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A luxury riding safari in the remote Okavango Delta, a place teeming with game

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Horse Riding Holidays Botswana – Okavango Horse Safari – 3 Itineraries

PRICES & DATES top

Okavango Horse Safari: Prices 2024

5, 7 & 10 night itineraries available all year. During January, February and December there are no minimum number of nights required and guests will be based at Kujwana Camp. Platforms and Mok Camp offered on request.
From March to November there are set departure dates for 7 and 10 nights and Kujwana camp, Mokolwane camp and Platforms are offered. On 5 night stays, Kujwana camp is used.

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  • Low Season
    January, February, March, December – $893
    • GBP: 700
    • EUR: 822
    per person, per night
  • Mid-Season
    April, May, October, November – $1,072
    • GBP: 840
    • EUR: 987
    per person, per night
  • High Season
    June, July, August, September – $1,302
    • GBP: 1,020
    • EUR: 1,198
    per person, per night
  • There are two spacious riverside suites with spectacular views which can be booked on request for a $128
    • GBP: 100
    • EUR: 118
    nightly supplement

Single Supplement 50% - Note: we can remove the Single Supplement, if willing to share

Suitable for non-riders.

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details.

Includes – Accommodation, meals, drinks supplied locally, riding, game drives, walks, power boats, mokoro safaris (water levels permitting) and 14% VAT

Excludes – Flights, transfers & tips.

Okavango Horse Safari: Dates 2024

Open all year round.

Getting There
International flights to Maun, Botswana (good connections from Johannesburg and Cape Town).

Transfer
Transfers from Maun can be done by vehicle, light winged aircraft or helicopter. We recommend helicopter for the ultimate way to travel into the Delta!

Transfer Costs (per person one way) Maun – Camp
Helicopter £325
Plane & Vehicle £240

We can also transfer from Kasane, please ask for prices.

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.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

PJ and Barney Bestelink pioneered the idea of running a luxury riding safari, in one of the most amazing and remote wildernesses of the world, the Okavango Delta… and today the Okavango Horse Safari’s remains one of the best.

Okavango Horse Safari’s is very special and operates in its own private concession on the border of the Moremi Game Reserve in the Western region of the Okavango Delta. The area includes three major river systems of the Okavango Delta, the Xudum, the Matsibie and the Kiri, and you can expect varying terrain whilst out riding, including Palm islands, grassy flood plains, mopane forests and clear streams.

On the Okavango Horse Safari’s many of the flood plains are often full and in the morning, you will be riding your horse, wading through water from island to island, enjoying some of the most scenic and best game viewing areas in the world.

Okavango Horse Safari’s, game is plentiful, and includes elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, lechwe, reedbuck, bushbuck, impala, steenbok, roan antelope, duiker, waterbuck, tsessebe, bat-eared fox, side striped and blackbacked jackals, African wildcat, vervet monkey, honey badger, spotted hyena, mongoose, meerkat, warthog, tortoise and ostrich.

Special nocturnal creatures include porcupines, aardwolf, aardvark, civet, genet, serval, springhare, and bush babies. Water babies include hippos, crocodile, cape clawless and spotted neck otters. The Delta also has plenty of predators and these include lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog in this area.

On the Okavango Horse Safari you can expect small groups of interesting guests, and enjoy very personal attention from your hosts – this really is the ultimate riding safari, and if you had to choose just one safari to book from our range of Horse Riding Holidays Botswana, this one would have to be at the top of your list.

THE RIDING top

Horses – A large herd of Full and Part Bred Thoroughbreds, pure Arabs and Anglo Arabs, Saddle Bred Crosses, Boerperds. The horses at Okavango Horse Safari are between 14hh and 17hh, well-schooled, responsive and even-tempered. There is a wide range of horses suitable for experienced riders and riders who compete.

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to Advanced.
A good level of fitness is an advantage for the Okavango Horse Safari, the morning rides are 4 – 5 hours long.

Tack – English style with very good quality English saddles (Ideals, Symonds and Barnsbys Fieldhouse) with seat savers and English snaffle bridles.

Weight Restriction – 200 lbs / 14 Stone / 90 kg.

There is a weight supplement of 50% if guests are above the weight limit and this is at the discretion of the company and subject to the individuals riding experience and style.

Group Size – Maximum 6

ACCOMMODATION top

This is a luxury safari and consists of 3 camps. If you stay for 10 nights, you are likely to visit all of them!

Kujwana Camp offers spacious luxury safari tents with en-suite facilities and double or twin accommodation, with attractive furnishings, solar lighting and a deck to the front with comfortable chairs and footrests.

Mokolwane Camp has tree houses raised 2 metres off the ground, with en-suite facilities.

Qwaapo Fly Camp has meru tents with camp beds, bedrolls and duvets. Facilities are private for each tent consisting of bucket and pulley showers and bush loos.

You can also expect tent personnel on hand at all times during your stay at Okavango Horse Safari.

