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8 DAY MOBILE OKAVANGO DELTA RIDE

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Watching buffalo herd on horseback safari

A pride of lions lay asleep in the shade of heavy thickets. Grazing sounds wake them, and they stare in disbelief at a Cape buffalo herd a short distance away.

The lions spot an easy kill and use the long grass as cover to stealthily creep forward. They pause when a dominant bull sniffs the wind, flaps his ears, and bellows a warning that danger is suspected but not confirmed. The lions sink to the ground motionless and wait. The big bull settles down as the lions inch forward.

Their target is a young bull who wandered from the herd. Two lionesses charge and swiftly cripple the buffalo. Another materializes from the opposite direction, lunges for him, sinks her claws and fangs into his neck, and brings him down with a crash.

The male lions stride to the kill and settle in to feed while the lionesses wait…

Are you prepared for the circle of life?

A Horseback Safari with the Best Top-Notch Guide in the Delta

Off the Grid

Horseback Safari in Botswana, Mokoros Canoe Trips, and Walking Safaris

  • Explore the Delta Like Settlers of Old

    Early European settlers hunted and traveled Africa with horses from their Motherland. This Delta ride is a tribute to their explorations of the Okavango Delta, recently declared the 1,000th World Heritage Site. The Delta spreads her floodwaters south every year from the north’s long rains, offering the unique opportunity to watch the legendary wild herds and birds from horseback.
    Elephant herd in delta horse safari
  • Mobile Camping in the Delta

    There are no permanent riding camps on this safari. Instead, a lightweight mobile camp is transported by a flotilla of makoros (traditional dug-out canoes) poled by local community members bordering the Delta. And when the water levels are too low for the mokoros, a train of pack donkeys, with their handlers, moves the camp to its next location.
    Watching elephant from helicopter
  • There Are No Vehicles on This Safari

    This historic riding safari emphasizes the routes, experience, beauty of the Okavango, and top-level guiding. The riding and horses are fabulous, the wildlife is incredible, and the food (cooked over a log fire) is fantastic. The camp is exceptionally comfortable in lightweight tents with standing room, stretcher beds, and bucket showers. You are off the grid.
    Cantering through the water
  • ARE GAME DRIVES SAFE?

    Embark on an extraordinary journey into the heart of Africa. Discover the magic of the wild, the thrill of exploration, and the beauty of storytelling in one of the world’s most captivating locations. In the old days, you would never see a leopard this close to a vehicle. If you did catch a glimpse, it […]
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    Close encounter with a leopard on a game drive

    WHAT IS EXCLUSIVE USE ON SAFARI?

    On safari, exclusive use means security, discretion and gold old-fashioned fun. Your game drives, pilot and safari camps are exclusively for you.
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    Exclusive use pilot

    WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LUXURY AND ULTRA-LUXURY SAFARI?

    In the heart of Africa’s untamed wilderness you will find a luxury safari experience that is different. Fly into top camps inside the parks for a high-end safari.
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    Romantic dinner at Kanga Camp waterhole

Itinerary in Detail

The First Day

Fly Into the Heart of the Okavango Delta

Horse safari from the air

Fly into Maun Airport, Botswana (MUB), and be met by one of our specialist guides. They’ll handle your luggage and deliver you to Helicopter Horizons for a flight to your mobile camp.

You’ll be greeted by your professional bush guide, David Foot. During the pandemic, David undertook a 1,500 km, 53-day ride through some of the wildest parts of northern Botswana for fun!

Once settled in, your safari begins with waiting horses. Mount up and ride before dinner. Sundowners are by firelight in the gathering dusk when the bush comes alive with the essence of Africa.

There is no set itinerary, as your safari depends on water levels and wildlife movements…
Transporting the camp through the delta on mekoro

Each camp is in a unique location in the Okavango. One is even on a beautiful, remote island…

The feeling of exploring this water wilderness on horseback is indescribable, particularly when you come face to face with your first elephants.

Mount up and spend the morning on horseback following ancient elephant trails in search of the large variety of wildlife and birds while cantering through the recently flooded plains.

Unique Mobile Bush Camps

Helicoper Flight Over the Okavango Delta

Coffee stop on helicopter safari

We also salute Africa’s first bush pilots, who would appreciate our vision and version of their early air explorations and travel.

We planned a 2-hour helicopter flight over the Okavango Delta.

If you want, your flight can be with sundowners to photograph wildlife from above in the marvelous light of the setting sun.

Taking a break on horseback safari

Between rides, experience the tranquility of the Okavango. The sounds of the bush, the birds, and the snorts and splashes of the horses.

Walking safaris with David, who is armed with a rifle, are available if you want to experience the bush at an intimate level. Search for all creatures that inhabit the Delta and learn his tracking skills.

Along with supporting the local community, this ride offers a genuinely “green” experience, making this one of Botswana’s most environmentally friendly safaris.

Walking Safari

Mokoro Cruise

Guest poling a mokoro

Enjoy many wonderful excursions into the Okavango on mokoro canoe trips, which offer exceptional wildlife viewing.

And you’ll be given lessons if you want to learn how to pole a mokoro. Or relax as your guide silently poles towards rare birds and wildlife in the traditional way of traversing this wondrous water land.

The wattled crane is the largest crane in Africa, reaching a height of 175cm (5’ 7”), with beautiful grey feathers, a long white neck, black undersides, and a bare, red face with a black cap. The wattled crane is a threatened species and is sighted frequently in the waterways.

If you desire to swim in the Okavango, there are cool places with clear water and no crocodiles.
Zebra from helicopter

Your helicopter pilot added 2 hours to your flight as he has an extraordinary air safari planned on your way out of Botswana.

The pilot will do a low-level flight over the Makgadikgadi to Kubu Island and then back to Maun along the Boteti River for your international flight home.

The Last Day

Extraordinary Air Safari

Requirements to Ride

Riders

  • Guests must be competent at ALL paces (walk, trot, canter, and gallop) and confident in keeping up with the group’s pace.  You’ll need to be riding fit and in good health to fully enjoy the bush riding experience, as long days (up to 6 hours) can be spent in the saddle.
  • Riders must be over 12 years old unless younger riders are highly confident, competent, and willing to spend long days in the saddle.
  • Each rider has a maximum weight limit of 95 kgs (210 pounds) in full riding gear.  Heavier experienced riders over this limit may be accepted at the company’s discretion.  They may be required to pay for a 2nd horse to alternate for the duration of the safari.

Non-Riders

  • Beginners cannot ride as they often give the horses mixed signals. This can lead to severe consequences in the bush.

If You Are a Non-Rider or Beginner, We Have Many Options for You

  1. Mokoros canoe trips.
  2. Swimming.
  3. Walking safaris with an armed guide.
  4. Hang out at camp, set up your tripod, and photograph the wildlife and birds around you.

Included

  • A private chartered helicopter for transport, based on the itinerary.
  • Everything on the itinerary.
  • Bottled water.
  • David Foot as your exclusive guide.
  • Park and concession fees.
  • Full board with select house beer, wines, and spirits.
  • A specialist guide or safari nurse/guide.

Excluded

  • International flights, visas, covid tests, tips, incidentals, etc.
  • The safari nurse's professional fee is based on a sliding scale.
  • Exclusive use of the helicopter and riding safari are available upon request and based on availability.
  • Travel/health insurance.
Solo and groups of any size are encouraged to enquire.
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Our Safari Team are Professionals with 145 Years of Combined Safari Experience

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