Botswana - Motswiri Camp

  • Open All Year
  • Flexible arrivals
  • Minimum 3 nights | 4 to 6 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Maun
  • Weight limit: 15st (96 kg) (210 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 10

Motswiri Camp is set on the edge of the Selinda Spillway, providing diverse habitats to explore on horseback. To the west and north are open flood plains characteristic of the Okavango Delta, to the east lie contrasting riverine forests lining the spillway.

Wildlife is plentiful here and you could see species such as impala, jackal, baboon, warthog, lion, leopard, sable, roan antelope, reed-buck, hippo, wild dog, buffalo, tsessebe, zebra and elephant.

Taking a maximum of just ten guests at a time ensures a personal and tailored experience (riding groups tend to be 7-8 guests). Each guest tent has a veranda with a view and the central mess tent overlooks the water where elephants regularly come to bathe and drink.

The guides at Motswiri are as adept at guiding walking safaris as they are at riding safaris, so this is an ideal option for groups or families comprised of a mixture of riders and non-riders. There is also the option of exploring the area by mokoro and by 4×4 vehicle.

Motswiri has a stable of well-schooled safari horses. The horse barn is just a couple of minutes' walk from the camp. The horses are mainly Boerperd and Thoroughbred crosses ranging in height from around 15-16.2hh.

Tack at Motswiri The saddles are a mixture of English Wintec and South African trail saddles. Depending on the horses you are allocated you may be offered a choice of saddle type, but the English saddles are not suited to every horse.

Since you are riding in an area of dangerous game you need to be an experienced rider. You should expect to ride for four to six hours a day, this is typically four hours in the morning with a shorter ride in the late afternoon. You need to feel confident about keeping up with the group, capable of riding in balance at all paces, rising to the trot, and controlling your horse at canter. In certain situations you may be required to gallop out of danger so the riding is not suitable for beginners.

The following times are approximate, but the daily pattern is normally a wake-up call to your tent at sun rise (c. 05:00 in summer and c. 06:00 in winter). In the hotter summer days you would ride from about 06:00 through to 10:00, and in winter from about 07:00 through to 11:00. Lunch is back at camp and the afternoons are for resting and relaxing in your tent or by the pool. Usually afternoon tea will be about 16:00 before the afternoon ride from 17:00 to 19:00.

Non riders are welcome and there are guided walks and game drives on offer, plus boats (mokoro and kayaks) for when the water levels are high.

Motswiri camp consists of five classic safari tents on raised wooden decking. Each tent has its own veranda, flushing loo and shower. The tents, with the exception of the family tents, are well spaced out from one another and overlook the spillway.

Two of the tents are situated together on one deck. These tents have an optional connecting door and are used for families. If there are no families staying, then these are used for singles. Another tent is adapted for disabled access and the honeymoon tent is situated slightly further away from camp with an outside as well as an inside shower.

The central area of camp offers a large comfortable sitting area with separate dining space and a spacious deck overlooking the water. There is also a plunge pool for those hot afternoons between activities.

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Motswiri Camp is open all year round and you can arrive and depart on any day. The minimum stay is three nights, but we recommend stays of at least seven nights.
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Prices below are based on stays of 7 nights. Shorter and longer stays are possible; please enquire for details.

2019 per person
1 Nov - 30 Nov $5,565.00


Children 12 years and under - 50% discount.

RAW Night Out is a supplement of $300.00 per tent.

INCLUDES Accommodation; full board; drinks; riding; other safari activities.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Single tents are at no supplement for single travellers, subject to availability.



TRANSFERS Air transfers from Maun to camp are $315.00 per person each way; from/to Kasane is $390.00 per person one way.

Getting There

The light aircraft transfer to camp departs Maun in the early afternoon after the arrival of the South African Airways and Air Botswana flights from Johannesburg.

The return transfer from camp to Maun arrives Maun in time for you to check in for the afternoon flights from Maun to Johannesburg. We will arrange these light aircraft transfers for you.

If you are arranging your own flights to Maun, then we recommend you arrive into Johannesburg by c. 08:00 to allow time to check in for the flight to Maun which departs Johannesburg at c. 11:00.

For your return flights, both Air Botswana and South African Airways depart Maun at c.14:00 which will get you back to Johannesburg in time for onward flights that evening.

We can also arrange transfers from or to other camps in Botswana.

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On the edge of the Okavango Delta and the Selinda Spillway in northern Botswana.

Weather & Climate

Between mid-April and mid-September it rarely rains. Days are clear and sunny with mild to warm temperatures, but it can be chilly in the mornings and overnight.

Floods normally arrive around April or May and recede about October.

Some first rain may fall in late September, but most rain - characterised by short afternoon showers - comes between December and February.

In summer (November to March) daytime temperatures can reach up to the mid-30's °C. From October until the rains break in mid-November, the weather can be very hot, both day and night.


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Guest Review

The horses were meticulously cared for, polite and biddable. The classic safari tents are beautifully kitted out and have the most beautiful views. One of the big bonuses of this camp is the variety of alternative activities on offer, making it a great option for families or non riders.

Lynne, Cheshire

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

Ride Report

Rebecca Clarke
Rebecca Clarke
After two international flights and one bumpy light aircraft ride all you want to do is see some wildlife! I was not disappointed at Motswiri and on our first afternoon activity I went out in a mokoro only to see wild dog hunting around camp.

Motswiri Camp Riding Specialist

Rebecca says

A fabulous safari where the variety of habitat means you may see rare game not usually associated with the Okavango Delta, such as sable or roan antelope.


My Top Tip

Take your non-riding friends and partners with you and they can go on game walks drives and boat trips whilst you are riding.


Rebecca Clarke
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