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Safari on horseback in the Okavango Delta

Kujwana

10 days/ 7 riding from £ 3,990

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in luxury camps with proper beds and linen. Toilets and showers are usually provided.

 

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BOTSWANA-Kujwana

10 days/ 7 riding from 3990£


Activity :

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Comfort :

A luxurious horseback safari through the Okavango Delta landscapes, journeying between two camps in different areas. Perfect for understanding the ecosystems of north Botswana, this is a unique horse riding holiday with knowledgable guides who are involved in responsible eco-tourism practices.

Strengths

- Good quality and variety of horses
- Fantastic game viewing including elephants, lions, buffalo, giraffes, zebras and numerous antelopes
- An intimate approach to the wildlife, bird and flora
- A great diversity of landscape, with large luxuriant water plains and dry areas
- A magnificent flight in a helicopter (25 minutes flight) above the delta to arrive into camp
- Comfortable tents and each camp is unique (2 permanent camps and 1 fly camp)
- Dug-out canoe (mokoro), vehicle or walking safari and fishing are also offered and so non-riders are welcomed
- Small groups of only 6 riders

Itinerary

Day 1 : LONDON - JOHANNESBURG -

International flight overnight to Johannesburg. If booking your own flight then you need to depart London at c. 19:00 so that you arrive in Johannesburg at c. 07:00 in time for your flight to Maun which will depart Johannesburg at c. 11am.

These flights are not included but we can assist with them on request.

Day 2 : JOHANNESBURG - MAUN - OKAVANGO - 1-2 hours riding

Accommodation : KUJWANA CAMP

You will be welcomed on arrival at Maun airport and transferred into camp. There are two dfferent options for transfers - you can either arrive by helicopter (c. 20mins flight) or by road/boat (c. 3hrs).

The helicopter shuttle is highly recommended as flying into the delta is a special experience and the view from the helicopter is the finest way to start you safari. You will have lunch and an introduction talk on safety and game viewing from horseback, followed by an orientation ride.
Please note that if arriving by road/boat then there is no time for a ride on arrival so you will join the group for sundowners and dinner.

Day 3 : XUDUM RIVER - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : KUJWANA CAMP

Your first morning will start with a game ride in the Xudum area. Wade through lush green malapos that lead you from island to island. Surprise a timid reedbuck out of its dense cover on a heavily wooded island, watch herds of lechwe and giraffes moving through the open spaces. This area forms seasonal marshlands and hosts a variety of exceptional birdlife. Return to camp for lunch and a siesta followed by an afternoon game drive with sunset drinks and an evening drive.

Day 4 : BAOBAB ISLAND - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : KUJWANA CAMP

Today you will ride a full-morning and explore the western Baobab area. Small islands linked by numerous hippo channels lead you to Baobab Island. Deep lagoons make this a good area for hippo and lechwe, as well as buffalo and other big game. Breeding herds of elephants enjoy the security of the dense forest and travel from pan to pan leaving a lattice of large paths. Zebras, wildebeest and buffaloes are also attracted to this area. The abundant animal tracks leave you guessing whats up ahead and what has passed by. In the cool of the afternoon drift on the water in a Mokoro (traditional canoe) past heavily scented water lilies and painted reed frogs.

Day 5 : KUJWANA - MATSEBE RIVER - MOKOLWANE - 6-7 hours riding

Accommodation : MOKLOWANE CAMP

Today will be your longest riding day as you will ride from Kujwana to Mokolwane Camp, following a 30km north-westerly route through open floodplains and scattered islands to the Matsebe River system. A picnic lunch is served on a shady island some two hours from Mokolwane Camp, where you will arrive at sunset.

Day 6 : MATSIBE RIVER - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : MOKLOWANE CAMP

A morning game walk gives you the chance to explore the surroundings and experience the delta from a different perspective. After lunch and a siesta an evening ride takes you into the Matsibe River system and features wide floodplains interspersed with mokolwane palms - a favorite food of elephants and baboons, whilst the numerous Buffalo prefer the dense Tsaro Palms.

