AFRICA IN THE SADDLE - Okavango Horseback Safari

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Day 1

    

Okavango Delta

Day notes

You will be met at Maun airport by a member of our team who will assist you with transferring onto the small plane (either a Cessna 206 or 208) that will fly you into camp. The flight takes around 30 minutes and offers a bird’s eye view of the Okavango Delta – it is amazing how tiny the breeding herds of elephant look from the air.

A safari vehicle will be waiting for you at the camp’s airstrip for the 45 minute game drive – or an exciting boat ride (depending on the time of year) - into Macatoo Camp where staff will greet you with a welcome drink.

After settling into your tent, you will be offered afternoon tea and homemade cake during a briefing from your guide before heading to the barn for a ride. The pace of the evening rides are deliberately slower giving you the time to enjoy the sunsets and make the most of the photo opportunities offered by the birdlife and game.

After a hot shower and change, drinks and snacks are served in the comfortable mess tent ahead of a candle-lit dinner by the fire.

Check-in to Macatoo Camp - African Horseback Safaris

Charter Flight from Maun Airport [MUB] to Macatoo Airstrip

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Flight Company

Mack Air

Mode

Charter Flight

Departure

Maun Airport [MUB]

Arrival

Macatoo Airstrip

Ticket Class

Economy

Check in Prior

1 Hour

Charter Flight

Transfer from Macatoo Airstrip to Macatoo Camp - African Horseback Safaris

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African Horseback Safaris

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Transfer

Vehicle Type

Safari Vehicle

Pick up

Macatoo Airstrip

Drop off

Macatoo Camp - African Horseback Safaris (Macatoo Camp)

Transfer

Expert tips:

As one of the few camps located within the Park boundaries, Davison's will offer you complete privacy, as well as a compelling mix of diverse wildlife. The camps nine en-suite tents are hidden in the shade of ancient false mopane trees and from the comfort of your bed you will be able to watch the continuous procession of game at the camp’s waterhole. In between activities, you can while the hours away in the main area, or pool, as you observe the thriving life on the plains and contemplate the splendour of Hwange.

Day 2

    

Okavango Delta

Day notes

Macatoo’s cheerful “tent ladies” will provide a gentle wake-up call along with your choice of tea, coffee and rusks which are served to you in bed. A light breakfast is set up around the camp fire ahead of the first long ride of the holiday.

There is a wide selection of horses in our barn and Macatoo’s experienced staff have the knack of putting together great horse and rider partnerships. Depending on the season, the morning ride may involve some galloping across dried flood plains, swimming through flood waters or pushing- on through seas of tall grass to watch giraffe, zebra, antelope, elephant, buffalo - whatever is out there.

A hearty lunch is served every day – you will need it after all those miles in the saddle – the chicken pie is a firm favourite and wine is always offered to encourage a little nap before tea and the evening ride.

Sundowners are often enjoyed out in the bush before heading back to camp to freshen up. Dinner is always a great occasion at Macatoo, but there is no guarantee that it is always eaten in the same place.......

Day 3

    

Okavango Delta

Day notes

After listening to the dawn chorus over tea, coffee and rusks in bed, you will have shaken off any first day riding nerves and be eager to get back on a horse. Heading off in a new direction, the landscape will be quite different to yesterday offering fresh game viewing possibilities and a varied
pace of ride – guides are always hoping to see the rare semi-aquatic antelope, the red lechwe.

After lunch, the camp pool is an ideal place to cool down, or stretch the muscles that are feeling the effects of the time in the saddle. The deck is a great place to soak up some sun, read and doze, but keep your binoculars and cameras handy as zebra, buck and elephant frequently pass in front of camp. The swimming pool is also a popular watering hole for families of baboons, the babies on their mother’s backs are particularly cute.

After some lovely homemade cakes or scones, evening rides can be swapped for some sunset fishing from boats, or from the banks of pools where hippos wallow.

Game drives, walks or boat rides – depending on the time of year – are also available for those wanting time away from the horses or for non-riding partners and guests.

Day 4

    

Okavango Delta

Day notes

This morning we ride deeper into the heart of the delta, to corners of the wilderness where vehicles simply cannot reach – horses can get much closer to the big game. We cross high palm islands which offer great sweeping views of the Delta plains – are those anthills or giraffes in the distance? Riders may have joined non-riding friends and family for a walk, drive or boat ride – but all guests will reunite for an unexpected champagne breakfast under a large baobab tree to swap ‘survivor’ stories from the morning.

By now, you will have settled into the wonderful rhythm of camp where great adventure, creature comforts and downtime are combined to provide a break.

After tea and a gentle sunset ride, you may find yourself at our fabulous tree house where you will have the option to spend the night out, sleeping high up in the tree canopy under the African night sky. From there, it is fascinating to watch and listen as the birds and animals prepare for night – by roosting, travelling or preparing to hunt. The barking of baboons and calling lions provide an unforgettable soundtrack to a night out under the stars. Your guides will stay too, providing great company and peace of mind – for many guests, this is a real highlight of a holiday to Macatoo.

Day 5

    

Okavango Delta

Day notes

After waking up in the treetops, you are whizzed back to camp by vehicle to change before riding off into new terrain.

By now, you will be very ‘riding fit’ and eager to pick up the pace. You will canter through clouds of bushman hair grass, onto vast plains dotted with fig trees. You will pass giraffe along the way or shyer antelope who disappear into the depths of the mopane woodlands. By the time you reach the expansive flood plains, you will be riding quite fast – you will know your horse well by now and both of you relish a quicker pace and the sense of exhilaration.

For the last afternoon in camp, some guests choose to take a helicopter ride to reach even further into the Delta and take some great pictures. You may feel torn over how to spend your final sunset outing – an evening game drive with a spotlight is often fun, picking up a local clan of hyena, or lions out on the hunt. Above your head Bushbabies leap from branch to branch through the terminalia and acacia trees – only seen by the brights of their eyes.

Day 6

    

End of Itinerary

Day notes

The dawn call of the African Fish Eagle has, by now, become as familiar as the morning alarm at home. The delivery of hot drinks in bed heralds the start of your last morning in camp and you will be anxious to make the most of your final ride.

We stay quite close to camp, splashing through water on the vast open plains, home to blue wildebeeste and Burchell's zebra. The riding pace will be deliberately quite fast as we cram as much fun as possible into the final hours – be prepared to get wet as we approach deep reedy areas full of bird life including open-billed storks, squacco herons, slaty egrets and egyptian geese.

You will return to Macatoo along the myriad of waterways lined with large trees, before arriving back at the barn where you say a sad farewell to your horse.

There will be just enough time to shower, change and pack before the game drive to the airstrip, carrying a picnic lunch to tide you over until your return to the real world.

Don’t worry, you can always come back – so many of our guests do!

Check-out from Macatoo Camp - African Horseback Safaris

Transfer from Macatoo Camp - African Horseback Safaris to Macatoo Airstrip

Details  
Company

African Horseback Safaris

Mode

Transfer

Vehicle Type

Safari Vehicle

Pick up

Macatoo Camp - African Horseback Safaris (Macatoo Camp)

Drop off

Macatoo Airstrip

Transfer

Charter Flight from Macatoo Airstrip to Maun Airport [MUB]

Details  
Flight Company

Mack Air

Mode

Charter Flight

Departure

Macatoo Airstrip

Arrival

Maun Airport [MUB]

Charter Flight
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