Kujwana Camp Okavango Delta Horse Safari

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DISCOVER THE ORIGINAL HORSE SAFARI IN SOUTHERN AFRICA WITH EXHILARATING RIDING IN THE HEART OF THE OKAVANGO DELTA

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 horse safari in the Delta. Taking advantage of being in a private concession bordering the famous Moremi Game Reserve, two unique riverside camps where built to enjoy the phenomenal game viewing. With over thirty years of 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 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.

QUICK FACTS
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Maun International Airport
Open All Year
5 Nights
Group Size: Max. 8
Intermediate Plus and Advanced
THE DESTINATION

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.

DATES & RATES

Open all year round. Please enquire for exact dates and availability.

 

2019 Rates

Low Season (January, February, March, December)

£ 570.00 PPPN SHARING

Mid Season (March 31st to July 18th and November 2nd to December 1st)

£ 660.00 PPPN SHARING

High Season (July 19th – November 1st)

£ 810.00 PPPN SHARING

 

ACCOMMODATION SUPPLEMENT

There are two spacious Riverside suites at Kujwana with spectacular views over the river.

The Hippo Cradle or The Elephant Wallow can be booked on request, depending on availability

£ 80.00 Per Room per night

 

Includes:

Accommodation

All meals and drinks

A personal and expert guide throughout your trip

All the riding throughout your stay

Selected activities such as game drives and mokoro trips

Well trained and responsive horses to ride

 

Excludes:

Visas and full travel and medical insurance – which is essential

International flights to Maun

Charter flight from Maun – £200 each way or Helicopter flight £260 each way

Gratuities for camp staff and guides

YOUR 8-DAY ITINERARY

** Please note that this is a sample itinerary.

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

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

Wake up each day is 1 hour before dawn to ensure best game viewing. After breakfast, enjoy a morning ride in the Xudum 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. Afternoon game drive with sunset drinks and evening night drive with a spotlight.Return to camp for a three course candlelit meal. Overnight Kujwana Camp

Day 3

Ride 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. Overnight at Mokolowane Camp.

Day 4

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 good area for plains’ game. If you don’t fancy riding, 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. Overnight at Mokolowane Camp.

Day 5

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 and numerous hippo channels. Picnic lunch en-route, arriving at Kujwana at sunset. Overnight Kujwana Camp

Day 6

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. Afternoon mokoro allows for a relaxing trip being poled through the watery wilderness surrounding Kujwana. Overnight Kujwana Camp

Day 7

Today 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. Overnight Kujwana Camp

Day 8

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.

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. Meals are served in the heart of the camp, around a large fire pit under a canopy of trees. 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.

Mokolowane Camp

Situated north west of Kujwana on the Matsebi River, this camp is made up of tree houses 2 metres off the ground. Each of the 5 treehouses boasts superb views over the floodplains, complete with deck and private bathroom.  Receiving floodwaters a few weeks before Kujwana, this is real haven for elephants that come to feed on the palm trees near the camp.

QUICK FACTS
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Maun International Airport
Open All Year
From 5 Nights
Group Size: Max. 8
Minimum of 2
Intermediate Plus and Advanced
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From £ 570 pppn sharing

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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
DATES & RATES

Open all year round. Please enquire for exact dates and availability.

2019 Rates:

Low Season (January, Februrary, March, December)
£ 570 PPPN SHARING

Mid Season (31 March – 18 July & 2 November -1 December)
£ 660 PPPN SHARING

High Season (19 July – 1 November)
£ 810 PPPN SHARING

At Kujwana, there are two spacious Riverside suites with spectacular views. The hippo Cradle or The Elephant Wallow can be booked on request, depending on availability. 
£ 80 Per room per night

Includes

  • Accommodation
  • All meals and drinks
  • A personal and expert guide throughout your trip
  • All the riding throughout your stay
  • Selected activities such as game drives and mokoro trips
  • Well trained and responsive horses to ride

Excludes

  • Visas and full travel and medical insurance – which is essential
  • International flights to Maun
  • Charter flight from Maun – £200 each way or Helicopter flight £260 each way
  • Gratuities for camp staff and guides
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

It was a great, amazing, cool, top experience to ride the Tuliblock in Botswana. 8 day's on a back of a horse and view a lot of game. The guides and staff were great. So I will come back!

Nicole PlasTuli Safari, Botswana
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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 around this.

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