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Okavango Horse Safaris

Overview

Explore the magical inland water meadows of the Okavango Delta on this semi-mobile riding safari which visits at least two camps during your stay. Imagine yourself seated high above the long grass and reeds, watching great herds of wildebeest or lechwe as they graze these watery floodplains. Stumbl…

Highlights

  • Canter through the floodplains alongside antelope
  • View elephant, giraffe, zebra etc from horseback
  • Small groups of experienced riders; non-riders welcome
  • Move between two gloriously different camps
  • Arrive by helicopter for a unique view of the delta

Essential Facts

  • 3 itineraries available
  • Max 6 riders per group
  • Average of 3 - 4 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: Strictly 90kg / 198 lbs / 14 st 2 lbs.
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Description

Explore the magical inland water meadows of the Okavango Delta on this semi-mobile riding safari which visits at least two camps during your stay. Imagine yourself seated high above the long grass and reeds, watching great herds of wildebeest or lechwe as they graze these watery floodplains. Stumble across huge buffalo herds or family groups of elephant, and canter alongside the majestic giraffe. This safari is what dreams are made of.

The ride operates in a 2,500 sq.km 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. At main camp you may be lucky enough to meet the resident hippo, and the recently re-introduced rhino are also sometimes spotted. The proliferation of plains game such as antelope, zebra, wildebeest and buffalo means that predator activity is also good and you may see lion, leopard, cheetah or wild dog.

On five or seven night itineraries you visit two different camps - 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. On a ten day itinerary you also stay in a mobile fly camp and sleep out under your mosquito net under the stars as the early explorers did.

These safaris are hosted by PJ and Barney Bestelink, the original pioneers of riding safaris in the Okavango Delta. They are ably assisted by a number of local guides. Many of the staff remain for many, many years and their children are supported through school under a Sponsored Education Programme established by PJ and Barney.

Cathy from Far and Ride has been lucky enough to ride here and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Horses & Riding

Tack

Mostly good quality English leather saddles such as Albion, Ideal - all with seat savers. There are some trail saddles available but these don't fit all the horses. Bridles are English leather and most horses are in snaffles.

Horses

A mixture of breeds to include Thoroughbred, Arab, Boerperd, Friesian and various cross breeds. Some have been bred by your hosts.

Riding

There are 3 itineraries:

  • 7 night itinerary combines a based stay and point to point trail
  • 5 night itinerary is a based ride
  • 10 night itinerary is a based ride

Ages

Children of 12 years and older can be accepted. Younger children may possibly be accepted in private family groups. If children wish to ride then they will be asked to provide evidence of their competency from an independent equine professional (ie. Pony Club instructor).

Health

You need to be fit and generally healthy as you are riding in a remote location. Your doctor will likely recommend that you take anti-malarial medication, particularly during the summer months.

Currently Botswana is only accepting visitors who are fully vaccinated against Covid 19. If you cannot prove that you are up-to-date with your vaccinations, including boosters, then you will be vaccinated at your point of entry or refused entry. You should ensure you have a printed copy of your proof of vaccination as they will want to keep it.

At the present time, you require a negative PCR test to route back through South Africa for your international flights. This can be arranged in camp and a nurse flies in to take the test. Costs for this are payable locally as follows:

2 people testing: £220 per person
Group of 3 people testing £170 per person
Group of 4 people testing £140 per person
Group of 5 people testing £125 per person
Group of 6 people testing £115 per person
Group of 7 people testing £105 per person

Alternatively, you can plan an overnight in Maun to facilitate the testing.

Weight

Strictly 90kg / 198 lbs / 14 st 2 lbs.

Food & Accommodation

Food

All meals and drinks are provided.
Breakfast is usually light - tea/coffee, rusks, boiled eggs, bread etc.
Lunch includes salads, quiche, pasta, fresh fruit. Sometimes lunch is at camp whilst some days it's a picnic out on the trail.
Dinner is three courses and includes meat/fish with plenty of fresh vegetables.
Vegetarians and some special diets can be catered for with advance notice.

Accommodation

Main camp comprises of large walk-in tents built on raised wooden platforms with en-suite bathrooms. There are proper beds with duvets and pillows and solar lighting. The communal area has comfortable seating, a dining area and a small plunge pool.

