Fodor's Expert Review Macatoo Camp

Okavango Delta, North West, Botswana

Be prepared to get wet as you gallop through knee-deep, crystal-clear, flood-waters among herds of giraffe on your chosen steed at Macatoo Camp. Wade past oblivious, munching elephants, before arriving at the tree house—a deck built into the canopy of a gigantic strangler fig, where dry clothing materializes and brunch is hoisted 5 meters from the ground via an ingenious dumb-waiter pulley system. A laid-back atmosphere pervades the unpretentious camp—eight simple but comfortably furnished en suite tents sit on elevated decks, and the mess tent’s sumptuous leather sofas will soothe weary limbs while you gaze at monochrome prints reminding you of the day’s adventures. A honeymoon tent with roll-top bath and his and hers basins is available for a supplement. After the morning’s exertions, recline on rattan loungers beneath swaying weaver nests or cool off in the communal plunge pool overlooking an emerald floodplain. Shorter afternoon rides are more sedate or you can opt for a game-drive, boat excursion, mokoro or guided walk—activities also available to nonriders. Bush dinners can be a treat, when a live termite mound doubles up as a delicious pizza oven.


  • an alternative safari perspective
  • stable of 50 horses ensures a match for your riding style


  • riders must be experienced
  • no plug sockets in rooms


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Phones: -686–1523


8 tents
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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