicopter pilots who can land you on an island in the Delta never visited by humans before.

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