Classic Five Night Okavango Horse Safari

A fantastic five night riding adventure through the magnificent landscapes of the western Okavango Delta. This itinerary was created by the pioneers of riding safaris in the Okavango and their expert team lead you on these magical days spent galloping through savannah plains and swimming the crystal waters of the Okavango. Explore deeper into this beautiful area as you ride between their two camps. Three nights are spent in the main camp and two nights in the smaller tree-house style sister camp. On these full day rides you will enjoy picnic lunches in the wilderness and shaded siestas in the bush on your journey en-route. A full range of other safari activities including game drives and boating excursions, complete the experience.

This itinerary is split between two different camps and includes a  wonderful 6 hour ride between the camps – with a picnic lunch and rest along the way during the midday heat. Three nights are spent at the main camp of Kujwana and two nights at the smaller sister camp Mokolowane with its charming treehouse rooms, allowing guests to explore deeper into the concession. As well as horse riding other activities are also offered. Game drives are available as are walking safaris. Boating and mokoro are available and are water level dependent. This area is characterized by open grass plains, papyrus lined waterways, lily peppered rivers and rich woodland. Guests have the opportunity to view a rich variety of wildlife.

Established in 1986 and still operated by the redoubtable PJ and Barney Bestelink, Okavango Horse Safaris has a real focus on the equine safari. With equipment and horses of the highest standards, Okavango Horse Safaris’ experienced team provide a remarkable safari experience in this water wonderland. Testament to the quality of the experience, the huge number of repeat guests consider themselves part of the family. With a string of over 60 horses ranging from thoroughbreds to Arabs, Barney matches horses to riders ensuring the perfect fit. Both English and South African trail saddles are available.

This itinerary may vary according to water levels and game movements.

Day 1 - Kujwana Camp

Okavango Horse Safaris will meet you at Maun airport and transfer you into camp. Options on transfers are available; fixed wing and helicopter shuttle is highly recommended. Flying into the delta is a special experience and the view from the helicopter is the finest way to start your safari. Lunch is served followed by an introduction talk on safety and game viewing from horseback. This is followed by an orientation ride lasting 1-2 hours. (Please note that unless arriving by helicopter there will not be time for a ride the day of arrival)

Day 2 - Kujwana Camp

An early wake up call before dawn not only brings wonderful views of the sunrise but the best game viewing. After breakfast you set off on a morning ride into the Xudum area. Wading through lush green malapos that lead you from island to island, surprising a timid reedbuck out his dense cover on a heavily wooded island, or enjoy the herds of lechwe and zebra moving through the open spaces. Return to camp for lunch followed by a siesta during the heat of the day Afternoon game drive with sunset drinks and evening night drive with a spot light to end, returning to camp for a three course candlelit meal.

Day 3 - Mokolwane Camp

Ride from Kujwana to Mokolwane Camp, following a 30-km 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. After a lunch camp beds will be available for a siesta, and once rejuvinated you continue to camp arriving around sunset. Drinks will be waiting and the camp fire roaring. Settle into your new home.

Day 4 - Mokolwane Camp

Another early start today as you head out on a morning 4x4 game drive. This is an opportunity to get closer to predators and offers a different perspective. This camp lies on the Matsebe river system, the landscape here enjoys large open flood plains peppered with Mokolowane palms, favoured by elephant and baboon while the numerous Buffalo prefer the dense Tsaro Palms. It is great area for plains’ game. Alternatively if water levels allow, take a tranquil mokoro trip up the river and enjoy the peaceful nature of the delta from the traditional dug-out canoes. A quintessential Okavango experience. In the afternoon head out for a 2-3 hour ride and enjoy the stunning landscapes of the Delta which constantly changes colour with the rise and fall of the sun. Returning to camp for dinner and drinks around the fire.

Day 5 - Kujwana Camp

This is a full day’s ride from Mokolowane back to Kujwana enjoying one of the famous picnic lunches along the way. Six hours in the saddle with a good rest stop along the way. The ride covers around 35 km, with 4 hours ridden in the morning and two hours in the afternoon after lunch. The route covers a range of game areas crossing the Xudum River at numerous hippo channels. Arriving back to Kujwana as the skies are beginning to turn pink we settle back into our original home and a well earned dinner.

Day 6 - End of Safari

Time to bid farewell to Okavango Horse Safaris. An early morning game ride out of Kujwana camp is possible if flight times permit- this may depend on your chosen transport option. Leaving after breakfast. For those on fixed wing flights, a one hour’s game drive takes you to the nearest airstrip for the transfer by light aircraft into Maun or a 20 minute helicopter ride.

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Okavango Horse Safaris – Kujwana Camp

Okavango Horse Safaris – Kujwana Camp

Mokolwane Camp

Mokolwane Camp

Okavango Horse Safaris – Kujwana Camp

Okavango Horse Safaris – Kujwana Camp

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