Okavango horseback safari

With over 450 000 acres of pure Okavango magic to explore, a horseback safari in the delta is one of the most exciting African holidays.

Led by knowledgeable guides, guests are able to explore this wilderness paradise on calm, experienced horses. On these exhilarating rides you become part of the herd alongside big game, such as giraffe, zebra and elephant.

You have the option to curate your days according to how much riding you want to do. For example, morning rides tend to be long as you explore different landscapes and terrain and search for new animals. While in the afternoon, enjoy spectacular sunsets from the top of a termite mount or the cool of the river.

However, there are plenty of options to explore out of the saddle. And of course the camp gladly accommodates non-riding partners and families. All of the regular activities associated with an Okavango delta safari are available. Game drives offer the opportunity to follow and track big game such as lions, which would normally be avoided on horseback. And in the Okavango, mokoro safaris, fishing and motorboat safaris are popular when the flood is in, between May and July.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 nights
from US $ 6200 per rider, sharing
variable

Highlights

Splash
through the crystal waters of the delta
Smell
the pungent bush
Feel
the exhilaration of galloping alongside herds of zebra
Make
memories and lifelong friends

Experiences

Please contact us for a detailed itinerary!
  • THE CAMP

    This Okavango horseback safari makes use of a single camp and all rides and safaris leave from here.

    Macatoo Camp is a luxury tented bush camp located in heart of the Okavango Delta.

    Eight spacious tents are set on individual raised platforms, offering guests panoramic views of the flood plain.

    A variety of sleeping configurations offer flexible accommodation to suit every need, whether honeymoon privacy or family comfort.

    The newly-built honeymoon tent for couples celebrating any special occasion, has an additional deck for private dining as well as a raised double tub bath overlooking the floodplain.

    The ‘family and friends suite’ comprises two tents, directly linked by a raised walkway and viewing deck above ground. This provides direct, easy access for parents, children and single travellers who are anxious about sleeping alone.

    Significantly, a swimming pool deck offers refreshing relaxation between rides and activities. And of course, that omnipresent flood plain is always in full view. Elephants and giraffe often come very close to the deck and the pool doubles as a popular watering hole for passing families of baboons.

    A short drive from camp, atop a long, sturdy ladder, a magical tree platform hosts lunches, drinks and the occasional sleepover under the African night sky.

     

  • THE HORSES

    Macatoo’s string of nearly 50 horses are all schooled and well-mannered.

    They comprise Thoroughbreds, Namibian Hanoverian, Percherons and Kalahari-Arab crossbreeds ranging between 14hh and 18 hh (140-180cm).

    Each horse is recognised and appreciated for its unique ability and personality and every effort is made to match every horse with the most suitable rider.

  • TRIP PRICE

    From approx US $ 6200 per rider, sharing  (2021)

    From approx US$ 5620 per non-rider, sharing (2021)

     

    Please note regarding all Active Africa trips:

    • Unless otherwise specified, all prices shown on the website are based on mid/shoulder season rates. These prices will change for travel in low / high season
    • Specials may apply to one or more of the hotels in any itinerary. The price shown may not take these into account. Please contact us for a date-specific quote
    • Unless you’re looking at a scheduled departure or founders’ trip, all itineraries are customisable. Tell us how we can make it perfect for you.
  • TRIP PRICE INCLUDES

    Accommodation at Macatoo Camp on a shared basis

    All meals and local beverages

    Riding and Non-Riding activities

    Charter flights from/to Maun

  • TRIP PRICE EXCLUDES

    Visas and full travel and medical insurance – which is essential

    Gratuities for camp staff and guides

    Purchases from the curio shop

    Any optional additional activities undertaken from camp (for example, heli sightseeing)

     

  • WHEN TO TRAVEL

    Okavango horseback safaris operate year round

    The green season in Botswana runs from December through March, during which time there can be heavy rain. This may come in prolonged downpours or in afternoon thunderstorms.

    The dry season runs from June to October, during which the days are warm and the nights cold. However, little to no rain falls in these months.

     

  • YOU SHOULD KNOW

    Riders must be:

    • Over 12 years old
    • Riding fit and confident at all riding paces
    • Weigh no more than 95kgs (210lbs / 15 stone).

    A maximum of eight riders make up each group, to ensure the best possible standards of safety and enjoyment.

    Be prepared to spend up to six hours a day in the saddle.

    This holiday is not suitable for novice or beginner riders.

    There are risks involved with riding horses generally

    The presence of wild and potentially dangerous animals presents additional risk

    For these reasons guests are required to sign an indemnity form before participating

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