Mekoro Safari, Botswana

The mekoro safari is only offered during the months of July and August. This is due to the fact that the flood waters are at their highest, and this enables maximum mobility by mekoro. Mekoros are local dug out canoes that have been the most effective mode of travel within the delta since the early 1870s. The mekoro safari is an adventure itinerary designed to use the high water to cross the length of two private concessions spanning 2,500 sq km of the Okavango Delta by Mekoro within 6 days. There is an abundance of game on the islands and in the floodplains and travelling silently by mekoro brings you closer to the environment. You will also be exposed to another magnificent world by the mere nature of your travel. It is a world of water, with painted reed frogs, water lilies and abundance of bird life. Become like the original adventurers and explorers of this century, glide silently down new channels, camp on islands, eat fish caught by your guides, walk and explore the thick wooded islands. This is the ultimate Okavango Adventure.

Explore the Matsibi River – the main feeder of Lake Ngami. The Matsibi river starts north east of Hunda Island as a hippo channel and becomes the main river which feeds Lake Ngami.

Accommodation

A simple mobile camp. Guests sleep on camp beds, bedding rolls, mosquito nets under the stars. Paraffin lamps, shared bucket & pulley showers and safari loos. Staff prepare the camp ahead of guests and are in constant attendance. They ensure plenty of hot water for showers and create a natural dining room under a canopy of trees. Three course meals are served by candlelight accompanied by chilled SA wines. An assortment of iced drinks are also available.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Xudum airstrip to be transferred to your first camp for lunch. After lunch introduction to your guide and orientation talk. How to deal with dangerous game on foot and the schedule for the next 6 nights. After tea drive to Lion Research Camp. Introductory talk by Lion Research, covering behaviour patterns, population density, feline aids and aspects of interest to the guests. Leave with Lion Research to locate lion using tracking devices. Return to Camp after sunset using a spotlight to observe other possible nocturnal life.

Day 2

Leave camp by vehicle at first light to rendezvous with the Mekoros at the most northern point of the Matsebi malapo. This will be approximately half an hour's game drive. First morning will be a long paddle of about 15km, which will take you out of the immediate area. After a picnic lunch on a secluded island supply mekoros will continue to set up camp while guest Mekoros explore the new area. Arrive at camp at sunset, which will be located on a small picturesque island on the Matsibi channel.

Day 3

Travel by Mekoro to the western edge of the Matsibi malapo – a short walk and return to your camp where a brunch will welcome your return. After brunch pack up and continue by Mekoro stopping early afternoon. A new camp will be set up while you enjoy an afternoon walk returning at sunset. This camp will be located close to the junction of Xudum and Matsibi rivers and we start moving towards the east, directly towards the Khunaragha gate of the buffalo fence.

Day 4

Early morning walk and Mekoro to the eastern side of the Matsibi river. Here the Matsibi breaks out into large open flood plains scattered with small islands. The habitat is ideal for buffalo and elephant. Return for early lunch. Move camp by Mekoro at midday. Late afternoon walk while camp is being set up.

Day 5

Early morning walk return for brunch. Continue our journey by Mekoro following the Xudum River while the Matsibi swings south towards Lake Ngami. Afternoon walk while camp is being set up.

Day 6

Early morning walk return for brunch and move by Mekoro to our last camp on the edge of the Khunaragha sand tongue. Afternoon walk.

Day 7

Walk at first light, return to camp with time for a full English Breakfast, showers and pack before Landrover picks you up and transfers you to Maun. This will be approximately 2 hour drive. You will be in Maun for midday in time for your onward journey.

Please contact us for further details.


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