Ride and Walk Safaris (Motswiri) riding holiday in Botswana - Far and Ride
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Ride and Walk Safaris (Motswiri), Botswana





Horses



Type of horses:

Boerperds, Thoroughbreds and Arab Crosses.

Nature of horses:

Well schooled, well fed and cared for and trained for the terrain and game that you will encounter.

Height of horses:

14.2 - 16.2hh

Weight limit:

95kgs/210lbs/15 stone

Tack type:

English or trail saddles

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

This destination offers exclusive, personalised riding and walking safaris in the remote and beautiful Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana. The camp is situated on the banks of the Selinda Spillway, an ancient watercourse linking the Okavango and Kwando-Linyanti floodplains, and your hosts operate exclusively in over 120,000 pristine acres. These camp based safaris offer you the latest in comfort and environmental standards, the camp having been renovated in 2010. The camp is staffed by a highly experienced team who wish to offer low impact safaris, showing the guests the beauty of this special area whilst causing minimum disruption to the surroundings. For longer stays there is also the option of a night in fly camp, a sleepover, available at additional cost.

The reserve features both floodplains and permanently dry areas which makes it rather unique and the ideal setting for a horseback adventure. Guests can spend their whole safari on a horse or non-riding companions can explore the reserve on foot (or you can mix the two). The reserve comprises of diverse vegetation, resulting in superb bird watching opportunities. It is also home to giraffe, zebra, tsessebe, lion, leopard, cheetah and the rare roan antelope, sable and wild dog. Many large herds of elephant and buffalo migrate through the reserve during the year. Fishing, boating and canoeing are also excellent ways to make the most of these spectacular surroundings and the wealth of flora and fauna that inhabit the landscapes.

Riding through the reserve is the experience of a lifetime and up to six hours a day are spent in the saddle. There are a range of horses to suit different riding abilities and all are well schooled and used to the area and the game that you will encounter. Safaris, whether on horse or foot, are always led by an armed professional guide. After a memorable day exploring, you can relax to a candle-lit, three course dinner, made with locally sourced ingredients and accompanied by local South African wines or drinks of your choice.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

Accommodation is in five comfortable tents which are airy (5m x 7m), spaced well apart and have their own self-contained shower, toilet and large veranda. The tents are sited on the raised banks of the Spillway and can be configured for double bed or twin bed accommodation. Families are welcome and there is a specially designed family tent (effectively two tents which are connected).

The central mess area has a large, comfortable sitting area with a separate dining area. It offers excellent views of the spillway and the visiting wildlife that stop by for a drink. A sunbathing area is discreetly tucked away and has a plunge pool for when the weather is a bit too hot and you'd like to cool down and relax. There is also a secluded viewing platform which overlooks a pool favoured by the elephants for drinking and bathing, a lovely sight.

The communal areas and one of the five tents are designed to cater for disabled guests.

One night in a fly camp (effectively a sleep-out) is available on request at additional cost for stays of 5 - 7 nights.

Delicious wholesome meals are made using locally sourced ingredients such as fresh meat, salad and vegetables. Lunches are often eaten out of camp in a shady viewing spot, whilst dinners are candle-lit, three course affairs. You will not go hungry here!

There is a good variety of locally sourced canned drinks available, including beers and soft drinks. There is a range of spirits, mixers and South African wines - if you have a particular request then please let us know in advance and your hosts can try to make sure that this is available for you.

 

Activities

This camp also specialises in walking safaris so non-riders are more than welcome. Walking safaris can be interspersed with fishing and swimming.

Boating and canoeing are possible nearly all year round due to the proximity to the Spillway and the high floods of recent seasons. There are powered boats, canoes and mekoros (traditional type canoes, hollowed out logs effectively!).

Game drives and night walks can also be arranged.

 

Further Details

Languages: English

Health requirements: Fit & Healthy

Age limit: 12 and older for riding, no limit for non-riding guests.

Tuition: No

Included: Accommodations, activities, meals, drinks with meals, as well as some drinks outside of meals.

Not included: Flights, transfers, insurance, gratuities and extras not mentioned.

 

Travel Information

Guests should fly into Maun (the most popular choice) or Kasane. You can fly to Maun on Air Botswana from any of the following airports:

Johannesburg (South Africa)
Gaborone (Botswana)
Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Windhoek (Namibia)

Once in Maun or Kasane, you take a privately chartered light aircraft to the camp which we can arrange for you. From Maun this is a short 40 minute flight to the airstrip adjacent to camp or 1 hour and 20 minutes from Kasane (which is located on the Botswana side of Victoria Falls). There is a luggage restriction of 20kg per person, soft sided luggage only. Excess luggage can be stored in the Maun office. From Motswiri airstrip it's about a 5 minute drive into camp.

Maun - Motswiri Camp: $295 USD per person, each way.
Kasane - Motswiri Camp: $379 USD per person, each way.

