MOBILE FLY CAMPING – OKAVANGO DELTA HORSE SAFARI

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Get back to nature and journey through Africa’s Eden

Get back to nature on our mobile-safari through Africa’s Eden, enjoying the simplicity of the Okavango Delta.

With no vehicles involved, and working in partnership with the local community, we can guarantee a genuinely environmentally-friendly safari. Enjoy spellbinding scenery, exciting riding and spectacular game viewing, without worrying about your carbon footprint. Stripping back to the bare beauty of fly-camp safaris, means that you will truly embrace Africa’s wilderness, and enjoy the exclusivity of a private, personalised camp set far out in the bush.

You will be collected at Maun Airport for road transfer to the southern end of the Okavango where the safari begins at the so-called “buffalo fence”. This takes between 30 minutes and 2 hours depending on the time of year and the location of the camp.  Here, the patient horses are waiting for your horseback adventure to begin. Your luggage will be loaded onto mekoros (small tranditional canoes) or pack donkeys to be transported to camp.

Exploring this water wilderness on horseback is absolutely exhilarating, and each wildlife encounter will fill you with awe. In the saddle and high above the tall grasses, game viewing is exceptional; you can see giraffe, elephant, buffalo, zebra, many species of antelope and sometimes even hyena, lion or wild dog. The Delta is also renowned for some of the best bird watching in the world so make sure you bring your binoculars. You will be ticking off bucket-list moments left, right and centre as you come across your first elephant, enjoy a water canter, or watch the sun go down over the horizon without another soul in sight.

QUICK FACTS
Botswana
Maun International Airport
Set departures
7 nights
Group Size: Max. 8
Intermediate Plus and Advanced
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Riding through the untouched scenery of the Okavango Delta, without another soul insight
  • Long free canters across the plains and splashing through flood waters
  • Being able to really absorb Africa’s wilderness through the private and exclusive set-up of fly-camping
  • Viewing the Okavango Delta’s abundant and varied wildlife
THE DESTINATION

The Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s unique treasures and is one of the most important and beautiful wildlife sanctuaries on the continent; often referred to as Africa’s ‘Eden’. The Delta experiences seasonal flooding with an influx of water from Angola, this influx reaches this part of the Delta between June and July. The peak flooding coincides with Botswana’s dry season, creating a safe haven and acting as a magnet for a huge variety of birds and mammals that migrate from the dry outskirts.  A constant and reliable source of water all year round makes the Okavango Delta an ideal safari destination at any time of the year.

DATES & RATES

Please enquire for availability.

Low Season: 01 – 08 Jan / 08 – 15 Jan / 01 – 08 Feb / 21 – 28 Feb / 03 – 10 Dec 2022

7 nights USD4 085 per person sharing

Mid Season: 12 – 19 Mar / 12 – 19 Apr / 15 – 22 May / 23 – 30 May / 11 – 18 Jun / 19 – 26 Jun / 05 – 12 Nov / 13 – 20 Nov 2022

7 nights USD4 820 per person sharing

High Season: 27 Jun – 04 Jul 2022

7 nights USD5 090 per person sharing

Peak Season: 10 – 17 Jul / 18 – 25 Jul / 26 Jul – 02 Aug / 11 – 18 Aug / 29 Aug – 05 Sep / 12 – 9 Sep / 27 Sep – 04 Oct / 15 – 22 Oct / 23 – 30 Oct 2022

7 nights USD5450 per person sharing

Private tents are available on request and don’t always require a single supplement.

Rate Includes:

  • All accommodation in tents
  • All meals and drinks
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Full safari team to set up camp and transport gear
  • Expert guiding
  • All horse riding on well trained and responsive horses
  • Return road transfer from Maun Airport

Rate Excludes:

  • International flights to Maun
  • Visas
  • Comprehensive Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
YOUR ITINERARY

** Please note that this is a sample itinerary and may change depending on weather or wildlife movements

A Typical Day

Wake up on a beautiful African morning, to the sound of the dawn chorus. Enjoy a light breakfast around the camp fire as dawn breaks.

The morning will be spent on horseback, following ancient elephant trails, searching for a variety of wildlife. Spotting for the prolific birdlife, and depending on the time of year, cantering through the recently flooded plains. Herds of buffalo might be found grazing, lone male elephants browsing, giraffes sauntering by and red lechwe splash through the water.