Day 7 : MOKLOWANE - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : MOKLOWANE CAMP

A full morning's ride gives you the chance to explore deeper into the wilderness to the west of Mokolwane camp. Return to camp for a long lunch on a raised platform overlooking the beautiful Matsibe River where elephant frequently wander across the horizon and hippo wallow in the pool
below. Last night in your tree house 10 ft above the ground.

Day 8 : MOKLOWANE - KUJWANA - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : KUJWANA CAMP

A full days ride from Mokolwane to Kujwana riding the Southern route following the edge of the Matsibe River. You will have a picnic lunch which is prepared at the swimming hole. Enjoy a siesta on a camp bed in the shade of a big tree and you could be joined by an elephant bull strolling passt or the sudden arrival of a herd of buffalo drifting into the water. Arrival at Kujwana is at sunset.

Day 9 : OKAVANGO - MAUN - JOHANNESBURG - 1.5 hours riding

Your last morning in the delta. If departing by helicopter then there should be time for a final early morning game ride before brunch. If departing by road/boat then you will have breakfast before saying goodbye.
You will need the afternoon flight from Maun to Johannesburg which departs at c. 2pm.

Flights are not included but we can assist with this on request. You will then require a flight back to the UK which departs in the evening, at c. 8pm.

Day 10 : ARRIVALS IN LONDON OR BEGINNING OF YOUR EXTENTION -


Price details

- The above dates are set for Saturday arrival/departures. There are also set dates for Tuesday arrival/departures if those suit you better - please enquire. It is also possible to stay for only 5 nights rather than 7 nights - please ask for prices and dates for these options.

- During January, February and December the ride is not mobile and will be based from main camp throughout. During these months it is possible for dates to be flexible and you can stay for a shorter number of days if you prefer.

- These prices do not include International flights to Johannesburg, or from Johannesburg to Maun. We can assist with these for you on request.

- You will also require transfers from Maun to camp.
It is possible to transfer by helicopter (c. 20mins flight) or by road/boat (c. 3hrs). If you are travelling alone then there is a single supplement on the helicopter transfer unless there are others transferring on the same day.

Helicopter transfer - £260 per person each way (min. 2people)
Road/boat transfer - £100 per person each way

We recommend transferring by helicopter one way and by road/boat the other way so that you experience both the delta from the air, and the enormity of the area by road.

PLEASE NOTE: when transferring by road/boat it is not possible to ride on that day but you can view game from the transfer vehicle.

- There is no single supplement if you are willing to share. It is also possible for the first three singles to book to request their own tent at no extra cost. Once these three tents have been allocated then the single supplement is 50% of the ride price.

- Groups are usually composed of 6 riding guests plus at least two guides

- Non-riders are welcome but there is no discount as they will be provided with their own guide and offered non-riding activities, such as 4x4 safaris, walking safaris, boat trips, fishing etc.

- It is possible for groups of four or more to stay for ten nights and spend a couple of nights in a traditional fly camp (basic camp with bucket showers and long-drop toilets). Please enquire for dates and prices for this option.

- Competent children over the age of 12 years may be accepted but will be asked to provide evidence of their riding ability, such as Pony Club certification or a letter from their riding school.
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Logistics

1 team of cooks
1 team of grooms
1 English-speaking camp manager

Accommodation

Double room in safari tents

Meals

Full board with soft drinks and alcohol

OPTION

Accommodation

Single room/tent supplement

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Beverage and personal extra

Transports

International flights bookable on request
Airport Transfers
Visa fees including $30 tourist tax to enter Botswana

Extra

Tips to local team

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation

TIPS

We recommend tipping 10-15 USD per day, which can be split between the entire team. If you wish to tip your guide seperately then you can do so.

HORSES

There is a stable of 60+ horses based at main camp - this includes some mares and youngstock. The horses are mainly thoroughbreds and thoroughbred crosses, Arabians and Arabian crosses and Boerperds. They are chosen for their temperament and suitability and include homebreds as well as those selected from well-known breeders in South Africa. The horses are regularly schooled and cared for to European standards.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

You need to be a competent and confident rider, capable of rising to the trot, cantering and galloping in open spaces. This is an area of dangerous game and so you should be secure in the saddle and able to stay on if you need to gallop out of danger. You must be able to rise to the trot and gallop in a forward seat for long distance (c. 10 minutes).

