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$ 3250

Botswana’s salt pans by horseback

Horse riding
Horse riding
min $ 3250
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: Kalahari Desert
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 3250
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  • Itinerary

Overview

Beautiful scenery, desert adapted wildlife and comfortable camps in the Kalahari Desert and the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Join our horseback safari for 3 nights at our fixed based camp and 2 nights at a mobile fly camp.

Botswana’s salt pans by horseback

Beautiful scenery, desert adapted wildlife and comfortable camps in the Kalahari Desert and the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Join our horseback safari for 3 nights at our fixed based camp and 2 nights at a mobile fly camp.

Just saddle up and set off along the shoreline following in the footsteps of the early explorers.

  • Kalahari Desert
  • Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Nxai National Park
  • 6 days/5 nights

Highlights of the Horseback safari

The remains of an ancient lake now form the Makgadikgadi Pans. Depending on your travel dates, we either go straight into the heart of the pans or ride along the edge of the grass plains…

Camp Kalahari on Brown Hyena Island right on the edge of the salt pans. Traditional, relaxed and family-friendly, an eclectic mix of original African textiles, colonial antiques, Moroccan Kilims and four poster beds.

Saddle up and head to Xau Xai fly camp. Ride through woodlands and grasslands a bird rich area with bustards and korhaans. A basic affair with comfortable dome tents.

  • the best places to see the last migrations of zebra and wildebeest in southern Africa
  • get up close and personal with a local little gang of friendly meerkats
  • walk with Bushmen and learn about their ancient culture
  • siestas and pool

Best time to go on a horseback safari

The safari is available on 2 set departure dates, monthly throughout the year with distinct differences between the wet and the dry rides:

  • May to October – Dry season rides across the pans, good for quad biking across the expanse of the pans, stargazing – watch the planetarium show with horizon-to-horizon stars
  • End of October to April – wet season rides 

If you love horse riding you’ll love this safari.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive at Camp Kalahari You're met on arrival by David Food, your guide and host for the riding safari. take a dip in the pool. Afternoon tea followed by your first ride aimed at matching rider with horse. Back to camp.
Day 2 - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans Breakfast, long morning ride through 'Land of a thousand islands', lake bed, sand dunes and palm trees. return to camp for lunch. Afrternoon/evening game drives to see unique desert species.
Day 3 - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans Long ride east to Xau Xai fly camp through mopane and acacia woodlands with long canters, rich in bird life. Lunch under Green's Baobab. Siesta, sundowners and dinner.
Day 4 - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans Coffee, breakfast and back in the saddle in search of the meerkats. Spend quality time with these sociable creatures before heading back to camp for lunch. Ride late afternoon to the ancient lakebed.
Day 5 - Camp Kalahari Ride the Pans to Camp Kalahari - look out for ostrich and the Chapman's Baobab with its 25m girth! Shower and lunch at the camp, great scenery, wildlife and riding.
Day 6 - Departure After breakfast drive to the traditional bushman village. Walk into the bush with the bushmen and learn about their Kalahari lifestyle. Camp Kalahari for lunch and to pack for your onward journey.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Zambezi
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