#Okavango14: Getting Around in the Delta

Getting around in the delta isn’t exactly easy. In fact, the days we had pushing through the grasses and reeds, dragging the boats over “dry” ground, and carrying them through the bushes in 95-degree heat under a beating sun were some of the most difficult I’ve had.

The crew poles their mokoros through thick grasses. (Photo by Gregg Treinish)

I found that poling a loaded mokoro takes phenomenal finesse, core strength and, of course, balance. Dragging one is less finesse, more stubbornness.

A short clip of some mokoro dragging:

Every morning we pack our gear, strapping everything down tightly, and making sure the items we need are available at a moment’s notice. Here’s, GB, the lead poler on our expedition and an exemplary member of the local baYei community, packing the boats on day one:

GB packs the mokoros on day 1. (Photo by Gregg Treinish)
GB packs the mokoros. (Photo by Gregg Treinish)

In the evenings, we unpack and haul everything onto an island; setting up our tents; charge our batteries and make sure all our technology is working right; update and our social media; cook dinner and tell stories before heading to sleep.

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