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Horse Riding Holidays Botswana – Raw Botswana

DATES & PRICES top

Raw Botswana

PRICES & DATES 2017

Suitable for non-riders. For those who are riding they must be intermediate and experienced riders.

Rates are quoted per person sharing.

Raw Botswana is a flexible holiday and you can book by the night.

Minimum stay is 3 nights but we recommend 7 nights to make the most of your trip.

Open all year round.

  • Low Season
    Jan 7-31, Feb, Mar, Nov 16-30, Dec 1-17 – £470/€545/$590 per night
  • Mid Season
    Apr, May, Jun, July 1-15, Nov 1-15, Dec 18- Jan 6 – £550/€640/$690 per night
  • High Season
    Jul 16-31, Aug, Sep, Oct – £620/€720/$775 per night

Children 12 and under are charged 50% of normal rate.

Single Supplement 50%, if willing to share with same sex, this is avoided and is standard practice.

Rates subject to adjustment due to currency fluctuations.

Includes – All riding, guiding, activities; canoeing, mekoros, power boating, fishing (water activities seasonal), night drives & bush walks, meals, drinks & alcohol.

Excluded – Flights, transfers & tips.

How To Get There
International flight to Johannesburg, with a connecting flight with Air Botswana or African Airlink to Maun, Botswana.

It is also possible to come in via Harare and/or Victoria Falls taking a motorboat over the Chobe river and charter plane from Kasane to camp, just ask us for the options.

Transfer
On arrival in Maun, you are met by one of our representatives and escorted to your charter flight into camp. The journey takes about 40 minutes.
Maun – Motswiri Camp | £205 each way / Min 2 persons

You can also fly into camp from Kasane.
Kasane – Mostwiri Camp | £255 each way / Min 2 persons

 

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

Raw Botswana at Motswiri Camp is a firm favourite of Zara’s Planet clients for Horse Riding Holidays Botswana, including leading riders, Michael Eilberg, Team GB and Louise Bell, Working Hunter & Dressage Rider. They visited in November 2014 and said of their experience;

“We had a magical holiday at Raw Botswana organised by Zara’s Planet. Motswiri camp is a truly special place! Exhilarating gallops alongside the game, followed by a bit of fishing and wonderful staff made this a holiday to remember! Thanks to Zara who persuaded us this would not be a busman’s holiday, how right she was!”

Raw Botswana manages to mix a wonderful feeling of a relaxed, home from home camp along with the levels of service you’d expect from a 5 star hotel – put more simply one feels like a special guest and friend. They specialise in riding and walking safaris and one of their big benefits is that you can bring your non riding partner with you and they will experience an equally wonderful holiday.

The camp at Raw Botswana is remote and based on the beautiful, Selinda Spillway in the Selinda Reserve, of Northern Botswana right on the edge of the Okavango Delta. The remoteness means you will probably not hear any other light aircraft buzzing in the sky while you are there and you certainly won’t spot any other sign of human life other than staff from the camp, making it the perfect getaway for Horse Riding Holidays Botswana!

The spillway at Raw Botswana is an ancient watercourse linking the Okavango Delta to the Kwando-Linyanti flood plains and in 2009 it flooded for the first time in 30 years, connecting these two great flood plains.

The team hosting this great destination at Raw Botswana have over 50 years of managing and guiding low impact safaris in Botswana and the reserve’s diverse vegetation results in superb birding. It is a home to giraffe, zebra, tsessebe, lion, leopard, cheetah and the rare roan antelope, sable and wild dog.

In addition many large herds of elephant and buffalo migrate through this area during the year.

The reserve at Raw Botswana is unusual in its clear definition between floodplains and permanently dry areas, making it uniquely suited to both riding and walking safaris. This mean it’s perfect for groups and families of mixed requirements. Those that wish to ride daily can do so at their leisure and enjoy the vast open plains of the Okavango delta to the immediate West and the riverine forest of the Spillway to the North and East, while other members can go canoeing, fishing, walking or simply chill by the pool.

THE RIDING top

Horses – There are between twenty and twenty four horses in camp at Raw Botswana at any one time, ranging from Thoroughbreds to Boerperds, Arabs and Kalahari crosses, large to small. All are well schooled, well fed and cared for, well turned out and acclimatised to the area and to the game.

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to Advanced.

You are riding in Big Game country and you must be secure in your seat. The riding varies from walking in thick bush and tracking game to lots of long canters and good gallops. Depending on the time of year there are lots of opportunities for cantering through deep water which is great fun.

In addition during most months there is swimming with the horses through the spillways. The guides at RAW Botswana are all very experienced and will get you viewing game as close as is safe.

Tack – Snaffle bridles and a choice of English or trail saddles.

