African Horseback Safaris were early pioneers of horse riding safaris in Africa and, two decades later, we pride ourselves on offering one of the most unique and exciting horseback adventures in the world. Similarly the Barber Family history has always been intertwined with horses and five generations later in 1996, Ant and Tessa Baber established their game reserve in the Waterberg region of South Africa and have been running horse safaris ever since. Together we have teamed up to offer you an unforgettable big five combination ride.
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&OKAVANGO DELTA+Okavango Delta -The Delta is one of the world’s largest inland river systemsand one of its most incredible wildlife sanctuaries. Perhaps mostremarkable of all, is that this 17,000km2 wetland paradise is locateddeep within the Kalahari Desert. Each year, an influx ofwater from Angola, 1000km to the north, floods into the Delta to createthis natural miracle, a patchwork of river channels, lagoons, islandsand floodplains. The area is a magnet for birds and animalsand sustains a vast variety of fauna and flora, making it the idealsafari destination at any time of the year.
There is no better way to savour the Okavango Delta and experience itsunparalleled wildlife population than on horseback. Theannual flooding of the area leaves vast swathes of the Deltainaccessible to vehicles, making horses the most natural and excitingmeans to explore.
The pace of riding is varied; in between fast and thrilling gallopsalongside giraffe, zebra and buck, in water and on land, we quietlystalk bigger game such as buffalo and elephant and take time to indulgein some of the best bird watching in the world.
Our experienced guides are full of fascinating stories about theeverchanging landscape, its trees and plants, and have an incredibleability to spot even the best-camouflaged wildlife. Ourhorses also have finelytuned senses - keep an eye on their ears to seewhere animals are hiding. Once comfortable, our horses calmlydrop their heads to graze, sending a signal to other animals in thearea to relax and go about their normal daily routines.
With nearly 50 horses of all shapes and sizes in our barn, and a choiceof western or English saddles, the Macatoo team are experts at puttingtogether the best possible riding partnerships.
In order to ensure the safest and most enjoyable horseback adventurefor everyone, riders must be riding fit and confident at all paces.Days in the saddle can be long, and daytime temperatures can vary, soit is worth the effort to arrive prepared.
However an African safari adventure at Macatoo does not have to involvehorses and we can easily cater for non-riding spouses, partners,friends and children. Indeed, many of our riding guests liketo have time away from the saddle and take advantage of the wide rangeof other activities on offer.
Waterberg - Our reserve is one of diverse topography and vegetationranging from wide-open plains to beautiful mountainous areas, enablingus to naturally sustain the widest variety of game possible. It boastswith over 40 species of game including the rare sable antelope,Livingstone eland, Nyala, Oryx, Giraffe, Buffalo, White Rhino and wellover 300 species of resident and migrant birds. In addition to gamedrives, the reserve offers a safe and secluded environment to allowguests of all ages to enjoy guided bush walks, horse rides and cycling.
Ant’s have a herd of over 90 horses and can cater for ridersof all riding abilities and have fit, reliable and responsive horses,providing a choice for both the professional rider and absolutebeginner including children. The riding is over varied terrain and youcan canter along open sandy tracks or traverse high ridges withspectacular vistas. The pace can be as fast or relaxed as the rider iscomfortable with.
When you come across game you can often get so close the experience isunforgettable. The reserve is home to a vast variety of flora and faunaincluding buffalo, rhino, sable, roan, Livingstone eland and a host ofother plains game not forgetting the incredibly variety of bird life.
We take great pride in our sumptuous home cooking, dining in a varietyof places and outside whenever possible. We often end morning gameactivities with a bush lunch, whilst at night we sit around open firesunder the stars. The chefs can cater for all dietary requirements andwe serve excellent South African estate wines.
We are sure you will never forget the true sense of freedom which youwill experience on your horse with us in Africa.
Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill are two unique bush homes located on a private game reserve, set in the beautiful and diverse malaria free, Waterberg region of the Limpopo province of South Africa Specialising in a home from home experience, both lodges can either be booked exclusively, to one group at a time, or you can book just one room, making it a wonderful destination for families, riders, honeymooners or just good friends travelling together.
Macatoo Camp is situated on the western side of the Okavango Delta. Covering 17,000 km sq, the Okavango is the largest inland delta in the world, a mix of labyrinth channels, palm fringed islands and fertile floodplains. 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 verandahs or even bed! Centrally there is a large well-appointed mess tent and tucked away, a private pool.
|01 Jan 2018 to 31 Marc 2018||GBP 455.00 pppns|
|01 Apr 2018 to 30 Jun 2018||GBP 555.00 pppns|
|1 July 2018 to 31 Oct 2018||GBP 645.00 pppns|
|1 Nov 2018 to 30 Nov 2018||GBP 555.00 pppns|
|1 Dec 2018 to 31 Dec 2018||GBP 455.00 pppns|
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Terms & Conditions+Include
» Accommodation at Macatoo Camp on a sharing basis
» All meals and local beverages
» Riding and Non-Riding activities
» 12% Government VAT
» 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 235.00
» Kasane- Macatoo Camp GBP 340.00
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
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.
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 180.00 per couple per night.
50% discount offered on return flights from Maun to Macatoo for any bookings of 7 nights or more, and FREE return flights from Maun to Macatooon any bookings of 10 nights or more.
Non-Riding Partners and Children50% discount offered for non-riding children (under 12 years old) and 10% discount offeredfor non-riding adultsjoining a safari. Non-riding activities include game drives, boating, mokoro excursions and fishing (all activities are subject to water levels).
5% discount offered on the daily accommodation rate for guests who rebook within 12 months of their previous stay.Note that the travel date of the subsequent trip does not need to be within a 12-month period. The offer applies to any return visit confirmed within a year
TERMS & CONDITIONS
All payments to African Horseback Safaris are to be in GBP sterling or the equivalent agreed currency Full payment must be made no later than 30 days before the starting date of the horse safari – otherwise booking will be deemed as cancelled.
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.
» 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.