One of the most blissful experiences in Africa is gliding on a mokoro through the lush wetlands of the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
There is a serene quiet as you move through tall green grasses and lily pads. You need to be poled by an expert though, since they know the wily ways of the water. As peaceful as the waters seem, the last thing you want to do is enter hippo territory. If you get too close, these beasts will get mighty angry and before you know it your mokoro will be upended and you'll be scrambling for dry land.
Brash encounters aside, the Okavango is one of the last true oases left in this world. Actually an inland swamp, the delta is where the Okavango River reaches the basin of the Kalahari, flooding an area of roughly 15,000 square kilometers every year. In the summer months, the delta swells to three times its permanent size, attracting thousands of animals, and creating one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife.