During this trek your camp in the Delta consists of simple but comfortable freestanding dome tents for 2 persons. Camp bed and all bedding are provided. A toilet tent and a shower tent are to be shared as well as a central mess tent for the group. Dinner and breakfast are taken around the campfire.
In the Kalahari Desert, your camp consists of 6 large tents with a queen-size bed, an open-air bathroom, a toilet (a luxury in these rooms!) and the best shower in the Kalahari Desert! The new tents have large verandas with rocking chairs. In the common area, there is a library and a thatched lounge, where you can learn about the history of this region or just relax.
Please note that there is no WiFi or mobile reception.
Breakfast in the form of a buffet (tea, coffee, chocolate, eggs, bacon).
Cold lunch buffet (salads, cold meat, fruit and cheese).
Dinner, vegetables, grilled meat, fresh fruit.
Mineral water provided, as well as beer, spirits and local wines.
As we are very limited for space on these trips, dietary requirements and drink preferences should be confirmed at the time of booking so that we may properly plan a specific menu to accommodate those requirements.
The months of October to March are the hottest of the year, with temperatures varying between 15 and 37°c.
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 following 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.
In the Kalahari Desert, precipitation, is highly variable. Most of the rain comes as summer thunderstorms, with great variation from place to place and from year to year. Winters are extremely dry: humidity is very low, and no rain falls for six to eight months.
Great ranges in both diurnal and seasonal temperatures are usual. During the summer temperatures often reach 43°C but can drop to around 20° during the night; temperatures on winter nights may go as low as -12 °C.
Guide and local team
David is your English speaking host, he lives in Botswana with his family. They are passionate about horseback riding and love nature. David or one of his competent guides will be your lead guide, always accompanied by a back-up guide for safety.
Tips are usually between 20-25 USD per rider/ per day for the whole local team which will then be shared equally.
- Guide: US$ 10 per day per guest
- Camp Staff (including back up rider): US$ 10 per day per guest
- Community Staff (Delta only): US$ 2 per day per guest
IMPORTANT: For this itinerant trip, the maximum weight of the luggage is limited to 15kgs - Provide a soft bag for the transport of your luggage.
Dimensions of the bag to be respected: 55 cm (L) x 30 (W) x 30 (D)
We also recommend that you bring spare batteries for your cameras or a small solar charger.
For horseback safaris, use neutral colored clothing (green, brown, beige or grey) that will blend in with the landscape, although you may want to bring a simple, elegant outfit for the evening. Be prepared with suitable lightweight clothing and sunscreen for the day and warmer layers for the evenings.
- 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
- You must bring a headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night.
- There is no electricity at Camp, a solar charging bank could be a useful item to charge camera batteries
- A riding helmet: it is seriously recommended and often mandatory. Manufacturers (GPA, HKM, LAS Helmets, Lamicell, Troxel, Equithème...) offer today ventilated, solid and light riding helmets, pleasant in all latitudes. There are also protective shells to put under your hat (Ranch & Rider, Lexington Safety Products) or western helmet hats (Troxel).
- Cap or hat for the sun (essential)
- A bandana or Buff scarf to protect yourself from dust, sun and sometimes insects.
- A pair of high protection sunglasses.
- 3 to 4 cotton polo shirts or long sleeve shirts (protection against the sun and mosquitoes)
- 2 short-sleeved T-shirts
- 1 or 2 spare shirts for the evening.
- 1 light fleece or equivalent. (from September to June)
- 1 warm fleece or equivalent (from June to September during the austral winter).
- 1 warm or light windproof jacket depending on the season. It is very practical on horseback to wear a jacket with many pockets to put your little rider's gear. Rain is more likely Oct-April, but in the Delta you may appreciate a waterproof jacket for splashy canters May-September
- 1-2 riding breeches
- 1 pair of pants (jeans, cloth, or equivalent)
- For comfort, cotton or synthetic non-irritating underwear is preferred, and sometimes sheepskin for the saddle.
- 1 bathing suit.
- 1 pair of shorts or 1 pair of Bermuda shorts
Hands and Feet
- Light hiking shoes or riding boots and mini chaps. We recommend short boots with half . 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.
- 1 pair of light shoes for the evening
- Several pairs of socks.
- 1 pair of gloves to protect from the sun and avoid blisters, which must be warmer from June to September during the southern winter.
Other useful items
- Binoculars for viewing game
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Waterproof pouches if you want to bring your camera or phone with you whilst riding
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
- As a precautionary measure, please indicate any allergies to medication in your first aid kit:
- Personal medication
- Aspirin or doliprane
- Anti diarrhea medication
- Vitamin C
- Sunscreen with strong protection for lips and skin
- Eye drops
- Moisturizing cream
- A roll of plaster
- 10 cm wide elastic adhesive bandage
- A box of adhesive bandages
- Ready-to-use disinfectant packets
- 1 broad spectrum antibiotic
- Mosquito repellent sprays for the skin and for the tissues
- 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!
- If you lose your documents, we advise you to keep a copy of your passport in a different place from the originals.