Ride a Mokoro in the Okavango Delta
How many teeth does a hungry hippo have? More than you can comfortably count while skimming the reed-fringed waterways of the Okavango Delta in a dugout canoe. To call a mokoro ride a casual cruise is to minimize the perception of peril involved. Traditionally crafted from ebony or other hardwoods (and now typically made of fiberglass), these shallow, pole-propelled skiffs appear to offer no protection from crocodiles lingering beneath the murky surface. Fortunately, expert guides with a mental map of the channels, lagoons, and islands of the Moremi Game Reserve can easily navigate mokoros for safe sightings of bathing elephants and oup-close observations of egrets, cranes, and other waterfowl. When water levels are high enough, usually between April and August, Xigera Camp is a mokoro paradise; it's a place to relax and soak in the sensations of a marshy ecosystem that presents an aquatic perspective on Botswana's safari splendor. And about those hippos: Adults have 36 choppers.
Region: Northern Botswana
Wild file: Lions, leopards, and cheetahs prowl the region, but researchers come from around the world to study this habitat's large population of threatened African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus).