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