Horseback Safari in the Okavango Delta of Botswana

Botswana | 10 days | Level: Experienced
Starting from 3,990 €
DÉPARTS GARANTIS & PROMOS
Next trip: 24/10/2014
Horse riding safari | Non riders
Safari à cheval au Botswana
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Confort et luxe d'un safari à cheval en Afrique
safari a cheval dans le delta de l'Okawango
Safari à cheval avec les girafes au Botswana
safari à cheval en Afrique
  • Safari à cheval au Botswana
  • Safari à cheval avec les girafes en Arique
  • Confort et luxe d'un safari à cheval en Afrique
  • safari a cheval dans le delta de l'Okawango
  • Safari à cheval avec les girafes au Botswana
  • safari à cheval en Afrique

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10 days, 9 nights, 7 day horseback ride

Discover the magical Okavango Delta on horseback! See giraffes, hippos, colourful birds, elephants, buffalos, many species of antelope and even lions while you ride. The accommodation in highly comfortable bush camps, the quality of the horses and the enthusiasm of the guides will give you an unforgettable experience.

You’ll enjoy:

  • A once in a lifetime experience: horse riding in the middle of the wild African landscapes, with wild animals
  • Great horses, strong and reliable
  • Luxury tents and accommodation, flexible every need: honeymooners, families or those who are new to or nervous in the bush can relax with peace of mind and privacy.
  • The beautiful sunsets, the sounds of the Bush, and the friendly welcome
  • Professional, experienced and passionate guides
  • Non-riders option with other activities on the itinerary: boating, safari drives, mokoro canoeing
  • Flexible programme for riders: should you prefer to enjoy another activity that riding one day, one morning or afternoon, it is possible!
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24/10/2014 02/11/2014 5,250 € 5150 € 1 Book now
31/10/2014 09/11/2014 4,750 € 1 Book now
07/11/2014 16/11/2014 4,750 € 1 Book now
14/11/2014 23/11/2014 4,750 € 1 Book now
28/11/2014 07/12/2014 4,290 € 4190 € 1 Book now
05/12/2014 14/10/2014 4,290 € 3990 € 1 Book now
12/12/2014 21/12/2014 4,290 € 3990 € 1 Book now
19/12/2014 28/12/2014 4,290 € 3990 € 1 Book now
26/12/2014 04/01/2014 4,290 € 1 Book now
20/02/2015 01/03/2015 4,450 € 1 Book now
13/03/2015 22/03/2015 4,450 € 1 Book now
20/03/2015 29/03/2015 4,450 € 1 Book now
27/03/2015 05/04/2015 4,950 € 4850 € 1 Book now
03/04/2015 12/04/2015 4,950 € 1 Book now
10/04/2015 19/04/2015 4,950 € 1 Book now
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24/04/2015 03/05/2015 4,950 € 1 Book now
01/05/2015 10/05/2015 4,950 € 1 Book now
08/05/2015 17/05/2015 4,950 € 1 Book now
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22/05/2015 31/05/2015 4,950 € 1 Book now
29/05/2015 07/06/2015 4,950 € 1 Book now
05/06/2015 14/06/2015 4,950 € 1 Book now
12/06/2015 21/06/2015 4,950 € 1 Book now
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26/06/2015 05/07/2015 4,950 € 1 Book now
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10/07/2015 19/07/2015 4,950 € 4750 € 1 Book now
17/07/2015 26/07/2015 5,390 € 1 Book now
24/07/2015 02/08/2015 5,390 € 1 Book now
31/07/2015 09/08/2015 5,390 € 1 Book now
07/08/2015 16/08/2015 5,390 € 1 Book now
14/08/2015 23/08/2015 5,390 € 1 Book now
21/08/2015 30/08/2015 5,390 € 1 Book now
28/08/2015 06/09/2015 5,390 € 1 Book now
04/09/2015 13/09/2015 5,390 € 1 Book now
11/09/2015 20/09/2015 5,390 € 1 Book now
18/09/2015 27/09/2015 5,390 € 1 Book now
25/09/2015 04/10/2015 5,390 € 1 Book now
02/10/2015 11/10/2015 5,390 € 1 Book now
09/10/2015 18/10/2015 5,390 € 1 Book now
16/10/2015 25/10/2015 5,390 € 1 Book now
23/10/2015 01/11/2015 5,390 € 1 Book now
30/10/2015 08/11/2015 4,950 € 1 Book now
06/11/2015 15/11/2015 4,950 € 1 Book now
13/11/2015 22/11/2015 4,450 € 1 Book now
20/11/2015 29/11/2015 4,450 € 1 Book now
27/11/2015 06/12/2015 4,450 € 1 Book now
04/12/2015 13/12/2015 4,450 € 1 Book now
11/12/2015 20/12/2015 4,450 € 1 Book now
18/12/2015 27/12/2015 4,450 € 1 Book now
25/12/2015 03/01/2016 4,450 € 1 Book now
Price Infos Min. occup.
Custom departure dates all year 5,390 € 10 days - 16 July to 31st Oct. 1 Book now
Custom departure dates all year 4,950 € 10 days - April to 15th July & 1-15 Nov. 1 Book now
Custom departure dates all year 4,450 € 10 days - Dec. to March & 16-30 Nov. 1 Book now
Custom departure dates all year 4,290 € 3990 € 10 days - DISCOUNT Dec. 2014* 1 Book now

