Kalahari Adventure: Green Season

5.0 (2)
6 days 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 undergo significant changes throughout the year. They transform into one of Africa's largest temporary wetlands, attracting a variety of wildlife and birds, such as flamingos and zebra. During this time, a large percentage of zebra from the South-eastern Okavango Delta migrate about 250km to the Makgadikgadi Pans, where they stay until March. The pans are filled with shallow water and nutrient-rich grass during this period.

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

from US$ 6 395 US$ 6 900
per tourist for 6 days
Departing from
North-West District, Maun Airport
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Number of individuals
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

Meet the Bushmen
These extraordinary people will share their knowledge with you
Hugs From Meerkats
Make friends with these animals and spot others, like lions, zebras, ostriches, etc.
Ride Among Thousands of Zebra
They'll be cantering in front of you, to the side of you and behind you

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
Meerkats and Walking Safari
Day 5
Ride Home
Day 6
Bushmen Cultural Experience
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
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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.
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Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 2 reviews
  • A
    Andy
    22 Jul, 2023
    about provider
    This tale continues to move us deeply. In April 2023, we had an unforgettable horse safari in the Okavango Delta, Botswana with David. Can we establish a connection with another wild equine species, similar to how we do with horses?
    22 Jul, 2023
  • C
    Catherine
    17 Jun, 2022
    about provider
    Happy memories of our safari in Malawi all those years ago🥰
    17 Jun, 2022

Dates and Prices

  • Any dates on request during the season
    1 Nov, 2024 – 30 Apr, 2025
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