There is a weight limit of 90kg but slightly heavier riders may be accepted on payment of a supplement for a second horse.

PACE

The morning rides can be fast and exhilarating and all paces are practiced. There are plenty of opportunities for long canters on the dry islands or across the flood plains. When water levels are deep it may also be possible to swim the horses across some channels - expect to be completely soaked!

The afternoon rides are shorter, c. 2 hours, and slower. You may walk and trot, but not canter. This is the time to take your camera and appreciate the sights and sounds of the bush - the afternoon light is beautiful.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

A team of grooms will feed, care for and saddle your horses. You can help with untacking if you wish, but this is not expected.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

Easy environment with a gentle climate the entire year, ideal from April to October.

Guests who do not ride regularly are requested to get fit prior to the ride. It is of particular importance to ensure you are comfortable and balanced when riding at speed across rough terrain and open spaces. If the guides feel that you are unsafe on horseback, then you will be offered non-riding activities instead.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

Water bottles are provided on all of the horses. Saddle bags are available on some horses or the guides can carry small items for you, such as sunscreen.
English tack. There are seat savers on all of the saddles.

COMFORT

This safari takes place in a private concession area of over 2500 sq kilometres using two different camps, both in diverse areas.
Kujwana Camp, the principal camp, is situated south west of Chiefs Island in the Okavango Delta. It accommodates a maximum of 6 guests in spacious safari tents each with bathrooms en-suite. The main area has a fully stocked bar, tree house overlooking the Xudum River and a separate dining area. The camp is equipped with a solar system lighting all tents and the main area - this also provides enough power for the charging of cameras during daylight hours.

Mokolwane camp, the second camp, is situated north west of Kujwana on the Matsebi River. This camp is made up of tree houses 2 meters off the ground. A real haven for elephants that love the palm trees of this area. This camp is situated in the open flood plains that receive floodwater 3 weeks earlier than Kujwana camp. The vegetation consists of smaller palm islands and wide-open spaces. Mokolwane also sleeps 6, with the accommodation boasting superb views, each with a private bathroom. The Matsebe River is your main feeder for Lake Ngami.

CLIMAT

The Okavango Delta is a seasonal flood plain and so different times of the year offer different experiences - each magical in its own way. The seasons in southern Africa are the reserve of the UK and so December/January is mid-summer with high temperatures and the chance of dramatic thunderstorms, whereas July/August is mid-winter when temperatures are lower and there is little chance of rain. The water level in the Delta depend on the rainfall in Angola and the floods usually arrive around April/May and recede around September/October, but this varies every year and is difficult to predict. The following guide may prove useful when planning the best time for your holiday.

March/April : Daytime temperatures are warm/hot (25-35c) and will drop to 10-20c at night. There is a small chance of rain and the bush is green and lush. There will be waterholes left over from the rainy season but the flood may not have arrived yet. Because of the rain, lush grazing and plentiful waterholes the game is dispersed and not gathered in big herd but will look fat and healthy.

May : Daytime temperatures are falling (20-30c) and it is starting to feel cooler at night (5-10c). The floods normally arrive in May which brings high levels of bird life. The large herds of lechwe antelope and buffalo will start to move into the area, but game is still dispersed as there is plenty to eat and drink.

June-August : Daytime temperatures are still pleasant (20-25c) but night are cold (3-5c) and so the early morning and late evenings are chilly. The floods are at their highest and so there is plenty of wading from island to island and boat activities. Hippo and crocodile may move into the area as well as large buffalo and antelope herds.

September/October : Spring arrives and temperatures start to climb with daytime temperatures of 30-45c, dropping to 15-25c at night. The floods are starting to recede, the islands are dry as there has not been rain for months and so the game starts to concentrate around the water holes.

November - February : The rain can arrive anytime in November. Daytime temperatures are high before the rains (30-40c) but drop after each shower. It is unlikely to rain persistently, but usually for a few hours. Nights are still warm (15-20c). The bush turns green after the rains and the grass starts to grow again. Once the waterholes start to fill again the game will disperse. The antelope will give birth during this time of plenty.

