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Macatoo Camp

We are sure you will never forget the true sense of freedom which you will experience on your horse with us in the Okavango Delta in Africa.

Season Rates
01 Jan 2017 to 31 Marc 2017  GBP 455.00 pppns
01 Apr 2017 to 15 July 2017  GBP 530.00 pppns
16 July 2017 to  31 Oct 2017  GBP 585.00 pppns
1 Nov 2017 to 15 Nov 2017 GBP 530.00 pppns
16 Nov 2017 to 31 Dec 2017 GBP 455.00 pppns

Itinerary

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  • Day 1: Maun to Savuti River
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    ~ Maun to Savuti River ~ Upon arrival into Maun Airport, you will be met by Mack Air who will assist you with your luggage and security clearance for your charter flight North into the Savuti region of Chobe National Park where you will be collected by your guide. Once you land in Savuti, you will start your adventure with a game drive towards your home for the next 3 nights, here you will be greeted by the chef and crew who will look after you whilst on this section of your trip. Enjoy a 3 course dinner under the stars, listening to the sounds of the wilderness whilst your guide briefs you on what to expect over the coming days.
    Activities: Game Drives
  • Day 2 - 3: Savuti (Chobe National Park)
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    ~ Savuti (Chobe National Park) ~ The day starts with the rising of the sun.  Your wake-up call will be between 5am and 6am – a gentle “koko” (knock knock in Setswana) at the entrance of your tent.  The camp staff will be on hand to fill your wash-hand basin with steaming hot water and freshly made tea and coffee will be served around the campfire.

    A light breakfast will be served before the early morning game drive.  The best time of day to enjoy game viewing is in the early morning and late afternoon as most animals retreat to the shadows to rest during the heat of the day.  

    Having spent the morning exploring the surrounding wilderness in search of Botswana’s hidden treasures, you will return to camp for a sumptuous lunch.  Just as the animals retreat to escape the heat of mid-day, so will you.  This is your time to enjoy reading, chatting, relaxing or taking a nap.

    Later in the afternoon you will head out into the wilderness once more as the animals awake from their days slumber and gather at the watering holes to quench their thirst.  As the sun sets on the horizon, one can only marvel at the sheer splendor of an African sunset and with refreshments in hand, toast to the wonder of nature.

    On your return to camp, you can gather around the warmth of the campfire with your fellow companions to relive the day’s events and excitement.  Enjoy a three-course dinner served with South African wines against the magical backdrop of the Africa night sky.  Retreating to the comfort of your tent after enjoying a nightcap around the campfire, you can fall asleep to the calls of the African wild.   

    Habitat:  Unlike the vast majority of the country, Savuti is not flat landscape. Large outcrops of volcanic rock reach up out of the Kalahari sands, towering over the endless savannah. These hills provide habitat for a completely different array of small wildlife, birds and plants. The Savuti Marsh has been the stage for many of the most dramatic wildlife documentaries in Africa. The wide open country, good ungulate populations and particularly strong prides of lion and hyaena clans make for dramatic wildlife interaction and excellent   viewing opportunities. The now dry Savuti Channel runs through this landscape linking the drysand-veld, the waterholes, the hills and the grassland that was the Savuti Marsh.

    Wildlife:  Undoubtedly it is the interaction between lion and elephant that is the most interesting aspect of Savuti. The area is inhabited by a huge pride of lions with numbers fluctuating from 20-30 members. These remarkable lion have learned over the years how to hunt these massive pachyderms that are supposedly above predation. Launching their attack under darkness and using their numbers, they manage to kill adolescent and even young adult elephant.
    The marsh is prime cheetah country and in the wet season it is not unusual to have the wild dog hunting here in Savuti.