Airport: Maun

 

Programmes


3 Night Itinerary



Day One:

On arrival in Maun you are met and transferred by light aircraft to our camp situated within the magnificent Selinda Reserve. The flight is approximately 40 minutes and is due North East of Maun. On arrival at the airstrip, you are met and transferred to Motswiri camp which is a short drive away. Depending on your time of arrival, you will have a light lunch or tea with time to settle in to your tent before getting ready for the evening ride where you can get to know your horse. After the ride, you will return for a three course, candlelit dinner.

Day Two:

Awoken by a cup of tea or coffee in bed, followed by a light breakfast, you then ride out for a longer ride along the spillway where you can hope to see elephant, giraffe and if you are lucky, the rare and beautiful roan and sable antelope. You return back to camp for lunch then a well earned siesta or perhaps a swim in the pool, then off again for a gentle evening ride and back to camp to watch another beautiful African sunset.

Day Three:

For your last full day you ride to the East of Motswiri camp and towards the huge flood plains along the boundary of the concession area. The evening offers a last quiet ride with a surprise sundowner on your ride back to Motswiri and yet another delicious supper sharing stories of the day with other guests.

Day Four:

For your final ride you will decide which route to take depending on what you have come across over the past few days. The hosts will make sure that you get you back in plenty of time to get ready for your onward flight out of Motswiri.

Please note this horseback safari is exciting but not strenuous. This itinerary only serves as a guide; all scenarios are dependent on the season and levels of the Okavango flood. At times it may not be possible to go on fly camps and during cooler months one longer ride may replace the normal morning and evening rides. The company reserves the right to alter the itinerary in any way and leaves this to the discretion of the guides. Local weather conditions may also affect game movements.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: Intermediate - Experienced. You must be able to rise to the trot, and control your horse at all speeds. Your hosts endeavour to match the riding ability of those on the rides so that all travel at a pace that matches riding ability. You may be required to gallop out of trouble, so they cannot take beginners, and it will be at the Company's discretion as to whether novice riders can be accepted, taking their own safety and that of the group as a whole into account.
Type of ride: Based with safari rides from the camp.
Total riding time: Up to 6 hours per riding day.
Departure dates: Dates to suit.
 
Pricing: 2017:

Green season (7th - 31st January, February, March, 16th - 30th November and 1st - 17th December): £488 per person, per night.

Shoulder Season (April, May, June, 1st - 15th July, 1st - 15th November, 18th December - 6th January 2018): £581 per person, per night

Peak Season (16th - 31st July, August, September and October): £678 per person, per night

Children under 12: 50% discount.

A single supplement at 50% of the daily rate will be charged if you are not prepared to share twin bedded accommodation.

Prices includes standard accommodation, meals, beverages (within reason), activities and VAT.



5 Night Itinerary



Day One:

On arrival in Maun you are met and transferred by light aircraft to our camp. The flight is approximately 40 minutes. On arrival at the airstrip, you are met and transferred to Motswiri camp which is a short drive away. Depending on your time of arrival, you will have a light lunch or tea with time to settle in before getting ready for the evening ride where you can get to know your horse. After the ride, you will return for a three course, candlelit dinner.

Day Two:

Awoken by a cup of tea or coffee in bed, followed by a light breakfast, you then ride out for a longer ride along the spillway where you can hope to see elephant, giraffe and if you are lucky, the rare and beautiful roan and sable antelope. You return back to camp for lunch then a well earned siesta and then off again for a gentle evening ride.

Day Three:

While staff pack up you leave for the fly camp riding East along the Selinda Spillway. On reaching ‘Hidden Heronary’ you find the fly camp overlooking a breathtaking pool with superb birdlife and if you are lucky, the resident pod of hippo. Here you stay for the night. The afternoon may be spent swimming or walking. Fires are lit at night to create a strong human presence to keep watch.

Day Four:

Having kept watch under the stars the next morning you splash through water along the false spillway to the North of the Selinda Spilway, which is home to the elusive roan and sable antelope. En route, you are likely to see elephant, giraffe, zebra and impala. You head back to Motswiri camp for lunch.

Day Five:

For your last full day you ride to the East of Motswiri camp and towards the huge flood plains along the boundary of the concession area. The evening offers a last quiet ride with a surprise sundowner on your ride back to Motswiri.

Day Six:

For your final ride the group will decide which route to take depending on what you have come across over the past few days. You will make sure that you get you back in plenty of time to get ready for your onward flight out of Motswiri.