At Moklowane camp, large platforms have been built in the trees which are open-fronted to view the spectacular landscape, and also have en-suite bathrooms. Again there are proper beds here, with mosquito nets over as you sleep under the canopy of trees.

Fly camp is simple with mosquito nets tied to trees with camp beds underneath. There are long-drop toilets and bucket showers.

Itineraries

7 night itinerary Tented / Luxury accommodation.

5 night itinerary Tented / Luxury accommodation.

10 night itinerary Tented / Luxury accommodation.

Other Activities

As well as the riding the itineraries include game walks, mokoro trips (dug-out canoes) and game drives. There is also a plunge pool at main camp.
Non-riders are well catered for and have their own personal guide - they can choose to explore the bush on foot, in a vehicle or by boat. Non-riders meet the riders for lunch and dinner.

Travel

Flights are generally overnight from UK to Johannesburg arriving early in the morning, followed by a connecting flight to Maun. Direct flights from the UK to Johannesburg can be booked with various airlines.

Flights from Johannesburg to Maun can generally be booked with South African Airways and Air Botswana. For ease and convenience we would recommend booking South African Airways throughout as your flights will be all on one ticket and you will be protected in case of any delays. You can also book a through ticket with British Airways and Air Botswana.

We will arrange the transfer from Maun to camp (additional cost). There are three main options:
1. Helicopter - this scenic 25min helicopter flight arrives directly into camp meaning you can ride the afternoon you arrive.
2. Fixed wing flight to Pompom/Xaranna - during high water times you can fly by light aircraft to Pompom or Xaranna and then transfer by boat from there to Kujwana camp.
3. Road and boat transfer - transfer by road out of Maun for c. 2-3 hours and then complete the journey by boat for c. 1 hour. The journey has game viewing along the way but will mean there is no riding on arrival/departure day.

Testimonials

Carol P., Aug. 10, 2022

This trip was an adventure of a lifetime. It surpassed all my expectations and more! Favourite memory? It's hard to just pick one because there were so many. Either the thoughtful dinner in the bush where my sister burst into tears the minute she saw the candlelit dinner that everyone had prepared for us, or the spotting of the cheetah mother and daughter at the other camp. Accommodation/Meals? Both accommodations and the food were incredible. I don't eat meat and the staff had delicious meals for me every day. Horses? The horses were generous and eager to please. I was very happy to see how well they were cared for. Guides? My guide, KB, was fabulous. He was entertaining, informative, and very protective of me. He made me feel safe riding in the bush with all the potentially dangerous animals. We were treated like royalty and saw every animal that Botswana had to offer.


Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1 - Maun - Kujwana camp

Riding: 1 - 2 hours

On arrival at Maun airport you will be met and transferred to Kujwana camp. If transferring by helicopter - which we recommend as the flight itself is a thrilling introduction to the delta - then there will be time for a late lunch, safety briefing and introductory ride. We recommend packing your riding clothes in your hand luggage in case your main luggage travels in separately by road/boat. If transferring by road/boat, then you will arrive in time for sundowner drinks and dinner with the rest of your group.

Day 2 - Kujwana

Riding: 4 hours

You will be woken early so that you are heading out on horseback as dawn breaks and the wildlife is most active. This mornings ride heads to the east exploring the Qwaapu area - a different river system with exciting game viewing opportunities and a different landscape.

After lunch at camp, spend the afternoon drifting through the reeds on a mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) looking for the pretty painted reed frogs amidst the heady scent of the water lilies. Enjoy the beautiful colours of the Delta as the sun starts to sink behind the horizon.

Day 3 - Kujwana

Riding: 4 hours

Today's ride explores the western Baobab area - follow numerous hippo channels and cross many islands until reaching Baobab Island. The deep lagoons make this a popular area for water dependent species such as hippo, buffalo and lechwe. The dense forest also provides security for breeding herds of elephant and they leave a lattice of paths as they travel from pan to pan. The abundant animal tracks will thrill you with the promise of what's around the corner, or what passed by the night before.
Today's morning ride takes you through the Xudum area, where you will wade through lush green malopos and cross between islands. You may startle a shy reedbuck out of a dense island, or watch herds of lechwe and zebra moving across the floodplains. These seasonal floodplains are a haven for birdlife and your guides will knowledgeably point these out to you. Return to camp for lunch and a siesta.