    Birding:  The surface water that is pumped by the Government here provides a major attraction for birdlife. In the dry season thousands of dove and sandgrouse come down to drink in the mornings and are under constant surveillance by Yellow-billed Kite*, Tawny Eagle and African Hawk-Eagle. Red-crested Korhaan are common in the Kalahari Apple-leaf (Lonchocarpus nelsii) veld. The marsh is the summer home for good numbers of Caspian Plover* and Montague’s Harrier* as well as Chestnut-backed Sparrowlark, Grey-backed Sparrowlark, Northern Black Korhaan, Rufous-naped Lark, African Pipit and Desert Cisticola. Dickenson’s Kestrel, Amur Falcon* and Red-necked Falcon are found along the perimeter of the marsh.
    Activities: Game Drive and Bushman Painting Walks * Denotes species of a migratory nature
  • Day 4:Savuti to Macatoo
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    ~ Savuti to Macatoo ~ Another early morning start for your final activity in Savuti your charter to Macatoo Camp around lunchtime where you will continue to adventure.  .  The flight takes around 40 minutes and offers a bird’s eye view of the Okavango Delta – it is amazing how tiny the breeding herds of elephant look from the air. A safari vehicle will be waiting for you at the camp’s airstrip for the 45 minute game drive – or an exciting boat ride (depending on the time of year) - into Macatoo Camp where staff will greet you with a welcome drink. After settling into your tent, you will be offered afternoon tea and homemade cake during a briefing from your guide before heading to the barn for a ride.  The pace of the evening rides are deliberately slower giving you the time to enjoy the sunsets and make the most of the photo opportunities offered by the birdlife and game. After a hot shower and change, drinks and snacks are served in the comfortable mess tent ahead of a candle-lit dinner by the fire. 
  • Day 5: Macatoo
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    ~ Macatoo’s cheerful “tent ladies” will provide a gentle wake-up call along with your choice of tea or coffee which are served to you in bed. A light breakfast is set up around the camp fire ahead of the first long ride of the holiday. There is a wide selection of horses in our barn and Macatoo’s experienced staff have the knack of putting together great horse and rider partnerships.  Depending on the season, the morning ride may involve some galloping across dried flood plains, swimming through flood waters or pushingon through seas of tall grass to watch giraffe, zebra, antelope, elephant, buffalo  - whatever is out there. A hearty lunch is served every day – you will need it after all those miles in the saddle – the chicken pie is a firm favourite and wine is always offered to encourage a little nap before tea and the evening ride. Sundowners are often enjoyed out in the bush before heading back to camp to freshen up. Dinner is always a great occasion at Macatoo, but there is no guarantee that it is always eaten in the same place.......
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    After listening to the dawn chorus over tea or coffee in bed, you will have shaken off any first day riding nerves and be eager to get back on a horse. Heading off in a new direction, the landscape will be quite different to yesterday offering fresh game viewing possibilities and a varied pace of ride – guides are always hoping to see the rare semiaquatic antelope, the red lechwe. After lunch, the camp pool is an ideal place to cool down, or stretch the muscles that are feeling the effects of the time in the saddle. The deck is a great place to soak up some sun, read and doze, but keep your binoculars and cameras handy as zebra, buck and elephant frequently pass in front of camp. The swimming pool is also a popular watering hole for families of baboons, the babies on their mother’s backs are particularly cute. After some lovely homemade cakes or scones, evening rides can be swapped for some sunset fishing from boats, or from the banks of pools where hippos wallow. Game drives, walks or boat rides – depending on the time of year – are also available for those wanting time away from the horses or for non-riding partners and guests.
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    This morning we ride deeper into the heart of the delta, to corners of the wilderness where vehicles simply cannot reach – horses can get much closer to the big game. We cross high palm islands which offer great sweeping views of the Delta plains – are those anthills or giraffes in the distance? Riders may have joined non-riding friends and family for a walk, drive or boat ride – but all guests will reunite for an unexpected champagne breakfast under a large baobab tree to swap ‘survivor’ stories from the morning. By now, you will have settled into the wonderful rhythm of camp where great adventure, creature comforts and downtime are combined to provide a break. After tea and a gentle sunset ride, you may find yourself at our fabulous tree house where you will have the option to spend the night out, sleeping high up in the tree canopy under the African night sky. From there, it is fascinating to watch and listen as the birds and animals prepare for night – by roosting, travelling or preparing to hunt. The barking of baboons and calling lions provide an unforgettable soundtrack to a night out under the stars. Your guides will stay too, providing great company and peace of mind – for many guests, this is a real highlight of a holiday to Macatoo.
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    After waking up in the treetops, you are whizzed back to camp by vehicle to change before riding off into new terrain. By now, you will be very ‘riding fit’ and eager to pick up the pace. You will canter through clouds of bushman hair grass, onto vast plains dotted with fig trees. You will pass giraffe along the way or shyer antelope who disappear into the depths of the mopane woodlands. By the time you reach the expansive flood plains, you will be riding quite fast – you will know your horse well by now and both of you relish a quicker pace and the sense of exhilaration. For the last afternoon in camp, some guests choose to take a helicopter ride to reach even further into the Delta and take some great pictures. You may feel torn over how to spend your final sunset outing – an evening game drive with a spotlight is often fun, picking up a local clan of hyena, or lions out on the hunt. Above your head Bushbabies leap from branch to branch through the terminalia and acacia trees – only seen by the brights of their eyes.
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    The dawn call of the African Fish Eagle has, by now, become as familiar as the morning alarm at home. The delivery of hot drinks in bed heralds the start of your last morning in camp and you will be anxious to make the most of your final ride. We stay quite close to camp, splashing through water on the vast open plains, home to blue wildebeeste and Burchell's zebra. The riding pace will be deliberately quite fast as we cram as much fun as possible into the final hours – be prepared to get wet as we approach deep reedy areas full of bird life including open-billed storks, squacco herons, slaty egrets and egyptian geese. You will return to Macatoo along the myriad of waterways lined with large trees, before arriving back at the barn where you say a sad farewell to your horse. There will be just enough time to shower, change and pack before the game drive to the airstrip, carrying a picnic lunch to tide you over until your return to the real world. Don’t worry, you can always come back – so many of our guests do!
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Please note this Horseback Safari is exciting but not strenuous. This itinerary only serves as a guide; all scenarios are dependent on the season and levels of the Okavango flood.  African Horseback Safaris reserves the right to alter the itinerary in an y way and leaves this to the discretion of the guides. Local weather conditions may also affect game movements.

