In The Saddle’s Festive Round-Up: Christmas in Botswana

Posted on December 22, 2021

Christmas in Botswana

If you’ve always wondered what it might be like to spend Christmas on horseback in snowy Iceland, or sunny South Africa, then you might enjoy our next few blog posts. In the run-up to Christmas, we’ll be sharing how ride operators around the world usually spend the festive season.

Next up is Botswana, where we’ll find out how Christmas looks at Macatoo in the Okavango Delta.

Imagine if this was your view on Christmas day.

Christmas Day

Christmas at Macatoo is a beautiful time of year, the annual rains have started and the bush is a vibrant green with new life everywhere you look!  The leopard tortoises suddenly seem to appear and their hatchlings are tiny.  The baobab tree has leaves giving a stunning back drop for lunch on Christmas Day, though with Macatoo you never know where lunch might be!

Christmas by the baobab tree

Guests ride on Christmas morning, with a champagne lunch and then a chance to relax for the afternoon siesta.

How delicious does this Christmas cake look?

The horses get an extra treat of carrots and apples with their feed when they come in from the paddock.

The horses relaxing at Christmas

After a gentle evening ride or game drive guests enjoy sundowners, it’s rainy season so often the cloud formations produce something spectacular for Christmas Day!

Enjoying a braai on Christmas evening

Christmas evening

In the evening guests have an African braai, sitting around a festive table and with any luck Father Christmas will have left a little something!

You might be lucky enough to receive a visit from Santa!


Many thanks to Katie from Macatoo for this great insight into Christmas in the Okavango Delta.

If you are keen to ride in the Delta, then please do email us on or call +44 1299 272 997 for more information.

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