Okavango Horse Safari

Experience the best of the Okavango Delta on horseback


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.

Various itinerary options with fixed departure dates are offered.

5 Night Itinerary
A 5-night itinerary may take place on the first five nights of a 7 night itinerary. Guests would depart on
day 6 after breakfast from Mokolwane camp.

7 Night Itinerary
A 7-night itinerary starts on Saturday to Saturday, or Tuesday to Tuesday. The safari would ride between 2 camps, giving guests the opportunity to explore these areas.

10 Night Itinerary
A 10-night safari is for the adventurous traveller The first 7 nights are the same as a the 7 night itinerary. Day 8 and 9 are spent in our mobile fly camp which is set up especially for the safari. All these camps are well situated in big game areas. They are chosen for the variety of terrain and species that favour particular areas.

From GBP 480 per person per night

Okavango Delta - John Knox Gibson

At Okavango Delta Explorations we specialise in crafting safaris to this unique ecosystem.

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Five, seven and ten night horse safaris are offered


Maun, Botswana


Maun, Botswana


Pom Pom Concession
Rann’s Concession


Kujwana Camp
Mokolwane Camp

Sample Itinerary

This itinerary may vary according to water levels and game movements

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 you safari. We serve lunch and given an introduction talk on safety and game viewing from horseback. This is followed by an orientation ride lasting 1-2 hours.
Morning game ride in the Xudum area. Wake up is 1 hour before dawn to ensure best game viewing, 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. 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.
A full-morning ride exploring the western Baobab area. Small islands linked by numerous hippo channels lead you to Baobab Island. Deep lagoons make this is 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 past by . In the cool of the afternoon drift on the water in a Mekoro (traditional canoe) past heavily scented water lilies and painted reed frogs.
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, where you’ll arrive at sunset.
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, while the numerous Buffalo prefer the dense Tsaro Palms.

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 Matsibie 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.

A full-day from Moklowane to Kujwana riding the Southern route following the edge of the Matsibi River. A picnic lunch is prepared at the swimming hole. Enjoy a siesta on a camp bed in the shade of big tree and you could be joined by an elephant Bull strolling past or the sudden arrival of a herd of buffalo drifting into the water. Arrival at Kujwana is at sunset.
Early morning game ride out on Kujwana Camp if flight times permit. Guests depart after breakfast.

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Kujwana Camp
Kujwana Camp

Kujwana camp is situated on the Xudum river south west of Chiefs Island in the Okavango Delta. The camp accommodates a maximum of 8 guests in spacious safari tents each with bathrooms en-suite. Fixed departure dates are published with a 5, 7 and 10 night safari offering the opportunity to explore the three main river systems in this area, the Xudum, Matsebi and the Kiri River. An area of over 2500 sq. km it is rich in wildlife and variety of fauna and flora. The areas between the three rivers contrast greatly and support different species of game and birds.

 Mokolwane Camp
Mokolwane Camp

Mokolwane Camp is north west of Kujwana on the Matsebi River. This camp is situated in the open flood plains, which receive floodwater 3 weeks earlier than Kujwana camp. The vegetation consists of smaller palm islands and wide-open spaces. Mokolwane is also an 8-bedded camp. The tree houses (accommodation) are 10 feet off the ground boasting superb views, each with private bathroom. The Matsibe River is the main feeder for Lake Ngami