*SPECIAL DISCOUNT for December 2014: special tariff for bookings made of minimum 10 days/7 nights minimum between December 1st & December 31st, 2014. 

Contact us for price details without flights.

Non-riders: various options with other activities on the itinerary: boating, safari drives, mokoro canoeing, hikes, farniente... 
Discounts for non-riders: 

  • -€390 / person for 10 days (Between December and March, & from 16 to 30 Nov. 2015)
  • -€440 / person for 10 days (Between April and 15th July & from 1-15 November 2015)
  • -€470 / person for 10 days (Between 16 July and 31st October 2015)

PRICE DETAILS

Included in the price:

  • Accommodation, full board, drinks, riding, other safari activities, laundry service
  • Air and road transfers from Maun airport to the camp
  • 12% Government VAT


Not included in the price:

  • International flights to Johannesburg and flights from Johannesburg to Maun*
  • Tips
  • Optional activities and personal expenses
  • Single supplement: no single supplement if you are prepared to share, otherwise extra charge as follows: €1790 (low season), €1980 (mid season) or €2250 (high season) / person. There is one tent which can be allocated to a single person without payment of a supplement - this tent will be strictly allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Once this tent has been allocated the supplement will be payable to guarantee a single tent.
  • Application fee : 15€/person (mandatory)
  • Your travel insurance

* Prices calculated according to currently known rates, subject to availability of flights departing from Paris, limited places available. For departures outside Paris, we can suggest flights, usually at the same rate. At the time of booking, if there is no flight availability at these prices, we will propose an alternative which may incur an adjustment in prices.

Caval&go / SARL CHAGRITAS AVENTURES reserves the right to adjust its prices in order to take into account varying transport costs and exchange rates applicable to the trip in question, or increases in price of certain services at the destination (such as the entry price at certain tourist attractions). See  general terms and conditions of purchase.

Safari à cheval avec les animaux sauvages

Day 1. International flight to Johannesburg – Night on plane

Day 2. Arrival at Johannesburg – Maun – 1 ½ hours horse riding - Night in Camp
You will be welcomed upon your arrival at Maun and transferred by plane and a safari drive to the camp which overlooks a seasonal flood plain lagoon. After lunch under the trees, there will be time for a rest before the evening ride on which you can get to know your horse. We return, as we will every evening, to a candle-lit dinner.

safari à cheval dans le bush d'Afrique

Day 3. Okavango Delta – 6-7 hours horse riding – Night in comfortable camp
Awoken by a cup of tea or coffee in bed, followed by a light breakfast, we will then ride westwards following elephant trails from one palm island to another through savannah into the backcountry. After lunch, enjoy relaxing by the pool on the sun deck. Then, after tea, we will ride out into the plains, later enjoying a drink while the sun goes down.

