Riding: 1 - 3 hours
On arrival at Maun airport you are met and transferred to the fringes of the Delta where you meet your horses and team. Your luggage is loaded onto pack donkeys or mokoros (depending on water levels) and transported to camp, whilst you venture on horseback into the watery wilderness of the delta. Before the sun sets you will arrive at your first secluded camp.
Days 2 to 5
Riding: 4 - 6 hours
There is no set itinerary and the location of camp depends on water levels and wildlife movements. Camp is likely to move twice during the five nights so that you can explore different areas of the delta .
A typical day starts with an early wake-up call and a light breakfast as dawn breaks. Mount up and spend the morning following ancient elephant trails searching for the large variety of wildlife, enjoying the prolific birdlife and cantering through the flooded plains. Herds of buffalo may be in the vicinity, giraffe may saunter by and lechwe may splash through the water alongside you whilst kudu peer out from the thickets.
Return to camp for lunch and a siesta under the shade of giant jackalberry or leadwood trees.
In the afternoon enjoy a gentle evening ride appreciating the tranquility of the Okavango, listening to the sounds of the bush and snorting and splashing of your horses. Return to camp for dinner under the stars.
Occasionally you (and the horses) may prefer a rest in which case you can take a sedate journey in a mokoro or perhaps a bush walk to look for the smaller creatures that inhabit the bush and learn some tracking skills.
Riding: 3 - 4 hours
A more leisurely start as you ride back to the fringes of the delta and the buffalo fence (which protects the wildlife from the domesticated cattle) for your transfer to Camp Kalahari in the Makgadikgadi pans. You can either transfer by light aircraft (50mins) or road (3 hours). Camp Kalahari is a lovely static camp nestled amongst acacias and moklowane palms with thatched central areas and a refreshing pool.
After afternoon tea, head out on an introductory ride to experience the magical open landscapes of the desert. Return to camp for sundowners so that the horses are safely in the kraal before the lions start prowling!
Riding: 3 - 4 hours
Ride at dawn for a light breakfast followed by a morning ride through the 'land of a thousand islands'. The remains of this ancient lakebed is dotted with sand dunes covered in palm trees and is a beautiful and fascinating landscape. During this dry season the white encrusted pans between the island provide excellent going for the horses and there are plenty of opportunities for fast canters!
Return to camp for lunch and a siesta. In the afternoon head out in the game vehicle to search for the elusive brown hyena - these consummate desert specialists survive in arid areas where both water and food are scarce. Enjoy a night drive back to camp with the spot light to look for nocturnal species such as aardvark, bat eared foxes, porcupine, honey badgers and perhaps even a black maned Kalahari lion.
Riding: 3 - 4 hours
A highlight for many, today you head off on horseback to discover some of the Kalahari's most endearing species - the meerkats. An ongoing habituation programme means you can get up close and personal with these captivating creatures, so you'll leave the horses with the grooms and approach on foot to sit amongst the family. Watch how they interact with each other, and if you are lucky, become a lookout post! As the day warms up, leave the meerkats to their foraging and ride the well-worn paths to find resident zebra and ostrich gathered around water holes before returning to camp for lunch.
In the late afternoon head out for an adventure on a quadbike as you ride straight into the middle of the ancient lakebed. Eventually all that can be seen is a vast flatness stretching in every direction as the sun sets and the stars rise. The silence is so complete you can hear your own blood circulating through your ears and there is not a single landmark - it's easy to lose your perspective. Return to camp for dinner.
Riding: 1 - 2 hours
After breakfast ride through the bush to a traditionally built Bushmen village where the local Zu'hoasi people gather during the day. Your guides are privileged to work with these families who share their knowledge with each other and their guests. A two hour walk with these extraordinary people will provide a gentle introduction to the Kalahari and the bushmen's way of life. The group will point out distinct ecological characteristics of the area along with its animal and bird species. After your walk, return to camp by horseback in time for a quick refresh before your transfer back to Maun for your flight home.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.