Covering 17,000 km sq, the Okavango is the largest inland delta in the world, a mix of labyrinth trails, palm fringed islands and fertile floodplains. Trapped in the parched sands of the Kalahari desert, it is a magnet for the wildlife who depend on the delta's life giving waters. More than 400 species of resident and migrant birds, lions, elephant, hyenas, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and crocodiles congregate with a variety of antelope and smaller animals - warthog, mongoose, genets, monkeys and bush babies to name a few. To protect this unique environment the Botswanan government has adopted a policy of minimal infrastructure and limited numbers of visitors. With no roads and lots of water, horses are the ideal way of getting around.
The main attraction of a horse safari is the joy of riding good horses over superb country, with just about every landscape dotted with game. The riding is varied, sometimes quietly walking, stalking big game and admiring the bird life, sometimes cantering through the water-meadows alongside galloping giraffe and lechwe. Permanent water and seasonal floods create large plains made for galloping on!
For non riders accompanying riders there is plenty to enjoy: Fishing, mokoro (dugout canoe) rides, walking and game drives are all possible here.
Macatoo Camp is situated on the western side of the Okavango Delta where founder Sarah Jane has created an oasis of luxury (even by Okavango standards) in the wilderness. The camp features large, walk-in, twin bedded tents, each with their own en-suite shower and toilet. There is coffee in bed in the mornings and a swimming pool to relax by. Another feature of this camp is the superb service and excellent social aspect.
This horse riding holiday is one of our premier rides with exceptional service levels and more than a hint of luxury.
One of the top 15 'World's Greatest Horse Treks' as compiled by CNN International.
Please Note: The opinions expressed in these reviews are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of Unicorn Trails Ltd. These reviews are "directly from the horses mouth" and unedited. Unicorn Trails may make additional comments for clarification clearly identified in red.
Review received from AL of London on 17/11/2016
Please note there is one single tent which is available at no supplement on a first come basis.
After a short game-viewing air-adventure in a Cessna 206, you will be greeted by your guide and whisked off to base camp where the Macatoo Mamas sing their traditional songs of welcome. After a refreshing drink you will be shown to your secluded and very luxurious tents, complete with toilet and washing facilities. Your private verandah overlooks a seasonal floodplain, home to baboon, hyena and elephant. Drinks are on tap, cake and biscuits are there for the taking and we trust you will already feel relaxed and at home.
As well as the horses there are 4x4s which are used for night drives, spotting the nocturnal species and for close up photography of kills and predators and, when the water levels permit, you can also go out in boats to put another perspective on the game.
The safari team is inspired each day by the beautiful surroundings to provide the best safari experience possible for the guests. They are enormously privileged to have a huge unspoilt wilderness in which to run the safaris. The Okavango Delta is an intriguing phenomena, with ever changing landscapes due to the seasonal flood waters coming through from Angola. The movement of the game, the dramatic seasonal changes in the flora and the varying interests of the guests ensures that no two safaris are the same, each one is unique.
On arrival in Maun, you are met and transferred by plane and a game drive to camp which overlooks a seasonal flood plain lagoon. After lunch under the trees, there is usually time for a rest before the evening ride where you can get to know your horse. Return to a hot shower and candle-lit dinner.
Wake up with a cup of tea or coffee in bed, followed by a light breakfast with homemade toast and muesli, then a ride out from camp to stretch your legs and explore. Depending on the season this may involve some galloping, (or even swimming) through the flood waters or pushing-on through seas of tall grass following giraffe, zebra, antelope, elephant, buffalo; whatever's out there. Back to camp for another brilliant lunch outside with the guides, if you're lucky it might be the famous chicken pie, and there's usually some wine to encourage a little nap before tea. The evening ride is deliberately slower-paced for safety reasons and it's a good opportunity to ask questions and take photographs. Leopard sightings are not infrequent, the bird-life is some of the best in the world and towards sunset there is often elephant or hippo interaction to enjoy. A sundowner gin and tonic can be enjoyed out in the bush before riding back to camp to freshen up. There's no guarantee that dinner is always eaten in the same place...
Wake up as normal with freshly-brewed coffee or tea and depending on your whim, either ride out again (perhaps to find the rare semi-aquatic antelope, the red lechwe), or join a guided walks, game drive or perhaps a spot of fishing for bream from the boat. The riders and non-riders can meet up for a delicious champagne breakfast under one of the large baobab trees. After lunch take the opportunity to relax and either swim in the pool or sort out your digital photos. Homemade tea and cake is followed by the sunset ride, exploring the lower flood plains where elephant often gather at a pool. As dusk closes in, it is fascinating to watch them interact in the wild, and being on horseback brings you that much closer.
You ride through different country, making our way through clouds of bushman hair grass to plains dotted with fig trees where you may encounter giraffe or shyer antelope while passing through mophane woodlands. The pace increases as you break out onto the flood plains, often disturbing troops of baboons. Return to camp for an afternoon of leisure, or the possibility of hiring a helicopter for an hour to gain access to remote and otherwise totally inaccessible parts of the delta with spectacular photographic results. Finish off the day with a spot-lit night drive.
This morning you ride deeper into the heart of the delta, without returning to Macatoo. After six hours in the saddle, on reaching another river system, you will find your fly camp already set up - your home for the night. While the horses take a well-earned rest in the shade, your afternoon may be spent swimming or walking. Fires are lit at night, creating a strong human presence to keep marauding animals away from the horses. Night watches are fun and guests usually join in. To camp out so freely in the Okavango bush like this is a wonderful experience and one that few people experience. Fly camp is basic but very beautiful as you can see from the photos and, of course, your hosts will do their best to provide excellent food, a comfy bed and hot water for the bucket showers after a long day's riding.
Having helped to keep watch under the stars, the next morning you splash through water on the vast open plains, home to blue wildebeest and Burchell's zebra. The riding may be fast as you approach deep reedy areas full of bird life open-billed storks, squawker herons, slatey egrets, cattle egrets, pygmy Egyptian geese and many more. After our night at fly camp, you return to Macatoo along the myriad of waterways lined with large trees.
Your last full day's riding in this magical place takes you cantering through the shallow flood plains, admiring the deeper pools of lilies. Here the Cape buffalo can gather in large numbers (anything between a dozen and 2000 individuals) and you will have to creep up on them using the islands as cover. The evening offers a last quiet ride with memorable smells of wild sage and the warm African dust as the sun goes down on your chilled Savannah Dry or Sauvignon Blanc. Your farewell dinner will be a memorable one with another surprise location in store.
Sadly, it's time for your last wake-up. For your final ride, you will go along some of the high palm islands which offer great sweeping views of the Delta plains. Maybe take a final exhilarating gallop and run with the game before returning to camp, lunch and perhaps a few tears as you say goodbye to your favourite horse and you are sent off on your next adventure.
Please note: This itinerary only serves as a guide; all scenarios are dependent on the season and levels of the Okavango flood. At times it may not be possible to go on fly camps and during cooler months one longer ride may replace the normal morning and evening rides. Local weather conditions may also affect game movements.
The base camp at Macatoo runs on solar lights with a generator during the day to charge everything, however there is no electricity in the tents at night. For this reason you are strongly recommended to bring a torch with batteries. The tents are mosquito proof and during the winter months of June to late August there are very few mosquitoes around. The mornings in the month of August can be quite chilly so it is advised that you take a light weight waterproof riding jacket and maybe one pair of long rubber and one pair of short boots. Itineraries are subject to change on this horse riding holiday and are dependent on the amount of water laying and where the game is. You will certainly be going to the fly camp for two of the nights on 7 day or longer itineraries in the dry season (not November to February) and the rest of the time based at the main camp in the western Okavango Delta. Drinks are included in the daily rate and tips are welcome in any currency.
Non-riding partners are welcome to join a safari. Non-riding activities include Game Drives, Boat Trips, Mokoro, Fishing, Bird Watching and Game Walks (all activities are subject to water levels).
The single supplement is only payable if riders are not willing to share, otherwise it is 50%. There is one tent dedicated to single travellers where no single supplement applies, subject to availability. Charter flights if travelling alone may incur 50% but please enquire if applicable.
The weight limit for riders is as follows:
• Under 95kg no supplement
• 95-105kg no extra supplement but subject to availability
• Exceeding 105kg by special arrangement only
WHEN TO COME
We are always being asked "When is the best time to come?". As this is such a complicated issue with many variables such as weather, water levels and game, we have listed below some guidelines to help you decide what suits you best!
January / February
Weather - Warm / hot during the day with morning rides in a breeze pleasantly warm at night. Small possibility of rain. Bush is green and lush grass tall and green.
