Canter past wildlife as you splash through the Okavango's reed-lined waterways
If you are a good rider and want to see the Okavango Delta, Macatoo Horseback Safari Camp is the place to go. Leave the comfortable tented camp with your experienced guide and trot off into one of Africa’s prime wildlife areas. From your saddle, high above the long grass and reeds, you'll see giraffe, elephant, buffalo, many antelope species and even lion. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and an absolute must, even if you have to sell the family silver to get there. Not a horserider? Exploring the delta by boat or in a safari vehicle is just as rewarding.
At the lodge
Despite its remote location, this is a laid-back but perfectly comfortable and well-appointed camp. The tented main area has inviting seating, and the stables and their 40-plus thoroughbred inhabitants are well maintained. Fireside dinners are generally served beneath the stars, with freshly prepared and very good wholesome meals. (Food preferences are requested when you book.) There's a plunge pool for hot afternoons (October to May). No cellphone or internet reception, and power is limited.
Macatoo's accommodation is in spacious twin-bedded safari tents with proper beds, cotton sheets and cosy blankets. Towels are provided. Each tent has an en-suite shower with hot and cold running water and flush loo. All have decks, but no aircon, and the honeymoon suite has a bath. Each morning you'll be woken with a cup of tea or coffee to enjoy as you gaze out of the front of your tent.
This is an area of dangerous game, so you need to be an experienced rider to be able to keep up with the group (and your competent guide) and control your horse when riding fast over rough terrain. Beginner riders are not accepted. There's lots for non-riders to do though – boat trips, fishing and mokoro or game drives dependent on the water levels.