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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. 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.
The Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta. It is formed where the Okavango River empties into the Kalahari Desert, where it creates a vast seasonal swamp and one of the most important wet lands on earth (200,000 large mammals and countless birds).
Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa_

Nikon D40x, Nikkor 18-200 mm at 18 mm, 1/640 sec at f/ 8, ISO 200
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  • David Reid
    David Reidover 3 years ago

    Stunning. Low angle and big sky gives a great sense of scale!

  • That was my concept, thank you very much David!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

    Wow! Excellent! The eye-level impact is amazing and very eyecatching!Stunning contrast with the blue sky, great techs!

    _2 Day 15 Jan 2011-

  • Thanks a lot Maggie, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey!

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  • Polly x
    Polly xover 3 years ago

  • With pleasure Polly!

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  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyover 3 years ago

    Stunning!

  • Thank you very much Sonia!

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  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholover 3 years ago
    • Good shot Konstantinos :-)
  • Thanks a lot Bradley!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 3 years ago

    superb work!

  • Thank you very much Charmiene!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Naveen  Sharma
    Naveen Sharmaover 3 years ago

    WOW Fantastic Shot ! Love The Sky & Clouds !!!

  • Thank you very much Naveen!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carterover 3 years ago

    Lovely :)

  • Thanks a lot Robyn!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGover 1 year ago

  • Many thanks for the feature Graham!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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