Macatoo - Botswana

Riding Safari

5 star rating   18 December 2018

Linda P who has been on 17 In The Saddle rides. Botswana Macatoo | All expectations met. As usual Mod matched us to our horses really well. I had Zorba and Blue who were comfortable and forward going with good brakes - also brave with the game. We cantered with giraffes and zebra and also, memorably, with hyenas! Not much water around (we were there in December) so not much chance for water canters. However, the lack of water meant we could travel further afield. We asked for, and got, trail saddles which we prefer for this type of riding. They were comfortable.

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The Accommodation

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The safari tents are spacious and have solid, comfortable beds and en suite showers and flushing toilets. Also, since the solar panels have been installed they have fans, electric lights and charging points. Food is varied and plentiful - they also gave us a surprise, private dinner on our deck for our birthdays. Was very special and much appreciated. I was very impressed that on oxtail stew day they prepared chicken just for me (on previous visits I have mentioned how difficult I found eating oxtail in the dark). To be woken up to the sunrise with freshly brewed tea or coffee brought by the tent ladies is my idea of luxury. Also having elephants in camp that are so relaxed that they meander around the tents is an amazing experience. The plunge pool was very welcome as the temperatures in December are very high. Would be great to have a bigger pool but not sure that would be possible!

Before Your Holiday

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Yet another brilliant holiday at Macatoo. This was our 6th visit to Macatoo - this time to celebrate my husband's 70th birthday and everybody at Macatoo went out of their way to make our stay there extra special. Thanks go to all the managers and staff - too many to mention but especially Katie, Mod, Thabo (who got everything right this time!!), Pecks, Sekongo and, of course, Bongwe. I will always remember riding right up to our tent at the end of the evening ride to be greeted by our surprise private sundowners (nice bottle of bubbly) and dinner. Game viewing was amazing, we saw wild dogs there for the first time and also had a close encounter with a leopard. A lioness surprised us one day, less than 30 feet away, she was not interested in us at all - she was stalking a wart hog! A magical place.