Meals

Breakfast is usually taken very early (before dawn) and is therefore light, consisting of cereals, fruit and rusks with tea or coffee.
Lunch is also light and may be quiche and salad or a variety of salads with cold meats.
Dinner is three courses. Wine is served with the meals and a selection of drinks are available.
Vegetarians and special diets can be catered for with advance notice.

Support Team

Guide and local team

You will always be guided by at least two guides - a lead guide and a back-up guide. One of these will carry a rifle. You may or may not be guided by PJ or Barney themselves - they have a number of very competent guides who have been working for them for many years, such as Thabo.

HORSE GUIDE

  • PJ

    PJ BESTELINK

  • Barney

    Barney BESTELINK

  • Gaolape BACHAE

Packing list

Our Recommendations
- Please don't take a hard sided suitcase. Your luggage should be soft sided, particularly for light air transfers. There is usually a luggage limit of 20kgs including hand luggage. If you are transferring into/out of camp by road rather than by helicopter then it may be possible to have a slightly higher luggage weight limit - please check with us.
- Wherever possible you should wear neutral colours, such as beige, brown or natural bush colours for riding as bright colours, such as red, yellow or white can startle the wildlife and they will see you long before you've seen them
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Head
- Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana

Upper body
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and thorns
- T-shirts
- Fleece, jumper or jacket - the evenings can be cold, particularly June - August
- Waterproof jacket - the rains can be difficult to foresee and it's better to be prepared. Rain is more likely Oct-April, but in the Delta you may appreciate a waterproof jacket for splashy canters May-September
- Casual clothes for the evening

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Shorts for lazy lunchtimes
- Casual clothes for the evening

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps to protect against thorns. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged. During the flood season you may wish to take a second pair so that you aren't putting wet boots on
- Sandals, flip-flops or trainers for moving around the lodge and camp
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun whilst riding

Nightwear

Other useful items
- Swimsuit - for plunge pools
- Binoculars for viewing game
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night

In your luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag. Some toiletries are provided by the camp so you can pack lighter.

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Your riding hat

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - must be high factor
- Insect repellent, preferably containing deet
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Anti malarial tablets and Yellow Fever Certificate if required (check with your doctor)

ENTRY FORMALITIES

To enter Botswana, a passport valid for at least six months is required by British, Australian, Canadian, USA and all other EU nationals. Outgoing travel documents and sufficient funds are also required. We recommend having two blank facing visa pages in your passport for the official stamps.

Visas are not required by British, Australian, Canadian, USA or other EU nationals for stays in Botswana of up to 90 days.
Visas are also not required by transit passengers, provided they are continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, and do not leave the airport.
Nationals of countries not listed above are advised to contact the high commission/embassy to check visa requirements.

Visa note:
Those nationals who do require a visa for Botswana must include a copy of their travel itinerary with their application, along with a letter of support from their intended host and return visa or residence permit from his/her country of residence.



IMPORTANT INFORMATION RE: TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN
From 1st June 2015, South Africa have introduced tough rulings for anyone travelling with children, including passengers transitting South Africa to another destination.
- Two parents travelling with children will need to show the childs Unabridged Birth Certificate (UBC)
- One parent travelling with a child will need to show the UBC plus either: a Parental Consent Affidavit (PAC) from the parent not travelling OR a letter of special circumstance.
- Widowed parents will need to show the UBC and a death certificate for the deceased parent
- Children travelling with family friends will need a UBC, PCA, copies of the parents passports and contact details for the parents.
For more information click this link: http://www.africa-adventure.net/downloads/SummaryImmigrationMinors.pdf

Contact South African Immigration for what is required for other circumstances.

