Botswana, Okavango Delta ~ African Horseback Safaris
3 to 10 nights (7 nights recommended) from a private safari camp in the Okavango Delta, available year round. Suitable for confident Intermediate riders and above, with non-riders welcome.
Where Operating from the lovely Macatoo tented camp in the Okavango Delta. Wonderfully situated on a secluded palm island overlooking grassy floodplain.
What is it like A protected, pristine mix of flat, grassy floodplain, palm tree islands and mopane forest all interspersed with a network of water channels and lakes (when the flood is high). The Delta is one of the world's foremost wildlife habitats boasting huge numbers of elephant, large herds of buffalo, numerous species of antelope, zebra, giraffe, all the cats, hyena, crocodiles, hippo, monkeys, baboons, warthogs... the list goes on. The birdlife is superb
Who does it suit Intermediate riders and above, who are confident and secure to ride in a remote, unfenced area with 'big' (and potentially dangerous) game. Really good quality riding and plenty of excitement, but also options for game drives and walks, afternoons in a mokoro canoe, bird watching or just taking 'time out'. Strong child riders of 12yrs or over and non-riders welcome. Its an excellent option for couples, families or mixed groups of riders and non-riders. (See detailed information for non-riding activity options and contact us for advice).
Why we love it A welcoming, convivial, extremely comfortable camp with staff who care that you have the best time. Its in a superb situation for game; has horses for the discerning and always plenty of action and thrills, whilst getting the balance between action and relaxation, just right. Safaris aren't an endurance test, you feel looked after but the safari experience stays very real. The camp atmosphere is always fun. You will want to go back!
Riding: around 6 hours a day, usually 3-4 hours in the morning, broken up with refreshment stops, and 1 ½ - 2 hours in the late afternoon
Horses: South African Boerperd cross, Namibian Hanovarians, Arabs, TBs and Arab crosses as well as one or two weight carrying Percheron crosses
Pace: moderate, with good chances for long canters
Riding ability: confident intermediate to experienced riders
Weight limit: 95kgs (15 stone) although experienced heavier riders of up to 105kgs may be taken if suitable horses are available
Accommodation: 5∆+ camping
Group size: max 16 in camp (normally limited to 12 at any one time), rides are limited to a maximum of 8 guests
Season: year round
Price: 7 night safaris from £3395 per person
Horses: There are around 50 horses at Macatoo, all between about 14hh and 17.2hh. They include South African Boerperd crosses, Namibian Hanovarians, Arabs, TBs and Arab crosses as well as one or two weight carrying Percheron crosses. They are well mannered, responsive and forward going to ride, Grooms are on hand at all times, looking after the horses at camp. Saddles are English GP Wintecs, with a few (limited) 'Maclellans' available on request. Rides are limited to a maximum of 8 guests - when there are more guests in camp, riding is in two groups (and if there are less, riders may still be split according to wishes and ability).
Hours: Up to 6 hours a day, usually around 4 hours in the morning, broken up with refreshment stops and 1 ½ to 2 hours in the late afternoon.
Pace and experience required: Riders must be fairly experienced, comfortable and secure on a well schooled horse at all paces from walk to fast canter in open unfenced country. Riding is in a varied, open area where 'big' game including elephant and lion wanders freely. The going underfoot is usually good, there are places for long, energetic canters and you will enjoy it all much more if you are riding fit. If in doubt about ability please contact us.
Accommodation is in spacious, walk-in twin or double bedded safari tents, each with attached shower room with hot shower and flush loo. Tents are raised on teak decking and each has its own private veranda. They have proper beds with comfortable mattresses, cotton sheets, duvets, and solar powered electric lights. There is a honeymoon tent, complete with bath under the stars on a larger private veranda, where couples can also have a special private dinner and a ‘family & friends suite’, two tents linked by a walkway above ground for direct, easy access between parents and children. The camp has a spacious central mess tent with sofas to relax on, a small plunge pool with sun beds, dinner is served at a candelit table under the stars, the atmosphere is convivial and service excellent and always welcoming.
£485 per person per night sharing Standard Season
Rates include - all riding and other activities such as bird walks and game drives, accommodation in twin bedded safari tents, all meals, house drinks (including alcohol except premium wines & champagnes), Concession fees, government taxes, emergency medical evacuation, laundry and ironing service
On request throughout the season for 3 to 10 nights; 7 nights is generally recommended
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Example Itinerary (7 night safari)
|Day 1||Met in Maun and shown to the charter flight that will fly you 25 minutes or so into the Delta. Collected at the airstrip and a game drive of about 45 minutes to camp, fording seasonal waters and looking for game as you go. Late lunch or tea in camp, meet the horses and a late afternoon ride to try them. Dinner and night in camp.|
|Days 2-7||Six days to explore the floodplain, palm islands and lagoons of the Okavango Delta by horse. There will be early morning, full day and evening rides, stopping along the way to watch the abundant game and birds, for picnic lunches or return to camp for lunch, a game drive or to try a mokoro canoe.|
|Day 8||Early morning game ride, return to camp to freshen up before transferring to the airstrip for onward charter to Maun. Own arrangements to fly on from Maun.|
|For more detailed itinerary and avaiability contact email@example.com / tel (+44) (0)1837 82544 / 825440|
Safari meeting point is Maun in Botswana. Transfers from Maun are by air charter (about 25 minutes, subject to stops en-route) to the airstrip closest to camp followed by a game drive (or depending on water level, boat trip). The best way to travel from London is generally via Johannesburg in South Africa - there are no direct flights London to Maun. Travelling from London, you should plan to take an overnight flight to Johannesburg. Once in Johannesburg, you take an Air Botswana or South African Airways flight onto Maun. On the return, daily flights from Maun to Johannesburg connect with overnight return flights to London. Please call us for more flight information, a quote for a flight inclusive holiday or if you would like us to book your flights. Our ATOL number for flight bookings is 6213.