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Riding safari in the Makgadikgadi salt pans

The Kalahari Ride

8 days / 5 riding from £ 3,410

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in luxury camps with proper beds and linen. Toilets and showers are usually provided.

 

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BOTSWANA-The Kalahari Ride

8 days / 5 riding from 3410£


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An amazing horseback safari set within the Makgadikgadi salt pans of the Kalahari desert and offering the unique opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the first Botswanan explorers and to meet local bushmen. Get up close and personal to the endearing meerkats and marvel at the moon-like landscape of the pans. Huge skies, desert-adapted wildlife and the opportunity to sleep out under the stars: a magical riding safari for experienced riders.

Strengths

- A recognized horse safari guide - David Foot - who has over 25 years experience guiding in southern Africa
- The chance to interact with a tame family of fascinating meerkats
- Meet with the Bushmen of the Kalahari desert and learn their survival habits
- Explore the unusual vegetation found in the Kalahari, with its baobabs, rare fauna, and wildlife such as the brown hyena
- Experience the second largest annual migration of zebra and wildebeest in the world (during the wet season, January - May)
- Gallop across the salt pans (during the dry season, from June to September)
- Opportunity to ride across the pans by moonlight during the full moon

Itinerary

Day 1 : LONDON - JOHANNESBURG -

You will take an international flight overnight to Johannesburg. If booking your own flight, then you need to depart London at c. 19:00 so that you arrive in Johannesburg at c. 07:00 in time to check-in for your next flight to Maun, which will be due to arrive at c. 14:00.

These flights are not included but we can book them for you on request.

Day 2 : JOHANNESBURG - KALAHARI DESERT - 2 hours riding

Accommodation : KALAHARI CAMP

You will be met on arrival at Maun airport by someone holding a sign saying Ride Botswana, who will introduce you to your pilot for your flight into the pans.

Your camp (Camp Kalahari) is nestled amongst the acacias and Mokolwane palms, adjacent to the Makgadikgadi-Nxai Pans National Park in Botswana. It's refreshingly simple, yet comfortable.

Heading out after tea into the beautiful afternoon light, for an introductory ride – primarily to match horse and rider but also this will be your first opportunity to experience the beauty of this magical area. Return to the camp for sundowners followed by dinner and to corral the horses close by, before the lions of the Kalahari commence their nightly prowling.

Day 3 : KALAHARI DESERT - 4 hours riding

Accommodation : KALAHARI CAMP

Up with the dawn, a light breakfast will be followed by a long morning ride through the “land of a thousand islands”. Stranded on the ancient lakebed, these sand dunes covered in palm trees are one of the most beautiful and fascinating areas of the Botswana wilderness. At the height of the migration season, the islands and adjoining grasslands are awash with zebra, wildebeest, hartebeest and ostrich and predators! The white encrusted pans between the islands provides excellent going for the horses. Returning to the camp for lunch, rest through the heat of the day in the welcome shade of the camel thorn trees.
After tea, head off by vehicle to see some unique desert species such as springbok, gemsbok, red hartebeest and the elusive brown hyaena. Enjoy a night game drive back to camp, and with the aid of a spot light, look for nocturnal desert inhabitants such as aardvark, bat eared foxes, aardwolves... and perhaps a black maned Kalahari Lion.
Arrive at Camp Kalahari in time for dinner.

Day 4 : KALAHARI DESERT - 6-7 hours riding

Accommodation : XAU XAI Fly Camp

Today is a long ride eastwards to Xau Xai Fly Camp. Be sure to pack a few essentials for the next two days of adventure. The journey takes you through the mopane and acacia woodlands interspersed with short grasslands allowing for lovely long, relaxed canters. The area is rich in birds of prey, bustards, korhaans and numerous other dry woodland bird species.
By lunchtime you will reach the famous Greens Baobab proudly positioned alongside the well-travelled Missionary Road. The magnificent trunk of this ancient tree is scarred with the initials of early travelers dating back some 150 years. Break for lunch at the adjacent Gutsa Pan where you may find Stone Age artifacts and then continue the journey on to Xau Xai Fly Camp.
Camp will be made up of comfortable dome tents, a central mess tent, loos and bucket showers. Enjoy the sunset followed by dinner out under the magnificent Kalahari sky.

