An iconic delta experience, a mokoro trip in the Okavango’s shallow lagoons is a must when visiting the region. Mokoros are canoes, traditionally made from the dugout trunks of large straight trees, such as ebony and kigelia, although nowadays many of them are made out of fibreglass for conservation reasons. Manned by experienced oarsmen who learn the ropes often from an early age, a mokoro is one of the best ways to get close to birds and other wildlife that inhabit the swamps, grasslands and water channels of the Okavango. Wildlife you may encounter as you glide on the water includes lechwes, sitatungas, elephants, hippos and crocodiles. Birdwatching is particularly good and you can expect to see a variety of colourful waterbirds.