Botswana : Maun
Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta, and where you will usually fly into on your international flight. Most people don't stay in Maun, going instead straight to their next destination but there are some good places to stay in and around the city.
Botswana's famed horse-riding is largely suited to experienced riders, but Royal Tree Lodge offers riding for all levels of experience and all ages, which makes it particularly ideal for families. Although only 20 minutes from Maun, the lodge feels like it is in the middle of the bush and is small and intimate with just eight stylish en-suite safari tents. It has a swimming pool and there are lovely walks around the property. The general manager of the lodge, Dougy Wright, is a brilliant naturalist. All the rides are led by a qualified Botswana safari guide, and take place around the property and along the Thamalakane River. You will not see the big game of the Delta but you will see the likes of giraffe, zebra, various antelope including kudu and eland and an abundance of birdlife. The acacia woodland is ideal for canters and you can swim the river with the horses. We recommend about 3 or 4 nights here so you can enjoy a variety of morning and afternoon rides amongst the game or along the river, as well as all day picnic rides to further afield. This is a great combination with a few nights big game viewing in the Okavango Delta or Chobe, or with the Makgadikgadi Pans.