African Horseback Safaris
Riding groups will normally be no more than 7 guests per group and riders should be aged 12 and over. We spend four to six hours a day in the saddle therefore riders need to be riding fit and confident with their ability at all paces. We regret that we cannot take novice or beginner riders. We welcome non riding spouses, partners, friends and children who can enjoy the many alternative activities on offer including game drives, seasonal boating, mokoro rides and fishing.
The 4x4s are used for night drives, spotting the nocturnal species and for close up photography of kills and predators. When the water levels permit, we also go out in boats to put another perspective on the game.
Our safari team is inspired each day by the beautiful surroundings to provide the best safari experience possible for our guests. We are enormously privileged to have a huge unspoilt wilderness in which to run our safaris. The Okavango Delta is an intriguing phenomenon, with ever changing landscapes due to the seasonal flood waters coming through from Angola. The movement of the game, the dramatic seasonal changes in the flora and the varying interests of our guests ensure that no two safaris are the same, each one is unique.
Macatoo Camp is situated on the western side of the Okavango Delta. Covering 17,000 sq. km, 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 which depends on the delta's life giving waters. More than 400 species of resident and migrant birds, lions, elephant, hyenas, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and crocodiles congregate with a variety of antelope and smaller animals - warthog, mongoose, genets, monkeys and bush babies to name a few.
African Horseback Safaris was established in 1995 by Sarah Jane Gullick and is run by John Sobey. Macatoo Camp is situated in a 500,000 acre private concession in the Delta.
The horses are much loved, well-mannered Thoroughbreds, Namibian Hanoverian and Kalahari-Arab crossbreeds. In excellent condition they range in size from 14 to 17 hands (140-170cm). There is a horse to suit everyone, and a choice of English or Trail saddles. Riding with giraffe or zebra and splashing through the sparkling flood plains contribute to the ultimate African adventure. Qualified guides will share with you their intimate knowledge of this wilderness, using the horses to best effect to bring you closer to birds, game and nature.
Our stunning camp features eight large luxury en-suite safari tents on raised wooden platforms overlooking floodplains where elephant, zebra, buck and the birdlife can be seen by visitors from their private verandas or even bed! Centrally there is a large well-appointed mess tent and tucked away, a private pool.
Macatoo features a new tented ‘honeymoon suite' complete with a bath on a raised platform and a larger private deck on which newlyweds and celebrating couples can enjoy a very special private dining experience. Another new addition will be the ‘family and friends suite' consisting of two tents that are linked by a walkway and viewing deck above ground, to provide direct, easy access and peace of mind for parents, children and single travellers who are anxious about sleeping alone in the bush. Despite all the recent upgrades, the overall feel and look of Macatoo will always be preserved to provide our guests the most comfortable, authentic, unpretentious, safari experience that we can.