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Okavango Delta Safari

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Suitable for: non-riders families

The Okavango Delta is an intriguing phenomena with ever changing landscapes. The movement of the game & the dramatic seasonal changes in the flora ensures that no two safaris are the same; each one is unique.

 

 

The safaris are based at Macatoo Camp, situated on the western side of the Okavango Delta in a private concession of 500,000 acres. The riding terrain from camp is scenically varied in all directions, a mix of labyrinth channels; palm fringed islands and fertile floodplains.

 

 

Trapped in the parched sands of the Kalahari Desert, it is a magnet for the wildlife that depends on the Delta’s life giving waters. More than 400 species of resident and migrant birds, lions, elephant, hyenas, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and crocodiles congregate with a variety of antelope and smaller animals - warthog, mongoose, genets, monkeys and bushbabies to name a few.

 

The riding is varied, sometimes quietly walking, stalking big game and admiring the bird life, other times having the experience of cantering alongside galloping giraffe and lechwe! Accomodation is in walk-in tents with quality facilities & wonderful service.

 

 

 

horse riding holiday in botswanaDay 1

On arrival in Maun, you are met and transferred by plane and a game drive to camp which overlooks a seasonal flood plain lagoon. After lunch under the trees, there is usually time for a rest before the evening ride where you can get to know your horse. Return to a candle-lit dinner.

Day 2

Awoken by a cup of tea or coffee in bed, followed by a light breakfast, ride westwards following elephant trails from one palm island to another, through seas of grass, into the backcountry. After lunch and a siesta, ride out into the plains, later enjoying a refreshing drink while the sun goes down.

Day 3

Leaving camp early to investigate fresh game tracks, joining the rare semi-aquatic antelope, the red lechwe, as they thunder through the water meadows. A champagne breakfast awaits under a large baobab tree. The evening ride is spent exploring the lower flood plains where elephants often gather at a pool. As dusk closes in, drinks are served around the fire.

Day 4

Riding through different country, make your way through clouds of bushman hair grass to plains dotted with fig trees. You might encounter giraffe or shyer antelope while passing through mopane woodlands. Your pace increases as you break out onto the flood plains, often disturbing troops of baboons. Returning to the camp for an afternoon spent at leisure and later a night drive by spotlight.

Day 5

While staff pack up, you leave for the fly-camp riding deeper into the heart of the delta. On reaching another river system you find the fly camp already set up, looking out over a favourite elephant watering hole. You stay here for a one night bush experience. The 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.

Day 6

Having kept watch under the stars, the next morning you splash through water on the vast open plains, home to wildebeest and zebra. The riding may be fast as you approach deep reedy areas full of bird life. After your break, you ride back to main camp along the myriad of waterways lined with large trees.

Day 7

Your last full day's riding in this magical place takes you cantering through the shallow flood plains, admiring the deeper pools of lilies. Here, the buffalo gather in numbers and you have to creep up to them using islands for cover. The evening offers a last quiet ride with memorable smells of sage as the sun goes down with final sundowners in a surprising location.

Day 8

For your final ride, you will go along some of the high palm islands which offer great vistas. You'll maybe take a final exhilarating gallop and run with the game before returning to camp to prepare for your onward journey.horse riding holiday in botswana

 

2012 prices:

7 nights, full board, £2,695pp Jan-March & Nov-Dec

7 nights, full board, £3,045pp April-June & 16th-31st October

7 nights, full board, £3,395pp July-Sept & 1st-15th October

Spring/Summer is Sept-March with the rainy season from Nov-March. Nov & Feb are the hottest months.  Autumn/Winter is May-Aug with little rain

Single Supplement: 50% if not willing to share

Includes: camps & tents at Macatoo, all drinks, meals & game drives

Not Included: Flights and Travel Insurance

Indicative flight price: London to Maun £800 - £1200pp depending on time of year

Meeting Point: Maun International Airport or Kasane

Transfer: £360pp return from Maun Int. Airport or £520pp return from Kasane (50% supplement for lone traveller)

No Hours In Saddle: 4/6 per day

Max Weight: 95kg. 95kg - 105kg no extra supplement payable but subject to availability. Exceeding 105kg by special arrangement only

Group Size: 2-8

Call us on +44 (0)1225 000000 or email contact@redlandsequestrian.com to check the ride availability and dates, once we have confirmed availability you can download and fill in a booking form:

Each rider in the party must also complete a riding ability questionnaire before we can complete the final confirmation of your holiday booking.

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