African Horseback Safaris
Riding in the Okavango Delta has to be one of the most unique and satisfying Horse Riding experiences anywhere.
African Horseback Safaris offers itineraries from a short as 3 nights to the more extensive 10 nights. You spend 4 to 6 hours in the saddle every day, and need to be confident about keeping up with the group, and riding at all paces.
Horses include a variety of Thoroughbreds, Namibian Hanovarians, Arabs and Kalahari-Arabs crosses, ranging from 14 - 17 hands. There is a choice of English and Western style trail saddles, each equipped with their own water bottle.
The 3 night itinerary for this unique horse safari is mentioned below, but you might also wish to look at our Botswana site for more....
3 night Riding Safari
Day 1: Upon arrival in Maun you will be met at the airport by our representative and then transferred from Maun to Macatoo Camp by light aircraft, giving you a bird’s eye view of the Okavango Delta. Macatoo Camp, that overlooks a seasonal flood plain lagoon, is a short game drive or (depending on the time of year) an exciting boat ride from the airstrip.
After a quick look around camp and lunch under the trees, there is usually time for a siesta before tea, and the evening ride where you can get to know your horse. You return to camp for a hot shower and candle-lit safari dinner.
Day 2: Depending on the season your day may involve some galloping, swimming through the flood waters or pushing-on through seas of tall grass following giraffe, zebra, antelope, elephant, buffalo, whatever's out there. The evening ride is deliberately slower-paced and it's a good opportunity to ask questions and take photographs.
Leopard sightings are not infrequent, the bird-life is some of the best in the world and towards sunset there is often elephant or hippo interaction to enjoy.
Day 3: Either ride out again (perhaps to find the rare semi-aquatic antelope, the red lechwe), or join one of the guided walks, game drives or perhaps a spot of fishing for bream from the boat? Enjoy the sunset ride, exploring the lower flood plains where elephant often gather at a pool. As dusk closes in, it is fascinating to watch them interact in the wild, and being on horseback brings you that much closer.
Day 4: For your last ride you are taken through different country, making your way through clouds of bushman hair grass to plains dotted with fig trees. While passing through mopane woodlands, there's a high possibility of finding elephants again. Back at Macatoo there's time to shower and finish packing before a final open-air safari picnic. Something to set you up for a long journey towards your next adventure.