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Dug-out canoe or mokoro trips have become the popular way for travellers to experience the tranquillity of the Okavango Delta.

 It is not surprising that regardless of budget, visitors wanting real insight into the lives of the people of the Okavango, choose to do these trips.

 They are a good way to slip quietly into, and become part of, every day life in this watery wonderland.

 The Bridge Backpackers runs all its Mokoro through the "Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust" who set the guide and community fees for activities.

 This community traditionally use this part of the delta for fishing, reed cutting and the harvesting of water lily bulbs. The mokoro is an integral part of these activities.

We run trips ranging from one to four days, for up to six people. Larger groups can be organised but require prior arrangement.

For our self-catered trips you need to take your own food and equipment with you, however for those travelling light you can hire a tent and other necessary items from us. 

A motorboat transfer during times of high water (or 4x4 during times of low water) of one hour will start and end your trip taking you out by 8 a.m. and getting you back by 5 p.m.

 Your days will be spent with your guide gliding silently down waterways, chilling in camp during the mid-day heat and taking early morning and late afternoon game-viewing walks.

 Your nights spent camping at the fire-side on islands immersed in the wild sounds of African nights.

 You are not obliged to take food for your guide / poler but it would be a nice gesture to share with him, as he will be sharing his wonderful garden with you.We also send a little extra for your guides.

"The Old Bridge Backpackers" sends all overnight mokoro trips out with:

Mokoro seats, firewood, refuse bags, toilet paper and a spade.

Self-catering Mokoro trips

Prices:(Valid until December 2014)

1 day trip costs P690-00/person

2 day trip costs P890-00/person

3 day trip costs P1090-00/person

4 day trip costs P1290-00/person

Plus P200-00/person/day thereafter.

If extra luggage Mekoro (pl.) are required they cost P220-00/Mokoro/day.

Fully catered and equipped Mokoro trips

(minimum 2 people)

 Our fully catered mokoro trips include all camping equipment, a cook/camphand, meals, bottled water, fruit juice (for breakfast), wine (for dinner) and extra mekoro (pl.) for equipment.

Prices: (Valid until December 2014)

2 day trip costs P2200-00/person

3 day trip costs P3300-00/person

4 day trip costs P4400-00/person

Plus P1100-00/person/day thereafter.

These prices include 12% VAT.

PLEASE NOTE:

Guests need to have travel insurance and medical aid. We need to be informed of medical aid details in advance.
They should also bring:
A flashlight.
Sunblock.
Insect repellent.
A hat.
Open shoes & good walking shoes.
Toiletries and other items of a personal nature.

 

Okavango Air Rescue - Emergency Evacuation Service

The Old Bridge Backpackers is pleased to team up with OAR which operates a Helicopter for Emergency Evacuations. The current radius of operation is Northern Botswana and the Central Kalahari. We recommend that anyone going on trips with us consider contacting them for coverage.

OAR is based in Maun and transports medical assistance to its Patrons by Helicopter in the event of a medical emergency. Professional staff on board will treat and stabilize you at the scene of the accident or incident. Patrons will then be flown to the nearest appropriate location or medical facility from where further arrangements will be made.

If you're a foreign visitor, you can become a patron of OAR for currently 175 Pula / year [roughly 20 USD]. OAR is a private organization financed by the annual contributions of its Patrons. Each contribution entitles its Patrons, travelling within OAR's range of operation, to one free, medically necessitated air rescue per year. The contribution is not an insurance premium, but is a payment that assists to keep the Helicopter airborne.