The BaYei people arrived in the Okavango Delta a century ago, introducing their long-established form of transport, the mokoro, a type of dug-out canoe made from hefty straight trees like ebony and sausage tree.
The mokoro is perfectly matched for transport in the Okavango Swampland as they can progress quietly through low waters, being propelled by the boatman using a long pole, moving along the constricted channels or cutting through the course of the long-reeded papyrus.
Mekoros (plural for mokoro) started to be used by adventure travellers
in the early 1980’s and has ever since become an almost obligatory
activity if one is visiting the Okavango.