Please note this horseback safari is exciting but not strenuous. This itinerary only serves as a guide; all scenarios are dependent on the season and levels of the Okavango flood. At times it may not be possible to go on fly camps and during cooler months one longer ride may replace the normal morning and evening rides. The company reserves the right to alter the itinerary in any way and leaves this to the discretion of the guides. Local weather conditions may also affect game movements.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: Intermediate - Experienced. You must be able to rise to the trot, and control your horse at all speeds. Your hosts endeavour to match the riding ability of those on the rides so that all travel at a pace that matches riding ability. You may be required to gallop out of trouble, so they cannot take beginners, and it will be at the Company's discretion as to whether novice riders can be accepted, taking their own safety and that of the group as a whole into account.
Type of ride: Based with safari rides from the camp.
Total riding time: Up to 6 hours per riding day.
Departure dates: Dates to suit.
 
Pricing: 2017:

Green season (7th - 31st January, February, March, 16th - 30th November and 1st - 17th December): £488 per person, per night.

Shoulder Season (April, May, June, 1st - 15th July, 1st - 15th November, 18th December - 6th January 2018): £581 per person, per night

Peak Season (16th - 31st July, August, September and October): £678 per person, per night

Children under 12: 50% discount.

A single supplement at 50% of the daily rate will be charged if you are not prepared to share twin bedded accommodation.

Prices includes standard accommodation, meals, beverages (within reason), activities and VAT.



7 Night Itinerary



Day One:

On arrival in Maun you are met and transferred by light aircraft to Motswiri Camp. The flight is approximately 40 minutes. On arrival at the airstrip, you are met and transferred to Motswiri which is a short drive away. Depending on your time of arrival, you will have a light lunch or tea with time to settle in before getting ready for the evening ride where you can get to know your horse. After the ride, you will return for a three course, candlelit dinner.

Day Two:

Awoken by a cup of tea or coffee in bed, followed by a light breakfast, you then ride out for a longer ride along the spillway where you can hope to see elephant, giraffe and if you are lucky, the rare and beautiful roan and sable antelope. You return back to camp for lunch then a well earned siesta and then off again for a gentle evening ride.

Day Three:

You leave camp early to head out again on a ride where you will explore more of this untouched and pristine bush, covering some 120,000 of uninhabited wilderness. En-route, there is a brunch waiting in a shady spot. The evening ride is spent exploring the Delta region to the East of camp. Later on, drinks and dinner are served again at camp.

Day Four:

You ride through different country, making your way through the majestic riverine forest along the Selinda Spillway where you may encounter giraffe or zebra while riding through the mopane woodlands. You return to camp for an afternoon relaxing, either on the viewing platform at camp or around the pool. Later on you will be given the choice to try out the canoes in camp or to go for a bush walk. You are more than welcome to ride again if you wish!

Day Five:

While staff pack up you leave for the fly camp riding East along the Selinda Spillway. On reaching ‘Hidden Heronary’ you find the fly camp overlooking a breathtaking pool with superb birdlife and if you are lucky, the resident pod of hippo. Here you stay for the night. The afternoon may be spent swimming or walking. Fires are lit at night to create a strong human presence to keep watch.

Day Six:

Having kept watch under the stars the next morning you splash through water along the false spillway to the North of the Selinda Spilway which is home to the elusive roan and sable antelope. En route, you are likely to see elephant, giraffe, zebra and impala. You head back to Motswiri camp for lunch.

Day Seven:

For your last full day you ride to the East of Motswiri camp and towards the huge flood plains along the boundary of the concession area. The evening offers a last quiet ride with a surprise sundowner on your ride back to Motswiri.

Day Eight:

For your final ride you will decide which route to take depending on what you have come across over the past few days. Your hosts will make sure that you get back in plenty of time to get ready for your onward flight out of Motswiri.

Please note this horseback safari is exciting but not strenuous. This itinerary only serves as a guide; all scenarios are dependent on the season and levels of the Okavango flood. At times it may not be possible to go on fly camps and during cooler months one longer ride may replace the normal morning and evening rides. The company reserves the right to alter the itinerary in any way and leaves this to the discretion of the guides. Local weather conditions may also affect game movements.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: Intermediate - Experienced. You must be able to rise to the trot, and control your horse at all speeds. Your hosts endeavour to match the riding ability of those on the rides so that all travel at a pace that matches riding ability. You may be required to gallop out of trouble, so they cannot take beginners, and it will be at the Company's discretion as to whether novice riders can be accepted, taking their own safety and that of the group as a whole into account.
Type of ride: Based with safari rides from the camp.
Total riding time: Up to 6 hours per riding day.
Departure dates: Dates to suit.
 
Pricing: 2017:

Green season (7th - 31st January, February, March, 16th - 30th November and 1st - 17th December): £488 per person, per night.

Shoulder Season (April, May, June, 1st - 15th July, 1st - 15th November, 18th December - 6th January 2018): £581 per person, per night

Peak Season (16th - 31st July, August, September and October): £678 per person, per night

Children under 12: 50% discount.

A single supplement at 50% of the daily rate will be charged if you are not prepared to share twin bedded accommodation.

Prices includes standard accommodation, meals, beverages (within reason), activities and VAT.