Where: In the heart of the Okavango Delta
When: Year Round however due to the floods levels winter months have the best water levels.
The use of mekoro depends on a number of factors beyond our control – water levels, vegetation growth, changes in the Okavango’s channel-structure, and hippo activity, amongst others. These can and do change quickly and unpredictably. We cannot predict environmental conditions with any certainty, despite having 30 years’ experience behind us.
The Okavango, with its crystal-clear channels, lily-studded lagoons, sweeping floodplains and countless islands is home to over 450 bird species, a spectacular array of plant species and the full spectrum of African game. The Okavango has earned its reputation as one of the world's premier wilderness areas and the 1000th World Heritage site.
Delta Camp, Oddballs’ Enclave and Oddballs’ Camp offer the purest traditional Okavango Delta experience – local guides, hand-made wooden dug-out mekoro. (the genuine wooden article, not the plastic replica). The only commercial tourism operations in the Okavango that still offer their guests the opportunity to experience the genuine, traditional wooden dug-out canoe – the archetypal mokoro of the Okavango, the means by which the Delta was settled in ancient times
Each guide has his own mokoro, (pl mekoro) in which heʼll take you gliding through the Okavango. The peace and tranquility, the regular and soporific thrust of your guides long ngashi, by which you are propelled, the gentle rustle of water and lily-pads, the crystal clear water beneath you, the warm sun overhead – all these will frame the many sensations that will flood through you as you make your gentle progress. As you thread your way through floodplains fringed with islands, ancient trees will mark your passage, as will tiny reed-frogs, imperious fish eagles that appear to be courting while fishing in the lagoons, their distinctive call, the voice of Africa, accompanying your mokoro ride. A host of other living creatures, large and small, Bee-eaters hawk from the reed-beds, red lechwe will pause in their grazing to observe you, hippo will grunt in the lagoons, and the crocodiles you don’t see will see you.