Temperature - Day: temps can reach 35° - 45°C in the middle of the day. Night: 10° - 20°C
Water - Rain pools in the Mopane forests and on the open plains but floodwater unlikely at this time.
Game - Cats around and plains game such as zebra, wildebeest, impala and kudu. Nomadic bull elephants and birds in breeding plumage. Clothing- Lightweight riding gear, a raincoat and swimwear.
March / April
Weather - Warm / hot during the day pleasantly warm at night. Small possibility of rain. Bush is green and lush, grass tall and green.
Temperature - Day: 25° - 35°C. Night: 10° - 20°C.
Water - Plenty of rain pools left over from the rainy season but the floodwater is unlikely to be within riding distance of the camp.
Game - Due to the rain and waterholes, the game is dispersed all over the country so not concentrated in herds yet. Possible still to see the plains game: zebra, wildebeest, impala etc as well as elephant, maybe buffalo and cats.
Clothing - Lightweight riding gear, a raincoat and swimwear.
Weather - Cooler at night, but still pleasantly warm during the day. Unlikely to rain. Bush still green but grass getting shorter.
Temperature - Day: 20° - 30°C. Night: 5° - 10°C
Water - The Okavango annual floodwaters normally arrive in May or June so are within riding distance for a couple of weeks before they actually reach camp. The floodwaters bring long shallow water canters on the floodplains and deeper channels to cross. As water levels rise, motorboat replaces vehicle game drives and mokoros are also in use into November.
Game - When the water arrives initially the birdlife is great as they feed off the shallow water areas. Game comes to drink from the water, with the buffalo and lechwe moving in as the water levels increase. However, there is a lot of water so much of the game is still dispersed.
Clothing - A splash proof jacket, a fleece/sweater for evenings and swimwear.
June / July / August
Weather - This is our winter and can be chilly / cold in the early morning and evenings but warm in the middle of the day. Bush getting drier except around the edges of the islands where the green shoots start to come through.
Temperature - Day: 20° - 25°C. Night: 3° - 5°C.
Water - The water is at its highest levels, so plenty around to ride through and go boating on either in the motor boat or mokoro (canoe).
Game - Large herds of lechwe forming in the wetlands and perhaps hippo and crocodile in the area. Good potential for buffalo sightings with impala, tsessebe, kudu etc moving inland on islands.
Clothing - Splash proof jacket, a warm fleece/sweater for evenings.
September / October
Weather - Winter is over and it gets progressively hotter building up to the first rains, which clear the hazy days and the skies are big and beautiful. Trees come into flower and then leaves go green and fruits grow. Evenings are warm and the plunge pool gets a lot of use! Bush is dry and grass short.
Temperature - Day: 30 - 45°C. Night: 15° - 25°C
Water - The floodwater normally stays around the camp area until October but this, of course, depends on how big the flood was to start with. As the floodplain water recedes, drinking pools of water remain hopefully until the next rains come!
Game - The game now tends to concentrate as the water sources lessen often big herds of buffalo, elephant and with shorter grass more plains game can be seen. More likely to see wild dog as well as the cats who favour dry savannah such as cheetah. Young giraffe and lechwe; hyenas more evident cooling off in the pools.
Clothing - Lightweight riding gear, a fleece/sweater and swimwear.
November / December
Weather - The rainy season is any time from November but impossible to say exactly when and how much. Normally the rain comes for an hour or so every day and then often goes away for a week or more before it rains again. It is warm to sticky hot before the rain and cooler after each rain. Bush turns green with the rains and many of the trees and flowers come into bloom while the sunsets become increasingly dramatic.
Temperature - Day: 30° - 40°C. Night: 15° - 20°C
Water - Depending on the flood level, there will be some water around with the rain topping up the pools.
Game - Very good until the first rain when it disperses again the young antelope are born at this time and are very entertaining to watch.
Clothing - Lightweight riding gear, a raincoat and swimwear.
See the Okavango in action on BBC iplayer, as featured on Nature's Great Events
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We're avid readers here at Unicorn Trails and have selected several books connected to this ride. If you're interested in reading more about the area before you travel, or want to get into the cultural background, here are some suggestions that may inspire you. Click on the links for more information.
Gauchos and the Vanishing Frontier –Richard W Slatta
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Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.
