Macatoo - Botswana

Riding Safari

4 star rating   5 January 2022

Nicola (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Macatoo - The Okavango Delta on horseback is always magical! | Staff were lovely, friendly and knowledgeable, and honestly this made a lot of the trip for me. Katie is great, as is Mod, Bernie, Thabo and Chief. I liked that guides eat and socialise with you beyond riding / guiding. I liked the effort to eat in different locations, and enthusiasm to go out in the car when makes sense (i.e. having seen lions on horseback).
I'd prefer a bit more mixed pace on the riding. It's quite a set formula - 90% walking with a few long canters in the morning or a couple of trots in the evening ride. Horses were also generally wonderful, clearly kept in good healthy condition and happy. Some horses perhaps could benefit from additional schooling.


The Riding

How well were you matched with the right horse for your ability?
5 star rating
How would you rate the variety of riding, pace or terrain?
4 star rating
How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
5 star rating

The Accommodation

How would you rate your room(s) for comfort and facilities?
5 star rating
How would you rate the standard of the food?
3 star rating

Do you have any comments about the accommodation and food?

Vegetarian needs more variety and protein consideration particularly at dinner.


Before Your Holiday

Did you have all of the information you needed to:

Plan and prepare for your holiday?
4 star rating
Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
4 star rating

How could we improve the quality of pre-holiday information that we send?

Well managed particularly at a difficult time. Didn't necessarily agree with assessment of riding (vs Kujwana).


How could we improve the way we handled your booking and payment?

Don't think so


Do you have any other feedback for us?

I say all of this to be helpful, not critical. I'd recommend it and would definitely consider going back. Wonderful game viewing and I would have smuggled my favourite horse home in my luggage if I could have! Great holiday, great job!

In The Saddle Note: Thank you for your constructive feedback and we have forwarded this to camp.