Botswana ~ RAW Botswana, Motswiri
RAW (Ride & Walk) Botswana operate safaris from Motswiri camp in the Selinda Reserve, on the north east fringes of the Okavango Delta. The main camp is close to the Selinda Spillway, an ancient watercourse linking the Okavango to the Kwando-Linyanti floodplains. The area combines the Okavango’s open floodplains (to the west and immediately north of the camp) with permanently dry grassland and thick, riverine forests that line the Spillway to the east. Motswiri has exclusive access to over 120,000 acres of pristine bush, an area that supports a huge variety of game, a great diversity of vegetation and wonderful birdlife. With its unique setting, game and birdlife and its management ethos of attention to detail and flexible, personal service, whether you wish to ride, walk or combine the two, at Motswiri you will be in the best of hands.
Safaris are possible for 3 to 10 nights with 5 to 7 nights recommended to fully enjoy the area. Motswiri camp is open year round.
Riding: 4-6 hours a day.
Horses: TB crosses, Boerperds, Arab & Kalahari crosses.
Pace: moderate, with good chances for long canters.
Riding ability: confident intermediate to experienced riders.
Weight limit: 95kg (15 stone).
Accommodation: 5∆+ camping.
Group size: max 10 in camp, usually 6 to ride.
Season: year round
Horses: The horses include part Thoroughbreds, Boerperds, Arab and Kalahari crosses. They average between about 14hh and 16hh, are well mannered, well cared for and responsive and forward going to ride. Grooms look after the horses on safari and prepare them for rides. Tack is either good quality English style or McClellan style saddles. Riding groups are usually limited to a maximum of 6.
Hours: Flexible and tailored to suit but up to about 4 to 6 hours riding a day, out from camp or to fly camp. Rides are broken with rests, for lunch and game viewing.
Pace and experience required: To ride at Motswiri you need to be a fairly experienced rider who is comfortable riding at all paces from a walk to fast canter in open country. You will be riding in a varied, open area where there is 'big' game including elephant and lion. The going on the safaris is good, there are places for long canters and you will enjoy it more if you are riding fit. If in doubt about ability please contact us.
Accommodation is in Motwsiri camp, a very comfortable semi-permanent tented camp, which sleeps up to 10 guests in 5 spacious walk-in twin / double safari tents. Tents are raised on teak decking, are well furnished with beds, tables & chairs, have a private veranda and attached en-suite bathroom with shower and flush loo. All linen is provided, there is a big sitting / dining tent, a small plunge pool and always plenty of staff in camp. Service is excellent.
Rates are charged per person per night with different rates for different seasons.
Pease check for special "stay 3 nights pay 2" & "stay 6 nights pay 4", now valid until October 2019
Rates include - all riding and other activities such as boating, walking and game drives, accommodation in twin bedded safari tents, all meals, drinks (including alcohol except premium wines and champagne), Concession fees, government taxes and also laundry and ironing service in the main camp.
Rates exclude - International flights to Maun and taxes, personal medical / travel insurance (which you must have), any visa fees, champagne and premium wines, personal items such as shopping, satellite telephone calls etc and any tips you wish to leave the staff.
On request throughout the season for 3 to 10 nights: 5 to 7 nights generally recommended.
|Day 1||You will be met in Maun and shown to the charter flight that will fly you 40 minutes or so over the Delta. Collected at the airstrip and driven a short distance to Motswiri camp. Lunch when you arrive, before meeting the horses for a late afternoon ride, or a guided game walk. Dinner and overnight in camp.|
|Days 2-7||Six days to explore the Selinda spillway, floodplains, palm islands and lagoons. There will be opportunities for early morning, full day and evening rides - or you may prefer some days riding, some days to walk and for game drives and some days boating and fishing the spillway. Motswiri is wonderfully flexible and enthusiastic riders, non-riders and mixed family groups will all be well catered for with plenty of activity as well as picnic breakfasts in the bush, suprise barbecue lunches and delicious dinners in camp, a peaceful retreat in a breathtaking spot. A night at a simple "fly camp" is another added excitement (possible at certain times of year only, extra charge) and a chance to see a wilder part of the Delta. Nights in camp|
|Day 8||An early morning game ride, walk or drive before returning to camp for brunch. Transfer to the airstrip for your onward charter to Maun. Own arrangements to fly on from Maun.|
|Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on tel (+44) (0)1837-82544 / 825440 for further information, detailed itineraries, dates and answers to questions|
The meeting point is Maun in Botswana. We will arrange private charter transfers from there to the horse safari camp. To fly to Maun from London it is usually easiest to go to Johannesburg and take a connecting flight from there to Maun. British Airways, South African Airways and Virgin all have direct flights from London to Johannesburg, departing every evening. Air Botswana and South African Airways have daily flights between Johannesburg and Maun. For an economy return flight from London, budget around £800 to £1200 (fares vary with seasons).