Mokoro Trip / Boat trip to Popa Falls Only
Explore the Okavango River on a Mokoro. At Shametu River Lodge we use fiber glass Mokoros. Traditionally mokoros are made from Mushi Mughongo and the Mukuthi Tree which are both indigenous trees in the Caprivi. However in recent years governing bodies have banned the making of mokoros from these trees to protect them from extinction, thus modern Watos’ are made from fiber glass. The fiber glass mokoros are also more stable on the water.
Our Mokoro rides are seasonal and can only be done when the water level and wind allow us to do so. For this reason this activity cannot be pre-booked - but only on arrival at the lodge.
Traditionally Mokoros are used as transport on the Okavango River to enable local villagers to fetch reeds from the islands in the river to use to construct their homes; these traditional canoes are also used for fishing and you will see some of them on your trip down the river.
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The Popa falls are rapids rather than waterfalls. Here the Kavango River breaks through a 4 metre high rockreef in its riverbed, which stretches over more than a kilometre in width. The reef consists of dark quartzite. The rapids are particularly impressive in the dry season at lower water levels.
Inclusive of Guide and Water