Robyn and David have journeyed through Africa for over the last 45 years and it has led them to settle in Botswana, a vast country of few people with endless wilderness and some of the highest concentrations of wildlife to be found anywhere on the continent. There is so much to explore and many adventures ahead but for now they are enthralled to be able to call the Thamalakane River their home, to be riding through the huge Pans that dominate the centre of Botswana and to regularly venture into the Okavango and its surrounding wildlife rich areas. Botswana is a land overﬂowing with places that evoke the wild spirit of Africa. This is a land of true wilderness, it is a land where the wildlife still roam vast distances.
OKAVANGO RIDE, Botswana – 7 nights
Recently declared the 1,000th World Heritage Site, the unique Okavango Delta is a horse rider’s Eden: as the floodwaters spread down into the Kalahari sands, the herds and birdlife follow, and horseback is the perfect place from which to observe them.
This Delta Ride is unlike any other. Rather than a permanent riding camp, a lightweight mobile camp is transported by a flotilla of mekoros (traditional dugout canoes) poled by members of the local community, who live on the fringes of the Delta and know it intimately.
When the water levels are too low for the mekoros to navigate, a train of pack donkeys takes over.
The emphasis is on the experience, the loveliness of the Okavango, and top- level guiding. The riding and the horses are unsurpassed, the wildlife is astonishing and the food (cooked over a log fire) is fabulous.
Our camp is extremely comfortable in lightweight tents with standing room, fully made up stretcher beds, bucket showers and short drop loos.
Thamalakane River Ride, Botswana – 3 or 5 nights
The Thamalakane River is in full ﬂow after many years of droughtas the exceptional ﬂood waters of the Okavango Delta spill over and inundates the land. As a result of this aquatic lifeline ﬂowing through the dry Kalahari sands, a riding paradise has been created. Towering riverine woodlands line the riverbanks, rich in bird life as kingﬁshers hover, storks probe the reed beds and the magniﬁcent ﬁsh eagles’ cry pierces the tranquility.
This lodge based safari for 3 or 5 nights in the luxurious Royal Tree Lodge is ideal for riders of all levels including families with children.
Operating throughout the year you will ride amongst the wildlife of the reserve enjoying close encounters with giraffe, zebra and numerous species of antelope before exploring the picturesque Thamalakane and Boteti Rivers.
Long fast canters through the endless acacia woodlands take us past the local cattle posts before stopping for a sumptuous picnic breakfast under the magniﬁcent jackal berry trees overlooking the river. Soaking water canters keep us cool on the way home.
Kalahari Ride, Botswana – 3 or 5 nights
David Foot Safaris has teamed up with Uncharted Africa co., to create a fantastic three-night horse-riding safari out of Camp Kalahari. Or you can do a 5 night trip that includes two nights fly camping out on the Makgadikgadi Saltpans.
Now you can explore this wild, unspoilt area in the same way many of the earliest explorers, hunters and missionaries did – on horseback!