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Horse Safaris: Botswana

Okavango Horse Safaris (OHS), Okavango Delta – Botswana
This company is owned and operated by Barney and PJ Bestalink who have been conducting horse safaris in the Okavango for the past 16 years. PJ has guided and lived permanently in the Okavango for 34 continuous years now, longer than any other Botswana guide.

PJ on his stallion Lamu
PJ on his stallion Lamu
Barney is one of Africa’s top horse woman, whose herd of over 65 horses live with them in the Okavango Delta. Their safari concession is a massive 2500 square kilometers in size! Within this huge expanse of land PJ has constructed three safari camps. Most of the horse trails begin at their Base Camp on the edge of Kudjwana Lagoon.

After spending a few days exploring the surrounding area an all day’s ride with a break for lunch, a swim and siesta will take you to one of the two fly camps Kiri or Makateers.
Tented accommodation at Kudjwana Base Camp
Tented accommodation at Kudjwana Base Camp
Their horses are made up of Arabs, Anglo Arabs, American Saddlebreds, Boerperds and Thoroughbreds, all well schooled and totally relaxed in the presence of all forms of wildlife.

The day is punctuated with full morning rides, an afternoon game drive or the opportunity of being poled along in a mokoro (dug out canoe) enjoying the serenity of the delta’s waterways and its phenomenal bird life.

Afternoon walks and night drives are the
other safari activities on offer.
Poled along in a Mokoro
Poled along in a Mokoro
frequently seen on these safaris are lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, kudu, lechwe, zebra, impala, warthog and baboons. There are a number of different itineraries to choose from, ranging from five, seven and ten days duration.

Fact Sheet (requisite riding ability, type of horses, accommodation, clothing etc)

Sample itinerary
An elephant bull challenges riders on their horses
An elephant bull challenges riders on their horses

>5 day Okavango Delta, Botswana
>7 day Okavango Delta, Botswana
>10 day Okavango Delta, Botswana

Without doubt, the ultimate horse safari in Southern Africa is ‘The Ride Home’. In mid October each year when Barney and PJ take their herd of safari horses for a well earned rest to their home on the Pan Handle of the Okavango Delta, some 150 kms north, a maximum of ten guests accompany them on this ten day safari to experience this amazing trek from the south western finger of the Okavango, riding the whole way up the worlds biggest inland Delta, passing many different habitats, and enjoying all the wildlife and vegetation that live in this magnificent aquatic paradise. Because it is such an adventure and only once a year, this safari is normally booked up two years in advance. See my report on ‘The Ride Home’ for a detailed description of this Safari.

Horse Safari Reports
>The Ride Home in the Okavango, Botswana
>Okavango Horse Safaris, Botswana

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