Riding Safari Botswana

Botswana was the birthplace of riding safaris, with the perfect combination of terrains to tackle. Do you want to ride through savannah, desert, wetlands or salt pans? The choice is yours.

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Key Stats

Flight from London London

10:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +2 hrs

For those in search of huge herds of game and incredible scenery, the Okavango Delta - 'Jewel of Africa' - is unparalleled. Fed by the third-largest river in Southern Africa, water fans out across 9,400 square miles of the northern Kalahari, creating an astonishing labyrinth of forests, reedbeds, lagoons and flood-plains.

At its heart, protecting a quarter of this miraculous oasis, is the Moremi Game Reserve. Needless to say exploring the Reserve on horseback is fantastic, as it puts you on equal terms with the game so you can canter with herds of wildebeest and zebra or watch quietly as your horse grazes near a browsing family of giraffe. When not in the saddle, why not glide silently in a mokoro dugout canoe with a guide who can spot the terrapins basking on floating logs, or a fish eagle overhead.

At the other, parched, extreme lies the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, which make for some seriously fun and fast paced riding during the dry season from May to October. The Pans are also the place to look for shy brown hyenas or meerkat families, to see some of the largest baobab trees in the world, and for the chance to walk with the ancient nomadic Bushmen who have inhabited these extreme conditions since the Stone Age. A truly extraordinary experience.

The best way to enjoy a riding safari is to join a set departure trip, which can last from five to 14 days. There are several available and we can chat you through the various options. For the ultimate Botswana experience, why not combine riding in both the Makgadikgadi Pans and the Delta. Many of our riding safaris also cater to non-riding partners, as they can enjoy game drives and boating safaris during the day.


Where to stay

Family at a 'Dead' Termite Mound at Young Explorers Delta Safari Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Footsteps Delta Camp

Footsteps Delta Camp is a traditional Botswanan safari camp in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Their ingenious Young Explorers private safari experience is one of the best family focused safari programmes out there and makes this one of our favourite camps to take youngsters to.

Shinde guest tent exterior in woodland

Shinde Camp

On an island dotted with palm trees in the northern Okavango Delta, is the welcoming retreat of Shinde Camp. Set on the edge of a lagoon, the camp is surrounded by waterways which are home to a host of magnificent animals and bird life.

Twin tent interior

Footsteps Camp

Footsteps Camp is located in a secluded part of the Okavango Delta. The camp’s three Meru-style tents are the perfect base from which to explore the wilderness on foot, discovering the wildlife and landscapes of Botswana.

Kings Pool Camp

Kings Pool Camp

Kings Pool is one of the most luxurious safari camps in Botswana, which in turn is home to some of the most luxurious safari camps in Africa - so that’s quite some feat. Located on the shore of an oxbow lake, overlooking the Linyanti and floodplains, Kings Pool is a peaceful and pretty place to relax between safari activities.

Duba Expedition Camp

Duba Expedition Camp

The intimate Duba Expedition Camp sits in the heart of the Okavango Delta on a wooded island. The exclusive camp offers guests the ultimate opportunity for private wildlife sightings and provides the perfect backdrop for living in luxury in the wild.


Sable Alley

On the edge of Moremi Game Reserve and the Khwai River area of the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana, Sable Alley’s brand new camp boasts a rather enviable location – and a luxurious camp to go with it.



Deep in the heart of Botswana’s 200,000 hectare Khwai Private Reserve, high up in the trees of the reserve, are the unique lodgings of Skybeds.


Duba Plains

Reopened at the beginning of March 2017, Duba Plains camp has been lovingly refurbished to provide visitors with a more luxurious option in the Okavango Delta, overlooking the floodplains of the 30,000 hectare Kwedi Reserve.


Okuti Camp

Lying alongside the Maunachira River which meanders through the Xakanaxa Lagoon, is the charming Okuti Camp, set within the famous Moremi Game Reserve and offering guests one of Botswana’s top safari experiences.

bathroom view

Chief's Camp

Escape to Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, situated in the famous Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta. Chief’s Island is one of many islands created by the Okavango Delta’s seasonal flood waters and offers spectacular game viewing, rated as one of the best safari experiences in Botswana.

bedroom view

DumaTau Camp

In the private Linyanti Wildlife Reserve and on the banks of the Savute Channel, DumaTau Camp is a luxury tented camp offering some exceptional game viewing opportunities.

Linyanti Bush Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Linyanti Bush Camp

Linyanti Bush Camp is a small and intimate tented camp besides the Linyanti marshes in a private reserve bordering the western boundary of Chobe in the Chobe Enclave.

