DAY 1 One of u
s will meet you at the airport and then you will be transferred from Maun to Macatoo camp by small plane (either a Cessna 206 or 208), giving you a fine view of the Okavango Delta. Camp is a short drive and (depending on the time of year) an exciting boat ride from the airstrip. After a quick look around camp and lunch, there is usually time for a siesta before tea, and the evening ride when you can get to know your first horse. You return to camp for a hot shower and candle-lit safari supper.DAY 2. Wake up with a cup of tea or coffee in bed, followed by light breakfast with homemade toast and muesli, then a ride out from camp to stretch our legs and explore. Depending on the season this may involve some galloping, (or even swimming) through the flood waters or pushing-on through seas of tall grass following giraffe, zebra, antelope, elephant, buffalo; whatever's out there. Back to camp for another brilliant lunch outside with the guides, if you're lucky it might be our famous chicken pie, and there's usually some wine to encourage a little nap before tea. The evening ride (by now you might be on a different horse) is deliberately slower-paced for safety reasons and it's a good opportunity to ask questions and take photographs. Leopard sightings are not infrequent, the bird-life is some of the best in the world and towards sunset there is often elephant or hippo interaction to enjoy. A sundowner gin and tonic can be enjoyed out in the bush before riding back to camp to freshen up. There's no guarantee that dinner is always eaten in the same place...DAY 3. Wake up as normal with freshly-brewed coffee or tea and depending on your whim, either ride out again (perhaps to find the rare semi-aquatic antelope, the red lechwe), or join one of our guided walks, game drives or perhaps a spot of fishing for bream from the boat? The riders and non-riders can meet up for a delicious champagne breakfast under one of the large baobab trees. After lunch take the opportunity to relax and either swim in the pool or sort out your digital photos. Homemade tea and cake is followed by the sunset ride, exploring the lower flood plains where elephant often gather at a pool. As dusk closes in, it is fascinating to watch them interact in the wild, and being on horseback brings you that much closer.DAY 4. For your last ride we're going to take you through different country, making our way through clouds of bushman hair grass to plains dotted with fig trees. While passing through mophane woodlands, there's a high possibility of finding elephants again. Our pace increases as we break out onto the flood plains; perhaps disturbing troops of baboons, maybe a last opportunity to gallop alongside giraffes or cape buffalo. Back at Macatoo there's time to shower and finish packing before a final open-air safari picnic, which might be our wonderful take on the traditional English breakfast cooked over an open fire. Something to set you up for a long journey towards your next adventure.
This itinerary only serves as a guide; all scenarios are dependent on the season and levels of the Okavango flood. At times it may not be possible to go on fly camps and during cooler months one longer ride may replace the normal morning and evening rides. AHBS reserves the right to alter the itinerary in any way and leaves this to the discretion of the guides. Local weather conditions may also affect game movements
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