Type of horses:
Mostly crossbreeds including Shire x TB, Boerperd cross and Appaloosa sport horses. Some purebred Appaloosas also.
Nature of horses:
Sure footed and well trained
Height of horses:
14.2 - 17hh
95kg / 210 lbs
Trail saddles or English Wintec GP's
NEW for 2017 is this unique trail ride in the Okavango Delta, where you stay in mobile camps and can follow the herds of game as they migrate through this glorious wetland. Guided by David Foot who also guides our Kalahari ride and has a vast experience, this trail is sure to become a firm favourite.
Recently declared the 1000th World Heritage Site, the unique Okavango Delta is a horse riders paradise - as the floodwaters spill down into the Kalahari sands from Angola, the herds and birdlife follow. Horseback is the perfect place from which to observe this magical event.
This unique ride does not use a permanent riding camp, but a lightweight mobile camp is transported by a flotilla of mokoros (traditional dugout canoes) which are poled by members of the local community who live on the fringes of the delta and know it intimately. If water levels are low then a herd of pack donkeys will carry belongings instead. With no vehicles involved, this is a genuinely environmentally friendly and low impact safari.
The emphasis is on experiencing the beauty of the Okavango Delta with top-level guiding. This is a big game area and you could be tracking huge herds of buffalo one day or viewing elephants as they bathe in the cool waters another. Follow hippo paths through the reeds and explore the dry islands for antelope, giraffe, zebra and a multitude of animal and birdlife. Lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog are also present in this area but this is a true wilderness safari and so sightings cannot be guaranteed.
As this ride is new in 2017, there are two "Exploratory Ride" dates. These dates are specifically for riders with a sense of adventure who can accept that there may be a few teething problems! At a special discounted rate it is expected that these exploratory dates will fill quickly and once all the initial hiccups have been smoothed out, additional dates are scheduled throughout the year. All dates fit neatly with your hosts Kalahari ride as well, so you can combine the two for an epic Desert and Delta safari.
You stay in a mobile camp in lightweight tents (with standing room), fully made-up stretcher beds, bucket showers and short-drop toilets.
Camp is transported by a flotilla of mokoros poled by members of the local community who know the delta intimately. The ability to move camp is a highlight and means you can traverse the delta to find the area with the best wildlife sightings.
All meals will be prepared over an open fire in camp and you will be amazed at the diversity and quality of the meals.
Breakfast is usually light as it's taken before dawn! Lunch will be something like cold meat platters with fresh salads, fruit, cheeses and homemade breads. Dinners will be hearty and three courses with plenty of fresh vegetables.
There are opportunities to explore the Delta on foot and in a mokoro (dug-out canoe) but the emphasis is on riding.
Non-riders can be accommodated provided there are at least two non-riders in the group - an additional walking guide would be provided for the non-riders who could explore the delta on foot or on the mokoro, meeting the riders at lunches and back at camp in the evening.
Health requirements: Fit & Healthy
Age limit: 8 years and older but children MUST be experienced riders
Included: Accommodation, riding, meals, drinks, transfers
Not included: Flights, insurance.
Transfers are from Maun. You can fly to Maun on Air Botswana from any of the following airports:
Johannesburg (South Africa)
Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
You can also fly to Maun with South African Airways from Johannesburg. From the UK, the South African Airways flights from London Heathrow via Johannesburg to Maun are usually the cheapest and most reliable.
You are transferred by road from Maun airport to the fringes of the Delta and ride into the Delta from there.
Exploring the watery wilderness of the Okavango Delta is an exhilarating experience and this unique ride allows you to truly explore the area. There is no set itinerary and each nights camp will be situated in a unique location and chosen depending on the water levels at that time and game movements. There are many shady islands to choose from and each are beautifully located. Camp may not move every night, but can be moved to find the best wildlife sightings.
Your holiday starts from Maun airport and there is a short 30 minute transfer to the "buffalo fence" (designed to keep cattle out of the Delta). Your horses will be waiting for you here, along with a team of camp staff who will load your luggage onto mokoros (dug-out canoes). Whilst you head off riding into this pristine wilderness, your luggage and camp equipment is peacefully transported on these mokoros which are poled by members of the local community. If water levels are too low for mokoros then pack donkeys will be used instead. This safari is designed to be low impact on the environment.
A typical day starts with an early wake-up call and a light breakfast around the camp fire as dawn breaks. This is when the game is most active and so the best time to set out on horseback. Follow ancient elephant trails whilst searching for a variety of wildlife and enjoying the prolific birdlife. Canter across the flooded plains and meander through the wooded islands. Herds of buffalo may be in the vicinity, giraffe often saunter by and red lechwe may splash through the water alongside you whilst kudu peer from the thickets.
Return to camp for lunch and a siesta in the shade of a giant jackalberry or leadwood tree. A meditative evening ride is spent listening to the sounds of the bush with the snorting and splashing of the horses, before returning to camp for dinner under the stars.
During the week it is likely you (or the horses!) will want to rest and this offers the perfect opportunity to glide serenely through the lily-lined lagoons in the mokoro. This traditional mode of transport offers a different perspective - be certain to look out for the brightly coloured painted reed frogs hanging to the reeds! There are also chances to venture out on foot with your guides too - to learn some rudimentary tracking skills and discover the smaller creatures which inhabit the bush.
No two days are the same but each day is astonishing and you will discover this unique and unspoilt wilderness in a privileged way.
|Minimum group size:||2|
|Maximum group size:||8|
|Ability description:||You need to be a capable and experienced rider. This is a big game area and you should be able to stay on your horse and stay calm and in control in all situations.|
|Type of ride:||Mobile safari|
|Total riding time:||8 days / 7 nights / 6 full days riding|
2017: 1-8 July, 15-22 July, 15-22 October, 12-19 November, 11-18 December
There are also two Exploratory Rides for those riders who are adventurous and prepared for the unexpected! 20-27 April and 13-20 May.
Special Price for Exploratory rides (April and May):
£2209 per person sharing
**Guests joining the exploratory rides must be prepared for the unexpected!**
£2751 per person sharing
£3293 per person sharing
There is no single supplement for the first two singles who are genuinely travelling alone. For additional singles or those who want their own tent despite travelling with others, the supplement is £271