In the afternoon, head out on a game drive to look for those animals you may not wish to approach on horseback, such as lion. Enjoy sundowners as night falls and perhaps head back to camp with the spotlight, looking for nocturnal species.

Day 4 - Kujwana camp

Riding: 6 - 7 hours

A full day ride from Kujwana camp, heading northwest and covering c. 30km. Your route moves through open floodplains and scattered islands towards the Matsebe river system where you should see a wide variety of game.

A picnic lunch is served on a shady island followed by a siesta with camp beds, maybe a swim and then a further two hours ride in the afternoon. Arrive back at Kujwana camp at sunset and enjoy a refreshing drink as you admire the stunning views over the floodplains.

Day 5 - Kujwana - Mokolowane

Riding: 4 hours

Today you'll spend the morning on horseback, exploring the open plains to the south of camp.

After lunch and a siesta, you'll game drive north-west to the sister camp of Mokolowane to overnight on its beautiful stilted accommodation raised above the water. The Mok area specialises in predator viewing - lion and leopard are frequently seen and afternoon game drive searching for these big cats is often rewarding.

Day 6 - Mokolowane camp - Kujwana camp

Riding: 1 - 2 hours

Rising early you'll jump back into the game drive vehicle to search for lion and leopard in the area surrounding Mokolowane. After the thrill of watching predators in the wild, head back to Mok for lunch overlooking the floodplains.

After lunch return to Kujwana camp with a game drive before getting back into the saddle for an afternoon ride in the area immediately around camp.

Day 7 - Kujwana

Riding: 6 hours

An option of another full day ride exploring the Xudum area with a picnic lunch along the way. The ride covers around 35km with 4 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. The ride moves through a variety of game areas, fording the Xudum river through numerous hippo channels.

Day 8 - Kujwana camp - Maun

Riding: 1 - 2 hours

If you are departing by helicopter then there will be time for a final morning ride before being transferred back to Maun. If departing by road/boat then you will leave straight after breakfast to ensure you are back in time for your onward flight.

Accommodation

Six nights Kujwana camp and one night Mokolowane camp

Experience Experienced

You need to be a capable and competent rider. You are riding through an area of potentially dangerous game and so you should be a confident rider and able to stay on your horse if you have to gallop out of danger. There are opportunities for long trots and canters, so you should be fit for sometimes long hours in the saddle.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 6
Departure windows

At any time during: Jan. 1, 2022 - Dec. 31, 2022  (Two centre safaris start on a Saturday from Feb-November. Centre based possible in Dec/January.)

At any time during: Jan. 1, 2023 - Dec. 31, 2023  (Two centre safaris start on a Saturday from March-November. Centre based possible in Dec/Jan/Feb.)

Pricing

2022
Low Season (Jan-March & December); Sharing
£4550 $5515 €5380
2022
Mid Season (Apr-May, Oct-November); Sharing
£5320 $6445 €6290
2022
High Season (June-September); Sharing
£6510 $7890 €7695
2023
Low Season (Jan-March & December), Sharing
£4760 $5770 €5625
2023
Mid Season (April-May, October-November), Sharing
£5600 $6785 €6620
2023
High Season (June - September), Sharing
£6860 $8315 €8110
Included 7 nights accommodation, riding and other safari activities as detailed, all meals & all drinks (soft drinks and local beers, wines and spirits).
Not included Flights, travel insurance, transfers from Maun by road or air, tourism levy (c. US$30 per person) on arrival to Botswana, tips & other personal expenses.