Camp exterior at night at Little Kwara Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Little Kwara Camp

Little Kwara Camp is situated on a tree-covered island in a private concession sharing a boundary with the Moremi Game Reserve.

Camp fire at Lebala Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Lebala Camp

Lebala means ‘wide open spaces’ in Setswana and the scenery is dominated by vast plains with scattered palms and tree clumps backed by wooded savannah.

The terrace at night at Mombo Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Mombo Camp

Located in the heart of the Okavango Delta, within the Moremi Game Reserve, the area surrounding Mombo Camp is home to large concentrations of both plains game and predators.

Motswiri Camp

Motswiri Camp

Motswiri Camp is located in the world renowned Selinda Reserve, an area of over 120,000 acres of pristine African bush, and is a charming and comfortable base from which to explore this area.

Free Standing Bath at Pom Pom Camp

Pom Pom Camp

Located within the Matsebe concession in Botswana’s Okavango delta, Pom Pom Camp boasts a permanent lagoon surrounded by miles of reeds, where hippos are regular features.

Dining at the camp verandah at Selinda Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Selinda Camp

Selinda Camp is located along the banks of the Selinda Spillway, a wildlife haven in Botswana’s vast 320 000 acre Selinda Reserve.

Private dining at Vumbura Plains Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Vumbura Plains Camp

Located in the northern tip of the Okavango Delta, Vumbura Plains comes high in the style stakes, and is also home to a multitude of wildlife.

Zafara camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Zarafa Camp

Zarafa Camp is located on the fringes of Zibadianja Lagoon in northern Botswana’s 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve.

Okavango Horse Safaris

Okavango Horse Safaris

An ancient quirk of geology caused the great Okavango River to run not to a lake or sea but into a vast inland delta that is an astonishing maze of papyrus-lined waterways, meadows and woodland, rich in wildlife and birds.

Abu Camp

Abu Camp

Named after a very special bull elephant, Abu Camp was the original base camp when Africa’s first elephant back safaris were pioneered in the Okavango Delta 17 years ago. Today, the camp is situated in a vast private reserve of 180,000 hectares and offers personal interactions with a herd of rescued and rehabilitated elephants.

Machaba Camp

Machaba Camp

Machaba Camp sits on the tree-lined banks of the Khwai River, in a game rich concession of the Delta, overlooking the famous Moremi Game Reserve.

Selinda Explorers Camp

Selinda Explorers Camp

Selinda Explorers sits on the banks of the Selinda Spillway, which links the Okavango Delta with the ancient Linyanti and Kwando waterways, acting as a lifeline to animals migrating between these regions.

Shinde Enclave

Shinde Enclave

Shinde Enclave has all the trappings of a luxury lodge, yet accommodates a maximum of just six guests meaning it can be all yours for the ultimate wilderness safari experience. Think private chef, waiter, housekeeper and experienced guide, of course.

Little Vumbura

Little Vumbura

Raised on decks and nestled among ancient trees on a small island in the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta, the intimate camp of Little Vumbura offers just what you’d expect from a classic Botswana safari: accessed only by boat, you’ll find canopied roofs, dinner by lantern-light and – most importantly – beautiful views across the Delta.

Jacks Camp, luxury camp in Botswana, Africa

Jack's Camp

An oasis of comfort in the middle of Botswana’s Kalahari desert, Jack’s Camp is pitched on a low grassland knoll in an oasis of desert palms and Kalahari acacia, and is one of the original luxury camps in the area.

San Camp, luxury camp in Botswana, Africa

San Camp

Following a major revamp in 2011, San Camp has the art of pared down safari elegance down to a tee.

Horseback riding at Camp Kalahari, luxury camp in Botswana, Africa

Camp Kalahari

Jack Bousfield, a legendary hunter and crocodile catcher, spent many years exploring the remoter parts of Botswana, and set up a camp on the ‘shores’ of the Makgadikgadi Saltpans. Now his son Ralph has created a camp here among the acacias and Mokolwane palms on Hyena Island, on the edge of the ancient super lake and adjacent to the Makgadikgadi National Park – Camp Kalahari.

Spotting giraffes at Ride Makgadikgadi Pans, luxury camp in Botswana

Ride Makgadikgadi Pans

Yes, yes, the Okavango Delta offers incredible scenery and extraordinary wildlife encounters, but there are other places to visit – and ride – in Botswana. Take the ancient and parched lunar expanse of the Makgadikgadi salt pans.

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