Kalahari Adventure: Dry Season

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days 6 days nights 5 nights
Botswana
Difficulty
Challenging
Comfort
Premium
Weight limit
95 kg / 209 lb

Get ready for a unique horse riding vacation experience! The Makgadikgadi Salt pans are a bright white desert, prompting the permanent game to retreat to grass islands with water holes. This is the perfect time for exhilarating horse rides, including night gallops towards a distant campfire for stargazing. Various wildlife can be easily spotted on the grass islands.

The itinerary typically includes three nights at the luxurious Camp Kalahari, with a camping experience in the pans among wildlife and stars. The highlights consist of viewing Africa's largest and most famous baobabs, interacting with habituated meerkats and tracking with the local San people.

from US$ 6 925
per tourist for 6 days
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Number of tourists
up to 8 tourists over 12 years old
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Photo Julie F.
Julie F. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
My parents, both born and raised in Africa, share a passion for exploring the untamed landscapes of the continent on horseback. Together as a family we have led horseback safaris in various African countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Since 1993, our family has operated our own horse safari business, starting in Malawi's Nyika National Park and later moving to Botswana in 2008. My father David, with over 30 years of guiding experience, is highly regarded as one of Africa's top horse guides and leads most of the trips personally. We combine our love for horses with a deep appreciation for the wilderness on our safaris.

Tour highlights

Make Friends With Meerkats
And spot other animals, like lions, zebras, ostriches, etc.
Meet the Bushmen
These extraordinary people will share their knowledge with you
Desert Riding
In this extraordinary place there is riding for everyone

Route details

Day 1
Camp Kalahari

Upon your arrival by air or road, you will be welcomed by your host and guide David and taken to Camp Kalahari, situated amidst acacias and Mokolwane palms on Brown Hyaena Island, near the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and the Makgadikgadi-Nxai Pans National Park in Botswana.

The camp features a central library, living and dining area with a unique blend of African furniture, textiles, campaign-style pieces and colonial antiques for relaxation in the tranquil surroundings. Guests can cool off in the swimming pool or relax in the thatched pavilion.

In the afternoon light, guests can enjoy an introductory horse ride to explore the area's beauty and match horses with riders. Afterward, return to camp for sundowners, dinner and to secure the horses close by before the Kalahari lions begin their nightly activities.

Day 2
Land of a Thousand Hills
Day 3
Xau Xai
Day 4
Pans and the Fascinating Meerkats
Day 5
Ride Across the Moon
Day 6
Kalahari Bushmen
Difficulty
Challenging
Tour provider's comments

For capable and healthy riders. This is a big game area and you should be able to stay on your horse and stay calm and in control in all situations.

Tack: trail saddles/English Wintec GP's.

Breed: mostly crossbreeds with some purebred Appaloosas.

Children are allowed to participate but they MUST be advanced riders.

horse

Accommodation

Comfort
Premium
Tent
5 nights

The accommodation is shared.

3 nights
Camp Kalahari

Camp offers a total of 10 roomy Meru tents, including 7 twin tents, 2 double tents and 1 family tent made up of 2 connected tents that can each accommodate 2 guests. Each tent comes with its own outdoor bathroom, flush toilets, hot and cold water, comfortable beds, crisp cotton sheets, colorful African blankets and hot water bottles during the colder months.

2 nights
Mobile Camp

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place

North-West District, Maun Airport

Tour conditions

Included

  • accommodation; 
  • all meals and all drinks; 
  • riding;
  • daily laundry and ironing;
  • guides;
  • 4WD backup.

Extras

  • flights;
  • travel insurance;
  • transfers from Maun to the Kalahari (road or air); 
  • tourism levy (c. US$30 pp) on arrival to Botswana;
  • tips and personal expenses.

Group size

up to 8 tourists

Duration

6 days
5 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • a light-weight riding hat;
  • a shade hat with strap;
  • light-weight riding shoes (2 pairs);
  • sunglasses on string, riding gloves and bandana;
  • bush colour riding clothes (not white);
  • jodhpurs or long trousers and chaps (2 pairs);
  • long sleeved cotton shirts;
  • jersey, fleece or multi- pocketed waistcoat;
  • light weight waterproof windbreaker jacket;
  • 4 x sets of socks and underwear (we recommend unpadded cycling shorts for men);
  • shorts, T shirts, sarong, swimwear and sandals;
  • sun block, lip salve, insect repellent;
  • head torch (compulsory);
  • waterproof camera;
  • solar charging bank (to charge camera equipment);
  • binoculars;
  • a good book for lazy siestas.
What kind of food will be served?
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