Extras

2023 - Fixed Wing Flight (Maun to Camp) £210 $250 €245
Paid to Far and Ride
Fixed wing flight to Pompom/Xaranna and then boat to camp. Only available in high water levels. Price is each way (min 2).
2022 - Fixed Wing Flight (Maun to Camp) £190 $230 €220
Paid to Far and Ride
Fixed wing flight to Pompom/Xaranna and then boat to camp. Only available in high water levels. Price is each way (min 2).
2023 - Helicopter Transfer (Maun to camp) £300 $360 €350
Paid to Far and Ride
Helicopter transfer from Maun to camp - scenic 25min helicopter flight which allows time to ride on arrival. Price is each way (min 2).
2022 - Helicopter Transfer (Maun to Camp) £275 $330 €325
Paid to Far and Ride
Helicopter transfer from Maun to camp - scenic 25min helicopter flight which allows time to ride on arrival. Price is each way (min 2).
2022/2023 - Riverside Suite Supplement £100 $121 €118 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
Riverside Suite supplement per night (subject to availability)
2023 - Road & Boat Transfer (Maun to camp) £120 $145 €142
Paid to Far and Ride
Road and boat transfer - road from Maun for c. 2-3 hours and then boat for c. 1 hour into camp. There is game viewing along the way but there will be no time to ride. Price is each way.
2022 - Road & Boat Transfer (Maun to Camp) £100 $121 €118
Paid to Far and Ride
Road and boat transfer - road from Maun for c. 2-3 hours and then boat for c. 1 hour into camp. There is game viewing along the way but there will be no time to ride. Price is each way.
2022 - Transfer from/to Kasane (Victoria Falls) £410 $495 €480
Paid to Far and Ride
Transfer from/to Kasane for those visiting Victoria Falls, using fixed wing and boat. Price is per person, each way (confirmed for a min 2 passengers) and includes the road transfer from Kasane to accommodation in the Victoria Falls area.
2023 - Transfer from/to Kasane (Victoria Falls) £450 $545 €530
Paid to Far and Ride
Transfer from/to Kasane for those visiting Victoria Falls, using fixed wing and boat. Price is per person, each way (confirmed for a min 2 passengers) and includes the road transfer from Kasane to accommodation in the Victoria Falls area.
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.

Day 1 - Maun - Kujwana camp

Riding: 1 - 2 hours

On arrival at Maun airport you will be met and transferred to camp. If arriving by helicopter (which is highly recommended as the flight itself is a magical experience) then you will arrive in time for a late lunch and safety briefing before heading out onto an orientation ride. Please note that we recommend packing your riding clothes into your hand luggage if arriving by helicopter as your luggage may arrive by road later in the day!

After your ride, relax with a gin and tonic whilst watching the sunset before dinner with your group.

Day 2 - Kujwana

Riding: 4 hours

You will be awoken early with a cup of tea or coffee and a light breakfast meaning you are riding as dawn breaks and the game is most active.

This morning's ride takes you through the Xudum river area, where you will wade from island to island through lush green malopos. You may surprise a timid reedbuck out of it's dense cover or watch herds of lechwe or zebra as they appear to effortlessly move through the water. There is exceptional birdlife in this seasonal marshland and your guides will help you to identify everything you see. Return to Kujwana camp for lunch in the shade and a relaxing siesta.

In the afternoon, head out for a peaceful mokoro (dugout canoe) expedition on the river and enjoy the tranquility of the Delta from the water as the sun starts to sink below the horizon.

Day 3 - Kujwana camp

Riding: 4 hours

A full morning ride heading to the east, exploring the Qwaapu area - a different river system with exciting game viewing opportunities and a different landscape.

Return to camp for lunch followed by a siesta. In the afternoon, jump in the game drive vehicle to head out in search of game you may not want to view from horseback and enjoy a drink as the sun sets. Have dinner in the bush and then an evening night drive back to camp with the spotlight looking for nocturnal game.

Day 4 - Kujwana camp

Riding: 2 hours

A full day ride from Kujwana camp, covering c. 30kms as you head northwest through open floodplains and scattered islands to the Matsebe river system which should be thronging with game. A picnic lunch is served on a shady island followed by a siesta with camp beds and maybe a swim. A two hour ride in the afternoon leads you back to camp in time for sunset drinks as you admire the stunning views over the floodplains.

Day 5 - Kujwana camp

Riding: 4 hours

A morning ride exploring the southern Matsebi area. The ride moves through a variety of game areas, fording the Matsebi river through numerous hippo channels.

In the afternoon take a game drive or boat trip out to hippo pans - a great area for bush walks and tracking. The vehicle drops you off and you walk to the platforms for sunset drinks. The platforms are 4m above the ground and camouflaged by a canopy of mangosteen trees. Enjoy the great view and wildlife moving freely beneath you.

