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It was time to gather on the deck for high tea at Kanana, whilst sipping on an Arnold Palmer I noticed that giant cumulonimbus clouds had gathered in the distance, for what we hoped, was a signal of well-needed rain. A short drive had us arrive at the mokoro station, while Simon our guide loaded some refreshments into the vessel I noticed a pair of Malachite Kingfishers sitting on a bright green strand of papyrus. It looked like an adult and a juvenile bird and they were diving into the water in what seemed to be a ‘fishing lesson’.


We emerged ourselves into the dug-out canoe and began moving down the channel in a very leisurely manner. Fish were darting off into the reeds and the water was lapping over the lily pads as we gently broke the surface of the water.

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T-Man, our Mokoro poler, spots something overhead, we veer off the main channel into a small opening in the reed bed. Standing up now, I noticed everyone was confused as to why we had stopped so soon into our journey but nevertheless we adjusted our eyes to the direction that T-man was pointing in.

Mokoro lion blog 1

There, at the foot of a termite mound, was a large male lion, a lioness and their tiny cub that must have been approximately three months old. The three of them were feeding on a Sitatunga, a bitter-sweet realisation. Simon mentioned that these lions may be part of a pride which we have been seeing regularly around this island.

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We peered through our binoculars at this marvelous sighting for about twenty minutes before carrying on to the Heronry. The Heronry was buzzing with birdlife and the silent movement of the mokoros meant that the birds were undisturbed by our presence.

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It is hard to beat the peace and sheer joy one feels when floating on a mokoro through the Papyrus lined channels of the Okavango Delta.