Pre Departure Information for Mauritius
The levels of the waters of the Okavango vary considerably
from year to year. It is possible that some years the waters
may dry-up to prevent excursions by mokorro.
During May to December the waters are usually sufficient
to allow mokorro excursions. January to April can become
very dry and prevent mokorro excursions
Useful things to pack
The sun is strong and can catch you unawares especially while
you are on the water - take a hat, sunglasses and plenty of
sunscreen!! Mosquitoes are always around, although they are
worse from November - April during the summer. Take suitable
malaria prophylactics (consult your doctor), plenty of repellent
and some light colored long trousers and shirts for the evenings.
Meals are informal, although the Victoria Falls Hotel requires
jacket and tie to dine in the Livingston Restaurant.
You will need stout, comfortable shoes for walking, as well
as neutral colored clothing. Winter night temperatures can
fall quite low and a jacket or fleece is essential, as well
as a warm sleeping bag. A raincoat is also recommended from
October - April. Bring a book and a relaxed attitude for
those hot summer afternoons or cool winter evenings. Binoculars,
a camera and/or a VCR are recommended.
On Mauritius you will require 'beach attire', and informal
wear for evening. A waterproof jacket and docksides will
be useful for your fishing expedition. Mauritius is a major
manufacturing base for high quality clothing - Calvin Klein,
Polo and Lacoste are amongst the designer labels manufactured
on the Falcon. You can buy these clothes for a fraction of
the prices found elsewhere, so you may be wise to travel
with a minimum wardrobe and 'stock up' on Mauritius.
Any extras such as curios can be paid by credit card. MasterCard,
Visa, traveler's cheques and cash (Sterling, Deutschmark,
South African Rand, US Dollars) are accepted everywhere,
Amex or Diners Club are less so.