Horseback safari in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Gomoti Ride

This mobile horseback safari will take you through the game-rich area of the south of the renowned Moremi Game Reserve, in the Okavango Delta. On this safari, experience the beauty of the African landscapes and the extraordinary wildlife diversity for which the Delta is known. Everyday, you will track wildlife on horseback and ride well-trained, responsive horses through the Delta. In the evenings, enjoy sundowners by the camp fire and the sounds of the African bush as the sun sets over the horizon. This is a mobile safari, with only the first and last nights spent in a lodge: an ideal and sustainable way to experience a more adventurous type of riding safari.
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Horseback Safari
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  • Horseback riding in the Okavango Delta
    Canter across the plains of the Okavango
  • Rider on horseback in the flooded plains of the Okavango in Botswana
    Riding safari in Botswana
  • On horseback in Botswana on a sunset ride
    Unforgettable African sunsets
  • Hippo in a pool in the Okavango Delta
    Hippos are a frequent sighting in the Okavango!
  • Canoe safari in the floodplains of the Okavango Delta
    Mokoro in the Okavango Delta
  • Elephant trump
    The Okavango is one of Africa's prime wildlife-watching locations
  • Hippo in the Okavango Delta in Botswana
    Wildlife in the Okavango Delta
  • Group of riders in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
    Discover the Okavango Delta in the saddle



- A mobile safari, spending two nights in a lodge and five nights camping in the bush.
- Fantastic game viewing with a chance to see elephant, hippo, giraffe, zebra, antelope and more.
- A very intimate safari experience with only 6 riders in one group (plus guides).
- Quality horses and a pacey ride to include a number of long canters, as well as the possibility to jump fallen logs along the way.
  • Day 1 1: EUROPE – JOHANNESBURG - No riding

    International overnight flight to Johannesburg (final destination is Maun). If booking your own flights, please make sure to arrive early enough in Johannesburg in order to give you enough time for your connecting flight to Maun on Day 2.

    You can also choose to arrive a day earlier and spend a night in Johannesburg before flying to Maun and starting your riding safari. We can recommend a lovely guest house close to the airport.

    Flights are not included but we can assist upon request.
  • Day 2 2: JOHANNESBURG - MAUN - BUSH - 2 hours riding

    Shokomoka Lodge
    Flight to Maun. Please note flights are not included but we will be happy to help upon request. On arrival in Maun you will be welcomed by a representative from our local team. You will then enjoy a game drive transfer (approximately 1h30-2h) to a location in the bush where you will have some time to change into your riding gear, before your safety brief and introduction.

    Meet your horse and set out on a short ride (approx 2 hours) until you reach the lodge. You will most likely spot a few animals along the way! At camp, you will have some time to settle in before a late lunch. Relax and enjoy your surroundings before admiring a beautiful African sunset from the pool's deck. A three course dinner will be served before a well-deserved night's sleep.
  • Day 3 3: SHOKOMOKA RIVER FLY CAMP - 5-6 hours riding

    Everyday you will wake up at dawn to ensure the best game viewing opportunities. After breakfast, you will ride through the river frontage and open plains, while tracking game and picking up the pace in the open areas to cover more ground. This might be the day you will get closer to giraffes or elephants, which abound in the area. Enjoy a delicious lunch in the bush before continuing your journey exploring the wilderness of the Okavango delta in the saddle. In the late afternoon you will arrive and settle into your fly camp where you will spend the next three nights. Enjoy a sunset drink before having a three-course candlelit dinner.
  • Day 4 4: SHOKOMOKA RIVER FLY CAMP - 5-6 hours riding

    Early wake up call to enjoy a light breakfast before setting off to explore the area. Today you will ride in the open areas in search of different game. You might be lucky enough to spot a cheetah or a herd of zebra or wildebeest. Return to camp for a delicious lunch break and a nap, followed by high tea.

    When the temperatures start to cool, you will once again get on the horses to enjoy an afternoon ride. Before returning back to camp for dinner, you will stop at a beautiful location with incredible views for sundowners.
  • Day 5 5: SHOKOMOKA RIVER FLY CAMP - 4 hours riding

    Depending on the local conditions and wildlife movement, this morning you may have an early ride along the river. This should be a really exciting ride as many large animals such as elephants and hippos tend to congregate alongside the water. Return to camp for lunch, and opt for an afternoon game drive or mokoro as the horses will have a well-deserved rest this afternoon. In the evening you will be able to see plenty of animals as they will closer to the river beds and the bush will come to life as the sun sets.

