The Republic of Botswana (Lefatshe la Botswana) is a landlocked nation in Southern Africa. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent on September 30, 1966. It is bordered by South Africa to the south, Namibia to the west, Zambia to the north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. The economy, closely tied to South Africa's, is predominated by cattle raising and mining, especially diamonds. The country is named after its largest ethnic group, the Tswana.
Mokoro trip in the Okavango Delta
The Okavango is the third largest river in southern Africa which winds down from Angola until it hits a fault line in Botswana's Ngamiland. Here it sprawls out into the dry Kalahari sand to form the Okavango Delta (swamp).
You can book various combinations of walking/water adventure trips and we settled for a two-night bush-camping excursion using traditional dugout canoes called a 'mokoro'.
When I first saw the mokoros they looked quite small but once inside it´s not too bad. Each mokoro had a poler who pushed the canoe through the reeds, which is quite hard work (had a chance to try it ourselves later!). The polers were very knowledgeable and told us more... [more ]
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