Picture yourself cantering beside herds of zebra and wildebeest as they move across the Okavango Delta’s golden floodplains. Thunder through crystal-clear waters as crocodile and hippo lurk nearby, where the only sound you’ll hear is the splashing of hooves and the fish eagle’s distant cry.
Botswana is perhaps the ultimate riding safari destination, offering you the chance to get up close to an astonishing variety of wildlife against a range of distinctly different landscapes.
Trot beside giraffe as you explore the rich diversity of the Okavango Delta’s lagoons and channels on horseback. Ride silently along game paths used only by the animals to discover grazing herds of buffalo or lechwe, who will be seemingly unconcerned with your presence. We recommend riding itineraries lasting from five to 10 nights, where you’ll journey in small groups between three comfortable camps, accompanied by expert local guides who know the area like the back of their hand.
Mobile riding safaris through the Tuli block, on Botswana’s eastern border with Zimbabwe and South Africa, allow you to discover vast herds of elephants and enormous baobab trees. Keep your eyes peeled for lion, cheetah and leopard as you cross the great Limpopo staying in wilderness camps on a seven-night adventure. Imagine sleeping under the stars beside a roaring log fire – it’s as far away from the modern world as you can get.
The vast Makgadikgadi salt pans are ideal for long canters and gallops. On these excursions, you may come face to face with a local meerkat family, brown hyena den or even bat-eared foxes. The salt pans are also a great place to witness migrating zebra and wildebeest after the summer rains.
Further options include combining desert and delta with a ride through both the Okavango and Kalahari, while if you prefer to ride from a single base we recommend Motswiri Camp, which sits on the Selinda Spillway in the north of the country and offers day trails as well as fly-camping.