The glorious landscapes of Botswana provide stunning riding country; the Okavango Delta, the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, the Kalahari Desert and the Limpopo Valley are all very different and offer completely different scenery, animals and birds.
All of our recommended riding options in Botswana have been tried and tested; they are very popular and each very different! There is a range of choice, depending on whether you wish to do an extended safari, sleeping out each night, or to return to the lodge each evening. There are other activities in each area for any non-riders.
Okavango Horse Safaris
is extremely professional in every aspect of the business, especially safety. They make a huge effort to ensure that all their guests are happy with the horse they ride, the saddle they sit in, the food they eat and the wine they drink! They use various breeds of horses from full and part bred thoroughbreds, with quality English saddles and trail saddles with seat savers, pommel pouches and water bottles. Safaris are for five, seven or ten nights.
Wonderful days are spent cantering across grassy plains and splashing through flooded watermeadow, stopping to watch breeding herds of elephant feed in the shade of a palm island, lechwe cavorting through the reed beds or buffalo gorging on fresh grass. A long day ride one day will take you to a new area and to a tented 'fly' camp from which to explore further afield and on other days, a shorter ride may be followed by a leisurely lunch in camp then perhaps an afternoon walk to watch the Delta's array of birds or an evening drive to spot leopard and hyena with PJ, an expert and inspiring guide.
They have four camps in a concession area of 2500 square kilometres. There is one base camp and three fly camps. They are accessible depending on the amount of water that has come down in the flood from Angola each year. Owned and run by PJ and Barney Bestelink and it has been in operation for twenty-five years.
Limpopo Valley Horse Safaris
are also very professional and make the most of their stunning location in the east of Botswana as far north as the Limpopo River flows in an area called The Tuli Block.
offer horse riding on their private concession in the middle of the Kalahari Desert. This is a different horse safari, as you return to base every night and the atmosphere is far more casua; fewer horses but with good tack. The desert animals live on this concession. There is no big game to see like elephant, buffalo, hippo and the water dependent animals but they do have masses of eland, springbok, kudu, hartebeest, zebra, giraffe and also eleven rhino that they have bred, which is a great attraction.
There are horse safaris at the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
at an area called Gweta, run by an English girl called Dany Hancock, best from May to September. Outside of these months it is unpleasantly hot.
- Stunning, varied riding landscapes
- Excellent safari viewing in private concessions
- Professional and well-established riding operators