Group Size: Based on Minimum 2 passengers
Ride with herds of giraffe or zebra across the plains on horseback, track elephant or buffalo from island to island. Be part of this unique herd, cantering and splashing through lagoons of the Okavango Delta with lechwe or simply watch the setting sun whilst listening to the calls of lion and hyena.
Day 1 - Okavango Delta
On arrival into Maun airport you will be met and then you will be transferred from Maun to Macatoo camp by small plane (either a Cessna 206 or 208), giving you a fine view of the Okavango Delta. Camp is a short drive and (depending on the time of year) an exciting boat ride from the airstrip. After a quick look around camp and lunch, there is usually time for a siesta before tea, and the evening ride when you can get to know your first horse. You return to camp for a hot shower and candle-lit safari supper. (LD)
Accommodated in eight large and airy tents that blend seamlessly into their natural surroundings while still providing a luxurious, but 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. Between rides and activities, the swimming pool deck has a number of sun beds on which guests can read, relax and soak up the sun. As it also commands a wonderful view of the vast flood plain in front of camp, it is the perfect spot to view birds and game (don’t forget 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. Well-lit pathways link all the communal mess tent and dining deck, pool and guest accommodation. A fire burns in front of the mess tent, whatever the time of year, around which you gather to eat under the sun and stars, drink fresh coffee and fine wines and swap stories of the day.
Day 2 - Okavango Delta
Wake up with a cup of tea or coffee in bed, followed by light breakfast with homemade toast and muesli, then a ride out from camp to stretch our legs and explore. Depending on the season this may involve some galloping, (or even swimming) through the flood waters or pushing-on through seas of tall grass following giraffe, zebra antelope, elephant, buffalo; whatever’s out there. Back to camp for another brilliant lunch outside with the guides, if you’re lucky it might be the famous chicken pie, and there’s usually some wine to encourage a little nap before tea. The evening ride (by now you might be on a different horse) is deliberately slower-paced for safety reasons 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. A sundowner gin and tonic can be enjoyed out in the bush before riding back to camp to freshen up. There’s no guarantee that dinner is always eaten in the same place. (BLD)
Day 3 - Okavango Delta
Wake up as normal with freshly-brewed coffee or tea and depending on your whim, 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? The riders and non-riders can meet up for a delicious champagne breakfast under one of the large baobab trees. After lunch take the opportunity to relax and either swim in the pool or sort out your digital photos. Homemade tea and cake is followed by 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. (BLD)
Day 4 - Okavango Delta
We ride through different country, making our way through clouds of bushman hair grass to plains dotted with fig trees. We might encounter giraffe or shyer antelope while passing through mophane woodlands. The pace increases as we break out onto the flood plains, often disturbing troops of baboons. Return to camp for an afternoon of leisure, or the possibility of hiring a helicopter for an hour to gain access to remote and otherwise totally inaccessible parts of the delta with spectacular photographic results. Finish off the day with a spot-lit night drive. (BLD)
Day 5 - Okavango Delta
This morning we ride deeper into the heart of the delta, without returning to Macatoo. After six hours in the saddle, on reaching another river system we find our fly camp already set up – our home for the night. While the horse’s take a well-earned rest in the shade, our afternoon may be spent swimming or walking. Fires are lit at night, creating a strong human presence to keep marauding animals away from the horses. Night watches are fun and guests usually join in. To camp out so freely in the Okavango bush like this is a wonderful experience and one that few people experience. Fly camp is basic but very beautiful with excellent food, a comfy bed and hot water for the bucket showers after a long day’s riding. (BLD)
Day 6 - End of African Horseback Safaris Tour
Having helped to keep watch under the stars, the next morning we splash through water on the vast open plains, home to blue wildebeest and Burchell’s zebra. The riding may be fast as we approach deep reedy areas full of bird life open-billed storks, squawker herons, slatey egrets, cattle egrets, pygmy Egyptian geese and many more. After your night at fly camp, you will return to Macatoo along the myriad of waterways lined with large trees. Once back in Macatoo there will be time to pack and say goodbye before we drive you to the airstrip with a picnic lunch. Flight from Macatoo Camp to Maun. (B)
Dates and Pricing
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.