Addresses of consulates

  • Botswana High Commission
    6 Stratford Place
    London W1C 1AY
    Tél. : (020) 7499 0031
    Fax : (020) 7647 1000
  • Ambassade du Botswana
    88 Avenue de Iéna
    75116 Paris
    Tél. : 01.47.20.08.23
    Fax :
    bostwana@brutele.be

HEALTH

There are no vaccinations legally required to travel to Botswana from the UK, however, you need a yellow fever vaccination if you have travelled to a country (7 days or less before entering Botswana) where that disease is widely prevalent, such as Zambia/Victoria Falls.
You should check with your doctor who has access to the most up-to-date information but the following vaccinations are usually recommended - Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) together with Hepatitis A and typhoid.
If you are staying longer than 3 months or have a particular risk you might consider a rabies vaccination. Vaccination against Tuberculosis as well as Hepatitis B are also sometimes recommended for stays longer than 3 months.
Malaria is prevalent in the country, but mainly during the warm and wet season and particularly in the northern half of the country. The south is generally considered lower risk. Don't underestimate this tropical disease and take precautions. Buy repellent (preferably with 50% DEET) and sleep under a net and speak to your doctor about anti-malarial medication.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

TELEPHONE AND JET LAG

There are very few public phone boxes. The country calling code to Botswana is 267. To make an international call from Botswana, the code is 00.
Mobile phone roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage is average in the major towns but you are unlikely to get any signal at all when in remote camps.
Time zone: GMT + 2hr

BUDGET AND MONEY

Pula (BWP; symbol P) = 100 thebe.
Notes in denominations of P100, 50, 20 and 10.
Coins in denominations of P5, 2 and 1, and 50, 25, 10 and 5 thebe.
It is not necessary to change money into local currency for any of our Botswana rides - they accept GB Pounds, Euro, US Dollars and South African Rand.

VOLTAGE

220-240 volts AC, 50Hz. 15- and 13-amp plug sockets are in use. Plugs used are British-style with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade, or South African style with two circular metal pins above a large circular grounding pin.

ACTIVITY :Horseback Safari

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

A luxurious horseback safari through the Okavango Delta landscapes, journeying between two camps in different areas. Perfect for understanding the ecosystems of north Botswana, this is a unique horse riding holiday with knowledgable guides who are involved in responsible eco-tourism practices.

  • Galloping with the giraffes
    Giraffes and horses in Botswana
  • Bird flight during a safari
    Horses and bird flight in Botswana
  • Meeting with zebras in Okavango delta
    Horses and zebras in Botswana
  • Watching the elephant refreshing
    Elephant in Botswana
  • Exotic bird flight
    Birds in Botswana
  • Horses in the water of the delta
    Horseback safari in Okavango delta
  • Galloping with the giraffes
    Giraffes and horses in Botswana
  • Approaching an elephant with the horses
    Horseback safari and elephant
  • Sunset adventure
    Boat in sunset in Botswana
  • Meeting with the wildlife during a safari
    Horseback safari in Botswana

STRENGTHS

- Good quality and variety of horses
- Fantastic game viewing including elephants, lions, buffalo, giraffes, zebras and numerous antelopes
- An intimate approach to the wildlife, bird and flora
- A great diversity of landscape, with large luxuriant water plains and dry areas
- A magnificent flight in a helicopter (25 minutes flight) above the delta to arrive into camp
- Comfortable tents and each camp is unique (2 permanent camps and 1 fly camp)
- Dug-out canoe (mokoro), vehicle or walking safari and fishing are also offered and so non-riders are welcomed
- Small groups of only 6 riders

ITINERARY

Day 1 : LONDON - JOHANNESBURG -

International flight overnight to Johannesburg. If booking your own flight then you need to depart London at c. 19:00 so that you arrive in Johannesburg at c. 07:00 in time for your flight to Maun which will depart Johannesburg at c. 11am.

These flights are not included but we can assist with them on request.

Day 2 : JOHANNESBURG - MAUN - OKAVANGO - 1-2 hours riding

Accommodation : KUJWANA CAMP

You will be welcomed on arrival at Maun airport and transferred into camp. There are two dfferent options for transfers - you can either arrive by helicopter (c. 20mins flight) or by road/boat (c. 3hrs).

