A Beginner’s Guide to Planning Horseback Safari in Botswana

Botswana is regarded as one of the world’s premier horseback riding destinations. The country is known for its breathtaking landscapes, abundant wildlife, and lack of fences. Both the guides and, more significantly, the horses in Botswana are top-notch.

The memories you make horseback riding in Botswana will last a lifetime. Riding safaris can take you anywhere from arid deserts to lush delta marshes, and anywhere in between. Some of the horseback safaris even include the opportunity to leap logs that were toppled by elephants, making for a thrilling and fast-paced ride. This means that visiting Botswana is at the top of many riders’ wish lists.

Botswana Horseback Safari- Mashatu Game Reserve

Horseback Safari in Botswana

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is a popular destination for riders due to its lush landscape, which is home to a wide variety of animals thanks to the region’s famed annual flood. Cantering across flooded plains while grinning ear to ear as splashing water drenches you is a unique experience offered by these horseback safaris during the Okavango Delta’s rainy season.
The unfenced and massive Mashatu Game Reserve straddles the border between Botswana, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, making it even another paradise for equestrians. Long trots that throw up dust and wind through the jungle, where you might see any number of animals.

The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans are the perfect destination for equestrians in need of a change of pace, an adrenaline rush, or simply a new view. Listen to the best natural racing surface in the world as your horses’ hooves crunch on the endless salt pans. Take in a sunset while galloping, and maybe even spend the night under the stars.

Most riding safaris demand a strong intermediate to advanced skill of riding due to the untamed environment of these areas and the big animals typically encountered. Even if you only have a day to spare or aren’t very confident on a horse, you shouldn’t miss out on any horse safaris.

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