Macatoo’s string of horses are as well looked after as their guests. Each horse – they are all boys – is recognised and appreciated for his unique ability and personality and every effort is made to match him with the most suitable rider. Guests rotate between two or three horses during their time at Macatoo to ensure that each horse is given time to recover between rides. The stable includes Thoroughbreds, Namibian Hanoverian, Percherons and Kalahari-Arab crossbreeds ranging between 14hh and 18 hh (140 -180cm). With nearly 50 horses in camp, all schooled and well mannered, it is ensured that every one is fully fit and rested with downtime out in the paddocks to give guests the best possible ride. One of the most popular spectacles at Macatoo is the sight of the resting horses galloping home from their mobile paddocks each afternoon. The tack consists of good quality English and Western style trail saddles, each with their own water bottle. The riding terrain from camp is scenically varied in all directions and you will rarely ride the same route twice. The riding is varied, sometimes quietly walking, stalking big game and admiring the bird life, sometimes cantering through the water-meadows alongside galloping giraffe and lechwe. The morning rides are around 4 hours long and this is when you can enjoy the faster riding through the flood waters or over the plains. You may also encounter small jumps along the way but you can avoid these if you speak to your guide. The afternoon ride is around 2 hours long and is a relaxing ride to end the day with only walking and perhaps a little trotting. This gives you the opportunity to try out the horse you will be given the next morning for the longer and faster ride.
You will need to feel competent about keeping up with the group, capable of riding at all paces for between 4 to 6 hours per day; rising to the trot and controlling your horse at the canter. You may be required to gallop out of trouble. If you are not riding regularly we strongly recommend that you get in practice before joining the safari. It will be at the discretion of the company whether you will be permitted to ride, taking into consideration your safety and enjoyment and that of the group as a whole. Riders need to be over 12 years and riders over 60 should be strong and fit.
There is a maximum of 8 people in each group to ensure the best possible standards of safety and enjoyment. This holiday is not suitable for novice or beginner riders.
- Under 95kg no supplement.
- 95-105kg no extra supplement but subject to availability.
- Exceeding 105kg by special arrangement only.
The weight limit for this ride is 15 st/209 lb/95 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.
The camp features large beautifully decorated, walk-in, twin bedded tents, each with their own en-suite shower and toilet. Hot water and flush toilets are part of the picture. Your private verandah overlooks a seasonal floodplain, home to baboon, hyena and elephant as well as hippo when the floods are high. Beware of leaving anything out on the verandah (such as clothes drying) as the baboon's are more than happy to help themselves! Your tent will contain fresh drinking water everyday as well as champagne upon arrival. Also provided is insect repellant, bug spray, a torch and soap, body lotion and clothes washing powder in the bathroom. A laundry service is provided in camp on a daily basis although for hygiene purposes they do not wash underwear. The washing powder provided in your tent is for this purpose. 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. Centrally there is a large mess tent comfortably furnished in a stylish African theme with a large sofa area stocked with interesting guide and coffee table books. There is also a bar area and full-stocked fridge which you can help yourself too; although there is rarely a time when a member of staff are not already there offering you a drink of some kind! Outside the mess tent there is a campfire area where a fire burns whatever the time of year. There breakfast and pre and post lunch and dinner drinks are enjoyed under the stars. Drink fresh coffee and fine wines and swap stories of the day. All meals are taken outside on the beautifully laid table; enjoy the ever-changing table decorations! Tucked away beside the social area there is the swimming pool deck where guests can read, relax and soak up the sun inbetween rides and safari activities. 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 the communal mess tent and dining deck, pool and guest accommodation. A short drive away, and at the top of a long, sturdy ladder, is the magical tree platform where you can enjoy lunches, drinks and even the occasional sleepover under the African night sky Drinks: Iced drinks are available at camp as well as beer, bottled water, an assortment of cool soft drinks and the usual choice of spirits (gin/voda/whiskey/rum/Amarula/brandy etc). Cordials, teas and coffee are also freely available and house wine is served with dinner. Breakfast is a relaxed affair with a buffet that may include cereals, yoghurts, toast cooked over the campfire, fruit and freshly made muffins. A variety of tea, coffee and juice is also readily available and you may help yourself or be served by a member of the team. Lunch is set around a dining table under the trees overlooking the beautiful plains. It will consist of a variety of hot and cold dishes such as pasta, a variety of different salads, quiches and freshly baked bread. Lunch is served buffet style but with someone serving you. You are more than welcome to go back for seconds! A cheeseboard is usually offered as dessert along with coffee and tea. Juice, water and wine/beer/something from the bar is also served. Afternoon tea is also served in the camp-fire area at around 3pm and features tea and coffee and freshly made cakes - just right to send you off for your afternoon ride! Dinner is a lavish and delicious affair by candle-light under the stars! After pre-dinner drinks around the camp-fire enjoy 3 (or sometimes 4!) courses; the food is varied and excellent, all home cooked and served to you by the very attentive staff. Round off the evening with a night-cap whilst re-living the day's tales.
Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.
Climate: The flood waters normally arrive in May or June and recede in early October. See When to Come under our itinerary for a more detailed breakdown of what to expect in the various seasons.
You should commence anti - malarial precautions before arrival in the Delta, please see your doctor for details. Please also consult your doctor regarding the appropriate inoculations.
There is a generator in camp which is switched on for a few hours while the guests are riding. You may be able to leave your camera equipment to charge in that time. There is a selection of adapters in camp for guests to use (UK, European and South African) Otherwise please take all batteries and and film you may need with you.
There is no mobile phone reception in the Okavango Delta.
A light-weight riding hat.
A shade hat with strap.
Two pairs of light-weight riding shoes or 1 pair and 1 pair of long rubber boots for the flood season (May to end of August).
Sunglasses on string, riding gloves and bandana.
Bush colour riding clothes (not white):
* 2 pairs of cotton riding trousers.
* 2 long sleeved shirts.
* 1 jersey, fleece or multi- pocketed waistcoat.
* 1 light weight waterproof windbreaker jacket.
Shorts, T shirts, sarong, bathing costume and sandals.
Sun block, lip salve, insect repellant, talcum powder and malaria pills (consult your doctor).
Torch and binoculars.
Film and a camera on a strong shoulder strap, preferably in a waterproof pouch to be secured to your belt. Otherwise a strong zip lock plastic bag.
All clothing should be neutral colored to blend in with the bush (Preferably shades of khaki, brown, beige or green) Lightweight cottons are advisable. Please take into consideration when you are coming as the weather does vary.
We recommend that you wear your riding clothes and boots on the plane to Maun and bring your hat and wash bag as hand luggage as luggage sometimes gets delayed. They can lend you half chaps – long leather boots are impractical. They do not have riding hats to lend to riders so you must bring your own.
Your riding gear will get wet if you are riding through the flood waters; if you do not have long rubber boots then if possible you may want to take 2 pairs of riding boots to avoid wearing wet boots. Clothes dry very quickly under the hot sun. Please be aware that the water may be deep enough to go over long riding boots too!
Luggage is limited to 20kgs (26lbs) per person in soft bags on the light aircraft into the Delta. Extra luggage can be stored in their Maun office. There is a daily laundry service in the camp although for hygiene reasons they do not wash underwear. Washing powder will be provided in your tent for this purpose. Towels and amenities are provided.
A basic first aid kit is available in camp but please make sure to bring any prescription medication with you.
Saddlebags and water bottles are provided.
The recommended length of stay is 7 to 10 nights to allow you to acclimatise and explore the area. Stays of this length enable you to experience the Okavango in depth by staying out at one of the mobile fly-camps - weather permitting. Shorter stays are possible, there is a minimum of 3 or 4 nights depending on your arrival day.
Year round arrivals and departures
2017 Low season: January, February, March, 16-30 November and December
2017 Mid Season: April, May, June, 1-15 July and 1-15 November
2017 Peak Season: 16-31 July, August, September and October
From:No single supplement payable if willing to share with someone of same sex. Should you wish to book a single room, please see supplement price below.
Please note there is one single tent which is available at no supplement on a first come basis.