Day 5 : KALAHARI DESERT - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : XAU XAI Fly Camp

Wake up to a steaming hot cup of coffee, before heading off on your horses in search of some of the Kalahari's most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats. With your horses tethered you will proceed on foot in to the midst of the group. It is possible for you to get up close and personal with these captivating creatures. Or, in the absence of a termite mound or tree, using your head as a sentry lookout post…
Mount up and follow the well-worn trails that lead to the resident herds of zebra and large congregations of ostriches attracted to the area by permanent freshwater.

Return to Xau Xai for lunch . Set off in the late afternoon for one of the greatest adventures imaginable - a ride straight out into the middle of the ancient lakebed! Eventually all that can be seen is the vast flatness stretching in every direction. Watch the sun set and the stars rise and if the phase of the moon is right continue riding in the moonlight.
Sleep on bedrolls under the silence of a star studded sky!

NB.

- During the dry season (May-September), temperatures are quite cool and the former salt lakes completely dries out. This allows for an uncommon and exhilarating adventure: riding to the bottom of a dried-out lake! At night, enjoy the peaceful quietness of a night sleeping under the stars. An unforgettable experience.
- During the wet season when the pans are full of water it is not possible to sleep out on the pans. You will spend a second night and Xau Xai fly camp.

Day 6 : KALAHARI DESERT - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : KALAHARI CAMP

Wake up on the moon! As the dawn greets this extraordinary landscape, mount up and head homewards at a fast pace directly across the Pans to Camp Kalahari. You may be lucky enough to see the extraordinary sight of ostrich deep in the middle of the Pans and then from a great distance the famous Chapman's Baobab. Also known as the Seven Sisters, it is acknowledged to be one of the largest trees in Africa, measuring 25metres around its girth.
It is near here that you break for lunch before your final ride back across the grasslands and into camp. As the sun dips below the horizon and the last light fades you arrive at Camp Kalahari in time for a refreshing shower and a final lamp lit dinner.

Day 7 : KALAHARI-MAUN-JOHANNESBOURG - Walking safari

Accommodation : WILDERNESS CAMP

A non-riding morning commences with an early morning walk with Zu/'hoasi Bushmen trackers. Uncharted Africa has pioneered and passionately supported cultural tourism in Botswana since the company's inception. Offering a window into the past, they will teach you how they have survived in this harshest of environments, using their vast and ancient knowledge of plants, animal behavior and survival skills.
Time for one more Camp Kalahari lunch before you bid farewell to Camp Kalahari in preparation for your onward journey.
Transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft transfer to Maun (included in the price), then flight to Johannesburg and connection to London (not included in the price) or beginning of your extension (please consult us, different possibilities exist such as a journey to Victoria falls).

Day 8 : ARRIVALS IN LONDON OR BEGINNING OF YOUR EXTENTION -


Price details

- Groups are usually a minimum of 2 and maximum of 8 riders plus guides.

- These prices do not include international flight tickets although we can assist you with these on request.

- Transfers: you can either get a scenic flight into camp (50 mins each way) or opt for the road transfers (3 hours each way).
> Air transfers from Maun to camp are c. $722/£630 per person return based on two riders in 2019 (2020: £590).
> Road transfers are $350/£285 based on two riders (£570 for single travellers). In 2020, this is £280 per person based on two riders, £560 for single travellers.

- There is no single supplement if you are willing to share a tent with an another guest of the same sex. In 2019 and 2020, the single supplement to request your own tent is between £1120 (low season) and £1250 (July/August).

- It is possible to do a shortened itinerary of 3 nights based at Camp Kalahari with no fly camping - from £2350 per person. Please enquire for more details.

- Non riders can accompany the safari subject to availability and at the our discretion. An itinerary will then be proposed and costed on enquiry.
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDE

Support Team

1 english speaking horseback safari guide
1 back-up guide

Logistic

1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle
1 support vehicle

Accommodation

Double/twin room in Camp Kalahari
2 person tents at fly camp

Meals

Full board
All drinks

Extra

Park fees

OPTION

Accommodation

Single room/tent supplement

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Lunch on day 2 and dinner on day 7 are not included in the price

Transports

Light air transfers from Maun to camp

Extra

Tips to local team

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation

TIPS

We recommend tipping between 15-20 USD per day which is split between the entire team. If you wish to tip your guide separately then you can do so but this is not expected.

