Macatoo - Botswana

Riding Safari

5 star rating   18 February 2023

Julie (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Fabulous experience | Macattoo camp has around 50 horses. Each horse is individually cared for and loved to a high standard. All of the riding tack is in excellent condition. We each had a groom who brought us the horse tacked up healthy and ready to go and well suited to our sizes. For the first couple of rides, we took it easy, given time to make sure that the horses were suitable and that we were confident at the pace. I felt as if the guides were monitoring us at all times to make sure that we were comfortable and felt safe… as the week went on the pace lifted and we had some fantastic rides. All of the horses are used to the terrain, surefooted and comfortable around the wild animals that we came across. I would personally advise that if you want to get the best out of the riding, it would be sensible to be at good level of fitness and have plenty of riding experience.

The Riding

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The Accommodation

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The accommodation comprises a very luxury canvas tent…all cleaned to a high standard and the beds are extremely comfortable, the bedding is crispy fresh clean. They have flush toilets, shower and a sink. The view over the plain is incredible with all types of animals wandering past…. perfect for sitting and having a glass of wine. The tents are randomly located and makes one feel as if they are the only people there on the Okavango delta. all the meals are served at adequate times and home-cooked, fresh and varied. The location of the meals are also an experience and so quirky. The staff couldn’t do enough to make you feel as if you were in a five star restaurant….impeccable service. Every meal I felt was a celebration of life, civilised considering the location and hosted by such lovely kind people who I will never forget….how lucky we were to have been there in such a special place.

Before Your Holiday

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Abbey was great for any pre-questions that we had before the holiday Including what clothing to take and what riding to expect.

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I just want to take this opportunity to thank Kate for making us feel so comfortable and so welcoming. Her approach to everything was very professional and I felt that she had considered everything for our safety & comfort whilst on the camp… such a lovely person. Also to thank Bernie and shway for finding all the wonderful wild animals ,taking photos for us and for keeping us safe on the rides… you are both so brave and thoughtful. Chief… We love all of your horses! And to Mod for his excellent tracking skills

[Abbie from ITS replies: Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your wonderful experiences at Macatoo. We are thrilled that you had such a fabulous safari].