 

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  • Terms & Conditions
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    Include

    » Accommodation at Macatoo Camp on a sharing basis

    » All meals and local beverages

    » Riding and Non-Riding activities

    » 12% Government VAT

    Excluded

    » Visas and full travel and medical insurance - which is essential

    » Return transport from your home to Maun/Kasane

    » Charter flight from Maun/Kasane to camp (see rates below)

    » Gratuities for camp staff and guides

    » Purchases from the curio shop

    Charter Flight Rates

    Flights to Macatoo is a 30 minute scenic flight from Maun or 1 1⁄2 hours from Kasane (which is located on the Botswana side of Victoria Falls), followed by a game drive/boat trip, depending on water levels. Due to the Kasane flight being longer guests would not be able to ride on their day of departure. Costs are per person one way and include government and airline taxes, which are subject to change.

    » Maun-Macatoo Camp GBP 220.00

    » Kasane- Macatoo Camp GBP 320.00

    Surcharges

    5% handling fee will be charged on all credit card payments.

    Single Supplement of 50% on daily rate will apply if not prepared to share twin-bedded accommodation. We also keep one tent dedicated to single travellers where no single supplement would apply, subject to availability.

    Our weight limit for riders is as follows:

    » Under 95kg no supplement

    » 95-105kg no extra supplement but subject to availability

    » Exceeding 105kg by special arrangement only

    Recommended Stay

    We do not have set departure dates so you are welcome to choose the dates that would best suit your itinerary. We have a minimum stay policy of 3 nights but recommend 5-10 nights or longer.

    Honeymoon Suite

    For honeymoon clients we highly recommend our 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.This option is available at a surcharge cost of only GBP 120.00 per couple per night.

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    Non-Riding Partner

    10% discount will be offered on the daily rate for any non-riding partner joining a safari. Non-riding activities include game drives, boating, mokoro excursions and fishing (all activities are subject to water levels).