The helicopter shuttle is highly recommended as flying into the delta is a special experience and the view from the helicopter is the finest way to start you safari. You will have lunch and an introduction talk on safety and game viewing from horseback, followed by an orientation ride.
Please note that if arriving by road/boat then there is no time for a ride on arrival so you will join the group for sundowners and dinner.

Day 3 : XUDUM RIVER - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : KUJWANA CAMP

Your first morning will start with a game ride in the Xudum area. Wade through lush green malapos that lead you from island to island. Surprise a timid reedbuck out of its dense cover on a heavily wooded island, watch herds of lechwe and giraffes moving through the open spaces. This area forms seasonal marshlands and hosts a variety of exceptional birdlife. Return to camp for lunch and a siesta followed by an afternoon game drive with sunset drinks and an evening drive.

Day 4 : BAOBAB ISLAND - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : KUJWANA CAMP

Today you will ride a full-morning and explore the western Baobab area. Small islands linked by numerous hippo channels lead you to Baobab Island. Deep lagoons make this a good area for hippo and lechwe, as well as buffalo and other big game. Breeding herds of elephants enjoy the security of the dense forest and travel from pan to pan leaving a lattice of large paths. Zebras, wildebeest and buffaloes are also attracted to this area. The abundant animal tracks leave you guessing whats up ahead and what has passed by. In the cool of the afternoon drift on the water in a Mokoro (traditional canoe) past heavily scented water lilies and painted reed frogs.

Day 5 : KUJWANA - MATSEBE RIVER - MOKOLWANE - 6-7 hours riding

Accommodation : MOKLOWANE CAMP

Today will be your longest riding day as you will ride from Kujwana to Mokolwane Camp, following a 30km north-westerly route through open floodplains and scattered islands to the Matsebe River system. A picnic lunch is served on a shady island some two hours from Mokolwane Camp, where you will arrive at sunset.

Day 6 : MATSIBE RIVER - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : MOKLOWANE CAMP

A morning game walk gives you the chance to explore the surroundings and experience the delta from a different perspective. After lunch and a siesta an evening ride takes you into the Matsibe River system and features wide floodplains interspersed with mokolwane palms - a favorite food of elephants and baboons, whilst the numerous Buffalo prefer the dense Tsaro Palms.

Day 7 : MOKLOWANE - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : MOKLOWANE CAMP

A full morning's ride gives you the chance to explore deeper into the wilderness to the west of Mokolwane camp. Return to camp for a long lunch on a raised platform overlooking the beautiful Matsibe River where elephant frequently wander across the horizon and hippo wallow in the pool
below. Last night in your tree house 10 ft above the ground.

Day 8 : MOKLOWANE - KUJWANA - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : KUJWANA CAMP

A full days ride from Mokolwane to Kujwana riding the Southern route following the edge of the Matsibe River. You will have a picnic lunch which is prepared at the swimming hole. Enjoy a siesta on a camp bed in the shade of a big tree and you could be joined by an elephant bull strolling passt or the sudden arrival of a herd of buffalo drifting into the water. Arrival at Kujwana is at sunset.

Day 9 : OKAVANGO - MAUN - JOHANNESBURG - 1.5 hours riding

Your last morning in the delta. If departing by helicopter then there should be time for a final early morning game ride before brunch. If departing by road/boat then you will have breakfast before saying goodbye.
You will need the afternoon flight from Maun to Johannesburg which departs at c. 2pm.

Flights are not included but we can assist with this on request. You will then require a flight back to the UK which departs in the evening, at c. 8pm.

Day 10 : ARRIVALS IN LONDON OR BEGINNING OF YOUR EXTENTION -

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YOUR ADVISOR

Did you know?

Kujwana's horses are the heart and soul of their riding safari and a number are now home-breds. PJ's lead horse Lamu was originally bought as a gelding but it was soon discovered that he wasn't! A beautiful chestnut Saddle-bred he has been used on a number of their mares with great success. 

The herd is comprised of ex-racehorses from Zimbabwe, impeccably bred Arabians from South Africa and local Boerperds. PJ and Barney now have a string of over 60 horses chosen for their temperament and suitability. When they are not on safari, the horses are free to graze loose on the grassy molapos of the Delta. A truly fabulous sight!