We know Botswana to be paradise on Earth when it comes to viewing wildlife. Home to big game animals like lions, zebras, elephants, rhinos and countless more, it’s no wonder why people flock to the country from around the world to see them. But did you know going on a safari doesn’t necessarily mean hopping in a jeep? In fact, you can get up close and personal on your tour on horseback. Keep in mind, these tours are for seasoned and experienced riders because of the challenging terrain, and riders will have to endure days worth of riding. So giddy up and get ready to make your friends back at home jealous, here are the best horseback riding safaris in Botswana.
See the Okavango Delta and the world-famous salt pans of Makgadikgadi on horseback through Ride Botswana. The safari touring company is family owned with decades worth of horseback riding touring experience. With a skilled and prepared guide, riders will be led through a scenic route and known hot spots to see wildlife. In some tours (depending on the guests), the guide will lead guests through the water and end the tour with a fabulous bush dinner cooked over an open fire. It’s advised that experience riders sign up for the 7-night long safari tour. In addition to Okavango Delta, Ride Botswana also offers tours in Kalahari and Thamalakane.
Limpopo Horse Safaris
Get an authentic bush experience through Limpopo Horse Safaris, where there are several packages to choose from. The most popular package is the Tuli Safari where for seven nights, guests will explore the Mashutu Game Reserve, a privately owned 75,000 acre land full of big game animals. By reserving your spot at the safari, you’ll be given access to the closed off game reserve that not many people get to explore. Each day consists of riding through various scenic routes before retiring to satellite campsites with comfortable beds and hot meals cooked over fire. But for those who cannot commit to a week-long ride, consider the African Explorer Safari for four nights instead.
Okavango Horse Safaris
Since 1986, Okavango Horse Safaris has been creating unforgettable memories for tourists. What stands out about this particular safari tour is that the company specializes in more intimate and personal tours (with no more than 8 riders at a time). That way, the guide will take personal requests and answer questions from riders about the surrounding flora and fauna. There are 60 docile and tamed horses on the stable, meaning you’ll be matched with the perfect horse to suit your needs. However, if you wish to enjoy the area without having to get on a horse, the company offers alternative boat and jeep tours.
Another fantastic way to explore the Okavango Delta is through African Horseback that has been entertaining guests for two decades. It’s expected for riders to be in tip-top shape and seasoned in horseback riding, since many parts of the tour will include galloping. This means you’ll feel like John Wayne visiting Africa. Guests especially love the high-speed adrenaline rush of galloping alongside giraffes, zebras and buffaloes during this tour. The day will end with guests retreating to their cozy bush camps in Macatoo where hot-cooked meals await them.
Ride and Walk Botswana
Located in the northern section of Botswana, this prestigious tented luxury camp is an oasis for tourists to dabble in many outdoorsy activities, including horseback riding safaris (with no more than 6 riders permitted each tour). This camp is ideal for traveling groups or families who have multiple interests since the destination offers hiking, boating, canoeing, fishing, game drives, and more. The camp is situated on the banks of Selinda Spillway on 120,000 acres of land. So give yourself a much-needed pampering in this high-end campsite and of course, take full advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime horseback riding safari tour to see the gorgeous wilderness of Botswana.
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