Botswana

Africa’s Ultimate Safari Destination

Botswana is probably best known for its prime wildlife and wilderness areas of The Okavango Delta and The Chobe National Park, but there is a huge area to explore whether on horseback or otherwise: The desert regions of the Central Kalahari, Nxai Pan & Makgadikgadi Pans; the peripheral game strong regions of the Greater Okavango: Linyanti, Selinda, Savute and Khwai; the protected game and wilderness reserves throughout the country: Mashatu, Kgalagadi, Khutse and Khama Rhino Sanctuary as well as cultural destinations of Tsoldilo Hills and San Bushmen communities.

Botswana is the size of France or Kenya, yet with a fraction of the population – approximately 2 million people (according to 2011 census).

An outstanding 35% of the country is dedicated to wildlife and wilderness tourism, uniquely and importantly these areas are mainly unfenced, allowing for a completely natural and wild habitat where some of Africa’s most iconic and rare species occur. Safari experiences are highly personalised, with minimal impact on the environment and a low density policy, allowing for a truly natural insight into the behaviours and habits of birds and animals in some of the world’s most sensitive, dynamic and unusual ecosystems.

The riding in Botswana is exceptional. With no fences or man-made infrastructure and the excellent ground, awesome space and incredible up close and personal game interaction, this destination tops the chart in every respect. The diversity of countryside and experience means that there is something for everyone and whilst mainly catering for the experienced rider, there are options for those not so advanced and also specifically for families.

Horses are widely used by the local people for cattle-herding and transportation but are rarely used for pleasure. Though, with the increasing opportunity to work with horses in the safari industry, more Batswana (local people of Botswana) are becoming increasingly aware of the versatility of their horses. All of the rides featured have locally produced horses in addition to imports and classic purebreds.

The horses and riding in Botswana may certainly be considered the “crème de la crème” of horseback safaris and promises to deliver above and beyond expectations

Getting To Botswana

Air Botswana
Direct daily flights from Johannesburg to Gaborone (our capital), Maun (gateway to the Okavango and Kalahari) and Kasane (for Chobe) and from Cape Town to Gaborone and Maun
South African Airlink
Direct daily flights from Johannesburg to Gaborone, Maun and Kasane
By Road
Main roads in Botswana are in good condition and a sedan car will cope easily and is cost-effective. However, when taking to the Parks, Reserves and other destinations off the beaten track a 4×4 is essential. For more info on these safaris, please contact us.
Top Tip

We recommend you booking your flights in and out of Botswana as part of your international flight from home to protect you in the event of missed connections caused by delays!

Seasons

Broadly there are 3 seasons in Botswana
Peak/High Season
The cooler winter months with highest flood levels and highest cost.

Generally July-Sept

Mid-Season
moderate in all respects from temperatures to water levels.

Generally Nov, April-June.

Low/Green Season
The hotter summer months with lower flood levels and lowest cost.

Generally Dec-March.

Each ride and safari company sets its own seasonally based rates so please check the season and rate when enquiring