Day 4. Okavango Delta – 6 hours horse riding – Night in comfortable camp
We will leave camp early to investigate fresh game tracks, joining semi-aquatic red lechwe as they thunder through the water meadows. A champagne breakfast is waiting for us under a large baobab tree. The evening ride is spent exploring the lower flood plains where elephants often gather at a pool. At dusk, we will have drinks around the fire.

safari à cheval à la rencontre des grands éléphants d'Afrique

Day 5. Okavango Delta – 6 hours horse riding – Night in comfortable camp
We will ride through different landscapes today, making our way through clouds of bushman hair grass to plains with fig trees. We might encounter giraffes or timid antelopes while passing through mopane woodlands. Our pace increases as we break out onto the flood plains, often surprising groups of baboons. Returning to the camp for an afternoon of free time and later a night drive by spotlight.

Day 6. Okavango Delta – 6 hours horse riding – Night in comfortable camp
While staff pack up, we will set off for our fly camp, riding deeper into the heart of the delta. On reaching another river system, we will find our fly camp overlooking a hippo pool. We will stay here for the night. The afternoon may be spent swimming or walking. Fires are lit at night to create a strong human presence to keep wild animals away from the horses. Night watches are fun and guests usually join in.

A cheval au galop avec les girafes de la savane africaine

Day 7. Okavango Delta – 6 hours horse riding – Night in comfortable camp
Having kept watch under the stars, the next morning we splash through water on the vast open plains, which is home to wildebeest and zebras. The riding may be fastas we approach deep reedy areas full of bird life and head back to main camp for a hearty lunch.

Day 8. Okavango Delta – 6 hours horse riding – Night in comfortable camp
For our last full day, we will ride through the shallow flood plains admiring the deeper pools of lilies. Here buffalos gather and we will have to approach them quietly, using islands for cover. The evening offers a last quiet ride with the memorable perfume of sage in the air as the sun goes down.

Safari à cheval au milieu d'un troupeau de zèbres

Day 9. Okavango Delta – 4 hours horse riding – Night in comfortable camp
For your final ride, we will go along some of the high palm islands, where there are great views. We may be able to go on a final exhilarating gallop and run with the wild animals before returning to camp to prepare for your onward journey.

Day 10. International return flight
Return flight home. End of trip.

safari à cheval dans la faune africaine

Des chevaux dressés à cotoyer les animaux sauvages

HORSES
There are a variety of horses to suit every requirement, from South African Boerperd crosses and Kalahari-Arabs to Thoroughbreds and Namibian Hanoverians. Riding groups are usually no more than six guests and not in single file (except where necessary). You will be able to ride different horses during your stay, as morning rides (from 3 to 5 horses) can be intense with many canters, while afternoon riders are quieter.

Cavaliers au galop dans le delta de l'Okavango

RIDING ABILITY & PACE
Advanced riders only. All participants must be fit and strong as four to six hours a day are spent in the saddle, and you must be confident of your ability at all paces. Non-riders are welcome to enjoy other activities: fishing, boating... and meet the riders at mealtimes and in the evenings.
Maximum weight of rider: 95 kg.
Other weights:
- 95-105kg no extra supplement but subject to availability
- Exceeding 105kg by special arrangement only

Minimum age: 12 years old.

TACK
Trail saddles or English saddles

guide de safari à cheval

HORSE RIDING GUIDE & SUPERVISION
Guides are highly experienced and aware of the required behaviour in this kind of environment. You will always ride with 2 guides: the leading guide, carrying a safety weapon, and the rear guide, to close the group. The whole team will be present during this trip to make the best of your stay: chefs and cooks, grooms, logistics team and guides.

