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Horse Riding Holidays, Botswana

Acknowledged as the most successful, stable and peaceful African country, Botswana is an unspoilt land of timeless beauty which is teeming with game and bird life. It is one of the finest tourist destinations on the African continent and exploring it on horseback is most definitely an enjoyable and thrilling adventure.

The Okavango, which originates in the uplands of Angola to the north-west, flows into and then spreads over the sandy spaces of the Kalahari to form an immense and wondrous inland delta of lagoons and labyrinthine channels, palm-fringed islands and fertile floodplains, perfect for an exhilarating gallop alongside the wildlife. Described as 'the river which never finds the sea', the Okavango disappears into a 15,000 sq km maze of lagoons, channels and islands in north-western Botswana. It's the largest inland delta in the world and is a watery wilderness with its seasonal floodplains and offers a safe haven for wildlife.

This rich and diverse habitat can be explored from the back of a horse and a safari here enables you to ride close to the huge variety of game that live here. Most obvious are the birds - thousands upon thousands of them - but there are also elephant, zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe, hippo and kudu. In fact, Botswana has the largest population of elephants in the world and is home to a migrant population of over 120,000 of these massive creatures. You can have a once in a lifetime chance to ride past these gentle creatures in their natural habitat.

The Makgadikgadi salt pans are one of the largest salt pans in the world. They are the remnants of the once enormous Lake Makgadikgadi which dried up thousands of years ago. Lying to the South-East of the Okavango Delta, the landscape is not one vast salt pan, but rather lots of salt pans interspersed with sandy islands covered with palm trees and grasslands. Some of the worlds largest baobab trees exist here, and there is a surprising amount of game - the worlds second largest migration of zebra and wildebeest occurs here after the rains in c. February. The open salt pans are perfect for long canters and gallops, allowing you to cover the ground and discover meerkat families, brown hyena dens and other desert adapted wildlife.

The Tuli block to the east of the country, bordering Zimbabwe and South Africa is the "land of the giants". A horseback safari in this area, as you cross backwards and forwards over the "great, grey, greasy Limpopo" allows you to discover vast herds of elephants and enormous baobab trees. This area also offers a good chance of viewing big cats.

Botswana has one of the lowest population densities in the world, and with it's exclusive tourism policies, the wilderness attractions are largely unspoilt and uncrowded, promising an unparalleled African horse riding adventure.

See our horse riding holidays in Botswana below.


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African Horseback Safaris (Macatoo), Botswana

The African Horseback Safaris (Macatoo) horse riding holiday, in Botswana
Macatoo Camp is situated on the western side of the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world. This area is a lure for a variety of magnificent wildlife who depend upon the delta's waters in order to survive and these include lions, hyenas, buffalo, wild dog, elephant, antelope, hippo, crocodiles, warthog, mongoose, genets, monkeys, bush babies and over 400 species of birds (resident and migrant). Guests are invited to join these magnificent safaris, cantering through the Okavango Delta, listening to the calls of the wildlife or riding with a herd of zebra or giraffe across the plains. One of the resident elephants may even join you in camp!


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Delta Trail (Ride Botswana), Botswana

The Delta Trail (Ride Botswana) horse riding holiday, in Botswana
This is a 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 has already become a firm favourite. Combine it with our Kalahari ride for a true Desert and Delta combination.


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Horizon Botswana (Limpopo Valley), Botswana

The Horizon Botswana (Limpopo Valley) horse riding holiday, in Botswana
Explore on horseback the Mashatu Game Reserve which is located in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve - the eastern tip of Botswana. Mashatu covers 30,000 hectares and is home to great herds of elephant, estimated to be at least 800 strong. Let the beautifully schooled horses help you to discover this wild paradise.


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Kalahari Ride (Ride Botswana), Botswana

The Kalahari Ride (Ride Botswana) horse riding holiday, in Botswana
Ride through the remote Makgadikgadi salt pans, an incredibly unique area which offers excellent ground for fast riding. In addition to this magical riding terrain you can meet the fascinating desert wildlife including meerkat clans, brown hyenas and aardwolves. With the Zu/Hoasi Bushmen alongside you to interpret your surroundings this is a special riding experience through an extraordinary part of the world.


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Okavango Horse Safaris, Botswana

The Okavango Horse Safaris horse riding holiday, in Botswana
Explore the magical inland water meadows of the Okavango Delta on this semi-mobile safari which visits at least two camps during your stay. The ride operates in a 2,500 private concession on the western side of the Okavango Delta which contains three major river systems - the Xudum, Matsibie and Kiri. Game is plentiful and includes all the Big Five. By moving camps you get to ride in two very different eco-systems, discovering the vast wetlands and moklowane palms as well as the drier islands and mopane woodlands.


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Thamalakane River Ride (Ride Botswana), Botswana

The Thamalakane River Ride (Ride Botswana) horse riding holiday, in Botswana
This wonderful lodge-based safari is an ideal short break, suitable for riders of all levels including families with children. After years of drought the flood waters of the Okavango Delta have spilled over into the land, causing the Thamalakane River to flow and creating a riding paradise. Tall woodlands line the riverbanks providing homes for a variety of incredible bird species and wildlife.


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