Botswana - Okavango Mobile Safari

  • Open All Year
  • Set arrivals
  • 7 nights / 6 days of riding | 4 to 6 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Maun
  • Weight limit: 14st 13lbs (95 kg) (209 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 8

This is the only mobile horseback safari in the Okavango Delta. A lightweight mobile camp is transported by a flotilla of mokoros (traditional dugout canoes). When the water levels are too low for the mokoros to navigate, a train of pack donkeys takes over. No vehicles are involved during this safari and this, along with working in partnership with the local community, guarantees a genuinely environmentally-friendly safari. These rides are usually guided by David Foot who has over 25 years of experience leading safaris throughout southern and central Africa.

The emphasis of this safari is the experience of the Delta, and the feeling of being at one with the bush and it’s inhabitants. This is the perfect safari for those wishing to avoid the ‘glamping’ permanent camps, and is ideal for those looking for a simpler experience, allowing you to get down to basics alongside Africa’s nature, and journey through the Delta on horseback riding from camp to camp and cooking over open fires.  Please Note: This safari is usually guided by David Foot – although we are unable to guarantee this. On rare occasions an alternative lead guide may be your host.

Since you are riding in an area of potentially dangerous game, you need to be a good intermediate rider. It is important to be comfortable and secure in the saddle at all paces, and to be able to stay on your horse should you need to react quickly. The pace is moderate to fast - walking for game viewing, with possible faster canters along the way.

The horses used on the safari are Boerperd and Thoroughbred crosses but also include Appaloosas and local bush horses. They range in height from 14.3hh to 16hh are in excellent condition and fit for their work. The saddles are mainly South African trail saddles or McClellan type saddles but there are some English Wintec synthetic saddles available upon request (in advance). Horses are usually tacked-up for you but you may be asked to assist with unsaddling and watering your horse during camp moving days and lunch breaks.

The camp is made up of comfortable lightweight tents with standing room, stretcher beds and full linen bed rolls. There is one bucket shower and one short drop loo per four guests. You are likely to move camp approximately three times during the 7 night, set date safaris (subject to weather conditions and game movements). No electricity is available however solar/battery powered lights are provided in the tents.

If the most northern camp location is used during your week, then the tents for these two nights may be potentially smaller fly camp style tents, which will not have a stretcher bed (just sleeping mats). This is due to the location of this particular camp and the accessibility logistics.

Meals are prepared by the support crew over an open fire. It is impressive what dishes can be created by experienced bush fire chefs. 

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Upcoming Dates

The 7 night Okavango Mobile Safari is on set dates. Further dates are available upon request subject to a minimum of 4 guests. Shorter stays are also available at certain times of year (minimum of 3 nights and subject to availability) - prices available upon request.

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Okavango Mobile Safari 24 Oct 2021 - 31 Oct 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,990.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 13 Nov 2021 - 20 Nov 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,395.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 21 Nov 2021 - 28 Nov 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,395.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 2 Dec 2021 - 9 Dec 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $3,730.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 1 Jan 2022 - 8 Jan 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $4,085.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 8 Jan 2022 - 15 Jan 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $4,085.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 1 Feb 2022 - 8 Feb 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $4,085.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 21 Feb 2022 - 28 Feb 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $4,085.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 12 Mar 2022 - 19 Mar 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $4,085.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 12 Apr 2022 - 19 Apr 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $4,820.00 View (.pdf) Full
Okavango Mobile Safari 7 May 2022 - 14 May 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $4,820.00 View (.pdf) Full
Okavango Mobile Safari 15 May 2022 - 22 May 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $4,820.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 23 May 2022 - 30 May 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $4,820.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 11 Jun 2022 - 18 Jun 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $4,820.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 19 Jun 2022 - 26 Jun 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $4,820.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 27 Jun 2022 - 4 Jul 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $5,090.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 10 Jul 2022 - 17 Jul 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $5,450.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 18 Jul 2022 - 25 Jul 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $5,450.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 26 Jul 2022 - 2 Aug 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $5,450.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 1 Aug 2022 - 8 Aug 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $5,450.00 View (.pdf) Full
Okavango Mobile Safari 11 Aug 2022 - 18 Aug 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $5,450.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 29 Aug 2022 - 5 Sep 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $5,450.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 12 Sep 2022 - 19 Sep 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $5,450.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 27 Sep 2022 - 4 Oct 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $5,450.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 15 Oct 2022 - 22 Oct 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $5,450.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 23 Oct 2022 - 30 Oct 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $5,450.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 5 Nov 2022 - 12 Nov 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $4,820.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 13 Nov 2022 - 20 Nov 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $4,820.00 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari 3 Dec 2022 - 10 Dec 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $4,085.00 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

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

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT There is a supplement of $777.78 to guarantee a single tent for the week.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Tips.

NEAREST AIRPORT Maun.

TRANSFERS Shared road transfers from Maun to camp are included for all 7 night stays (at set times). The transfer time is c. 45 minutes. For stays of less than 7 nights a transfer fee is payable of $48.89 ($53.33 in 2021) per person each way.

 


Getting There

The meeting point for the start of your safari is Maun Airport. The road transfer to camp departs Maun in the early afternoon, after the arrival of the Airlink and Air Botswana flights from Johannesburg.

The return road transfer arrives Maun in time for you to check-in for the afternoon flights with Airlink and Air Botswana to Johannesburg.

We recommend your international flight arrives 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 Airlink and Air Botswana depart Maun at c.14:00 which will get you back to Johannesburg in time for onward flights that evening.

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Location

In the Okavango Delta on the northern edge of the Kalahari desert in Botswana. You will commence your safari from the Buffalo Fence just north of Maun.


Weather & Climate

Floods normally arrive in this region around May and recede October. Daytime temperatures are warm but evenings can be cold. Unlikely to rain. November - March is hotter with possible thunderstorms.

For more information on the weather patterns in the Delta, see this blog post that talks about the predictions for 2020 as well as giving an explanation of the various seasons.

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Guest Review

The terrain dictated the pace of the ride. Lovely canters when we could, especially through the water! No improvement necessary, as always clear and concise. An awe inspiring ride. You won't see anyone else during your ride. The delta is beautiful and varied.

Janine ,Powys


In The Saddle says

This safari is perfect for those wanting the simpler African experience without luxurious tents. Camp will blend into the surrounding bush and enable you to stay alongside all that the Delta offers.

Our Top Tip

Pack lightly to have the digital detox experience this unique safari offers, but don't forget your binoculars.

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