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 create a riding paradise. Tall woodlands line the riverbanks providing homes for a variety of incredible bird species and wildlife. Kingfishers, storks and fish eagles all live near the river and the neighbouring reserve is roamed by giraffe, zebra, kudu, oryx, eland, springbok, impala, blesbok and duiker. There is also a large number of ostrich!
Mornings and afternoons are spent riding amongst the wildlife of the reserve, often enjoying close encounters, before exploring the beauty of the Thamalakane and Boteti Rivers. The resident wildlife has become quite at ease with the horses meaning that there are great photo opportunities. The longer rides to the river take you through the acacia woodlands with opportunities for exhilarating canters, visiting old cattle posts and even jumping over the odd fallen log. Bird watchers will be delighted with what they can spot at the riverside and adventurous riders can canter in the water or maybe even swim with the horses. Some morning rides are broken up with an incredible picnic breakfast by the water's edge and the evenings can be spent enjoying sundowners whilst listening to the chorus of the reed frogs.
The rides are organised by David Foot and his wife Robyn. David is an experienced guide who has lived and worked in some of Africa's most incredible wildlife areas and who enjoys sharing his passion for riding and wildlife (especially birds!) by offering these wonderful adventures. This is a great add-on to an African holiday and a chance to enjoy a luxury stay in this special setting.
Cathy from Far and Ride has been lucky enough to ride here and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.