COUNTRY
Botswana

TRIP LENGTH
10 days / 9 nights / 7 days horse riding

AIRPORT
Maun (MUB)

REQUIREMENTS
All visitors to Botswana need a valid passport, but no visas are required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, EU countries, Israel, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA. On arrival you will receive a 30-day entrance stamp.

HEALTH
Up to date on vaccinations (DTP). Hepatitis A and cholera for Botswana. If you have travelled from a country where Yellow Fever is present, you will be required to produce an Certificate of Vaccination when entering Botswana. (Yellow fever is only present in the north west of Zambia, and northwards into Africa).

GROUP SIZE
From 2 to 6 riders

LANGUAGE
English

Safari à cheval et confort "Out of Africa"

MEALS & ACCOMODATION
The camp features 7 large, comfortable twin tents each with en-suite bathroom, and sleeps a maximum of 14. In the middle of the camp, there is a large well-appointed mess tent and, tucked away, a private pool. Depending on the weather, longer safaris may include a ride out to our mobile fly camp. The camp is open all year-round.

Guests are accommodated in 8 large and airy tents that blend seamlessly into their natural surroundings while still providing a luxurious, but authentic bush haven in which to relax. Each tent is set on its own large, raised platform, offering panoramic views of a flood plain that can be enjoyed from the bed or deck. A variety of sleeping configurations offer flexible accommodation to suit every need: honeymooners, families or those who are new to or nervous in the bush can relax with peace of mind and privacy.
- The newly-built honeymoon tent for couples celebrating any special occasion, has an additional deck for private dining as well as a raised double tub bath offering a view of the floodplain.
- The ‘family and friends suite' comprises two tents, directly linked by a raised walkway and viewing deck above ground, which provides direct, easy access for parents, children and single travellers who are anxious about sleeping alone.

Between rides and activities, our swimming pool deck has a number of sun beds on which guests can read, relax and soak up the sun. As it also commands a wonderful view of the vast flood plain in front of camp, it is the perfect spot to view birds and game (don’t forget your binoculars). Elephants and giraffe often come very close to the deck and the pool doubles as a popular watering hole for passing families of baboons. Well-lit pathways link up our communal mess tent and dining deck, pool and guest accommodation.
A fire burns in front of the mess tent, whatever the time of year, around which we gather to eat under the sun and stars, drink fresh coffee and fine wines and swap stories of the day.
A short drive away, and at the top of a long, sturdy ladder is our magical tree platform where we enjoy lunches, drinks and even the occasional sleepover under the African night sky.

Safari équestre en tentes de luxe

WEATHER
Botswana’s climate is semi-arid. Though it is hot and dry for much of the year, there is a rainy season, which runs through the summer months. “Pula,” one of the most frequently heard words in Botswana, is not only the name of Botswana's currency, but also the word for rain. So much of what takes place in Botswana relies on this essential, although frequently scarce, commodity.
The summer season begins in November and ends in March, with temperatures reaching up to 40°C at the top of the season. However, summer is also the rainy season, and cloud coverage and rain can cool things down considerably, although only usually for a short period of time. The winter season begins in May and ends in August. This is also the dry season when virtually no rainfall occurs. Winter days are invariably sunny and cool to warm. The in-between periods - April/early May and September/October - still tend to be dry, but the days are cooler than in summer and the nights are warmer than in winter.

piscine du campement de notre safari a cheval

SUPERVISION
Guides are highly experienced and aware of the required behaviour in this kind of environment. You will always ride with 2 guides: the leading guide, carrying a safety weapon, and the rear guide, to close the group. The whole team will be present during this trip to make the best of your stay: chefs and cooks, grooms, logistics team and guides.

