One morning quite early, we set out in our
mokoro for quiet ride through the delta.
In a mokoro (plural mekoro) you are poled
through the shallow delta by men who have been doing this since they were little
boys. It's a very smooth motion and they can go very fast when they need
too. They often go twenty miles or more to town. Mekoro are usually
made from a hollowed out log, but these are fiberglass reproductions which are
longer lasting and safer for guests. We went right over the reeds, often
following paths made by hippos or elephants.
We didn't see a lot of wildlife except for
birds. This tiny malachite kingfisher was like a jewel among the
We stopped by a lovely little island and
took about an hour's hike.
Frank learned about elephant dung and
Marge learned about strangler fig trees.
And I learned that the water lily is white
to attract the bees to pollinate it and then turns purple so the bees know it's
What a lovely way to spend a