Kujwana Camp – Okavango Delta Horse Safari

5 nights: From GBP £3500 pp sharing

DISCOVER THE OKAVANGO DELTA’S MAGIC ON HORSEBACK, MOKORO OR VEHICLE

Luxury is not just having incredible accommodation; it’s having the freedom to explore this beautiful wilderness on horseback, vehicle, foot or traditional canoe.

Imagine yourself mounted high above the long grass silently watching great herds of elephants as they amble across the golden floodplains, disappearing into the lush palm forests. Ride along the ancient elephant pathways, stopping to witness herds of red lechwe grazing calmly in the morning light. Pick up the pace for an exhilarating canter through the flooded channels before a picnic lunch under the trees. Time stands still and the only sounds you hear, as the wind sighs through the grass and rattles the palms fronds, is the fish eagle’s haunting cry, the splash and grunt of hippos and the soft fall of your horses’ hooves.

Established in 1986, this is the original horse safari in Southern Africa. A combination of the owners love of horses and wildlife inspired the beginning of this horseback adventure in the Delta. Taking advantage of being in a private concession bordering the famous Moremi Game Reserve, two unique riverside camps were built to enjoy the phenomenal game viewing. With over thirty years of horse riding through the bush in Botswana, the guides and owners have extensive knowledge of the area and love inspiring guests with bush facts, local legends and stories from the past.

Just getting to the camp is an adventure, with a thrilling helicopter or scenic flight over the Delta – offering an exciting game viewing experience with a bird’s eye view. Although the priority is horseback riding, the camps also offer alternative activities such as guided walks, mokoro expeditions (water levels permitting), power boats and fishing if season allows. Late afternoon game drives with sundowner stops get you back to camp in the dark. These give you the opportunity to see nocturnal creatures such as porcupines, serval and the more elusive predators such as leopard.

Offering non-riding itineraries, this is a great option for those who have partners or family members who do not ride. There are various accommodation options, making it ideal location for intimate honeymoons, family escapes, friends or solo trips. The Delta is amazing all year round, but the floods can be erratic. If seeing the Delta in flood is important to you, the best months to travel are between late-June and early October.

DATES AND RATES

Open all year round, there is no minimum stay, but we recommend at least 3 nights. Between March and November, there are 5, 7 and 10-night itineraries available that combine both camps. This ride is perfect for riders and non-riders alike.

2024 RATES

Low Season: January, February, March, December 2024

3 nights: GBP £2100 per person sharing + Transfers

5 nights: GBP £3500 per person sharing + Transfers

7 nights: GBP £4900 per person sharing + Transfers

Mid-Season: 01 April – 31 May & 01 October - 01 December 2024

3 nights: GBP £2520 per person sharing + Transfers

5 nights: GBP £4200 per person sharing + Transfers

7 nights: GBP £5880 per person sharing + Transfers

High Season: 01 June – 30 September 2024

3 nights: GBP £3090 per person sharing + Transfers

5 nights: GBP £5150 per person sharing + Transfers

7 nights: GBP £7210 per person sharing + Transfers

EXTRAS – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

2024 TRANSFERS (Subject to change)

Helicopter transfer Maun to/from Kujwana Camp - £325 per person one way

Fixed Wing / Seat Rate transfer flight to/from Maun - £240 per person one way

Fixed Wing / Seat Rate transfer Kasane to/from Kujwana Camp - £410 per person one way

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

Includes

  • Luxury ccommodation
  • All meals
  • All local drinks (soft drinks, spirits, beers and house wines)
  • A personal and expert guide throughout your trip
  • All the riding throughout your stay
  • Horse riding on well-trained, responsive horses
  • Selected activities such as game drives, guided walks and mokoro trips

Excludes

  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Comprehensive Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Helicopter or Charter Flight from Maun /Kasane
  • Premium Drinks
  • Gratuities for camp staff and guides
  • Items of a personal nature

QUICK FACTS

Location: Okavango Delta, Botswana
Airport: Maun International Airport
Month: Open All Year

Duration: 3 – 10 Nights

Tailor-made

Group Size: Max 8
Skill Level: Intermediate Plus & Advanced + Non-riders
Weight Limit: 90kg / 200lbs
Accommodation: Luxury Tented Camp
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5 nights: From GBP £3500 pp sharing

SUITABLE RIDING LEVELS

  • Beginner
  • Novice
  • Intermediate
  • Intermediate Plus
  • Advanced
WHAT RIDING LEVEL AM I?

