Botswana - Okavango Mobile Safari

Experience Level
  • Open Jan-Nov
  • Set arrivals
  • 3 to 7 nights / 6 days of riding
  • 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. Horses are tacked-up for you but you may be asked to assist with unsaddling and watering your horse at the end of each day's ride.

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.

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 (minimum of 3 nights) - prices available upon request.

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Okavango Mobile Safari
3 Nov 2018 - 10 Nov 2018 7 nights 7 ngts £2,759.82 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
17 Nov 2018 - 24 Nov 2018 7 nights 7 ngts £2,759.82 View (.pdf) Full
Okavango Mobile Safari
5 Jan 2019 - 12 Jan 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,899.76 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
23 Jan 2019 - 30 Jan 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,899.76 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
9 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,899.76 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
11 Mar 2019 - 18 Mar 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,899.76 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
23 Mar 2019 - 30 Mar 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,899.76 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
2 Jun 2019 - 9 Jun 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,335.11 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
11 Jun 2019 - 16 Jun 2019 5 nights 5 ngts £2,351.68 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
21 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,335.11 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
29 Jun 2019 - 6 Jul 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,335.11 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
7 Jul 2019 - 14 Jul 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,335.11 View (.pdf) Full
Okavango Mobile Safari
19 Jul 2019 - 26 Jul 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,770.46 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
26 Jul 2019 - 2 Aug 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,770.46 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
4 Aug 2019 - 11 Aug 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,770.46 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
11 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,770.46 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
23 Aug 2019 - 30 Aug 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,770.46 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
7 Sep 2019 - 14 Sep 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,770.46 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
15 Sep 2019 - 22 Sep 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,770.46 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
3 Oct 2019 - 10 Oct 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,770.46 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
11 Oct 2019 - 18 Oct 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,770.46 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
19 Oct 2019 - 26 Oct 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,770.46 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
1 Nov 2019 - 8 Nov 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,335.11 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
9 Nov 2019 - 16 Nov 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,335.11 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
17 Nov 2019 - 24 Nov 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,899.76 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
1 Dec 2019 - 8 Dec 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,899.76 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
14 Dec 2019 - 21 Dec 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,899.76 View (.pdf) Book
Okavango Mobile Safari
22 Dec 2019 - 29 Dec 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,899.76 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

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

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT There are two tents which can be allocated to a single person without payment of a supplement - these tents will be strictly allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Once these tents have been allocated the supplement is payable to guarantee a single tent £345.51 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. 30 minutes. For stays of less than 7 nights a transfer fee is payable of £34.55 per person each way.

 

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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.

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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

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

Okavango Mobile Safari Riding Specialist

Sarah says

This safari is perfect for those wanting the simpler African experience with 'no frills', you just need a spirit of adventure!

My Top Tip

Pack lightly to have the digital detox experience this unique safari offers. Or make this a longer trip and combine this trip with Davids five night ride in the Kalahari.

Email: sarah@inthesaddle.com

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