Horseback Safaris

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Welcome to Horseback Safaris in Southern Africa

For the enthusiast, days spent exploring on horseback, can be rewarding, and relaxing. Add to this the option of a Safari, in some remote, and diverse areas of Southern Africa, and you have the basis for and exceptional, and unique holiday experience.

Riders become part of the African landscape, almost ‘at one’ with the surroundings, and get to see wildlife, and scenery which might be missed on a more conventional Safari. Add to this the expertly schooled horses, and professional guiding, you will have the Safari of a lifetime.

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We have selected Horseback Safaris in Botswana’s Okavango Delta and Tuli Block, the edge of the Namib Desert in Namibia, South Africa’s Waterberg, Songimvelo, and Makalali Reserves, and environs, and the Mavuradonha Wilderness of Zimbabwe, for you to choose from. Arrangements vary from an out ride, with one overnight, to 5, 7 and 10 day Safari, or one which combines South Africa and Botswana.Generally riders have to be experienced, and be prepared to spend a good number of hours in the saddle on a daily basis.We invite you to experience a Safari with a difference…

Special – Okavango DeltaValid for travel from 01 November 2009 to 20 January 2010

US Dollars 3 750 per person

Special is inclusive of 7 night horse back safari inclusive of accommodation, drinks, laundry, all activities and road transfers.

Special is inclusive of light aircraft flights Maun/ Macatoo Camp/ Maun

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Safari Destinations



The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s largest inland water systems. It’s headwaters start in Angola’s western highlands, with numerous tributaries joining to form the Cubango river, which then flows through Namibia (called the Kavango) and finally enters Botswana, where it is then called the Okavango.

Millions of years ago the Okavango river use to flow into a large inland lake called Lake Makgadikgadi (now Makgadikgadi Pans).

Tectonic activity and faulting interrupted the flow of the river causing it to backup and form what is now the Okavango delta. This has created a unique system of water ways that now supports a vast array of animal and plant life that would have otherwise been a dry Kalahari savanna.

The delta’s floods are fed from the Angolan rains, which start in October and finish sometime in April. The floods only cross the border between Botswana and Namibia in December and will only reach the bottom end of the delta (Maun) sometime in July,

Taking almost nine months from the source to the bottom. This slow meandering pace of the flood is due to the lack of drop in elevation, which drops a little more than 60 metres over a distance of 450 kilometres. The delta’s water deadends in the Kalahari – via the Botetle river, with over 95 per cent of the water eventually evaporating.

During the peak of the flooding the delta’s area can expand to over 16,000 square kilometres, shrinking to less than 9,000 square kilometres in the low period. As the water travels through the delta, the wildlife starts to move back into the region. The areas surrounding the delta are beginning to try out (the rains in Botswana occur approximately the same time as in Angola) and the wildlife starts to congregate on the edge of the newly flooded areas, May through October.

The delta environment has large numbers of animal populations that are otherwise rare, such as crocodile, red lechwe, sitatunga, elephant, wild dogs, buffalo, wattled crane as well as the other more common mammals and bird life.

The best time for game viewing in the delta is during the May-October period, as the animal life is concentrated along the flooded areas and the vegetation has dried out.

The best time for birding and vegetation is during the rainy season (Nov.- April) as the migrant bird populations are
returning and the plants are flowering and green.

Safari activities by water are the primary speciality of the Okavango – the mokoro – a dug out canoe which is ‘poled’ along by your Guide is the most evocative way of exploring the numerous waterways. Motor launches travel on the main waterways and lagoons.

Traditional 4×4 Game viewing vehicles are used on the main islands, with night drives available in the private concession areas – not allowed within the National Park.

Walking Safaris are available from most Camps and Lodges – perhaps the most exciting way of viewing Game – stalking and tracking wildlife with an expert Guide.

Game Viewing flights are available by both light aircraft and helicopter, but hot air ballooning is not allowed.

Perhaps the most marvelous way of exploring the Okavango is on the back of an Elephant at Randall Moore’s famous Abu Camp.

Rainfall is not heavy in the Okavango – it gets less than half of the rainfall than over the Kruger Park area.

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