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Thamalakane Adventure

5.0 (2)
days 6 days nights 5 nights
Botswana
Difficulty
Challenging
Comfort
Premium
Weight limit
95 kg / 209 lb

The Thamalakane River Ride operates from a comfortable lodge that offers luxurious tented accommodations. Located on the banks of the Thamalakane River amidst 400 acres of lush riverine trees and acacia woodland, the lodge provides a peaceful getaway just a short distance from Maun. Featuring ten beautifully appointed safari tents and two charming honeymoon chalets, guests can enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool or unwind on the sun deck. The reserve is home to a diverse range of wildlife including giraffes, zebras and various antelope species, while the different habitats attract a variety of bird species ranging from waterfowl to Kalahari desert birds.

from US$ 4 295
per tourist for 6 days
Tour starts
North-West District, Maun Airport
Date of Travel
Number of tourists
up to 8 tourists over 12 years old
Only in the Horse Tours Club
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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.

Tour highlights

Spot Giraffes
And hippos and other animals and birds of the area
Fly Over the Delta
Hop on a helicopter for a flight over the Okavango Delta with the possibility of spotting a large variety of wildlife
Mokoro Cruise
Spend the day with a canoe guide poling you silently through the crystal clear waters of the river

Route details

Day 1
Our First Ride

Upon reaching Maun, a brief road transfer will bring you to the Lodge. After settling into your cozy lodging and enjoying a meal or tea, you will receive a safety briefing from your guide before meeting the horses. 

In the cooler part of the day, we embark on an enjoyable afternoon ride through the reserve, where the wildlife is calm around the horses, providing excellent chances for close encounters and photos. We return before nightfall for a sundowner at the lodge and a delectable dinner.

Day 2
Morning Ride + Afternoon Boat Cruise
Day 3
All Day Ride
Day 4
Okavango Delta by Mokoro
Day 5
Boat Cruise + Flight Over the Delta
Day 6
Early Morning Ride
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
Camp Site
5 nights

Single supplement: 220 USD pp per night.

5 nights
Royal Tree Lodge

A small intimate lodge with luxurious tented accommodation. The lodge provides a tranquil escape just a short drive from Maun. With ten elegantly furnished safari tents and two romantic honeymoon chalets, guests can enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool or relax on the sun deck. 

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
North-West District, Maun Airport
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Tour conditions

Included

  • accommodation; 
  • all meals and all drinks; 
  • riding;
  • guides;
  • 4WD backup.

Extras

  • flights;
  • travel insurance;
  • transfers from Maun (road or air); 
  • tourism levy (c. US$30 pp) on arrival to Botswana;
  • tips and personal expenses.

Group size

up to 8 tourists

Duration

6 days
5 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

We recommend bringing swimwear.

Are there any discounts?
Cancellation of booking

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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