African Horseback Safaris
Okavango Delta, Botswana
African Horseback Safaris were early pioneers of horse riding safaris in Africa and pride themselves on offering one of the most unique and exciting horseback adventures in the world.
African Horseback Safaris allow guests to explore 450,000 acres of pristine wilderness of the Okavango Delta by horseback. Guides lead safaris on calm, experienced horses allowing the opportunity to ride with big game, such as giraffe, zebra and elephant. This riding experience is combined with luxurious tented bush camp accommodation at Macatoo Camp and makes for a wonderful safari experience.
At Macatoo Camp guests are accommodated in eight large safari tents designed to blend into their natural surroundings whilst still offering a luxurious, but authentic bush experience. Tents are set on large, raised platform which offer panoramic views of the flood plain. African Horseback Safaris provides a variety of sleeping configurations offering flexible accommodation to suit every need and caters for honeymooners as well as families and groups of friends.
Macatoo’s string of nearly 50 horses are all schooled and well-mannered, we are able to ensure every one is fully fit and rested with downtime out in the paddocks to give our guests the best possible ride. Every effort is made to match horses with the most suitable rider with guests rotating between two or three horses during their stay. African Horseback Safaris’ string includes Thoroughbreds, Namibian Hanoverian, Percherons and Kalahari-Arab crossbreeds ranging between 14 hh and 18 hh (140-180 cm).
Riding safaris are challenging and riders need to be over 12 years old, riding fit and confident at all riding paces. There is a weight limit of 95 kgs (210 lbs or 15 stone). Groups are limited to eight people to ensure the best possible standards of safety and enjoyment. Guests will need to be prepared to spend up to six hours a day in the saddle and riding safaris are not suitable for novice or beginner riders.
Macatoo Camp has a swimming pool deck commanding a wonderful view of the vast flood plain in front of camp, where guests can read, relax and soak up the sun.
The African Horseback Safaris at Macatoo Camp does not have to involve horses with non-riding spouses, partners, friends and children catered for. Riding guests often have time away from the saddle taking advantage of the wide range of other activities on offer.
Game drives in open top safari vehicles at dawn or dusk provide the best chances of seeing wildlife on the move, hunting, feeding, drinking or roosting. The arrival of the floods, usually in May, brings with it the unique chance to explore the Delta by water, and many guests are lucky enough to arrive in camp from the airstrip by motorboat. The mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe, offers a romantic way to view the Delta.
Popular with both riding and non-riding guests, fishing from beautiful fishing spots provides another way to experience the Okavango Delta. At the top of a long, sturdy ladder and a short drive away is a tree platform where guests enjoy lunches, drinks and even the occasional sleepover under the African night sky.
From GBP 455
January, February, March, 16-30 November, December
April, May, June, 1 – 15 July, 1-15 November and October
16-31 July, August, September, October
The Okavango Delta region experiences summer rainfall (November to April).
Summers in the Okavango Delta are hot with temperatures reaching mid 30o Celsius.
Winters are cold in the morning with midday temperatures reaching mid 20o Celsius.
Game viewing within the concession is good. Herds of buffalo, elephant, giraffe, blue wildebeest, Burchell’s zebra are also seen.
Best Time to Travel
Game is most prolific in the winter, although good riding is available year round.
The Okavango Delta has prolific birdlife. Including African jacana, pygmy-geese, goliath heron and migrant waders. Birding is particularly good in summer.
Okavango Horse Safaris operate in a wildlife area and the camps are not fenced. Guests are requested to take care at all times and adhere to guidance given by guides and camp management. It is recommended that participants wear approved riding hats.
Okavango Horse Safaris
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Okavango Horse Safaris also operate riding safaris in the Okavango Delta.