EQUIPMENT
We recommend that you bring:

  • A light-weight riding hat
  • A shade hat with strap
  • Two pairs of light-weight riding shoes
  • Sunglasses on string, riding gloves and bandana
  • Bush-colour riding clothes (not white): jodhpurs or long trousers and chaps (2 Pairs), long sleeved cotton shirts, jumper, fleece or multi-pocketed waistcoat, lightweight waterproof windbreaker jacket.
  • Four pairs of socks and underwear (we recommend unpadded cycling shorts for men)
  • Shorts, t-shirts, sarong, swimwear and sandals
  • Sun block, lip salve, insect repellent
  • Torch and binoculars
  • Waterproof camera
  • Helmet: Please note that insurance companies may only cover you if you wear a properly fitted recognized riding helmet. We do not provide any, so please bring your own.

Le confort d'un safari équestre au botswana

Macatoo provide a complimentary laundry service, although for hygiene reasons, do not wash underwear. Washing powder will be provided in your room for this purpose. Towels are provided.
All clothing should be neutral coloured to blend in with the bush (preferably shades of khaki, brown, beige or green). Lightweight cottons are advisable. Please take into consideration that the weather does vary. We recommend that you wear your riding clothes and boots on the plane and bring your hat and wash bag as hand luggage as luggage sometimes gets delayed.  

Luggage is limited to 20kg (26lbs) per person, including hand luggage, in soft bags on the light aircraft into the Delta. Extra luggage can be stored in the Maun office.  

A basic first aid kit is available at camp but please make sure to bring any prescription medication with you. Please consult your doctor regarding anti-malarial and inoculations.

Pour les non-cavaliers, un safari 4x4 pour observer les animaux sauvages

Non-riders are also welcome to joint this superb safari, with an itinerary of 4x4 safari, guided walks, mokoro canoeing trips or boat trips. The price for non-riders is the same as for riders.

If, during the horse back safari, some riders wish to take a break, the team is there to enable them to partake in other activities or simply watch over them during a nap…

Safari au Botswana en bateau sur le delta pour observer les oiseaux

Trip comments

  • Marie & Raoul, Bruxelles

    Aug. 18, 2012, 7:47 p.m.

    5

    Juin 2012.
    Nous avons passé un excellent séjour, tout était parfait.
    Très bonne nourriture, très bons chevaux, très bon accueil.

    Quelques détails :

    Le logement est très spacieux, très bon lit. Tout le personnel très sympathique et aux petits soins pour les vacanciers. Particulièrement notre guide Sekongo.

    Par contre le logement en extérieur du camp est en réalité une magnifique terrasse en bois construite dans un grand arbre. Nous pouvions, si on le désirait, dormir une nuit sur cette terrasse. Le personnel nous aurait installé un lit entouré d’une grande moustiquaire mais nous avons préféré dormir dans notre tente au camp de base. Nous sommes arrivés un jour pour le repas de midi à cette terrasse (c’était une surprise). La table était installée comme au camp avec beaucoup de soins (nappe, bougies, fleurs de décoration)

    Par contre, la piscine est toute petite et pas chauffée (en juin c’est l’hiver).

    Voici une journée type :
    Réveil à 6.30 avec thé ou café agrémenté de quelques biscuits dans notre tente.
    Petit déjeuner à 7.00
    Départ à cheval à 7.30 pour 4 heures de promenade (une pose vers 10.00 est prévue)
    Retour au camp vers 11.30 – 12.00
    Très bon déjeuner.
    Sieste.
    A 16.00 thé ou café avec pâtisserie.
    Départ à 16.30 pour la promenade du soir.
    Retour vers 18.00
    Douche
    7.00 apéro
    7.30 repas du soir.

    Rares sont les vacanciers qui restent à la soirée, comme il n’y a pas d’électricité (lampes à pétrole – bougies - ) et qu’il fait nuit noire à 19.30, on rejoint notre tente vers 21.00 – 21.30.

    Un seul regret, personne ne parle français.

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