- 2 Nights will be spent in a brand new eco-lodge in the bush. The tents are set on raised platforms and are en-suite. The lodge also has a swimming pool and an extra large lounge tent with a dining room. Telephone network available. There is electricity in each tent (solar-powered) to charge phones and cameras.
- 5 nights will be spent in mobile camp. The camps consist of simple yet comfortable walk-in safari tents large enough for two people, with made-up beds (linen and towels are provided). A shower tent and a toilet tent will be shared. Dinner and breakfast will be taken around the campfire. No electricity, no Wi-Fi.
Your camp cook and the staff will prepare all of your meals.
- Traditional and hearty breakfasts with eggs, bacon, muffins, hot cocoa, juice, tea and coffee.
- Lunch will be served buffet style.
- For dinner, your cook will prepare delicious dishes with meat, vegetables, fresh fruits, etc.
Mineral water and drinks (including alcoholic drinks) are included at the fly camp. At the lodge, drinks are not included and payable locally.
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 (25-35oC) and will drop to 10-20 oC 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 (20-30 oC) and it is starting to feel cooler at night (5-10 oC). The floods normally arrive in May which brings high levels of bird life. The game is still dispersed as there is plenty to eat and drink.
June-August : Daytime temperatures are still pleasant (20-25 oC) but night are cold (3-5 oC) 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 30-45 oC, dropping to 15-25 oC 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 (30-40 oC) but drop after each shower. It is unlikely to rain persistently, but usually for a few hours. Nights are still warm (15-20 oC). 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.
Guide and local team
Your lead guides will speak English.
Plan to tip around £10-15 per day per person for the whole staff, plus £10 per day to your equestrian guide.
Important: For horse safaris, you should wear neutral coloured clothing (green, brown, beige or grey) to blend in with the landscape.
- A riding helmet is mandatory. We recommend that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. Helmet manufacturers (GPA, HKM, LAS Helmets, Lamicell, Troxel, Equithème) now offer horse-riding helmets that are ventilated, strong, light and comfortable. You also have the option of buying protective shells to go under your hats (Ranch & Rider, Lexington Safety Products) or western hat helmets (Troxel)
- Sunhat for when not riding - Essential
- Sunglasses with high UV protection
- Buff or bandana for protecting your neck and face from the sun.
- 4-6 polo or long-sleeved shirts to provide protection from the sun (quick dry fabric)
- 1-2 T-shirts for the evening (quick dry fabric).
- Fleece, jumper or jacket - the mornings and evenings can be cold especially between May and September
- 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
- 2 pairs of lightweight, comfortable riding trousers, jeans or chaps - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub.
- Casual clothes for the evenings (jeans or walking trousers)
- A swimming costume for dips in the pool.
- Non-irritant cotton or synthetic underwear
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 (May-Sept) you may wish to take a second pair of boots in case your first pair get wet.
- Lightweight shoes or trainers for the evenings.
- Several pairs of socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun.
Horse riding extras
- A soothing cream may be useful to treat areas irritated by long hours in the saddle
- Backpacks are not permitted whilst riding. You can carry all your small belongings (lipstick, sunscreen, passport, mini camera, glasses, etc.) inside your jacket's pockets or in the saddlebags.
Other useful items
- Travel bag, preferably a soft bag 70-100ltrs
- Double bag available on request
- Water bottle (1.5l)
- Head torch or small torch for moving around at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Toiletries (biodegradable wipes to replace water)
- Swiss army knife or equivalent (in checking-in luggage!!)
- Backpack of 25-30ltrs
- Earplugs (may be useful)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- A pair of binoculars
- Small plastic bags to throw in the trash.
Make sure any allergies (to medication or otherwise) are clearly stated in your medical kit
- Any medication you regularly take
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrheal medication
- Vitamin C tablets
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Eye drops
- Hydrating/ soothing cream
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc.
- 10cm wide bandage
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Hand wash gel
- We recommend taking any valuables, such as your camera, iPod, iPad, medicines and glasses etc. in your hand luggage. Travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes is highly recommended - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals.
- If, in wishing to 'travel light', you plan to wash your clothes throughout the trip, please ensure you bring biodegradable laundry products with which to do your washing.
- Ensure you bring something for your chemical waste (batteries, aerosol cans, cream tubes, plastic wrapping), in order to take it back to Europe where recycling and waste disposal is done well and effectively. We advise to, wherever possible, avoid altogether bringing wrapped products to Tanzania. If you do, ensure you take them back to Europe with you.