Watching elephant on a horseback safari


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 knowledgeable guides who are involved in responsible eco-tourism practices.
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Horseback Safari
10 days/ 7 riding
From £4,270
Open to non-riders

From the horse’s mouth

  • Kujwana
    October 2017 Lucy aged 64
    Our holiday at Kujwana/Moklowane Camps with Okavango Horse Safaris was fantastic. We rode some lovely horses, rangy thoroughbred homebreds who were well looked after and very fit so perfect for the climate. We were looked after very well by PJ, Barney and all their team. We saw lots of giraffe, elephant, different... Read all
  • Giraffes and horses in Botswana
    Galloping with the giraffes
  • Horses and bird flight in Botswana
    Bird flight during a safari
  • Horses and zebras in Botswana
    Meeting with zebras in Okavango delta
  • Elephant in Botswana
    Watching the elephant refreshing
  • Birds in Botswana
    Exotic bird flight
  • Horseback safari in Okavango delta
    Horses in the water of the delta
  • Giraffes and horses in Botswana
    Galloping with the giraffes
  • Horseback safari and elephant
    Approaching an elephant with the horses
  • Boat in sunset in Botswana
    Sunset adventure
  • Horseback safari in Botswana
    Meeting with the wildlife during a safari



- 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

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

    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.

    Important note regarding this itinerary: in January, February and December, guests will be based at Kujwana for the duration of their safari (no nights at Moklowane)
  • Day 3 3 : XUDUM RIVER - 6 hours riding

    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 4 : BAOBAB ISLAND - 5-6 hours riding

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

    Mokolwane 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.

    IMPORTANT: Mokolwane camp is only offered from March through to November. In January, February and December, guests are based at Kujwana Camp.
  • Day 6 6 : MATSIBE RIVER - 5-6 hours riding

    Mokolwane 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 7 : MOKLOWANE - 5 hours riding

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

    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 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.

Dates & prices

Price details

- Flights to your destination (Maun) are not included, but can be booked on request - please contact us for rates.     

- 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 (or 10 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.

- 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 transfers unless there are others transferring on the same day. The road and boat transfer is available depending on water levels.

Helicopter transfer (25 min scenic flight) - 2020: £275/€320/$390 per person each way
Road/boat transfer (3-4 hours) - 2020: £100/€110/$140 per person each way - dependent on water levels.
If you decide on a 5 night safari then a transfer supplement for a transfer from Mokolowane camp applies: £60/€65/$85 in 2020/2021, subject to change

Transfers to or from Maun should co-ordinate with Air Botswana's flight BP211 and BP212 and SAAir Link JNB to Maun & Maun to Johannesburg. Transfer to/from Kasane are also available.
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.

- There are two spacious Riverside suites with spectacular views built on the river. The Hippo Cradle or The Elephant Wallow can be booked on request, depending on availability - £100.00 (€110/$140) per suite per night extra.

- 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

Support Team

1 English-speaking horse guide
1 backup guide


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


Double or twin room in safari tents


Full board during the ride with soft drinks and alcohol

Price doesn't include


Beverage and personal extra


International flights bookable on request
Transfer to camp - see above for details
Visa fees


Tips to local team


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



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Equestrian info


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

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.


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.
We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

Travel info


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

IMPORTANT: Mokolwane and fly camp options are only offered from March through to November. In January, February and December, guests are based at Kujwana Camp.


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.


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.

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.


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.

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!

- 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

- 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


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
- 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

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)

Visa & Health


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.

Travel to or from South Africa
If you are planning to enter South Africa before or after you visit Botswana, you should refer to the travel advice for South Africa.

Travelling with children
The Botswana government has introduced new immigration rules from 1 October 2016. Children (under 18 years of age) who are travelling into or through Botswana must provide a certified copy of their full unabridged birth certificate as well as a valid passport (an abridged (short) birth certificate won’t be accepted).

If the child is travelling with one parent, with another adult or unaccompanied, the parent or parents who aren’t present will need to provide an affidavit giving their consent for the child to travel. For more information please contact the Botswana Embassy.

Travelling with children via South Africa
If you’re transiting through South Africa with children, see our South Africa travel advice page for information and advice about the documents you’ll need to carry.

More information:

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. :
    Fax :


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.


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.


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.

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.

Telephone and jetlag

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

Did you know?

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! 

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A riding safari in the Okavango Delta is one of the ultimate horseback experiences and is on many a rider's bucket list. There are quite a few options available and many riders do not really know where to start! We hope that this little guide will help you understand how each of our horseback safaris in the Okavango is unique and special in its own way. Of course, if you are still not sure which is the right option for you, then best give us a call - our advisors are always happy to help. See more on the blog.

Customer reviews

Customer reviews

All of our reviews are real, honest opinions from riders who have recently travelled with us. Upon their return, our riders will receive an email inviting them to share their experiences from their trip. Good or bad, each review will be published on our website, provided that they respect our editorial guidelines.
  • Lucy aged 64 SUNDRIDGE SEVENOAKS 1 trip
    October 2017
    Our holiday at Kujwana/Moklowane Camps with Okavango Horse Safaris was fantastic. We rode some lovely horses, rangy thoroughbred homebreds who were well looked after and very fit so perfect for the climate. We were looked after very well by PJ, Barney and all their team. We saw lots of giraffe, elephant, different... Read all
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