    Macatoo Miles

    Guests who book and confirm return visits within 12 months of their previous stay will get a 5% discount on the cost of accommodation for their subsequent trip. The return trip does not need to be within a 12-month period but it does have to be booked and confirmed within the year.

    Payment

    All payments to African Horseback Safaris are to be in GBP sterling or the equivalent agreed currency Full payment must be made no later than30 days before the starting date of the horse safari – otherwise booking will be deemed as cancelled.

    Cancellation

    On confirmation of a booking an invoice will be issued and your booking will then be subject to the below cancellation policy. All cancellations must be in writing.

    » Confirmation – 61 Days prior to date of arrival: 30% of total safari cost is forfeited.

    » Confirmation – 61 Days prior to date of arrival: 30% of total safari cost is forfeited.

    » 60 – 31 Days prior to date of arrival: 50% of total safari cost is forfeited.

    » 30 – 0 Days prior to date of arrival: 100% of total safari cost is forfeited.

    » Should a client, for any reason, fail to join a safari or join it after departure or leave it prior to its completion, no refund can be made.

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  • Best Time to Visit
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    The best time to come to Macatoo – is when you can get away!

    We are always being asked “When is the best time to come?” As this is such a complicated issue with many variables such as weather, water levels and game we have listed below some guidelines to help you decide what suits you best.

    January / February

    Weather: Warm / hot during the day with morning rides in a breeze – pleasantly warm at night. Small possibility of rain. Bush is green and lush – grass tall and green.
    Temperature: Day: temps can reach 35°-45°C in the middle of the day Night: 10°-20°C
    Water: Rain pools in the Mopane forests and on the open plains – but floodwater unlikely at this time.
    Game: Cats around and plains game such as zebra, wildebeest, impala and kudu. Nomadic bull elephants and birds in breeding plumage.
    Clothing: Lightweight riding gear, a raincoat and swimwear.

    March / April

    Weather: Warm / hot during the day – pleasantly warm at night. Small possibility of rain. Bush is green and lush – grass tall and green.
    Temperature: Day: 25°-35°C Night: 10°-20°C
    Water: Plenty of rain pools left over from the rainy season – but the floodwater is unlikely to be within riding distance of the camp.
    Game: Because of the rain and waterholes, the game is dispersed all over the country – so not concentrated in herds yet. Possible still to see the plains game: zebra, wildebeest, impala etc as well as elephant, maybe buffalo and cats.
    Clothing: Lightweight riding gear, a raincoat and swimwear.

    May

    Weather: Cooler at night, but still pleasantly warm during the day. Unlikely to rain. Bush still green but grass getting shorter.
    Temperature: Day: 20°-30°C Night: 5°-10°C
    Water: The Okavango annual floodwaters normally arrive in May or June – so are within riding distance for a couple of weeks before they actually reach camp. The floodwaters bring long shallow water canters on the floodplains and deeper channels to cross. As water levels rise, motorboat replaces vehicle game drives and mekoros are also in use into November.
    Game: When the water arrives initially the birdlife is great as they feed off the shallow water areas. Game comes to drink from the water, with the buffalo and lechwe moving in as the water levels increase. However, there is a lot of water – so much of the game is still dispersed.
    Clothing: A splash proof jacket, a fleece/sweater for evenings and swimwear.

    June / July / August

    Weather: This is our winter and can be chilly / cold in the early morning and evenings but warm in the middle of the day. Bush getting drier except around the edges of the islands where the green shoots start to come through.
    Temperature: Day: 20°-25°C Night: 3°-5°C
    Water: The water is at its highest levels, so plenty around to ride through and go boating on either in the motor boat or mokoro (canoe).
    Game: Large herds of lechwe forming in the wetlands and perhaps hippo and crocodile in the area. Good potential for buffalo sightings with impala, tsessebe, kudu etc moving inland on islands.
    Clothing: Splash proof jacket, a warm fleece/sweater for evenings.

