African Horseback Safaris
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African Horseback accommodation
African Horseback treehouse

African Horseback Safaris

African Horseback Safaris were early pioneers of horse riding safaris in Africa and, nearly two decades later, we pride ourselves on offering one of the most unique and exciting horseback adventures in the world. Led by talented guides, our guests have 450,000 acres of pristine wilderness of the Okavango Delta to explore on calm, experienced horses, offering exhilarating rides alongside big game, such as giraffe, zebra and elephant. Combined with Macatoo, our luxurious tented bush camp accommodation in an exquisite African setting, we offer the riding adventure of a lifetime. African Horseback Safaris is the winner of the 'Best Riding Safari in Africa' for two consecutive years and is the ultimate safari.

Country

Botswana

Highlights

African Horseback Safaris were early pioneers of horse riding safaris in Africa and, nearly two decades later, pride themselves on offering one of the most unique and exciting horseback adventures in the world. Based at Macatoo Camp, guests have 450,000 acres of pristine wilderness of the Okavango Delta to explore on calm, experienced horses, offering exhilarating rides alongside big game such as giraffe, zebra and elephant.

Need to Know

The 10,000 sq. mile expanse of wild delta ignites the senses; it is a freedom rarely tasted. The Macatoo staff find new ways of surprising guests every day: lunches and sundowners spring up in the most unexpected locations.


SafarisSafaris


Red lechwe, common reedbuck and hippo in the floodplains, lagoons and channels. Zebra, impala, blue wildebeest and giraffe on the sandveld areas; warthog, tsessebe and kudu. Carnivore sightings occur regularly, with the most common being lion and spotted hyena, but leopard are seen regularly and wild dog packs regularly ‘den’ near Macatoo.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Fast and thrilling gallops alongside giraffe, zebra and buck, in water and on land; quietly stalk bigger game such as buffalo and elephant and take time to indulge in some of the best bird watching in the world.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

An African safari adventure at Macatoo does not have to involve horses and we can easily cater for non-riding spouses, partners, friends and children. Indeed, many of our riding guests like to have time away from the saddle and take advantage of the wide range of other activities on offer. Game drives offer the opportunity to track and photograph birds and big game in stunning settings. Going out in our open top safari vehicles at dawn or dusk provide the best chances of seeing wildlife on the move, hunting, feeding, drinking or roosting. The arrival of the floods in May brings with it the unique chance to explore the Delta by water, on a motorboat, and Macatoo has its own jetty. The mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe which is navigated through the waters by a skilled poler, offers the most romantic way to view the Delta at this special time of year. The tranquillity and silence of the journey enables guests to feel at one with nature and see at close quarters how the animals and birds adapt to their ever-changing environment. Fishing, from boat or land, is a hugely popular pastime with both riding and non-riding guests. We have access to a wide range of beautiful fishing spots where guests cast between water lilies and wallowing hippos. The challenge is not only to get a fish to bite, but land it before it is snatched from the line by swooping fish eagles and kingfishers. But perhaps it is only from the air that one can really appreciate the diversity and vastness of the Okavango Delta. Helicopter flights, which take off and land in front of camp, offer not only the chance to see vast herds of elephant an buffalo but a bird’s-eye view of the entire eco-system and a better understanding of this unique miracle of nature.

FacilitiesFacilities

Soak up the rays on a pool deck sun bed, enjoying the view of the vast flood plain and the busy resident birds. The communal mess tent and dining deck is where you can swap stories of the day’s adventures around the constantly burning fire. The ‘magical tree’ is a short drive away for lunches, drinks and the occasional sleepover under the African sky.

AccommodationAccommodation

8 large and airy tents.

SeasonSeason

Macatoo Camp is open all year round

Average StayAverage Stay

No fixed arrival or departure dates Any length of stay can be accommodated with a minimum of 3 nights (average stay is 7 nights)

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

The average cost for a 7 night riding safari is £3870.00 per person sharing

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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Safari Awards Results History - Africa

Year Category W RU 3rd HC F N
2017 Best Community Focused Safari Property Nominee
2017 Best Design Nominee
2017 Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property Finalist Nominee
2017 Best Family Safari Experience Nominee
2017 Best Location Nominee
2017 Best Mobile Safari Nominee
2017 Best New Safari Property Nominee
2017 Best Riding Safari Finalist Nominee
2017 Best Safari Cuisine Nominee
2017 Best Safari Guiding Team Nominee
2017 Best Safari House Finalist Nominee
2017 Best Safari Spa / Retreat Nominee
2017 Best Value Safari Property Nominee
2017 Best Walking Safari Nominee
2017 Most Romantic Safari Property Nominee
2016 Best Community Focused Safari Property Nominee
2016 Best Design Nominee
2016 Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property Nominee
2016 Best Location Nominee
2016 Best Riding Safari Finalist Nominee
2016 Best Safari Cuisine Nominee
2016 Best Value Safari Property Nominee
2015 Best Community Focused Safari Property Nominee
2015 Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property Nominee
2015 Best Riding Safari Finalist Nominee
2015 Best Value Safari Property Finalist Nominee
2014 Best Mobile Safari Finalist Nominee
2014 Best Riding Safari Highly Commended Finalist Nominee
2013 Best Riding Safari Finalist Nominee
2011 Best Riding Safari Runner Up Finalist Nominee
2010 Best Riding Safari Winner Finalist Nominee
2009 Best Riding Safari Winner Finalist Nominee

Safari Awards Results History - Botswana

Year Category W RU 3rd HC F N
2017 Best Community Focused Safari Property
2017 Best Design
2017 Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property
2017 Best Family Safari Experience
2017 Best Location
2017 Best Mobile Safari
2017 Best New Safari Property
2017 Best Riding Safari
2017 Best Safari Cuisine
2017 Best Safari Guiding Team
2017 Best Safari House
2017 Best Safari Spa / Retreat
2017 Best Value Safari Property
2017 Best Walking Safari
2017 Most Romantic Safari Property
2016 Best Community Focused Safari Property
2016 Best Design
2016 Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property
2016 Best Location
2016 Best Riding Safari
2016 Best Safari Cuisine
2016 Best Value Safari Property
2015 Best Community Focused Safari Property
2015 Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property
2015 Best Riding Safari
2015 Best Value Safari Property
2014 Best Mobile Safari
2014 Best Riding Safari
2013 Best Riding Safari
2011 Best Riding Safari
2010 Best Riding Safari
2009 Best Riding Safari

- Winner (W)   - Runner Up (RU)   - Third Place (3rd)   - Highly Commended (HC)  
- Finalist (F)