Weight Restriction – 95kgs / 210 lbs / 15 stone.

Group Size – Maximum 6.

ACCOMMODATION top

Raw Botswana is a small and personal camp, stylishly and comfortably rebuilt in 2010. It meets the latest, exacting environmental standards and is largely solar powered.

The central mess area boasts a large, comfortable sitting area with separate dining. It has wonderful views of the spillway and the wildlife that is attracted to it to drink. There is a discreet sunbathing area with its own plunge pool to jump into when the going gets a bit too hot! A secluded viewing platform overlooking a deep pool where the elephants come to bathe is a good hideaway.

Sited on the raised banks of the Spillway, the five tents are airy, spaced well apart and each has its own self-contained shower, loo and large decked veranda, and can be configured for double bed or twin accommodation.

Families also have available their own specially designed family tent.

The communal areas and one of the five tents are specifically designed to cater for disabled guests.

Horse Riding Holidays in Raw Botswana are part of the Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Botswana collection.

 

Please Ask About

  • Victoria Falls add-on
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    • Mozambique
    • Mauritius
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SAMPLE ITINERARY top

This is just a guide, seasons and levels of the Spillway may alter the itinerary.

DAY 1

On arrival in Maun you are met and transferred by light aircraft into camp. The flight is approximately 40 minutes. You are met and transferred to Motswiri camp, which is a short drive away. Depending on your time of arrival, there's a light lunch or tea with time to settle in before getting ready for the evening ride where you can get to know your horse. After the ride, you return to camp for a three course, candlelit dinner.

DAY 2

You are awoken with a cup of tea or coffee in bed, followed by a light breakfast before riding out along the spillway with the hope of seeing elephant, giraffe and, if you are lucky, the rare and beautiful roan and sable antelope. Return back to camp for lunch then a well earned siesta before heading off again for a gentle evening ride.

DAY 3

Leave camp early to wade across the Spillway, heading for a distant waterhole before returning to camp for lunch. The evening ride is spent exploring the Delta region to the East of camp. Later on, drinks and dinner are served again at camp.

DAY 4

You ride through different country, making your way through the majestic riverine forest along the Selinda Spillway where you may encounter giraffe or zebra while riding through the mopane woodlands. Return to camp for an afternoon relaxing either on the viewing platform at camp or around the pool. Later on you will be given the choice to try out the canoes in camp or to go for a bush walk. You can also choose to ride again.

DAY 5

Ride east along the Selinda Spillway stopping for a rest in a shady spot overlooking a breathtaking pool with superb bird-life and perhaps see the resident pod of hippo. Return to camp for lunch and then perhaps enjoy sundowners and a spot of fishing from the boat before dinner.

DAY 6

This mornings ride sees you splashing through water along the false spillway to the North of the Selinda Spillway, which is home to the elusive roan and sable antelope. You may see elephant, giraffe, zebra and impala. Head back to Motswiri camp for lunch and then ride out again in the afternoon.

DAY 7

On your last full day you ride to the east of Motswiri camp and towards the huge flood plains along the boundary of the concession area. The evening offers a last quiet ride back to Motswiri.

DAY 8

On your final ride you can decide which route to take depending on what you have come across over the past few days. Your guides will make sure that you are back in plenty of time to get ready for your onward flight out of Motswiri.

DESTINATION MAP top

 

Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Guarantee:

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

We have travelled the world testing a huge variety of horse riding holidays to make sure we offer you, our client, the best horse riding holiday experience possible.

Our horse riding holidays are thoroughly researched – we consider all the elements that go towards making our horse riding holidays collection the best in the world. We check the quality of the horses, if they are fit for the job, well produced and looked after. We make sure the riding terrain is good going, the countryside is interesting and, for example, on Classic Dressage horse riding holidays, the arenas are in good condition. We make sure the accommodation, whether it’s a five star hotel, a farmhouse or camping, is clean and comfortable, and offers a great night’s sleep. The food is all important too – we take the time to make sure we tell you if it’s cordon bleu, home cooked, or regional and locally sourced – above all it has to be delicious, plentiful and nourishing. Last but not least, we choose the horse riding holidays that have the best hosts, who are friendly, warm and welcoming.

It’s only when all these elements come together that we add a horse riding holiday into our hand-picked collection of horse riding holidays.

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Botswana Holidays Testimonials

Siobhan English on Macatoo Safari, Botswana

On the day of our close encounter, we acknowledged the patience needed to train horses to have this level of trust; they all stood motionless as we gazed in amazement. Even when the elephant moved in our direction, the horses remained calm. Back at our camp, we relived the day's adventures over a smashing lunch,

Siobhan English The Irish Field