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ride in a private concession offering unparalleled game viewing
  • The exhilarating experience of riding alongside wildlife in one of Africa’s most impressive settings
  • Getting to indulge in some faster paced riding across vast open spaces and wading from island to island during the flood season
  • The chance to compliment your horse safari with other activities such as game drives, fishing and boat rides
  • Experience two unique camps overlooking the Delta’s main rivers

TOUR REVIEWS

Just spend 7 days at Okavengo Horse Safaris and Kujwana lodge in Botswana. The service from African Horse Safaris was outstanding. They put together a trip for me to South Africa last year so I knew they'd be good. It's so easy to know they'll make all the travel arrangements, and be available by text or phone during the whole trip. I traveled alone and was perfectly comfortable.

Rebecca JankovichKujwana Camp, Botswana
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SAMPLE ITINERARY

** Please note that this is a sample itinerary. 5 night Packages do not include a stay at Mokolowane.

We recommend the 5, 7 or 10 night packages in order to make the most of you stay. However, we can put together a special itinerary on request for those who cannot stay for longer. Although the priority is riding, they offer alternative activities during the afternoons that are not day rides. A 6-hour morning can be tiring so some afternoons are spent at leisure with evening bird/game walks, mokoro expeditions (water levels permitting), power boats and fishing if season allows. Afternoon game drives and night spotting are also offered. Non-riders can be accommodated for but they must be booked in as such.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL & INTRODUCTORY RIDE

You are met at Maun Airport by a member of the team 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. There will be an introductory talk with demonstration on tack and instructions on game viewing from horseback. This is followed by an orientation ride for approximately 1 – 2 hours. Overnight Kujwana Camp.

DAY 2: MORNING RIDE & MOKORO/GAME DRIVE

Wake up each day is 1 hour before dawn to ensure best game viewing. You’ll be woken up with a soft knock and a warm cup of coffee or tea. After a light breakfast, enjoy a morning ride in the Qwaapu area, wading through lush green malapos that lead you from island to island. Surprise 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. In the afternoon head out for a peaceful mokoro expedition up the river and enjoy the tranquility of the Delta from our dug out canoes. Enjoy the beautiful colours of the Delta as the sun starts to sink behind the horizon. Return to camp for a three course candlelit meal. Overnight Kujwana Camp.

DAY 3: MORNING RIDE & GAME DRIVE

After a light breakfast, head out on a morning ride in the Xudum area. Follow the river system, weaving your way along the shallow streams and exploring the lush green islands. There are some exciting game viewing opportunities with herds of elephants grazing in the tall reeds, pods of hippos in the deeper streams and journeys of giraffes moving from island to island.

Afternoon game drive with sunset drinks, dinner in the bush and evening night drive with a spot light to show off some more nocturnal creatures such as hyenas, porcupines, jackals, hares and if you’re luck you might see some lions or leopards on the prowl.

DAY 4: FULL DAY RIDE WITH PICNIC LUNCH

Today is a full day ride of around 30km. Ride through open floodplains and scattered islands towards the Matsebe river system, where you will see a wide variety of wildlife from the saddle. 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 back to camp. Arrive in the evening light and enjoy a refreshing drink as you admire the stunning views over the floodplain. Overnight Kujwana Camp

DAY 5: MORNING RIDE & DRIVE TO MOKOLOWANE

Today you’ll spend the morning on horseback, exploring the open plains to the south of the camp. After lunch and a siesta, you’ll game drive northwest to their sister camp, Mokolowane, and stay overnight in its beautiful stilted accommodation which is raised up to be above the highest water. The Mok experience specialises in predator viewing – lion and leopard are frequently seen and an afternoon game drive looking for these predators is often rewarded with incredible sightings! Overnight Mokolowane Camp

DAY 6: GAME DRIVE & RIDE

Morning game drive. This camp is on the Matsebe river system and features wide open flood plains interspersed with Mokolowane palms, the favourite food of elephant and baboon. It is also a haven for lions and leopards. After the thrill of watching predators in the wild, head back to Mok for lunch overlooking over the floodplains. If you don’t fancy driving, take a peaceful mokoro trip up the river and enjoy the tranquility of the delta from our dug-out canoes.

