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Fishing in the Okavango Delta of Botswana

Fishing in the Okavango Delta is done using woven baskets by the Mbukushu or Hambukushu people.

Okavango Delta is sometimes called the Okavango Grassland. The Mbukushu tribe lives along this delta. In this tribe, women go fishing with baskets woven using twigs and sisal. This style of fishing has been passed down from many generations. Despite the crocodiles, the women brave the waters and they skillfully focus on the task at hand while keeping an eye out for danger.

Hambukushu woman smiling fishing basket, Okavango Delta, Botswana Photo: Frans Lanting/ National Geographics Creative

Women with fishing baskets, Okavango Delta, Botswana.Photo: Frans Lanting/ National Geographics Creative

Women with fishing baskets, Okavango Delta, Botswana. Photo: Frans Lanting/ National Geographics Creative

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Mbukushu women return home with woven baskets they use to catch fish.Photo: Frans Lanting/ National Geographics Creative

Mbukushu women carrying fishing baskets, Okavango Delta, Botswana. Photo: Frans Lanting/ National Geographics Creative

Hambukushu people fishing with baskets, Okavango Delta, Botswana. Photo: Frans Lanting/ National Geographics Creative

A Mbukushu woman and her child go basketfishing in a flooded delta. Photo: Frans Lanting/ National Geographics Creative

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