We had a 40 min fast boat ride up the river and then pulled up on the banks of the river alongside the local village. We then met our head guide Kandi and his team. They proceeded to load up Mokoro's (traditional timber canoes) with all the camping and cooking gear, added the food and the staff and off we went. We all had our own Mokoro with our own poler and spent the next hour and a half gliding through the delta on the way to our camp. We floated by water lillies, birds, bugs, spiders, reeds and fish. A supremely relaxing way to settle into the Okavango.
Our tent and bedding were like luxury for us after sleeping on roll matts for months on end. Real foam matresses and a tent we could stand up in. Even a toilet seat over our latrine hole. Like I said, luxury to us.
The two days passed in no time and it wasn't long before we were poling back through the delta to the village. Kandi very generously gave us a personal tour of the village which proved to be a very fun way to spend a few hours. The local football team was playing another village and the locals were enthralled with the fact that Do and I were actively supporting their team. We were quite the draw card. It was very refreshing to see a local village that was clean, tidy and very well kept.
Thank you Kandi - you rock!
Going to Botswana?
Please consider Kandi and his team for your delta experience. I cannot fault them in any way and it was an amazing couple of days.
Kandi's Facebook Page