    (Mokoro at an additional cost)
  • Day 6 6: SHOKOMOKA PLAINS FLY CAMP - 5-6 hours riding

    After breakfast, you will ride east towards a new destination. Your guide will assess the area and look for tracks and signs of wildlife while reporting his findings - your efforts will likely be rewarded with an exciting sighting. Lunch will be served in the bush underneath the shade of a tree to escape the mid-day heat. After a nap, you will continue your safari ride in the Moremi Reserve before arriving in the late afternoon to your new mobile camp. Settle in and explore your new surroundings before dinner.
  • Day 7 7: SHOKOMOKA PLAINS FLY CAMP - 5-6 hours riding

    A beautiful day riding through the plains and their marvellous landscapes. Explore this new area of the Okavango Delta on horseback and be prepared to jump over fallen logs as you ride the more arid areas where vegetation is sparse. Lunch will be served at camp, with some time to relax by the camp fire and enjoy a delicious dinner.
  • Day 8 8: SHOKOMOKA LODGE - 5-6 hours riding

    Shokomoka Lodge
    This morning you will ride South towards Shokomoka lodge. Stop for lunch in the bush, before continuing your ride through the Okavango Delta's rivers and plains. Arrive at the lodge in time for high tea and a game drive around the area.

    After an early breakfast, you might have the opportunity to enjoy one last ride. Say goodbye to your horse and the wonderful support team before heading to the airport. You will need the afternoon flight from Maun to Johannesburg which departs at c. 2pm. We can book this flight for you if you prefer (at extra cost). You will then require a flight back to the UK which departs in the evening, at c. 8pm.

    You could also book an extension to Victoria Falls, Mozambique or South Africa, Contact us for more information.
  • Day 10 EUROPE

    Arrive back home.

Dates & prices

Price details

No departure for this destination. Please contact our travel advisers for more information.
- International flights are not included but can be booked upon request. The above rates are per person, based on sharing a standard double room in the lodge (2 nights) and a shared tent in mobile camps (5 nights).

- The group is made of 3-6 international riders maximum. Departures can be guaranteed with 2 riders, in which case a "small group" supplement of €1400/£1275 applies.

- A single tent supplement applies and is €420/£370 for the duration of the safari. Not applicable if willing to share.

- Transfers are included to/from Maun airport.

- Additional dates can be organised on request for groups (or from 2 riders with a supplement).

- Young riders aged 14+ are welcome on this ride but they must be really good riders and travel with an adult.

- Riders over 95kg/209lb/15st please contact us before booking.
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


Grooms, staff and guide assitants

Inland transport

Transfers from Maun Airport to camp (return)


2 person tents
Double room - lodge


Full board from lunch on day 2 to breakfast on day 9

Price doesn't include


Beverages: Mineral water and other drinks are not included at the lodge (D2 and D8)


International flights


Tips to the local team


Visas and personal purchase
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



Single room/tent supplement
We are currently updating our dates and prices they will be online soon. If you want details of this holiday, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Equestrian info


An excellent selection of Appaloosa and Boerperd horses. They are docile and sure-footed, well behaved and sensible around the game. They are the ideal companions on a riding safari.

Minimum riding ability

Minimum riding ability

As this is an area where there is dangerous game you need to be an experienced rider. You must be competent and confident at all paces and in open spaces. There may be requirements to gallop out of danger if the situation arises. There will also be the opportunity to jump (although these jumps are optional).

Riders over 95kg/209lb/15st please contact us before booking.


There will be long spells at walk whilst viewing the game, but there are also plenty of opportunities for long trots, canters and gallops across the open plains.

Tacking ability and participation

The staff will take care of watering, feeding and tacking/untacking your horse.

Trip conditions and Requested experience

You will need to be physically fit in anticipation for the long hours in the saddle under the African sun. The terrain is varied with holes, branches and potential ascents/descents of river banks so you will need to be balanced and secure in the saddle.

If you do not ride regularly you must get riding fit before joining this trip as you will be able to make the most out of it.

Equestrian equipment

English saddles and South African Mix.
Small saddle bags are provided.

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

Travel info


- 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.

Packing list

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.

Upper body
- 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.

Medical kit
Make sure any allergies (to medication or otherwise) are clearly stated in your medical kit
- Any medication you regularly take
- Painkillers
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrheal medication
- Vitamin C tablets
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Eye drops
- Hydrating/ soothing cream
- Plasters
- 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

General information
- 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.

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