Affordable mokoro trips for the Self Sufficient 4x4 traveler
An African experience in the bush. Away from the official guides, high prices, touristy camps
and lodges, paraphernalia of Joburg. Backpackers and others without wheels can hire
The current issue for those without transportation is that the campsite is a further 7 kms
from Etsha 13 by sandy track. That and elephants. It is hoped in the future that we can
work out something for backpackers. Additional information from clients.
Campsite - S18.99776 E22.38196 seasonal access by 4x4 after flooding subsides
Secure parking in Etsha 13 during flooding season, transfer by mokoro
Self sufficient campers only.
Etsha 13 is 3 km off the main north south tar road about 40 km north of Gumare and
85 km south of Shakawe. This large village is on the edge of the high water of
the delta. Their camping island is 7 km from Etsha 13 across a sandy track and
can only be reached by 4x4 after the high flood has subsided. (Usually after
June). In the mean time these mokoro operators can transfer campers from
Etsha 13 to the island for P120 each - about a 1.5 to 2 hours trip in a glass
fiber mokoro which is a treat in itself. Vehicles are safely parked inside a
mokoro member's homestead near the water.
Camping on this island is P40ppn with rustic ablutions.
3 campsites under huge trees.
Overnight camping safaris P200pppn or P400 per mokoro per night
Experienced kayakers can paddle themselves at their own risk. However, they must have
a guide with them at all times, and be able to understand and obey instructions.
Overnight Camping Safaris
From the island campsite, clients can book overnight trips to small island about 5 km
into the delta. The route goes from next to the island through a papyrus belt which is
slow, but emerging on the far side it becomes heaven on earth. This trip takes about
2 hours. From the small Delta island larger islands with more game viewing can
be reached on day trips. more than 5 small islands that can be used for
overnight camping, so no overcrowding !
P200 - minimum 2 persons all inclusive. Campers must be self sufficient.
***Their fees are P400 per mokoro per night. One mokoro can carry 2 persons
with luggage (ie P200 per person sharing or P400 if single in a mokoro. These
prices are less than half to a third of what lodges and camps charge.
The mokoro leaders all speak English well. They are trained in various aspects
of guiding. A few of them know every bird, tree and animal, including their tracks.
They are all very friendly and helpful. This is an almost crime free area.
More importantly, all have spent their lives in the Delta, for survival. They don't get lost
and they know how to deal with the larger animals like hippos and elephants. A few
lions are a possibility once the water recedes and more game migrate west. Unlike
as much terrestrial game because of the higher proportion of water to land ratio.
Bird life is prolific.
Advanced reservations are preferred. The Polers often go fishing and their daily routines
may take them deep into the Delta. If you would like a mokoro and poler ready for you on
arrival, an advanced warning is suggested.
Johnson: +26772802616 reception is poor, sms may work better
Alan: Cell +26772595176 home S19.01953 E22.32704
Etsha 13 - Shop - S19.01652 E22.31863 for directions to Alan's home
WE TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PERSON OR PROPERTY DAMAGED LOST OR STOLEN
AT REAL MOKORO CAMP AND ITS SURROUNDS OR WHILE WITH ITS GUIDES.