Day 6 - Kujwana camp - Maun

Riding: 1 - 2 hours

If transferring out by helicopter then there will be time for a final ride exploring the myriad of waterways around Kujwana camp before departing. If transferring by road/boat then you will leave after breakfast.

Accommodation

All five nights are spent at Kujwana main camp

Experience Experienced

You need to be a capable and competent rider. This is an area containing potentially dangerous game and so you need to be confident and able to stay with your horse if you need to gallop out of danger.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 6
Departure windows

At any time during: Jan. 1, 2022 - Dec. 31, 2022  (Two centre itinerary available from Feb-Nov arriving on a Sunday only. Centre based from main camp available all year round for minimum of 2 guests)

At any time during: Jan. 1, 2023 - Dec. 31, 2023  (Two centre itinerary available from Mar-Nov arriving on a Sunday only. Centre based from main camp available all year round for minimum of 2 guests)

Pricing

2022
Low Season (Jan-March & December); Sharing
£3250 $3935 €3840
2022
Mid Season (Apr-May, Oct-November); Sharing
£3800 $4605 €4490
2022
High Season (June-September); Sharing
£4650 $5635 €5495
2023
Low Season (Jan-March, December), Sharing
£3400 $4120 €4020
2023
Mid Season (April-May, October-November), Sharing
£4000 $4845 €4725
2023
High Season (June-September), Sharing
£4900 $5940 €5790
Included 5 nights accommodation, riding and other safari activities as detailed, all meals & all drinks (soft drinks and local beers, wines and spirits).
Not included Flights, travel insurance, transfers from Maun by road or air, tourism levy (c. US$30 per person) on arrival to Botswana, tips & other personal expenses.

Extras

2023 - Fixed Wing Flight (Maun to Camp) £210 $250 €245
Paid to Far and Ride
Fixed wing flight to Pompom/Xaranna and boat transfer to Kujwana camp. Only available in high water. Price is each way (min 2).
2022 - Fixed Wing Flight (Maun to Camp) £190 $230 €220
Paid to Far and Ride
Fixed wing flight to Pompom/Xaranna and boat transfer to Kujwana camp. Only available in high water. Price is each way (min 2).
2023 - Helicopter Transfer (Maun to Camp) £300 $360 €350
Paid to Far and Ride
Helicopter from Maun to camp - scenic flight of 25 mins ensure you arrive in time to ride. Price is each way (min 2)
2022 - Helicopter Transfer (Maun to Camp) £275 $330 €325
Paid to Far and Ride
Helicopter from Maun to camp - scenic flight of 25 mins ensure you arrive in time to ride. Price is each way (min 2)
2022/2023 - Riverside Suite Supplement £100 $121 €118 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
Riverside Suite Supplement at Kujwana camp, per night - subject to availability
2022 - Road & Boat Transfer (Maun to Camp) £100 $121 €118
Paid to Far and Ride
Road and boat transfer - c. 2-3 hours by road from Maun and then c. 1 hour by boat to camp. There is game viewing along the way but you'll miss riding that day. Price is each way.
2023 - Road & Boat Transfer (Maun to Camp) £120 $145 €142
Paid to Far and Ride
Road and boat transfer - c. 2-3 hours by road from Maun and then c. 1 hour by boat to camp. There is game viewing along the way but you'll miss riding that day. Price is each way.
2023 - Transfer from/to Kasane (Victoria Falls) £450 $545 €530
Paid to Far and Ride
Kasane to/from Kujwana camp for those visiting Victoria Falls, using fixed wing and boat. Price is each way and includes road transfers from Kasane to accommodation in the Victoria Falls area (min 2)
2022 - Transfer from/to Kasane (Victoria Falls) £410 $495 €480
Paid to Far and Ride
Kasane to/from Kujwana camp for those visiting Victoria Falls, using fixed wing and boat. Price is each way and includes road transfers from Kasane to accommodation in the Victoria Falls area (min 2)
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.

Day 1 - Maun - Kujwana camp

Riding: 1 - 2 hours

You will be met on arrival at Maun airport and transferred to camp. We recommend flying in by helicopter as it's a magical experience and means you arrive in time for an afternoon ride. If arriving by helicopter then you should pack your riding clothes into your hand luggage in case your main luggage follows by road/boat. If transferring into camp by road/boat then you will not have time to ride on arrival, but will view game on your journey. Everyone will be in camp in time for sundowners and dinner.

