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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

PRICES & DATES top

Okavango Horse Safari: Prices 2024

7 nights are recommended to make the most of your trip. We can also offer 3 to 5-night trips if you are short on time or wish to combine with other trips so, please ask for a quote.

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  • Green Season
    January, February, March, December – $6,193
    • GBP: 4,900
    • EUR: 5,727
    per week
  • Mid-Season
    April, May, October, November – $7,330
    • GBP: 5,800
    • EUR: 6,779
    per week
  • High Season
    June, July, August, September – $9,112
    • GBP: 7,210
    • EUR: 8,427
    per week
  • There are two spacious riverside suites with spectacular views which can be booked on request for a $126
    • GBP: 100
    • EUR: 117
    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 – All the riding, accommodation, meals, drinks & alcohol, guiding and extra activities like night game drives, bush walks and boat rides in traditional ‘mokoros’ along the delta waterways (water activities only available in flood season).

Excludes – Flights, transfers & tips.

Okavango Horse Safari: Dates 2024

Open all year round.

From March to November 7 night safaris start on a Saturday or Tuesday and include riding to a tree house camp and often includes 1 night in a fly camp.

From December to February, you will be based at the main Kujwana Camp.

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
Road & Boat £150

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 – 200lbs / 14 Stone / 90kg.

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 12

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

There are 3 ride options to choose from  a 5, 7 or 10-night itinerary. The following is a sample 7-day itinerary, which may vary according to water levels and game movements.

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

There are fixed departure dates 5,7- and 10-night safaris offering the opportunity to explore the three main river systems in this area, the Xudum, Matsebi and the Kiri River. An area of over 2500 sq. km it is rich in wildlife and variety of fauna and flora. The areas between the three rivers contrast greatly and support different species of game and birds.

Mokoros and fishing are offered as an activity depending on water levels.

10-night itineraries - on day 6 the horses are rested, and other activities are offered, for instance, mokoro with picnic lunch, game drive or bird walk, or a short afternoon ride.

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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.

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