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Cantering alongside the elegant motion of a giraffe is an experience you will never forget and the only sounds you will hear, as the wind sighs through the grass and rattles the palms, are the fisheagle’s haunting cry, the splash of a disappearing crocodile and the faraway drumming of hooves.

Imagine yourself mounted high above the long grass and reeds watching great herds of wildebeest and lechwe as they move across the golden floodplains. The breathtaking excitement when your silent progress along game paths only used by animals brings you upon a herd of buffalo or a family of elephants.

Barney - OWNER & PROFESSIONAL GUIDE.Her love of horses originated during her childhood years where as early as age eleven she jockeyed the Arabian horses of the Arab Shiek, Bin Suman Al Kanifa, in the flat races staged in the deserts of Bahrain. This was the foundation for Barney’s extensive equine knowledge as well as outstanding riding ability. Barney learned to ride in Kenya and formally trained with the British Horse Society in England. She has competed Internationally including the race of champions in the United States. After accumulating a wealth of equine veterinary knowledge, she now provides the majority of the veterinary care required as well as all the farrier work. A combination of Barney’s love of horses and wildlife inspired Okavango Horse Safaris. Her thirty plus years of riding through the bush in Botswana, has earned her an extensive knowledge of the area through which she guides each safari. Barney is not only involved in the development of the horses but also with staff training and is now a BOTA assessor.

PJ OWNER, PROFESSIONAL GUIDE. Born and brought up in Namibia, PJ studied geology and spent his early years researching mineral deposits in Botswana. These years fostered his love for the Okavango Delta, which inspired his emigration to Botswana in 1970. PJ is a Motswana Citizen, and over the last 40 years he has acquired extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Delta region and his bush craft skills are highly respected in Southern Africa. Never happier than with fishing rod in hand, PJ is also an accomplished bush pilot. PJ has been highly involved with the development of camps and staff and is now a registered BOTA assessor.

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