"The exhilarating feeling of excitement and freedom as we gallop through the swampy marshes of the Okavango Delta. Coming across a herd of unsuspecting elephant we watch in awe of these magnificent creatures."

Whilst we associate a visit to Africa on safari in a 4WD, overland or mini bus there are few other different experiences we must be sure to include. For the more adventurous there is nothing more spectacular than seeing wildlife from a different angle. Whether it be from high above in a hot air balloon, a walking adventure or simply on horseback.

A horse riding safari brings an element of peacefulness and being one in one with nature. Riding amongst wildlife is truly amazing. Galloping through the swampy flood plains of the Okavango Delta in Botswana or through a game filled conservency of the Masai Mara in Kenya is simply exhilarating and exciting.

With our saddle bags and picnic lunches packed we are ready to set off in search of some wildlife. The Okavango has just enough water from the rains, as we canter along our excitement is building for in the distance we see a herd of elephants. Approaching the herd we also come close to buffalo, wildebeest, zebra and giraffe making sure we are a safe distance away as not to scare them. Watching so intently we nearly miss a cheetah sitting on a small kopje staring back at us in fascination.

Returning to camp in time for dinner we can enjoy another highlight of a night game drive to finish off our adventurous day. Sleep comes easily as we prepare ourselves for the next morning full of adventure.

“Bongwi our guide had exceptional knowledge of the bush and as many of us were keen birders it was great fun birding from the back of a horse. We saw large herds of elephants and got chased on one particular day by a cheeky elephant cow, which got our adrenaline going, as we were trying to gallop away from her we were galloping towards another herd of elephant. Thankfully they got our scent and headed off at a fast rate” Daphne Lindsay

The camps and lodges are rustic with authentic bush style accommodation, spacious Meru tents and sumptuous meals. During our stay we are offered a different range of activities and interaction with local bushmen. As our trip comes to an end the 5 nights that we have spent exploring the delta, we are now ready to see what else Botswana has to offer……

January 2016 reis
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