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Posted on March 4, 2022
In this ‘Spotlight On’ series, we focus on single riding destinations in turn. In each blog we’ll give you the inside scoop on why we think this particular adventure has simply got to be on your riding holiday wish list.
Today’s destination is Macatoo Camp, in Botswana.
Macatoo Camp is situated in the south west of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, one of Africa’s greatest wildlife habitats. With its permanent supply of water, the Delta supports the most diverse profusion of plant and animal life in southern Africa.
The area is home to plentiful wildlife, including species like elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, zebra, lion, wildebeest, hyena, tsessebe, lechwe, kudu, jackal and baboon. You might also spot lesser-seen game such as roan antelope, duiker, wild dog, leopard, cheetah, serval, genet and honey badger.
Run with the wildebeest, splash through the wetlands, canter across open plains…this is a safari like no other.
An early start with coffee in your tent just as the sun rises, means that you’ll ride out when the game is most active. Track elephant across the plains, or ride through the palm studded islands. Set off on long canters through the bush, perhaps with zebra or lechwe joining in. Return to camp for a leisurely lunch and siesta. A sunset ride is the perfect way to close the day’s adventures. There’s time for a shower and drinks, before gathering for a candlelit supper.
You can ride twice a day, or combine riding with game drives, guided walks and mokoro trips to experience the magic of the Delta from a different perspective.
With its incredible wildlife, gorgeous accommodation and exciting riding, perhaps the question should be ‘why shouldn’t you?!’
The wildlife: there’s no better way to experience the delights of the Delta than on a riding safari. Being on horseback means you can often get really close to wildlife in a non-intrusive way. Ride alongside buffalo and elephant, watch hippo splash in the pools and enjoy some of the best bird watching in the world.
The riding: feel the thrill of splashy canters and ride beside giraffe or zebra, with plenty of fast and exciting riding in between. The fabulous safari horses are used to all the different species in the area and even know when to stop and graze. This sends a signal to the wildlife to relax and go about their normal daily routines – which makes for incredible animal encounters.
The accommodation: this classic style tented camp has seven large twin bedded tents. Each has en suite facilities, including hot and cold running water and flush loos. Each tent looks out onto the spillway.
The is a spacious Honeymoon Tent, which is perfect for special occasions, or if you just feel like treating yourself!
Whilst the Delta offers great riding and game viewing all year round, many people want to visit when the area is in flood.
Rain falls in Angola mostly between November and April. It travels more than 1,000km, slowly making its way through Namibia, before reaching Botswana usually in late May. Floodwaters normally peak in July and August, and start to recede during September.
The seasonality of the Okavango Delta is one of its most fascinating characteristics. Between November and February there might not be much water, but the bush is beautifully green and many flowers are in bloom. May brings the anticipation of the floodwaters. In the months of June to August, the water is at its highest levels. There is plenty of water to ride through and go boating on. September and October brings hotter weather, the leaves go green and fruit starts to grow. You’re more likely to see wild dog and big cats, who favour the drier conditions. You can read more about the Delta’s weather patterns here.
Whenever you choose to visit (or are able to travel), you are sure to experience the safari of a lifetime at Macatoo.
Call us on +44 (0) 1299 272 997 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. A number of the team have ridden at Macatoo and would be delighted to share their experiences with you.