|Riding days||Product item description||£|
|2017 low season||per night||1||double pp||475|
|2017 low season||per night||1||single supplement||239|
|2017 low season||per night||1||non rider||429|
|2017 low season||per night||1||upgrade to honeymoon suite||125|
|2017 mid season||per night||1||double pp||549|
|2017 mid season||per night||1||single supplement||275|
|2017 mid season||per night||1||non rider||495|
|2017 peak season||per night||1||double pp||609|
|2017 peak season||per night||1||single supplement||305|
|2017 peak season||per night||1||non rider||549|
|2017 peak season||per night||1||upgrade to honeymoon suite||125|
|Riding days||Product item description||€|
|2017 low season||per night||1||double pp||539|
|2017 low season||per night||1||single supplement||269|
|2017 low season||per night||1||non rider||485|
|2017 low season||per night||1||upgrade to honeymoon suite||145|
|2017 mid season||per night||1||double pp||625|
|2017 mid season||per night||1||single supplement||315|
|2017 mid season||per night||1||non rider||559|
|2017 peak season||per night||1||double pp||695|
|2017 peak season||per night||1||single supplement||345|
|2017 peak season||per night||1||non rider||625|
|2017 peak season||per night||1||upgrade to honeymoon suite||145|
|Riding days||Product item description||$|
|2017 low season||per night||1||double pp||615|
|2017 low season||per night||1||single supplement||309|
|2017 low season||per night||1||non rider||555|
|2017 low season||per night||1||upgrade to honeymoon suite||165|
|2017 mid season||per night||1||double pp||715|
|2017 mid season||per night||1||single supplement||355|
|2017 mid season||per night||1||non rider||639|
|2017 peak season||per night||1||double pp||789|
|2017 peak season||per night||1||single supplement||395|
|2017 peak season||per night||1||non rider||709|
|2017 peak season||per night||1||upgrade to honeymoon suite||165|
|Riding days||Product item description||SEK|
|2017 low season||per night||1||double pp||5,139|
|2017 low season||per night||1||single supplement||2,569|
|2017 low season||per night||1||non rider||4,629|
|2017 low season||per night||1||upgrade to honeymoon suite||1,355|
|2017 mid season||per night||1||double pp||5,955|
|2017 mid season||per night||1||single supplement||2,975|
|2017 mid season||per night||1||non rider||5,359|
|2017 peak season||per night||1||double pp||6,605|
|2017 peak season||per night||1||single supplement||3,299|
|2017 peak season||per night||1||non rider||5,945|
|2017 peak season||per night||1||upgrade to honeymoon suite||1,355|
The safari camp is situated on the western side of the Okavango Delta, Botswana in a private concession spanning 500,000 acres. The riding terrain from camp is scenically varied in all directions.
Game is plentiful, including elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, lechwe, reedbuck, bushbuck, steenbok, impala, roan antelope, duiker, waterbuck, tsesebe, bat-eared fox, sidestriped and blackbacked jackal, African wildcat, baboon, vervet monkey, honey badger, spotted hyena, mongoose, meerkat, warthog, tortoise and ostrich; special nocturnal creatures - porcupine, aardwolf, aardvark, civet, genet, serval, spring hare; water species - hippo, crocodile, cape clawless and spotted necked otter; predators - leopard, lion, cheetah, wild dog.
Other activities available on site include: game drives by foot, 4X4 or power boat, bird walks, night drives, seasonal boating, canoeing and fishing. The 4x4s are used for night drives, spotting the nocturnal species and for close up photography of kills and predators. When the water levels permit, you can also go out in power boats to put another perspective on the game. Mokoro's (traditional dug-out canoes) are another fun way to glide through the flood waters.
Covering 17,000 km sq, the Okavango is the largest inland delta in the world, a mix of labyrinth channels, palm fringed islands and fertile floodplains. Trapped in the parched sands of the Kalahari desert, it is a magnet for the wildlife who depend on the delta's life giving waters.
Established by Sarah Jane Gullick in 1995, African Horseback Safaris set up Macatoo camp in 1999, which is now run by John Sobey within a 500,000 acre private concession
On arrival in camp an introductory talk will be given on all aspects of the safari. Two guides will accompany each safari and will be equipped with a first aid kit, rifle and radio. You will be required to sign a liability waiver in camp before riding.
The luggage limit is 26lbs (13kg) per person for the light aircraft transfer. Extra baggage can be stored at the Maun office.
Botswana is a landlocked country situated in southern Africa. The climate ranges from semi-arid to sub-tropical. The Kalahari Desert dominates southern and western Botswana; the extreme south-west experiences near desert conditions, while eastern Botswana, though prone to drought, has adequate rainfall to support arable farming.
Beyond the narrow eastern corridor where the majority of the population is concentrated, Botswana is a largely roadless wilderness of savannas, deserts, wetlands and salt pans. Wildlife and livestock can make driving hazardous so driving at night should be avioded.
Botswana is two hours ahead of GMT and they use the metric weights and measures system, so kilometres and kilograms instead of miles and pounds. There is approximately 1.6 kilometres in a mile and 2.2 pounds in a kilogram.
The international dialling code for Botswana is +267.