Return to camp for lunch and siesta in the dense shade of the giant jackalberry or leadwood trees.

In the afternoons, head out on a gentle evening ride, absorbing the Delta’s magic and listening to the sounds of the bush and the snorting and splashing of the horses. Enjoy Africa’s ‘golden hour’ where the wonderful afternoon light sets the landscape alight with beautiful colours.

Return to camp for a delicious alfresco dinner under the stars.

Occasionally guests (and horses) may need to rest, which is the perfect opportunity for a tranquil ride in a mekoro, the traditional way of traversing the glittering, lily-lined lagoons and waterways. It is a chance too, to venture out on foot to appreciate the smaller creatures that inhabit the bush – or to learn some rudimentary tracking skills.

No two days are the same and every day is a different adventure out across a new and intriguing landscape.

THE ACCOMMODATION

Rather than a permanent riding camp, a lightweight mobile camp is transported by a flotilla of mekoros (traditional dugout canoes) poled by members of the local community, into the Delta. In the dry season, the camp is moved by a group of enthusiastic pack donkeys. The emphasis is on the experience, the beauty of the Okavango and top level guiding.

Enjoy food cooked over an open fire. The camp is extremely comfortable, with guests in lightweight tents with standing room, stretcher beds and full linen made-up bed rolls. There will be one bucket shower and one short drop toilet per 4 guests.

QUICK FACTS
Botswana
Maun International Airport
Set departures
7 nights
Group Size: Max. 8
Intermediate Plus and Advanced
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SUITABLE RIDING LEVELS
Beginner
Novice
Intermediate
 Intermediate Plus
Advanced
WHAT RIDING LEVEL AM I?
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Riding through the untouched scenery of the Okavango Delta, without another soul insight
  • Long free canters across the plains and splashing through flood waters
  • Being able to really absorb Africa’s wilderness through the private and exclusive set-up of fly-camping
  • Viewing the Okavango Delta’s abundant and varied wildlife
DATES & RATES

Please enquire for availability.

Low Season: 01 – 08 Jan / 08 – 15 Jan / 01 – 08 Feb / 21 – 28 Feb / 03 – 10 Dec 2022

7 nights USD4 085 per person sharing

Mid Season: 12 – 19 Mar / 12 – 19 Apr / 15 – 22 May / 23 – 30 May / 11 – 18 Jun / 19 – 26 Jun / 05 – 12 Nov / 13 – 20 Nov 2022

7 nights USD4 820 per person sharing

High Season: 27 Jun – 04 Jul 2022

7 nights USD5 090 per person sharing

Peak Season: 10 – 17 Jul / 18 – 25 Jul / 26 Jul – 02 Aug / 11 – 18 Aug / 29 Aug – 05 Sep / 12 – 9 Sep / 27 Sep – 04 Oct / 15 – 22 Oct / 23 – 30 Oct 2022

7 nights USD5450 per person sharing

Private tents are available on request and don’t always require a single supplement.

Rate Includes:

  • All accommodation in tents
  • All meals and drinks
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Full safari team to set up camp and transport gear
  • Expert guiding
  • All horse riding on well trained and responsive horses
  • Return road transfer from Maun Airport

Rate Excludes:

  • International flights to Maun
  • Visas
  • Comprehensive Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

I just got back from my first horse safari in the Okavango Delta and I absolutely LOVED it. It was everything I expected and more. We saw a lot of wildlife including lots of zebra, elephants, giraffe, buffalo, antelope and even a lion on the last day. The horses were fit and really well taken care of. The organization was great, and the food in particular was amazing. It was a really fun group and David is a fantastic guide, extremely knowledgeable. The Okavango Delta is spectacular and all of our camping spots were stunning. All of our bags and camping gear was transported by mokoro - and we didn't see a single vehicle during the entire safari. Overall I can't recommend this trip enough, and booking with Isabel was super easy. Already planning the next trip with African Horse Safaris

Alessia PignattiMobile Horse Safari, Okavango Delta, Botswana

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:
  • Saddles are checked regularly and tack cleaned daily
  • Horses have dedicated rest days each week and are on holiday 2 months per year
  • Our horses live out in a herd environment, allowing them to live as naturally as possible once they have carried you home safely.

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

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