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5 of the Best Riding Holidays in Botswana

July 16th 2021  |   Botswana, Riding Safaris, Countries, Experiences  |  by   Alice Gully
Horse riders galloping through the Delta, Botswana

African Horseback Safaris

With over 40 horses to choose from, there’s a mount to suit most riders at African Horseback Safaris.  You’ll need to be fit enough to ride for up to six hours at a time, and experienced enough to stay on at all paces.  Fulfil these criteria and you’ll enjoy a varied riding holiday in the Okavango Delta, sometimes quietly walking, stalking big game and admiring bird life, sometimes cantering through the water meadows alongside galloping giraffe and lechwe. With wildlife drives, boating, bush walks and fishing on offer, non-riding partners will enjoy the safari experience too.

Riding Safari in Botswana

Riding Safari with African Horseback Safaris

Okavango Horse Safaris

The original Botswana horse safari, Okavango Horse Safaris is owned and run by PJ and Barney Bestelink. Riding safaris here are built around five, seven or ten nights and allow experienced riders a glimpse of the Okavango Delta’s many diverse habitats. Safari wildlife is plentiful in this watery paradise and among the species you can expect to see are elephant, buffalo, giraffe and zebra, along with the likes of wild dog, warthog and ostrich.  You’ll spend around four to six hours in the saddle with the chance to game drive, bush walk or get onto the water in a mokoro most days.  Non-riders are welcome, but need to be booked in advance to ensure a holiday programme is designed for them. Owner Barney Bestelink says what makes us different is, ‘our 35 years’ experience in the Okavango Delta – we ran the very first horse riding safari in southern Africa and are pioneers in this field.  We have also been breeding our own safari horses for over 20 years, using our knowledge to produce horses to give our guests the very best experience.’

Champagne after a day in the saddle

Champagne after a day in the saddle with Okavango Horse Safaris

Ride Botswana

Ride through the Makgadikgadi Pans with Ride Botswana and you’ll experience a wild, unspoilt area unlike any other in Africa.  The truly exceptional landscape of vast pans, sprawling open woodlands and good ground lends itself to an unforgettable riding safari holiday.  At the height of the migration season (which runs from November to April) the grasslands are awash with zebra, wildebeest, hartebeest and ostrich – and the attendant predators.   Spend an afternoon on foot and you can visit the meerkat families that live here – some are quite habituated to humans and may even use you as a look out post as they survey the African desert for danger.

Riding safari across Makgadikgadi Pans with Ride Botswana

Ride across the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana

What’s next?

These are just some of the riding holidays in Botswana available. We would love to hear from you, no matter how early in the planning process you might be for planning a riding safari in Africa. We’re passionate about Africa and would be happy to chat about creating your tailor made safari. Please get in touch with me.

2 responses to “5 of the Best Riding Holidays in Botswana”

  1. Sara says:

    Dear Cor and Louise, I am looking into a riding trip in Botswana and wanted to ask you if you have your iwn website? I seem to have reached you through a portal…??
    I an wanting to ride for about 7 nights and your ride in ‘the land if the giants’ sounds good. Can you tell me more anout it pleade? I.e. where we sleep? Is it tents on the move ir do we return each day to the same camp? Also, pricing please? I am an experienced rider having ridden and competed all my life and hunted in the youth too. Hope I hear back from you, best, Sara

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