Globetrotting Guest Horse: Mashushu

Okavango Delta, Botswana

safari horse in botswana

With a name describing a traditional fishing spear that the Botswana people use to hunt fish in the shallow flood plains, Mashushu was destined to be a water baby. Homebred and born in the delta, Mashushu is incredibly comfortable in his environment, and one of the favourite horses on our Okavango Delta, Botswana ride.

Name of horse: Mashushu

Breed: Anglo Arab cross American Saddlebred

Height: 16hh

Gelding or mare: Gelding

How did you find the horse? Mashushu was homebred, born at Guma Lagoon in the Okavango Delta. He was delivered by a friend of ours who will never forget her role as midwife while we were on holiday!

How long has the horse been in your herd? 15 years

What do riding guests most love about this horse? He has been described as “floating on an egrets feather” – his paces are so smooth and his lovely round back makes for super comfortable bareback swims.

What do you as guides most love about this horse? Always loved by guests, Mashushu is bold and happy to go anywhere, whether it is a few nights away from base camp or a short evening ride. He has a good nose for trouble and would not take a rider into a dangerous situation. He is a fabulous swimmer and loves to launch himself into deep water, smoothly bringing his rider across a river with his powerful stride. He is totally at home here, very relaxed with wildlife and has the best temperament.

Mention some of the horse’s idiosyncrasies. Mashushu is part of our homebred gang or Botswana Homebreds – born in the delta they think they are on top of the animal kingdom here and we have on occasion watched them chase a herd of elephant out of the grazing area! The situation changes swiftly if the elephant decide to give as good as they get!


Anything else we should know about the horse’s story? Mashushu’s biggest fan comes once a year and will not ride another horse. If Mashushu needs a day off then Guido takes a day off. He has such a good partnership with this horse that he claims not to need a bridle – but as we are in a big game area we have not put this to the test yet!

Are you keen to test this theory out and take Mashushu for a ride? Make sure you check out our ride through the Okavango Delta in Botswana here.

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