A 7-night mobile horseback safari in the Okavango Delta, away from the crowds, combined with a 3-night Kalahari Desert safari, is what you can expect on this trip.
The Okavango Delta is a horse rider’s paradise. The floodwaters spread down into the Kalahari sands, ensuring that the herds and birdlife follow, and horseback is the perfect place from which to observe it all.
This Delta Ride is unlike any other. Rather than a permanent riding camp, a lightweight mobile camp is transported by a flotilla of mokoros (traditional dugout canoes). These camps are exceptionally comfortable with standing room, fully made-up stretcher beds, and bucket showers.
There is no set itinerary regarding the camp’s location – it all depends on water levels, wildlife movements, and the safari length. However, every location promises to be exquisite; the area offers many shady tree-lined islands. The wildlife is astonishing, and the food (cooked over a log fire) is simply fabulous.
A typical day starts with an early wake-up call and a light breakfast around the campfire as dawn breaks. The morning is spent on horseback, following ancient elephant trails, searching for various wildlife, enjoying the prolific birdlife, and cantering through the recently flooded plains.
Herds of buffalo may be in the vicinity, giraffes often stroll by, and red lechwe splash through the water alongside you while kudu peer out from the thickets.
From the waterways of the Okavango Delta to the dry salt pans of the Makgadikgadi, Botswana is a land where the Kalahari desert meets an oasis. It is a land where vast herds of wildlife still roam freely over vast differences, and the Milky Way glitters in all its glory above at night, and it’s still home to San Bushmen, the original inhabitants of this great continent.
This Botswana safari offers a horse riding experience in three different areas of the Okavango Delta, the Kalahari Desert, and along the Thamalakane River connecting the Delta with the Desert oasis. The Okavango Delta is known as the ‘Jewel of the Kalahari.’ It is one of the most extraordinary wetlands on earth, with incredible wildlife. The Kalahari’s grassland and salt-encrusted pans provide the perfect surface for riding with the freedom to keep on going and going. The beautiful tree-lined Thamalakane River meanders along an ancient fault line attracting wildlife and connecting the Delta and Desert habitats, an ancient wildlife migration corridor and home to the second-largest migration of Zebra in Africa.