There is no better way to savor the Okavango Delta and experience its unparalleled wildlife population than horse riding safari. Led by African Horseback Safaris talented guides, you will have 450,000 acres of pristine wilderness of the Okavango Delta to explore on calm, experienced horses, offering exhilarating rides alongside big game. Indulge yourself in one of the best ways of watching and enjoying wildlife in Botswana with African Horseback Safaris!
During the safari, you will be accommodated at Macatoo Camp on a sharing basis. Macatoo Camp has 8 large and airy tents that blend seamlessly into their natural surroundings while still providing an authentic bush haven in which to relax. Each tent is set on its own large, raised platform, offering panoramic views of a flood plain that can be enjoyed from the bed or deck.
A variety of sleeping configurations offer flexible accommodation to suit every need: honeymooners, families, or those who are new to or nervous in the bush can relax with peace of mind and privacy. Between rides and activities, Macatoo Camp' swimming pool deck has a number of sun beds on which guests can read, relax, and soak up the sun.
You can enjoy a wonderful view of the vast flood plain in front of camp, it is the perfect spot to view birds and game with your binoculars. Elephants and giraffe often come very close to the deck and the pool doubles as a popular watering hole for passing families of baboons.
African Horseback Safaris experienced guides are full of fascinating stories about the ever-changing landscape, its trees and plants, and have an incredible ability to spot even the best-camouflaged wildlife. African Horseback Safaris' horses also have finely-tuned senses - keep an eye on their ears to see where animals are hiding. The horses calmly drop their heads to graze, sending a signal to other animals in the area to relax and go about their normal daily routines.
The pace of riding is varied. You will go on a fast and thrilling gallops alongside giraffe, zebra and buck, in water and on land. You will quietly stalk bigger games such as buffalo and elephant and take time to indulge in some of the best bird-watching in the world. In order to ensure the safest and most enjoyable horseback adventure for everyone, riders must be riding fit and confident at all paces. Days in the saddle can be long, and daytime temperatures may vary, so it is worth the effort to arrive prepared.
Please be prepared to spend up to 6 hours a day in the saddle. You will need to feel confident about keeping up with the group, capable of riding at all paces, rising to the trot and controlling your horse at the canter. You may be required to gallop out of trouble, so regrettably African Horseback Safaris cannot take novice riders.
Riders need to be over 12 years old, be riding fit, and weigh no more than 95 kilograms. Riders who are over the weight limit would need to make special arrangements for this with African Horseback Safaris' reservations team and need to be advanced riders. African Horseback Safaris take a maximum of 8 people in each riding group to ensure the best possible standards of safety and enjoyment. There is a choice of English and Western style trail saddles, each with their own water bottle.
If you are not riding regularly African Horseback Safaris strongly recommend that you get in practice before joining this safari. It will be at the discretion of the company whether less experienced riders will be permitted to ride, taking into consideration your safety and enjoyment and that of the group as a whole.
Participants are required to have one of the following competence levels:
This safari will take place in Okavango Delta area, Botswana. The delta is one of the world’s largest inland river systems and one of its most incredible wildlife sanctuaries. The area is a magnet for birds and animals and sustains a vast variety of fauna and flora, making it the ideal safari destination at any time of the year. More than 380 species of bird have made their home in the delta and large mammals are plentiful.
The delta boasts a massive elephant population that roams throughout the area, along with large herds of buffalo. Red lechwe, common reedbuck and hippo are most populous in the floodplains, lagoons and channels. Dryland species such as zebra, impala, blue wildebeest, and giraffe are commonly found on the sandveld areas; warthog, tsessebe, and kudu travel widely. Carnivore sightings occur regularly, mostly commonly are lion and spotted hyena, but leopard sightings are seen regularly and wild dog packs regularly ‘den’ near Macatoo.