The most outstanding feature of Botswana’s geography is the flat, verdant expanse of the Okavango Delta, often called the jewel of Africa, which flows into the pans of the Kalahari Desert, creating a fertile habitat for wildlife at certain times of the year.

The seasons in Botswana are reversed to ours in the United states, as it is deep in the southern hemisphere so that the warmest time there is winter here. Thus the best time to avoid the heat as well as the rainy season is April to October. Two of the world’s most acclaimed riding safaris are in the heart of the Delta: the Okavango Safari and Discover the Delta. The flat terrain is ideal for fast canters where one sometimes raises a cloud of spray in the shallow water and the area teems with wild game including many kinds of antelope, Cape buffalo, lion and crocodile.

Though the Okavango has a unique appeal there is excellent riding and game viewing in other parts of the country as well. You can spend a week on the Tuli Safari in the southwest where Botswana borders Zimbabwe and South Africa riding over a hundred miles in a huge game reserve with thriving populations of giraffe, kudu and sable antelope to name a few. There are also chances to view game like lion and cheetah from vehicles. The Kalahari Ride offers a fascinating view of another aspect of this diverse country. The wide open pans are ideal terrain for thrilling gallops and the semi-desert savannah is home to a wide array of animals from oryx to brown hyena. You can make a close approach to the charming meerkats which have become quite habituated to people. The wildlife is beautifully described in the delightful book by Delia Owens  called THE CRY OF THE KALAHARI.

Botswana is one of Africa’s top destinations for game viewing and is particularly well suited for horse riding safaris. Rated as the most politically stable, least corrupt country in Africa, it has one of the highest per capita GDPs and has probably done a better job of protecting its abundant wildlife than any other country on the continent. There is little poaching and it has the largest elephant herd in Africa which is free to roam unimpeded for hundreds of miles. Almost a quarter of the country has been set aside for national parks and tourism is an important part of the economy. A great financial advantage is rich gem diamond mines; after Russia it is the world’s largest producer.

  Peak Season

May, June, July , August, September, October


  Low Season

January, February, March, April, November, December


  Timezone in Botswana

Central Africa Time (GMT+2)


  International Airports

Maun Airport (MUB)


Climate in Botswana

The climate over most of southern Africa is temperate. Annual average rainfall is 400mm (16 inches), most of which is convectional in nature (heavy thunderstorms of short duration in the late afternoon and evening) and falls during the hot summer months (November–February).  Temperatures vary considerably on a seasonal basis.  During the winter months (May – August) early morning temps can drop as low as 41° F.  The days are, however, usually clear skied and balmy, with temperatures in the mid to high seventies. In the height of summer (October through February) midday temperatures can reach 106° F.  However, overcast and cloudy conditions typical of this time of the year, do offer some relief.  Fall (March through April) is climatically a very pleasant time of the year with moderate temperatures and perhaps a bit of rain – a leftover from the summer.

  Average Temperature

105 °F » 40 °F


 

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Okavango Safari

Often referred to as the “Jewel of Africa,” the fact that the this area exists at all is a miracle. The opportunity for horse riding in the Okavango Delta is a bigger privilege still. This enormous river delta in... Read more

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Tuli Safari

This is a classic point-to-point horse safari in Botswana covering approximately 120 miles in the vast Mashatu Game Reserve in the Tuli Block. Mashatu is a privately owned wildlife sanctuary of 75,000 acres, situated at the confluence of the... Read more

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Kalahari Ride

In the heart of Botswana lies the vast sand basin of the Kalahari Desert spanning from Namibia to Zimbabwe and from the Orange River to Angola. This adventurous horseback riding trip in the Kalahari begins in the Makgadikgadi Salt... Read more

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Discover the Delta

Rather than a permanent riding camp, a lightweight mobile camp is transported by a flotilla of mokoros (traditional dugout canoes), or when the water levels are too low for the mokoros to navigate, a train of pack donkeys takes... Read more

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African Explorer

Horseback riding in South Africa and Botswana includes good riding on two private game reserves, fine accommodations and evening meals around the campfire, making for a genuinely unforgettable African experience. Horizon Horseback’s permanent camp in South Africa is perched... Read more

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The Tuli Safari is an incredible adventure enabling equestrian enthusiasts to thoroughly appreciate spectacular landscape and a profusion of wildlife that is unique to the Tuli District of Botswana. Experiencing this majesty in a small group aboard willing horses under the guidance of personable and knowledgeable guides is unrivaled. The magic continues after dismount with evening game drives, spectacular sunsets savored from high vantage points, animated conversation over excellently prepared meals beside the fire, and culminating with the awe of gazing upon the majesty of the Southern Constellation before drifting off to sleep. This is a lifetime experience not to be missed.

Robert Savarese, 2013

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