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Macatoo

Macatoo

Macatoo Camp is on the western side of Botswana’s iconic Okavango Delta in the Abu Concession, a 500,000-acre private reserve. The camp is a unique horseback riding destination, which is an ideal way to encounter both the wilderness and its animals. Be a part of a unique herd yourself, whether riding through water, tracking elephant or buffalo, traversing the plains with zebra and giraffe, or simply relaxing in the glow of the setting sun.

The Okavango Delta is an area of outstanding beauty, and a visit here should be on everyone’s bucket list! The delta is born out of two rivers that emerge from the Angola highlands and converge to form the Okavango River. Each year approximately 10 million cubic meters of water floods 5,800 square miles of the Kalahari, forming the largest inland delta in the world. It is this unique contrast between wetland and desert that makes the region unique, together with its astonishing variety of plants, amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles.

The horses are well-mannered thoroughbreds, Namibian Hanoverian and Kalahari-Arab crossbreeds. There is a horse to suit everyone, either English or Trail saddles. But this adventure is not for beginners, with the group traveling from four to six hours at a time and riding at all paces. It is certainly possible that riders may be required to gallop out of trouble.

The accommodation at camp features seven large and comfortable twin-bedded tents that have running water and en-suite bathrooms. Centrally, there is a large furnished mess tent and, tucked away, a private pool. The rate will include all meals and activities for riders and non-riders. Non-riders can enjoy the many alternative activities on offer including game drives, seasonal boating, and fishing.

The average itinerary here is about three nights, but stays of seven nights allow guests to ride out to a fly-camp (mobile camp) and truly experience the changing habitat and its animals.

Horseback excursions as well as game drives pursue the wildlife that make this area their home. Antelope abound along with healthy populations of zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, elephant, and buffalo. Gliding quietly through the water in a traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe) provides perhaps the quintessential Okavango experience. Along with motorboat cruises, these activities allow you to relax while observe birds, shy antelope, majestic elephant, and hippo from a unique perspective.

Fishing, whether in the lagoons or river channels, is encouraged. Several tilapia species (including the olive bream or nembwe, red breasted tilapia, purple faced largemouth, and three spot tilapia), catfish, African pike, and the mighty tiger fish inhabit the waters. Birdwatching is also a highlight, as there is an incredible diversity of birdlife, from wading birds to eagles, herons, and kingfishers.

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