After lunch return to Kujwana with a game drive, with time for a short siesta before getting back in the saddle to explore the immediate area around camp on horseback. Enjoy the beautiful colours of the Delta as the sun starts to sink behind the horizon. Overnight at Kujwana Camp

DAY 7

Wake up on a glorious African morning for a ride around the East of Kujwana camp. Shady 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. Small islands linked by numerous hippo channels eventually lead you onto Boabab Island where you might break for a picnic lunch. This is a good habitat for Cheetah and breeding grounds for Carmine Bee eaters, our summer visitor. Return to camp in the late afternoon, greeted by warm smiles and cold drinks. Overnight Kujwana Camp.

DAY 8: MORNING RIDE/DRIVE & DEPARTURE

Guests usually leave camps after a full English breakfast. It is a one hour’s game drive to the nearest airstrip for transfer by light aircraft into Maun or Kasane which means that it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to do a morning activity if doing a charter flight. The 20-minute helicopter flight departs directly from camp to Maun, and generally allows enough time for a last short morning ride or game drive if flight time permits.

THE ACCOMMODATION

KUJWANA CAMP

This camp, ideally set on the banks of the Xudum river offers a variety of accommodation. The 4 Meru tents offer an authentic safari experience, with en-suite bathrooms and private deck. The Rocking Horse and Hippo Cradle are two suites which are perfect for honeymooners or those seeking more luxury.  During the heat of the day, the pool area is the perfect place to spend an afternoon relaxing with a book or simply enjoying the wildlife passing you by. Looking over the Xudum river and the flood plain beyond, it is easy to lose track of time as you watch the zebra grazing and the giraffes slowly meander their way between the islands. Meals are served in the heart of the camp around the large fire pit, by the pool, or on the deck overlooking the lodge. Picnic lunches and bush dinners make dining an occasion!

MOKOLOWANE CAMP (7/10 night trail only)

Situated north west of Kujwana on the Matsebi River, this camp is enjoyed by those doing the 7 night trails. At Mokolwane you’ll find 7 charming tents, hiding 10 feet above the ground amongst the shady bows of fig, jackalberry, ilala palm and wild mangosteens. Elephants love it here, with a buffet of palm nuts, berries, and wild fig to feast on as they drip off these tree giants. Each room, with an ensuite bathroom and comfortable interiors, emanates an earthly charm. Receiving floodwaters a few weeks before Kujwana, this is real haven for wildlife. Mokolwane is a special little camp, big on adventure. And being the only camp for miles around, a great place to breath in the stillness and solitude. A haven for big cats, it attracts photographers and filmmakers who use this as a base to capture incredible footage for their portfolios and documentaries.

THE DESTINATION

Okavango Delta

At the heart of Southern Africa, you will find Africa’s Eden – the Okavango Delta. This unique oasis surrounded by desert is one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in Africa. Following the summer rains in Angola, the Okavango River meanders along thousands of kilometres, filling dry channels with water giving life. This wetland wilderness is constantly in a state of transformation, a maze of islands, channels, flood plains and lily covered lagoons waiting to be explored. One of Botswana’s only constant water sources, this utopia acts as a magnet for wildlife and migratory birds throughout the year.

Horses in the Okavango Delta

HOW WE CARE FOR OUR HORSES

Our horseback adventures are hand-picked for their quality and care of their horses. Here’s how the horses are kept in tip-top shape for your safaris. Our horses are on top of the hierarchy and receive very special care:

  • There is a wide range of horses (over 60) suitable for everyone from the competitive rider to those preferring a steady hack and every effort is made to match horse and rider
  • Although the priority is riding, we offer alternative activities during the afternoons that are not day rides – this also gives the horses time to rest
  • When not on safari the horses freely graze the grassy molapos of the delta through the day, coming into large paddocks at night – and guests love to watch them gallop in the golden light
  • The owner has accumulated a wealth of equine veterinary knowledge and provides the majority of the veterinary care and farrier work required

Please let us know if you have any more questions about this.

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