Switching boats

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- On a great sunny day we were in Maun, the main city in Okavango Delta Botswana and we wanted to have a “mokoro safari”. So we got on board on an aluminum motor-boat to take us to the place. After a few minutes we arrived to this meeting point here, where everybody was switching boats and getting in wooden mokoros to start the safari.

Mokoro safaris are a popular way for tourists to visit the delta, much of which is in national parks, but the boats are still a practical means of transport for residents to move around the swamp. The boats are very vulnerable to attack by hippopotamus, which can overturn them with ease. Hippopotamus are reputed to have developed this behaviour after the use of mokoros and other boats for hunting.
A mokoro is a type of canoe commonly used in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. It is propelled through the shallow waters of the delta by standing in the stern and pushing with a pole, in the same manner as punting. Mokoros are traditionally made by digging out the trunk of a large straight tree, such as an ebony tree or Kigelia tree. Modern mokoros, however, are increasingly made of fibre-glass.
Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa

Nikon D40X, Nikkor 18-200 mm at 18 mm, 1/320 sec at f/ 8, ISO 200
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.

Views 110 by April 16, 2014

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