Day 2 - Kujwana

Riding: 4 hours

You will be woken early with a cup of tea or coffee in your tent. After a light breakfast you will mount at dawn so as to be out riding as the game is most active. Today's ride will explore the Xudum area, where you wade through lush green malopos as you head from island to island. Perhaps you'll stumble across the shy reedbuck as it hides amongst dense bush on the islands, or watch herds of lechwe and giraffe as they splash through the waters. The seasonal marshlands are a paradise for birdlife and your guides will help you tick off all the species you see. Return to camp for lunch and a siesta.

In the afternoon head out for a peaceful mokoro expedition on the river and enjoy the tranquility of the Delta from the dug-out canoes as the sun sinks below the horizon.

Day 3 - Kujwana

Riding: 6 hours

A full day ride from Kujwana camp of approximately 30km, heading northwest. The route moves through open floodplains and scattered islands towards the Matsebe river system where you will see a variety of game.

A picnic lunch is served on a shady island followed by a siesta with camp beds, maybe a swim and then a further 2 hour ride back to camp in the afternoon. Enjoy a refreshing drink as the sun sets across the floodplain.

Day 4 - Kujwana camp

Riding: 3 - 4 hours

After breakfast, ride in the Xudum area again, wading from island to island, surprising herds of lechwe or giraffe.

Back in time for lunch and an afternoon powerboat trip up the river to look for the elusive Pels fishing owl, or throw in a line and catch a delicious bream for dinner.

Day 5 - Kujwana - Moklowane cmap

Riding: 3 - 4 hours

Today you'll spend the morning on horseback exploring the open plains to the south of camp.

After lunch and a siesta, you'll game drive north-west to the sister camp of Moklowane to stay overnight in the beautiful stilted accommodation raised above the water.

Moklowane camp specialises in predator viewing - lion and leopard are frequently seen and an afternoon game drive looking for these predators is often rewarding.

Day 6 - Moklowane - Kujwana camp

Riding: 2 hours

Rise early and jump back into the game vehicle before dawn to head out and look for lions and leopards in the area surrounding Moklowane. After the thrill of watching predators in the wild, head back to Moklowane for lunch overlooking the floodplains.

After lunch, return to Kujwana on another game drive before a short siesta and then a late afternoon ride to explore the area around camp.

Day 7 - Kujwana camp

Riding: 4 hours

A morning ride east towards Beacon and Lion Island. These are two very large islands in the area which are cut off from Kujwana by the Qwaapu river. The area is cross-crossed with game paths leading you through a chain of rain pans.

This area is a great contrast to the open floodplains - mopane forests and acacia woodlands offer a good variety of food for elephant, kudu and giraffe. Breeding herds of elephant enjoy the security of the dense forests, and if the pans are holding water then it's also a great location for buffalo, wildebeest and zebra.

In the afternoon enjoy a bird walk with the opportunity to learn more about the traditional uses of the plants and trees in the area.

Day 8 - Kujwana camp - Sleepout platform

Riding: 4 hours

A morning ride around the east of Kujwana camp. Shady rain pans and thick riverine forest make this ride an ideal time to track breeding herds of elephant. Break for a chocolate bar on the edge of a hippo pool before riding onto more open areas, with the chance of picking up a herd of buffalo as they pass through.

In the evening, enjoy an early dinner in camp before heading out on a night drive to some platforms where you'll spend the night sleeping under the stars. Fall asleep to the sounds of the little Pearl Spotted owls who share the trees with you.

Day 9 - Sleepout platform - Kujwana camp

Riding: 2 hours

Awake in the trees and enjoy a beautiful sunrise over the Qwaapu area with the game strolling through the floodplain below. After a bush breakfast make your way back to Kujwana camp with a game drive and walk.

After a hearty lunch there's a two hour evening ride followed by sunset drinks on one of the flood plains. A lovely way to end an active day.

Day 10 - Kujwana camp

Riding: 6 hours

Another full day ride exploring the Xudum area with a picnic lunch along the way. The ride covers around 35km, with four hours ridden in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. The ride moves through a variety of game areas fording the Xudum river through numerous hippo channels.