Okavango Horse Safari’s has been personally vetted by Zara and Jill (as have all our Horse Riding Holidays Botswana). We do this to ensure that the quality of the horse riding, accommodation, food and scenery combine to provide only the best Horse Riding Holidays in Botswana for our clients.

Don’t forget our Horse Riding Holidays GUARANTEE. You won’t find any of our Horse Riding Holidays in Botswana at a lower price through any other source… and if you do we will refund the difference.

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.

Horse Riding Holidays at the Okavango Safari is part of the Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Botswana collection.

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SAMPLE ITINERARY top

5-Nights

Day 1
On arrival at Maun airport, you will be met and transferred to camp. If arriving by helicopter (which is highly recommended as the flight itself is a magical experience) then you will arrive in time for a late lunch and safety briefing before heading out onto an orientation ride. Please note that we recommend packing your riding clothes into your hand luggage if arriving by helicopter as your luggage may arrive by road later in the day!
After your ride, relax with a gin and tonic whilst watching the sunset before dinner with your group.

Day 2
You will be awoken early with a cup of tea or coffee and a light breakfast meaning you are riding as dawn breaks and the game is most active.
This morning’s ride takes you through the Xudum river area, where you will wade from island to island through lush green malopos. You may surprise a timid reedbuck out of it’s dense cover or watch herds of lechwe or zebra as they appear to effortlessly move through the water. There is exceptional birdlife in this seasonal marshland and your guides will help you to identify everything you see. Return to Kujwana camp for lunch in the shade and a relaxing siesta.
In the afternoon, head out for a peaceful mokoro (dugout canoe) expedition on the river and enjoy the tranquillity of the Delta from the water as the sun starts to sink below the horizon.

Day 3
A full morning ride heading to the east, exploring the Qwaapu area – a different river system with exciting game viewing opportunities and a different landscape.
Return to camp for lunch followed by a siesta. In the afternoon, jump in the game drive vehicle to head out in search of game you may not want to view from horseback and enjoy a drink as the sun sets. Have dinner in the bush and then an evening night drive back to camp with the spotlight looking for nocturnal game.

Day 4
A full day ride from Kujwana camp, covering c. 30kms as you head northwest through open floodplains and scattered islands to the Matsebe river system which should be thronging with game. A picnic lunch is served on a shady island followed by a siesta with camp beds and maybe a swim. A two-hour ride in the afternoon leads you back to camp in time for sunset drinks as you admire the stunning views over the floodplains.

Day 5
A morning ride exploring the southern Matsebi area. The ride moves through a variety of game areas, fording the Matsebi river through numerous hippo channels.
In the afternoon take a game drive or boat trip out to hippo pans – a great area for bush walks and tracking. The vehicle drops you off and you walk to the platforms for sunset drinks. The platforms are 4m above the ground and camouflaged by a canopy of mangosteen trees. Enjoy the great view and wildlife moving freely beneath you.

Day 6
If transferring out by helicopter then there will be time for a final ride exploring the myriad of waterways around Kujwana camp before departing.

7-nights

Day 1
You’ll be met at Maun Airport by Mary or KK (our Maun office team) before a 20-minute transfer by helicopter straight into camp, or by light aircraft to the nearest airstrip, which is then roughly an hour’s drive to camp by vehicle or boat. Once you arrive in camp you will be given time to settle in before lunch/afternoon tea and an introduction talk with a demonstration on tack and advice on game viewing from horseback. This is followed by an orientation ride for approximately 1 – 2 hours.

Day 2
A full morning ride heading to the east exploring the Qwaapu area – a different river system with exciting game viewing opportunities and a different landscape In the afternoon head out for a peaceful mokoro expedition up the river and enjoy the tranquillity of the Delta from our dugout canoes. Enjoy the beautiful colours of the Delta as the sun starts to sink behind the horizon.

Day 3
Wake up each day is 1 hour before dawn to ensure best game viewing. After breakfast, a morning ride in the Xudum area, wading through lush green malapos that lead you from island to island, surprising a timid reedbuck out his dense cover on a heavily wooded island, or enjoy the herds of lechwe and zebra moving through the open spaces. Return to camp for lunch followed by a siesta. Afternoon game drive with sunset drinks, dinner in the bush and evening night drive with a spot light to end.

Day 4
A full day ride from Kujwana Camp, of approximately 30km heading northwest. The route moves through open floodplains and scattered islands towards the Matsebe river system, where you will see a wide variety of game. A picnic lunch is served on a shady island followed by siesta with camp beds, maybe a swim, and then a further 2 hours ride to in the afternoon. Arrive at back at Kujwana Camp at sunset and enjoy a refreshing drink as you admire the stunning views over the floodplain.

