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Motswiri Camp, Botswana

The riding is simply superb at Motswiri. The terrain is a mix of open flood plain, dry savannah and riverine bush, resulting in great change in pace and experiences as each day evolves.

There are over twenty horses at the lodge, ranging from Thoroughbreds to Boerperds, Arabs and Kalahari crosses, large to small. All are well schooled, well fed and cared for, well turned out and acclimatised to the area and to the game that guests will encounter. This is big-game country so riders need to be experienced and confident.

Whereas many safari lodges are focused either on boats, vehicles or horses, we love the flexibility at Motswiri where it is possible to opt for a different activity each day. Guests can choose to spend their whole time riding or on foot, or to mix the two. Motorboats, canoes and open game-viewing vehicles add to the options available.

Selinda Spillway

Motswiri Camp is on the banks of the spectacular Selinda Spillway, an ancient watercourse linking the Okavango and Kwando-Linyanti. The Selinda area combines open floodplains to the immediate west and north of camp with riverine forests lining the Spillway to the east. Motswiri operates exclusively in over 120,000 pristine acres.

Selinda's diverse vegetation results in superb birding and it is home to giraffe, zebra, tsessebe, lion, leopard, cheetah and rare species such as roan antelope, sable and wild dog. Many large herds of elephant and buffalo migrate through the area during the year. The landscape is unusual in its clear definition between floodplains and permanently dry areas, making it uniquely suited to both horse-riding and walking safaris.

The Camp

Motswiri is a small and personal camp, stylishly and comfortably rebuilt in 2010. It meets the latest, exacting environmental standards and is largely solar powered. The central mess area boasts a large, comfortable sitting area with separate dining. It has wonderful views of the spillway and the wildlife that is attracted to it to drink. There is a discreet sunbathing area with its own plunge pool to jump into when the going gets a bit too hot.

Sited on the raised banks of the Spillway, the five tents are airy, spaced well apart and each has its own shower, loo and large decked veranda. They can be configured for double bed or twin accommodation.

Satellite or Fly Camp

Guests also have the option of spending a night or two at Motswiri's Fly Camp. This enables access to the more remote areas of the reserve, where guests will encounter differing landscapes and game viewing experiences.

Fly Camp is a more rustic affair, though the walk-in tents and beds are very comfortable. Each tent is equipped with a loo and bucket shower.

Planning your safari

All safaris in the Okavango Delta are tailored to your preferred dates and interests. We recommend staying for a week.