The Mboma Boat Station has both Mokoros and moter powered boats.
A Mokoro is a type of canoe commonly used in the Okovango Delta. 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 a punt. Makoros are traditionally made by digging out the trunk of a large straight tree, such as the Sausage Tree. To preserve the old trees, modern Makoros, are made from fibergass.
This drive was lovely, passing through some beautiful old Mopani forests. The Delta was on the left hand side, the water levels were very high at times, we saw herds of Elephants, Hippo, Red Letchwe, Water Buck & Impala. The roads were like a maze and I was very glad to have the Veronica Roodt Moremi Road Map and Gamin handheld GPS. With out these we would have got very lost.
The Campsite was great. We were not booked in at it, but took a chance. There was plenty of room, as the pitches are large The site is adjacent to the Xakanaxa Boat Station. With the pitches all along the river. We were next to a German couple who had driven from Savuti.
That evening as we sat in the dark looking up at the Milky Way, we heard trees breaking and twigs snapping, the noise got louder & louder. The culprit was a very large Elephant walking through the camp! Later, we were woken by the sound again, this time very close to us, so close I felt the tent rustle as an Elephants ear brushed against the canvas. We stayed very still, and quiet for what seemed like ages, then the Elephant trumpeted! It was right next to us.
The next morning we checked out the tracks in the sand, the Elephants footprints were the largest I have ever seen, but more worrying were the tracks of a Spotted Hyena next to the car, and Leopard tracks over the Elephant prints! We didn’t hear that?