Okavango Delta, Botswana
At a Glance
Macatoo Camp is found in a 500,000 acre private concession in the Western Okavango Delta
The horses range in size from 14 to 17 hands
Choice of English or Trail saddles
Ultimate way to experience the Okavango Delta
Non-riders have their own guide and enjoy game drives, fishing, walks and mokoros
Best time to Visit
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Average time to visit
Botswana’s winter is May to October when the weather is hot during the day (not stiflingly hot) and cold at night. Botswana's summer months (November to April) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.
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Set in the depths of the Okavango Delta, Macatoo Camp offers simple but comfortable tented rooms and exhilarating rides into the bush accompanied by your expert guide from African Horseback Safaris to get up close to the game.
Home to a kaleidoscope of wildlife, the Okavango Delta is an intriguing phenomena, with ever changing landscapes created by the seasonal flood waters flowing through from Angola.
African Horseback Safari's camp, Macatoo, stands proudly on a palm fringed island, surrounded by endless grassy plains, punctuated with water meadows and seasonal lagoons. Bursting with life, the bush continuously shifts and transforms as you ride from island to island. The movement of the game and the dramatic seasonal changes ensure no two safaris are ever the same.
The classic Hemmingway-style tented camp provides you with all your creature comforts whilst allowing you to experience the wild beauty of the African bush. All six tents have an en-suite shower and loo and are secluded with a spacious verandah and armchairs overlooking the flood plain, dotted with palm trees. The central area has a mess tent with a bar and plenty of places to relax, an for those who wish to cool off after a day in the saddle, there is a small swimming pool tucked away in the trees.
For those who do not ride, or who simply have a taste for variety, vehicles are provided for day and night game drives and canoes can be taken down the river to view the game from a different perspective.
The camp has eight spacious, luxury, en-suite tents which are raised on wooden decks to offer views of the floodplains where elephant, zebra, buck and bird life can be observed. All the tents have private verandas to make your views even more special.
There are no specific child friendly facilities available at the camp and the minimum riding age is 12 years. The camp has recently introduced a family room to the camp which consists of two interconnecting tents which is ideal for larger groups.
Macatoo cannot accept beginners for safety reasons, only proficient riders. Non-riding partners are welcome and can be taken out on game drives. Not recommended for people with disabilities.
The activities included within your trip are game drives - day and night -, horse back safaris and mokoro trips. For riders, you will spend 4-6 hours a day in the saddle exploring the area. You need to be a competent rider and feel at ease in the saddle. For non riders, you can enjoy the game drives, fishing and mokoro trips.
There is also a swimming pool based at the camps which is an ideal way to cool down in the African sun.
Mrs Claire Hughes (Guest)
Macatoo was flawless!
Boat safari in the Okavango Delta
Travel through the waterways of the Okavango Delta on a boat safari, exploring the papyrus reeds and hippo habitats with your guide. The smooth ride offers a soothing alternative to time spent in a vehicle. Always subject to water levels.
Fishing in the Okavango
Fishing trips offer visitors to Botswana an opportunity to enjoy a different safari experience. In many areas the fishing is fantastic, you'll also enjoy fantastic wildlife and birdlife over your time on the water. NB not available within national parks.
Game Drives in Botswana
Viewing wildlife from a vehicle is the best way to get up close to big game. Allow your professional safari guide to cover ground to guarantee you some unforgettable sightings in Africa's premier safari destination.
Game drives in the Okavango
One of the best ways to see the big game of Botswana's Okavango Delta is on a game drive with a knowledgeable guide. Explore in open-sided vehicles to maximise your viewing opportunities, this is a truly wildlife rich environment.
Helicopter ride over the Delta
The Okavango Delta is a vast patchwork of deep-water channels, shallow lagoons and date palm islands, fringed with the ubiquitous papyrus reeds. A doors-off scenic helicopter flight is an exhilarating way to take in these sights and a real treat, too!
Mokoro trips in Botswana
Botswana's northern safari areas are full of water channels just waiting to be explored. Larger boats can be used to explore the wider channels but for the aficionado, mokoro trips into the smaller channels are a real treat. Always subject to waterlevels
Walking Safaris and Nature Walks
Walking in the African bush with a professional safari guide is a fantastic experience. Enjoy a completely different perspective on foot than from a vehicle.
Wild Botswana Riding Safari
Okavango Delta, Botswana
from £4500 pp inc flights & transfers for 5 nights
- Riding safaris give a totally different perspective - blend into your surroundings as you enjoy getting up close to the wildlife
- Enjoy fast-paced and exciting riding, sometimes in the company of plains game such as giraffe
- Listen to the hyenas haunting communication calls and the soft chirp of the scops owl as you sit round the fire after dinner
Location & directions
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Macatoo Camp is situated on the western side of the Okavango Delta. Covering 17,000 km sq, the Okavango is the largest inland delta in the world, a mix of labyrinth channels, palm fringed islands and fertile floodplains. Trapped in the parched sands of the Kalahari desert, it is a magnet for the wildlife who depend on the delta's life giving waters.
How to get there
Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta, which is an 11-hour international flight to Johannesburg, followed by a 2-hour international flight. Once in Maun, you will be met by a Macatoo camp representative and introduced to your pilot who will fly you to our camp airstrip.