Day 5
Today you’ll spend the morning on horseback, exploring the open plains to the south of the camp. After lunch and a siesta, you’ll game drive northwest to our sister camp, Mokolowane (Mok), and stay overnight in its beautiful stilted accommodation which is raised up to be above the highest water. The Mok experience specialises in predator viewing – lion and leopard are frequently seen and an afternoon game drive looking for these predators is often rewarded.

Day 6
Rising early, back in the game drive vehicle by dawn, ready to head out to look for lions and leopards in the area surrounding Mokolowane. After the thrill of watching predators in the wild, head back to Mok for lunch overlooking over the floodplains. After lunch return to Kujwana with a game drive, with time for a short siesta before getting back in the saddle to explore the immediate area around camp on horseback.

Day 7
An option of another full day ride exploring the Xudum area – picnic lunch along the way. The ride covers around 35 km, with 4 hours ridden in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. This ride moves through a variety of game areas fording the Xudum River through numerous hippo channels.

Day 8
Early morning game ride if flight time permits

10-nights

Day 1
You will be met on arrival at Maun airport and transferred to camp. We recommend flying in by helicopter as it’s a magical experience and means you arrive in time for an afternoon ride. Make sure to pack some riding clothes in your hand luggage in case your main luggage becomes separated during travel. Your ride will be followed by sundowners and dinner in camp.

Day 2
You will be woken early with a cup of tea or coffee in your tent. After a light breakfast you will mount at dawn to be out riding as the game is most active. Today’s ride will explore the Xudum area, where you wade through lush green malopos as you head from island to island. Perhaps you’ll stumble across the shy reedbuck as it hides amongst dense bush on the islands or watch herds of lechwe and giraffe as they splash through the waters. The seasonal marshlands are a paradise for birdlife and your guides will help you tick off all the species you see. Return to camp for lunch and a siesta.
In the afternoon head out for a peaceful mokoro expedition on the river and enjoy the tranquility of the Delta from the dug-out canoes as the sun sinks below the horizon.

Day 3
A full day ride from Kujwana camp of approximately 30km, heading northwest. The route moves through open floodplains and scattered islands towards the Matsebe river system where you will see a variety of game.
A picnic lunch is served on a shady island followed by a siesta with camp beds, maybe a swim and then a further 2-hour ride back to camp in the afternoon. Enjoy a refreshing drink as the sun sets across the floodplain.

Day 4
After breakfast, ride in the Xudum area again, wading from island to island, surprising herds of lechwe or giraffe.
Back in time for lunch and an afternoon powerboat trip up the river to look for the elusive Pels fishing owl, or throw in a line and catch a delicious bream for dinner.

Day 5
Today you’ll spend the morning on horseback exploring the open plains to the south of camp.
After lunch and a siesta, you’ll game drive north-west to the sister camp of Moklowane to stay overnight in the beautiful, stilted accommodation raised above the water.
Moklowane camp specialises in predator viewing – lion and leopard are frequently seen and an afternoon game drive looking for these predators is often rewarding.

Day 6
Rise early and jump back into the game vehicle before dawn to head out and look for lions and leopards in the area surrounding Moklowane. After the thrill of watching predators in the wild, head back to Moklowane for lunch overlooking the floodplains.
After lunch, return to Kujwana on another game drive before a short siesta and then a late afternoon ride to explore the area around camp.

Day 7
A morning ride east towards Beacon and Lion Island. These are two very large islands in the area which are cut off from Kujwana by the Qwaapu river. The area is cross-crossed with game paths leading you through a chain of rain pans.
This area is a great contrast to the open floodplains – mopane forests and acacia woodlands offer a good variety of food for elephant, kudu, and giraffe. Breeding herds of elephant enjoy the security of the dense forests, and if the pans are holding water, then it’s also a great location for buffalo, wildebeest and zebra.
In the afternoon enjoy a bird walk with the opportunity to learn more about the traditional uses of the plants and trees in the area.

Day 8
A morning ride around the east of Kujwana camp. Shady rain pans and thick riverine forest make this ride an ideal time to track breeding herds of elephant. Break for a chocolate bar on the edge of a hippo pool before riding onto more open areas, with the chance of picking up a herd of buffalo as they pass through.
In the evening, enjoy an early dinner in camp before heading out on a night drive to some platforms where you’ll spend the night sleeping under the stars. Fall asleep to the sounds of the little Pearl Spotted owls who share the trees with you.

Day 9
Awake in the trees and enjoy a beautiful sunrise over the Qwaapu area with the game strolling through the floodplain below. After a bush breakfast make your way back to Kujwana camp with a game drive and walk.
After a hearty lunch there’s a two-hour evening ride followed by sunset drinks on one of the flood plains. A lovely way to end an active day.

Day 10
Another full day ride exploring the Xudum area with a picnic lunch along the way. The ride covers around 35km, with four hours ridden in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. The ride moves through a variety of game areas fording the Xudum river through numerous hippo channels.

Day 11
You will have time for a final ride this morning before transferring out of the Delta by helicopter or fix wing plane.

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