Kalahari Ride

This horseback safari across the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and Kalahari Desert is one of the most unique places to ride in Africa. Huge skies, desert-adapted wildlife and the opportunity to sleep out under the stars in the middle of the largest salt pan in the world.

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From € 5.530

Ideal length

6 days/5 nights


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Enjoy exciting canters and gallops across superb natural riding ground.
Meet the meerkats of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans from up close.
Encounter abundant desert-adapted wildlife on horseback and become part of the herd.
Sleep out under the stars in the middle of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.

Quick facts

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

At a glance

On the Kalahari Ride you can explore this wild, unspoilt area in the same way many of the earliest explorers, hunters and missionaries did: on horseback! The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, located in the middle of the Kalahari Desert, is one of the largest salt flats in the world. It’s a place like nowhere on earth with a landscape of space and remoteness, and the spectacular of otherworldly vistas and unique desert wildlife.

The exact itinerary varies between the wet and the dry season. You’ll enjoy superb riding with incredible scenery, abundant wildlife encounters (incl. ostrich, zebra, kudu, wildebeest, springbok and the elusive brown hyena), excellent guiding and one of the best natural riding ground for the horses. Additionally this ride offers some exciting other activities to supplement the riding.

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. Offering a window into the past, the Bushmen teach us how they have survived in this harshest of environments, using their vast and ancient knowledge of plants, animal behaviour and survival skills. Other activities include a bush walk and a game drive by vehicle.

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Three nights are spent at 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.

The two other nights you’ll camp out on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, sleeping in either a tent at the Xau Xai Fly Camp or on bedrolls under the silence of a star-studded sky! The green season itinerary does not include a sleep-out on the salt pans, as they are full of water, but has two nights at the Xau Xai Fly Camp.

There are a few five-night Kalahari Ride set departure dates throughout the year for a minimum of two participants and a maximum of eight participants. Other dates for three nights or more are available on request (no minimum number).

What do others say?

The destination was perfect for my purpose of recharging, relaxing and improving my riding skills. The horses were just beautiful and easy to ride, the food was delicious and the property was absolutely gorgeous. I also had a good time with the other guests, horse lovers who came from all over the world to this place for the famous Portuguese Lusitano horses. I will definitely return to Monte Velho! Laure-Anne read my needs perfectly and advised me exactly which trip to book. Moreover, she was very flexible if I needed to change my schedule and was available for Q&A 7 days a week. If you are thinking of a horseback riding vacation, this is the place to book!
We went to Portugal and what a super cool trip it was! Very sweet people, beautiful surroundings and well cared for well behaved horses. Laure-Anne made sure that everything was well organized. Very nice to go on a trip like that and nice that she checks how it was afterwards. Highly recommended for every horse lover!
Marjolein Van Zundert
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
After 10 years, I decided to get back in the saddle at Monte Velho and it became an unforgettable experience. The location, the delicious food and the nice group combined with dressage lessons and outdoor rides tailored to each rider made sure I had a top stay!

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