Horse riding safaris in Botswana
Mashatu Game Reserve
$ 1,638 (Pps)
Horse-Riding safaris in the Okavango Delta
A Horseback safari is a superb way of enjoying wildlife in the Okavango Delta if you are an experienced proficient rider. A horseback safari combines excellent game-viewing, adventurous riding and scenic beauty. This is as close to nature as you will ever get.
Imagine the breathtaking excitement when your silent progress along game paths brings you upon a herd of buffalo or a family group of elephant.The riding is varied, sometimes quietly walking, stalking big game and admiring the bird life, sometimes cantering through the water-meadows alongside galloping giraffe and lechwe.
You stay in a private concession within the Okavango Delta where game is plentiful. You join a small group of riders for an unforgettable few days, following animal trails on horseback from palm island to island, through a sea of grass and shallow water. Canter across plains with herds of zebra and wildebeest and then ride back to camp in the glow of the African sunset, whilst listening to the calls of lion and hyena.
Activity and relaxation are carefully balanced and you stay in authentic safari camps throughout with comfortable accommodation and en suite bathrooms. Horse safaris vary in length from 3 to 10 nights. We recommend at least 4 or 5 nights if possible.
There is a horse to suit everyone, and a choice of English or Trail saddles. The horses are much loved, well mannered thoroughbreds, Namibian Hanoverian and Kalahari-arab crossbreeds.
You can based yourself at one camp, Macatoo Camp, or opt for a horse safari trail staying at three different camps, all in diverse areas offering a unique experience of the Okavango Delta wildlife, birds and habitat.
You need to be riding fit and confident of your ability at all paces. You spend four to six hours a day in the saddle so a horse safari is really only for experienced riders and they cannot novice or beginner riders on a horse safari. Afternoons can be spent enjoying alternative activities including swimming, game drives, mokoro (dugout canoe) excursions or walking.
The horse safari camps welcome non-riding or novice-riding spouses, friends or children who can enjoy the alternative safari activities on offer such as game drives, seasonal boating, mokoro safaris and fishing.
The sample price above is for a 3 night horse safari in the green season (from Mid November to March.) Prices are approx 10-15% higher in mid-season from April to 15th July & early November, and 25% higher in peak season from 16th July to October.
Another horse safari company offers 5, 7 or 10 night itineraries with fixed departure dates. Per night prices are similar (slightly higher) than the per night equivalent quoted here.
Prices are per night so you can easily calculate the price for 4, 5 or 6 night horse safari
Riding Safaris on Mashatu Game Reserve
Another horse trail option is in the game-rich Tuli Block on the banks of the Limpopo River between South African and Botswana. The beauty of this area is its year round appeal.