Hippo danger in mokoros?

Feb 12th, 2007, 05:52 AM
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Hippo danger in mokoros?

Recently I have read some frightening stories about hippos turning over mokoros.. with crocodiles in the water. Is the danger quite real or can you just go safely in a boat/mokoro with your guide??
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Feb 12th, 2007, 06:00 AM
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The guides know what they are doing....however, still a 1 in a million chance.....just go enjoy your trip!!!

Feb 12th, 2007, 06:25 AM
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I presume that you are thinking of traveling by mokoros in the Okavango Swamp. In that case, you are often in small channels rather than on large open bodies of water where hippos and crocs mostly stay. The guides are probably more apprehensive than you and they will be very careful. Having been in mokoros numerous times, including a five-day camping trip in the Okavango with just my sister and five guides/porters, I advise you to relax. ZZ
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Feb 12th, 2007, 08:20 AM
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I feel safer in the mokoro than on the freeway. I think the odds are slightly in my favor in the mekoro also. People go for mokoro rides every day all over Southern Africa with no problem. If it is an option at your camp, go and enjoy it. No worries.

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Feb 12th, 2007, 08:26 AM
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All the operators know your concern and Mokoro rides are now done in shallow safe water.
Have Fun
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Feb 12th, 2007, 08:39 AM
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There was a trip report here a few months back describing a situation where the husband, in a trailing boat, saw the guide in the boat ahead go into deeper water in a careless moment and a hippo flipped the boat with his wife in it as he watched.

The hippo went one way, the wife scrambled to shore, and there were no crocs, so all ended well.

You can probably find the link with a search, in case the poster is no longer active.

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Feb 12th, 2007, 08:57 AM
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Bill_H: if I recall correctly that was in a canoe on the Zambezi which is going to be different than the mokoro where it is easier to stick to shallow waters and hippo avoidance.
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Feb 12th, 2007, 01:34 PM
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Don't hesitate, ivee...you'll love it. Hippos are dangerous, but your guides know what can and should not be done, so put your trust in them.

I had a couple of most enjoyable mokoro voyages at Xigera in the delta. We sat in our mokoros in shallow water for an hour or so and watched hippo in deep water about 30 metres away watching us.

The delights of mokoros are not only in silently gliding along the narrow channels among the reeds and papyrus but also in being able to get out and walk on islands and other areas inaccessible to vehicles...it was something special to be on foot and see lechwe sprinting through the water, to choose our route carefully so we could skirt grazing elephant, and to try to creep up on basking crocs. As much as I love the Linyanti land camps, the water camps of the delta are in paradise.

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Feb 12th, 2007, 03:06 PM
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I was most concerned with this aspect of our trip to the Delta also, especially since we had our son with us, but we never felt threatened, always were in shallow channels and our guides were extremely knowledgable-it was so enjoyable!
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Feb 12th, 2007, 04:10 PM
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Yes, I'm still around, mostly lurking, participating vicariously on all the wonderful trips being reported. It was me who posted the account of the hippo incident in the Chifungulu channel on the Lower Zambezi last September. It was such a wonderful adventure (well, maybe a little more adventurous than we bargained for). To put the incident in perspective, and its "lasting" effect on us, we are trying to figure out how to do the same trip again this year--sans hippo encounter, of course.

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Feb 12th, 2007, 04:14 PM
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In case you are interested, ivee, here the thread for our trip on which the incident occurred. I certainly would not let it deter you.


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Feb 12th, 2007, 11:12 PM
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This past year a doctor from the Seattle area was either bumped out or dragged (depending on the source you read)out of a small boat, by a crocodile. He was killed. I believe this was on the Zambezi but may have been Limpopo. Others in this forum have been forcibly evicted from boats, by hippos taking offense to their presence. We are intruding into their habitat, after all.
Whenever we travel there is a risk. To avoid all risk would mean we would miss out on so much in life. Be prudent and smart. Trust your instincts and make wise choices. But above all, relish the opportunity you have been given.
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Feb 13th, 2007, 12:10 AM
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Thanks for all the info so far! Of course I am going to do it although some of the replies showed me the truth of some of these stories. But I agree 100% that we are priviled to do these safaris !!I'll trust the guide!
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Feb 13th, 2007, 03:52 AM
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Hello, everyone:

We are scheduled to do a "canoe wine drift" on the Zambezi at Victoria Falls, Zim side, and from what I am reading here, would it be accurate to say that this is slightly more dangerous than mikoro rides? Has anyone done this, and how is it different from the mikoro rides in he Delta, which we will also be doing? Thanks.
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Feb 13th, 2007, 03:57 AM
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Give me a few secs and I will post a mokoro trip
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Feb 13th, 2007, 12:44 PM
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I had what you might call a canoe wine paddle above the falls Somewhat less dangerous.

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