    September / October

    Weather: Winter is over and it gets progressively hotter building up to the first rains, which clear the hazy days and the skies are big and beautiful. Trees come into flower and then leaves go green and fruits grow. Evenings are warm and the plunge pool gets a lot of use! Bush is dry and grass short.
    Temperature: Day: 30-45°C Night: 15°-25°C
    Water: The floodwater normally stays around the camp area until October – but this, of course, depends on how big the flood was to start with. As the floodplain water recedes, drinking pools of water remain – hopefully until the next rains come!
    Game: The game now tends to concentrate as the water sources lessen – often big herds of buffalo, elephant and with shorter grass more plains game can be seen. More likely to see wild dog as well as the cats who favour dry savannah such as cheetah. Young giraffe and lechwe; hyenas more evident cooling off in the pools.
    Clothing: Lightweight riding gear, a fleece/sweater and swimwear.

    November / December

    Weather: The rainy season is any time from November – but impossible to say exactly when and how much. Normally the rain comes for an hour or so every day and then often goes away for a week or more before it rains again. It is warm to sticky hot before the rain and cooler after each rain. Bush turns green with the rains and many of the trees and flowers come into bloom while the sunsets become increasingly dramatic.
    Temperature: Day: 30°-40°C Night: 15°-20°C
    Water: Depending on the flood level, there will be some water around with the rain topping up the pools.
    Game: Very good until the first rain when it disperses again – the young antelope are born at this time and are very entertaining to watch.
    Clothing: Lightweight riding gear, a raincoat and swimwear.
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    Most guests reach camp by flying to Maun via Johannesburg. Flights to Maun normally depart Johannesburg around 10am so you need to ensure that your international flight connects in order to avoid losing a day of your holiday. (BA, SAA and some Virgin flights connect with the Air Botswana flight to Maun).

    On your return journey, it is advisable to book the latest available, but certainly not before 8pm in order to avoid the risk of missing your onward connection.

    It is also possible to get to Maun via Victoria Falls, Windhoek and Cape Town so you can combine your horseback safari with some of Africa’s major tourist experiences. You will be met from your flight into Maun by one of our staff who will then assist you in finding the pilot who will be taking you, by light aircraft, into the Delta and our private, remote air strip.

    For those wanting to visit Victoria Falls before or after their safari with us, it is possible to fly directly from Macatoo camp to Kasane, a 90-minute scenic flight over the Delta. Kasane is located on the Botswana side of Victoria Falls and then it is a road transfer to either Livingstone, Zambia or Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. However, guests taking this Kasane flight, which is longer than the other routes, should be aware that they would not have time to ride on their final morning in camp. 
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    Luggage is strictly limited to 20kgs per person, including hand luggage, carried in soft bags on the light aircraft into the Delta. Additional bags can be stored, by arrangement, at African Horseback Safaris’ office in Maun.

    We recommend that you bring:
    • A light-weight riding hat
    • A light-weight riding hat
    • A shade hat with strap
    • Two pairs of light-weight riding shoes
    • Sunglasses on string, riding gloves and bandana
    • Bush colour riding clothes (not white):
    • Jodhpurs or long trousers and chaps (2 pairs)
    • Long sleeved cotton shirts
    • Jersey, fleece or multi- pocketed waistcoat
    • Light weight waterproof windbreaker jacket
    • 4 x sets of socks and underwear (we recommend unpadded cycling shorts for men)
    • Shorts, T shirts, sarong, swimwear and sandals
    • Sun block, lip salve, insect repellent
    • Torch and binoculars
    • Waterproof camera
    All clothing should be neutral coloured to blend in with the bush (shades of khaki, brown, beige or green) and light weight cottons are advisable. Please take into consideration the time of year when you are travelling before making your final packing decisions. For further information, please see ‘Best time to visit’ which provides more information about seasonal changes and temperatures. Many guests choose to wear their riding clothes and boots and carry wash bags in their hand luggage, in case bags are delayed or go astray on international flights.

    Macatoo provides a complimentary laundry service, although for hygiene reasons we do not wash underwear. Washing powder is provided in tents for this purpose. Towels and other amenities are provided.

    A basic first aid kit is available in camp but please make sure to bring any prescription medication with you. Please consult your doctor regarding anti-malarial advice and inoculations.
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