Okavango Delta Trail

5.0 (2)
8 days 7 nights
Botswana
Difficulty
Challenging
Comfort
Premium
Weight limit
95 kg / 209 lb

Discovering the vast wetlands of the Okavango Delta is a thrilling adventure, and this distinctive journey enables you to fully immerse yourself in the surroundings. With no fixed schedule, each evening's campsite is carefully selected based on water levels and wildlife activity. The numerous secluded islands offer picturesque settings for camping, and while the camp may not relocate daily, it may be moved a few times to maximize wildlife viewing opportunities.

Referred to as the "Jewel of the Kalahari" by many, the Okavango Delta is recognized as one of the most remarkable wetlands globally. Floodwaters originating from the Angolan highlands travel a distance of 1,200 km along the Cuito and Cubango Rivers before merging to create the Okavango River. Upon reaching Botswana, the waters spread out over 15,000 sq/km before vanishing into the sands of the Kalahari, never reaching the ocean.

from US$ 4 955
per tourist for 8 days
Departing from
North-West District, Maun Airport
Tour starts
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Number of individuals
up to 8 tourists over 8 years old
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Photo Julie F.
Julie F. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
My parents, both born and raised in Africa, share a passion for exploring the untamed landscapes of the continent on horseback. Together as a family we have led horseback safaris in various African countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Since 1993, our family has operated our own horse safari business, starting in Malawi's Nyika National Park and later moving to Botswana in 2008. My father David, with over 30 years of guiding experience, is highly regarded as one of Africa's top horse guides and leads most of the trips personally. We combine our love for horses with a deep appreciation for the wilderness on our safaris.

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Photo David
David
My wife and I were both born and raised in Africa and we both have a passion for exploring African landscapes on horseback. Along with our four children - Gordon, Kirsty, Julie and Harry - we have led horseback safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. I lead most of the trips personally. In case I am unavailable, another experienced safari guide is arranged.

Tour highlights

Safari Ride
Spot buffalos, elephants and giraffes
Mobile Camping
Stay in various spots for optimal wildlife sightings
Dine Under the Stars
Looking at the Milky Way

Route details

Day 1
Arrival

Upon reaching Maun airport, you will be greeted and taken to the outskirts of the Delta where you will meet your horses and guides. Your belongings will be carried by pack donkeys or mokoros (depending on water levels) to the camp, while you explore the watery wilderness of the delta on horseback. By sunset, you will reach your first remote campsite.

Riding: 2-4 hours

Day 2
Our Safari Adventure Begins
Day 3
We Continue Our Ride
Day 4
One More Safari Day
Day 5
Leisure Day
Day 6
Enjoying Okavango
Day 7
Our Last Day Here
Day 8
Departure
Difficulty
Challenging
Tour provider's comments

For capable and healthy riders. This is a big game area and you should be able to stay on your horse and stay calm and in control in all situations.

Tack: trail saddles/English Wintec GP's.

Breed: mostly crossbreeds with some purebred Appaloosas.

Children are allowed to participate but they MUST be advanced riders.

horse

Accommodation

Comfort
Premium
Tent
7 nights

The accommodation is shared.

7 nights
Mobile Camp

You will reside in an extremely comfortable and portable camp with spacious tents, comfortable stretcher beds, bucket showers and basic toilets. The camp can be moved either by a group of canoes steered by locals during the rainy season or by donkeys and their guides who are familiar with the area. The flexibility to relocate the camp allows for exploring different parts of the delta to maximize wildlife viewing opportunities.

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
North-West District, Maun Airport
preload map

Tour conditions

Included

  • accommodation;
  • all meals and drinks;
  • 6 days of riding;
  • transfers from/to Maun airport.

Extras

  • flights;
  • travel insurance;
  • tourism levy (c. US$30 pp) on arrival to Botswana;
  • tips and personal expenses.

Group size

up to 8 tourists

Duration

8 days
7 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • a light-weight riding hat;
  • a shade hat with strap;
  • light-weight riding shoes (2 pairs);
  • sunglasses on string, riding gloves and bandana;
  • bush colour riding clothes (not white);
  • jodhpurs or long trousers and chaps (2 pairs);
  • long sleeved cotton shirts;
  • jersey, fleece or multi- pocketed waistcoat;
  • light weight waterproof windbreaker jacket;
  • 4 x sets of socks and underwear (we recommend unpadded cycling shorts for men);
  • shorts, T shirts, sarong, swimwear and sandals;
  • sun block, lip salve, insect repellent;
  • head torch (compulsory);
  • waterproof camera;
  • solar charging bank (to charge camera equipment);
  • binoculars;
  • a good book for lazy siestas.
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Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 2 reviews
  • A
    Andy
    22 Jul, 2023
    about provider
    This tale continues to move us deeply. In April 2023, we had an unforgettable horse safari in the Okavango Delta, Botswana with David. Can we establish a connection with another wild equine species, similar to how we do with horses?
    22 Jul, 2023
  • C
    Catherine
    17 Jun, 2022
    about provider
    Happy memories of our safari in Malawi all those years ago🥰
    17 Jun, 2022

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