Saddle and Paddle Safari

  • Trip Duration
  • 9
  • 8
  • Riding Time
  • 5
  • 3-6
    hrs per
    day riding
  • Group Size
  • 4 - 8
    Guests per group
See wildlife safely up close on this horse and boat safari in Botswana

Saddle and Paddle Safari

Ride Overview

This 8 night boat and horse safari in Botswana is about as adventurous as it gets.  A very minimal time is spent in a safari vehicle but instead you explore some of the wilder areas of Botswana by canoe, boat, on foot and on horseback.  You must be a competent horse rider to join in the fun!

The safari begins with a 4 day/3 night canoe trail along the Selinda Spillway followed by 5 nights on horseback in the Makgadikgadi Pans.

In 2009 and 2010 the high waters flowing through northern Botswana’s Okavango Delta caused the Selinda Spillway to flow in a way that it has not done for nearly 3 decades!  This remarkable event provided the unique opportunity for you to canoe this incredible water system thus replicating the safari experiences of old, camping along the banks of the river at the end of the day, wherever you find yourselves.

The distance from one end of the Canoe Trail to the other is roughly 45 km.  It is a wildlife experience like no other as you witness elephant herds splashing and mud bathing along the banks;  buffalo, giraffe and sable antelope amongst some of the many species that come down to drink; wild dog have been known to swim the Spillway in front of the canoes and lion and leopard can also be sighted.  The Selinda also hosts some 300 bird species making it a birder’s paradise.

The vast Makgadikgadi Pans, the remnant of a once vast inland sea, offer many fascinating and magical safari moments.  Combining three nights at Camp Kalahari with two nights fly camping out on the Makgadikgadi Saltpans, you will ride through endless space, interact with the inhabitants of Meerkat Manor, visit giant baobabs, walk with the San Bushmen and look for rare Kalahari wildlife such as the brown hyena and the aardwolf.  You do this all in the same way as many of the earliest explorers, hunters and missionaries did – on horseback – and learn about their travels as you go!

Ride & Horse Details

  • Horse Breeds:
    Fresian Boerped, Shire Thoroughbred, Arab Crosses, Quarter Crosses
  • Trip Pace:
    All Paces
  • Tack:
    English Wintec and Trail Saddles
  • Weight limit:
    210 Ibs in Full Riding Gear

Meeting Point


With first-hand knowledge of the exciting tours we offer, the ride consultants at Equitours look forward to answering any questions you might have about this ride. We want to help make sure that you select the trip of your dreams. Please call or email and get ready to pack your bags for a wonderful adventure!

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