Day 11 - Kujwana - Maun

Riding: 1 - 2 hours

If you are transferring out by helicopter then there may be time for a final ride; if you are transferring by road/boat then you will depart straight after breakfast.

Accommodation

8 nights at Kujwana main camp; 1 night at Moklowane camp; 1 night sleep-out platform

Experience Experienced

You need to be a capable and competent rider. You are riding through an area of potentially dangerous game and so you should be a confident rider and able to stay on your horse if you have to gallop out of danger. There are opportunities for long trots and canters, so you should be fit for sometimes long hours in the saddle.

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 6
Departure windows

At any time during: March 1, 2022 - Nov. 30, 2022  (Available on request between March & November, arriving Saturday and departing Tuesday-week.)

At any time during: March 1, 2023 - Nov. 30, 2023  (Available on request between March & November, arriving Saturday and departing Tuesday-week.)

Pricing

2022
Low season (Jan-March & December); Sharing
£6500 $7875 €7685
2022
Mid season (April-May, Oct-November); Sharing
£7600 $9210 €8985
2022
High season (June-Sept); Sharing
£9300 $11270 €10995
2023
Low Season (Jan-March & December), Sharing
£6800 $8240 €8040
2023
Mid Season (April-May, Oct-November), Sharing
£8000 $9695 €9455
2023
High Season (June-September), Sharing
£9800 $11880 €11585
Included 10 nights accommodation, riding and other safari activities as detailed, all meals & all drinks (soft drinks and local beers, wines and spirits).
Not included Flights, travel insurance, transfers from Maun by road or air, tourism levy (c. US$30 per person) on arrival to Botswana, tips & other personal expenses.

Extras

2022 - Fixed Wing Flight (Maun to Camp) £190 $230 €220
Paid to Far and Ride
Fixed wing flight from Maun to Pompom/Xaranna and then boat to camp. Only available during high water. Price is per person, each way (confirmed for a min 2 passengers).
2023 - Fixed Wing Flight (Maun to Camp) £210 $250 €245
Paid to Far and Ride
Fixed wing flight from Maun to Pompom/Xaranna and then boat to camp. Only available during high water. Price is per person, each way (confirmed for a min 2 passengers).
2022 - Helicopter Transfer (Maun to Camp) £275 $330 €325
Paid to Far and Ride
Helicopter transfer from Maun to camp - a scenic 25min flight which means you have time to ride on arrival in camp. Price is per person, each way (confirmed for a min 2 passengers).
2023 - Helicopter Transfer (Maun to Camp) £300 $360 €350
Paid to Far and Ride
Helicopter transfer from Maun to camp - a scenic 25min flight which means you have time to ride on arrival in camp. Price is per person, each way (confirmed for a min 2 passengers).
2022/2023 - Riverside Suite Supplement £100 $121 €118 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
Riverside Suite supplement per night (subject to availability)
2022 - Road & Boat Transfer (Maun to Camp) £100 $121 €118
Paid to Far and Ride
Road and boat transfer - depart Maun by road for c. 2-3 hours and then complete the journey by boat for c. 1 hour. There is game viewing along the way but you will arrive in camp too late to ride. Price is per person, each way (no minimum to confirm).
2023 - Road & Boat Transfer (Maun to Camp) £120 $145 €142
Paid to Far and Ride
Road and boat transfer - depart Maun by road for c. 2-3 hours and then complete the journey by boat for c. 1 hour. There is game viewing along the way but you will arrive in camp too late to ride. Price is per person, each way (no minimum to confirm).
2022 - Transfer from/to Kasane (Victoria Falls) £410 $495 €480
Paid to Far and Ride
Transfer from/to Kasane for those visiting Victoria Falls, using fixed wing and boat. Price is per person, each way (confirmed for a min 2 passengers) and includes the road transfer from Kasane to accommodation in the Victoria Falls area.
2023 - Transfer from/to Kasane (Victoria Falls) £450 $545 €530
Paid to Far and Ride
Transfer from/to Kasane for those visiting Victoria Falls, using fixed wing and boat. Price is per person, each way (confirmed for a min 2 passengers) and includes the road transfer from Kasane to accommodation in the Victoria Falls area.
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.