Horseback riding in Okavango Delta, Botswana

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Okavango Big Five Safari


Itinerary for Okavango Big Five Safari



6day/ 5night Sample Itinerary- subject to changes
A 5-night itinerary is the perfect introduction to the delta. Guests explore both Kujwana and Mokolowane camps, enjoying at least one of our infamous picnic rides and a full day’s trek of around 30km in the saddle.

Day 1: Kujwana Camp
You are met at Maun Airport before a 25 minute transfer by helicopter straight into camp, or by light aircraft to Pompom airstrip, which is then roughly an hour’s drive to camp by vehicle or boat. Once you arrive in camp you will be given time to settle in before lunch and an introduction talk with demonstration on tack and advice on game viewing from horseback. This is followed by an orientation ride for approximately 1 – 2 hours.

Day 2:
Kujwana Camp
Wake up each day is 1 hour before dawn to ensure best game viewing. After breakfast, a morning ride in 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. 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: Mokolowane Camp
Ride from Kujwana to Mokolowane camp. This is approximately 30km ride heading northwest. The route moves through open floodplains and scattered islands towards the Matsebe river system, where you will see a wide variety of game. A picnic lunch is served on a shady island followed by siesta with camp beds, maybe a swim, and then a further 2 hours ride to Mokolowane camp. Arrive at sunset and enjoy a refreshing drink as you admire the stunning views over the floodplain. The open skylines of Mokolowane camp make for great star gazing.

Day 4: Mokolowane Camp
Morning game drive. This camp is on the Matsebe river system and features wide open flood plains interspersed with Mokolowane palms, favorite food of elephant and baboon. It is also a good area for plains’ game. Alternatively take a peaceful mokoro trip up the river and enjoy the tranquility of the delta from our dug out canoes.
In the afternoon head out for a 2-3 hour ride and enjoy the beautiful colours of the Delta as the sun starts to sink behind the horizon.

Day 5: Kujwana Camp
A full day’s ride from Mokolowane to Kujwana with a picnic lunch along the way. The ride covers around 35 km, with 4 hours ridden in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. This ride moves through a variety of game areas fording the Xudum River at numerous hippo channels. Picnic lunch en route, arriving at Kujwana at sunset.

Day 6:
 Departure 
Early morning game ride out of Kujwana camp if flight times permit. Guests leave after breakfast. One hour’s game drive to the nearest airstrip for transfer by light aircraft into Maun or a 20 minute helicopter ride.

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8day/ 7night Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

A 7-night itinerary takes in the same as the 5 night itinerary, with an extra day at Kujwana camp, allowing guests to explore more of the area around the Matsebi river. and normally two picnic rides.

Day 1: Kujwana Camp
You are met at Maun Airport before a 25 minute transfer by helicopter straight into camp, or by light aircraft to Pompom airstrip, which is then roughly an hour’s drive to camp by vehicle or boat. Once you arrive in camp you will be given time to settle in before lunch and an introduction talk with demonstration on tack and advice on game viewing from horseback. This is followed by an orientation ride for approximately 1 – 2 hours.

Day 2:
Kujwana Camp
Wake up each day is 1 hour before dawn to ensure best game viewing. After breakfast, a morning ride in 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. 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: Mokolowane Camp
Ride from Kujwana to Mokolowane camp. This is approximately 30km ride heading northwest. The route moves through open floodplains and scattered islands towards the Matsebe river system, where you will see a wide variety of game. A picnic lunch is served on a shady island followed by siesta with camp beds, maybe a swim, and then a further 2 hours ride to Mokolowane camp. Arrive at sunset and enjoy a refreshing drink as you admire the stunning views over the floodplain. The open skylines of Mokolowane camp make for great star gazing.

Day 4: Mokolowane Camp
Morning game drive. This camp is on the Matsebe river system and features wide open flood plains interspersed with Mokolowane palms, favorite food of elephant and baboon. It is also a good area for plains’ game. Alternatively take a peaceful mokoro trip up the river and enjoy the tranquility of the delta from our dug out canoes.
In the afternoon head out for a 2-3 hour ride and enjoy the beautiful colours of the Delta as the sun starts to sink behind the horizon.

Day 5: Kujwana Camp
A full day’s ride from Mokolowane to Kujwana with a picnic lunch along the way. The ride covers around 35 km, with 4 hours ridden in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. This ride moves through a variety of game areas fording the Xudum River at numerous hippo channels. Picnic lunch en route, arriving at Kujwana at sunset.

Day 6:
 Kujwana Camp 
A morning ride around the East of Kujwana camp. Shady rain pans and thick riverine forest make this ride an ideal time to track a breeding herd of elephants. Break for a chocolate bar on the edge of a hippo pool, before riding on into more open areas with the chance of picking up a herd of buffalo moving through. Afternoon mokoro allows for a relaxing trip being poled through the watery wilderness surrounding Kujwana.

Day 7:
 Kujwana Camp 
A full morning ride exploring the western Baobab area. Small islands linked by numerous hippo channels eventually lead you onto Boabab Island. A good habitat for Cheetah and breeding grounds for Carmine Bee eaters, our summer visitor. Boabab Island has thick riverine forest and is a good area for general game viewing (and the unexpected).

Day 8: Departure
 
Early morning game ride out of Kujwana camp if flight times permit. Guests leave after breakfast. One hour’s game drive to the nearest airstrip for transfer by light aircraft into Maun or a 20 minute helicopter ride.

Note:
We reserve the right to alter the itinerary according to water levels and game movements. Mokoros (dugout Canoes) are offered as an activity depending on water levels. Re:10 night itinerary - on day 6 the horses are sometimes rested and other activities are offered, i.e.Mokoro with picnic lunch, game drive or bird walk.
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Okavango Big Five Safari
Tour Code: IT-BORT01
8 days / 7 nights ~$7,600.00
Dates : Available all Year

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 09/14 - 09/21 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 09/17 - 09/24 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 09/21 - 09/28 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 09/24 - 10/01 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 09/28 - 10/05 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Expired
B 2019 10/01 - 10/08 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Expired
B 2019 10/05 - 10/12 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Expired
B 2019 10/08 - 10/15 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Expired
B 2019 10/12 - 10/19 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Expired
B 2019 10/15 - 10/22 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Expired
B 2019 10/19 - 10/26 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Expired
B 2019 10/22 - 10/29 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Expired
B 2019 10/26 - 11/02 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Expired
B 2019 10/29 - 11/05 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Expired
B 2019 11/02 - 11/09 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Expired
B 2019 11/05 - 11/12 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Expired
B 2019 11/09 - 11/16 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Expired
B 2019 11/12 - 11/19 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Expired
B 2019 11/16 - 11/23 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Expired
B 2019 11/19 - 11/26 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 11/23 - 11/30 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 11/26 - 12/03 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 11/30 - 12/07 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Reserve
C 2019 12/03 - 12/10 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /8 Reserve
C 2019 12/07 - 12/14 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /8 Reserve
C 2019 12/10 - 12/17 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /8 Reserve
C 2019 12/14 - 12/21 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /8 Reserve
C 2019 12/17 - 12/24 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /8 Reserve
C 2019 12/21 - 12/28 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /8 Reserve
C 2019 12/24 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /8 Reserve
C 2019 12/28 - 01/04 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /8 Reserve
C 2019 12/31 - 01/07 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /8 Reserve
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Tack: English leather saddles to a very high...
Horses: American Saddler, Arabs, Boerperds, Dr...
Pace: The terrain offers a wide range of pac...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Maun
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