He brings his own mokoro and his skills – experience, patience, acute observation, knowledge of animal behaviour and considerable courage to his job, which give you an insight into his world.
Every time I see a hippo, I am reminded of a story one mokoro guide told me around the camp fire one stunning night in the Okavango.
He told us that the islands of the Delta started having a problem, as there was not enough space for all the land animals. Hippo decided to volunteer to move to the water as he could hold his breath the longest under water than any other land animal.
Unfortunately the water animals were not happy with this idea. They complained that hippo was far too big, and might start eating some of them.
Hippo argued and explained that they could examine his poo after a few weeks to make sure he is only eating grass. (This made our guide giggle and was obviously the humorous side of the story).
So after a few weeks the water animals examined the hippo’s poo and found that there was no fish bones present.
And that is how hippo ended up living in the waters of the Okavango Delta.