Desert & Delta Ride

This riding holiday is the ultimate horseback safari in Africa combining the two most spectacular areas of Botswana and providing an extraordinary contrast as you move between the Okavango Delta and the Makgadikgadi Pans in the Kalahari Desert. A very rich and diverse experience in every way.

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From € 6.520

Ideal length

9 days/8 nights


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Discover the two most spectacular areas of Botswana – Okavango & Kalahari – in one ride.
Enjoy a serene trip in a mokoro, a traditional dugout canou.
Meet the meerkats of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans from up close.
Encounter abundant wildlife on horseback and become part of the herd.

Quick facts

  • Horseback Safaris
  • 9 days/8 nights
  • Intermediate to experienced
  • Groups up to 8
  • 4 - 5 hours/day in the saddle
  • Maun

At a glance

This ride is a mobile safari which allows you to explore both the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari Desert. Depending on the time of year this safari will consist either of 5 nights Kalahari Desert / 3 nights Okavango Delta (approx. Jan – mid-April) or 5 nights Okavango Delta / 3 nights Kalahari Desert (approx. mid-April – November).

The unique Okavango Delta is a horse rider’s paradise. It is one of the world’s largest inland river systems and one of its most incredible wildlife sanctuaries. The area is a magnet for birds and wildlife (incl. elephants, kudu, buffalo, giraffe), making it the ideal safari destination at any time of the year. The feeling of exploring this water wilderness on horseback is indescribable. On top of this you should definitely take the opportunity to make a tranquil journey in a mokoro, a not-to-miss experience when in the Okavango.

A road or flight transfer brings you to a completely different landscape: the Makgadikgadi Pans in the middle of the Kalahari Desert. Here you’ll enjoy superb riding with incredible scenery, abundant wildlife encounters (incl. ostrich, zebra, kudu, wildebeest, springbok and the elusive brown hyena) and one of the best natural riding ground for the horses. Additionally this ride offers some exciting other activities to supplement the riding, such as a quadbike ride. Thanks to a habituation programme by Uncharted Africa, you’ll have the chance to meet some of the Kahalari’s most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats, from up close. Also in cooperation with Uncharted Africa, a cultural visit to the Kalahari Bushmen is organised for you.

More information

In the Okavango Delta you’ll stay in a lightweight mobile camp, that is transported by mekoros poled by members of the local community. When the water levels are too low for the mekoros to navigate, a train of pack donkeys takes over.

In the Kalahari Desert your base will be Camp Kalahari, a very comfortable camp nestled amongst the acacias and Mokolwane palms of Brown Hyaena Island, on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. You’ll find a living and dining area featuring an eclectic mix of original African furniture and textiles paired with traditional campaign style pieces and colonial antiques that provide the perfect area in which to relax and enjoy the serenity of this enchanting area. Cool off in the swimming pool or enjoy a siesta in the thatched pavilion. Depending on the time of year, you will also camp out on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, sleeping in a tent at the Xau Xai Fly Camp.

What do others say?

I got to know Outside the Corral through the horse expo at Flanders Expo Ghent and how happy I am that I got to know this agency! After going through the site, which is exceptionally beautiful, I fell in love with the trip in Portugal Monte Velho Equo resort. I was completely reassured by Laure-Anne that this is a good trip for novice riders as well as solo travelers. I took the plunge and booked the trip. Before leaving, there were many problems along my side due to my health. Laure-Anne guided, helped and supported me every step of the way. I have never received such an outstanding service and I have never felt so at ease with a person I did not know before. The trip itself was unpredictably, fantastically good! I enjoyed every moment of it. On the one hand, you have the vacation feeling that the resort, the helpfulness of the staff and the delicious food, offer you. On the other hand, there are the lessons and trail rides. The lessons are taught on very highly trained and skilled Lusitano's combined with instructors who know what they are doing.
For a while, I had a dream of going on a riding holiday, and I eventually found my way to Outside the Corral. I was extremely impressed with Laure-Anne's guidance in helping me choose the perfect trip. It was fantastic how quickly I could communicate with her, and she provided me with a wealth of information. In the end, I embarked on an amazing journey to Iceland and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. Laure-Anne had already warned me that once you experience a riding holiday, you become instantly hooked, and she was absolutely right! I'm already eagerly planning my next adventure, and, of course, I'll be using Outside the Corral again.
I travelled to Ireland as a non-rider and fully enjoyed the trip! The preparation went very smoothly, everything was prepared down to the last detail. Laure-Anne's enthusiasm made me very excited for departure. I am still reminiscing on the beautiful room, the friendly service, the delicious food and the tranquillity of nature during my walks.
Katrin Lauwers
Last week, I went to Monte Velho in Portugal with Outside the Corral. Simply great! Laure-Anne guided us well from the beginning and gave clear answers to all our questions. Even when she was at the airport herself, she helped us with our cancelled flight. Thanks again Laure-Anne!

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