Mbiroba is a Rest camp which also offers hot showers, traditional huts and bungalows. It is right on the Delta shores. The main activities to be done here are the Mokoro traditional canoe trips, which are managed through the Okavango Poler’s Trust organisation. You can make one day or two day trips, sail deep into the delta and contemplate the landscapes, fauna and absolute quietness of the waters, only interrupted at dusk by the calls of the hippos.
We had a fantastic time here. We took the two-day Mokoro trip, and led by the experienced poler we were able to spot a lot of wild animals in the delta. The hippos were really impressive, and seeing them from so close is quite an experience. They are maybe 15 or 20m away, and they suddenly submerge into the water, and you get nervous and think “where is it!? is it diving towards us?”. The poler knows perfectly how not to disturb them, and keeps always a good safety distance.
Also, we saw a big group of Elephants crossing the river and again this is one of those moments when nobody has to tell you to shut up, you just do it naturally as you contemplate the scene amazed, with no other option than waiting.
For the two day trip, you camp in a small island at the heart of the delta. You need to bring your own camping gear, the poler brings his own. Then at night you cook around the fire under the stars, and early in the morning you go for a game walk, quite an experience too.
All in all, we found it a superb way of enjoying the delta and making sure our money was well spent as all of it gets to the Poler’s Trust, supporting directly the community.
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Contact: Simba Madigah, Tourism Consultant and Rest camp Manager
Address: PO Box 24 Seronga Botswana
How to get there: Mbiroba is about 2km South of Seronga, on the Northern part of the Okavango Delta. To get there it is necessary to cross the Okavango River in the free Ferry of Mohembo, close to the border with Namibia, in Shakawe. Once crossed, you need to travel south to Seronga. There are clear signs on the road. If you want to cross without your car, you can leave it in Sepupa. Take the ferry there (90 min) and cross directly to Seronga. If you do this, make sure you call Mbiroba in advance so they go to pick you up.
Price: Around 250 pula per person per night