- Guide: US$ 10 per day per guest
- Stable Staff: US$ 5 per day per guest
- Camp Staff: US$ 5 per day per guest

HORSES

Ride from a mixed stable including Arabs, Kalahari-Arabs, Hanovariens, Trakehners and Appaloosas. All are forward going but sensible, always keen to gallop and comfortable around the game. They range in size from 14.1h to 16.2h.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

You need to be a competent and confident rider. This is an area of dangerous game and so you should be secure in the saddle and able to stay on if you need to gallop out of danger.

IMPORTANT : the usual weight limit is 95kg but please enquire if you weigh more than this as there may be one or two horses capable of carrying up to 105kg.

PACE

The pace is mixed ot include all three paces. There are plenty of opportunities for long canters on the dry islands or across the salt pans, particularly during the dry season (May - September).

On average, between 4-7 hours will be spent in the saddle each day. The longest days will be on the “move” days. This is when you move to your fly camp.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

A team of grooms will feed, care for and saddle your horses. You can help with untacking if you wish, but this is not expected.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

This is a desert and so days can be hot and nights cold. You need to be prepared with appropriate lightweight clothing and sunscreen for the day and warmer layers for the evenings.
Guests who do not ride regularly are requested to get fit prior to the ride. It is of particular importance to ensure you are comfortable and balanced when riding at speed across rough terrain and open spaces.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

South African trail saddles.
Water bottles holders are provided on each saddle (enough space for two saddles). Saddle bags are available.

We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

COMFORT

Camp Kalahari has 10 spacious Meru tents : 7 Twin tents, 2 Double tents and 1 Family tent consisting of 2 adjacent tents, accommodating 2 guests in each with an inter-leading bathroom. All tents have en-suite outdoor bathrooms, flush loos, hot and cold running water, along with comfy beds, fresh cotton sheets, stripy African blankets and hot water bottles in winter. A common space with library, living/dining area and a swimming pool for those hot Kalahari days.

Xau Xai Fly Camp: 3m x 3m canvas Dome Tents are used for the Fly Camp section of the safari. The is a traditional warm bucket shower
and bush loo for every second tent. During the dry season (May – October) there may be an opportunity for guests to
spend one of the fly camp nights out on the Pans. This is made up stretcher beds with fully made up bedrolls out under
the stars.

A laundry service is included. There are camera charging facilities in the camp but not at Fly Camp.

CLIMATE

The seasons are the reverse of the UK, with winter (June - Sept) being dry with no rain and clear skies. Daytime temperatures are pleasant and the nights are cool.
Summer (Nov - March) is hot and there is the chance of dramatic thunderstorms.

Meals

Breakfast is usually taken very early (before dawn) and is therefore light, consisting of cereals, fruit and rusks with tea or coffee.
Lunch is also light and may be quiche and salad or a variety of salads with cold meats.
Dinner is three courses. Wine is served with the meals and a selection of drinks are available.

Drinks are included and there is a well-stocked bar and fridge with a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Vegetarians and special diets can be catered for with advance notice.

Support Team

Guide and local team

Your guide, David Foot, grew up in Malawi and has run riding safaris there before moving to Botswana with his family. He is very knowledgeable about the landscape, history and wildlife in the Makgadikgadi pans.

All rides will be led by a professional experienced guide armed with a rifle. He will be accompanied by an assistant back up guide. Guides will be up to date on their first aid training and will carry a basic first aid kit on all rides. A GPS and a handheld radio or satellite phone are also carried in the event of an emergency.

HORSE GUIDE

  • David FOOT

Packing list

Specific Recommendations
- Please don't take a hard sided suitcase. Your luggage should be soft sided, particularly for light air transfers. There is usually a luggage limit of 20kgs including hand luggage.
- Wherever possible you should wear neutral colours, such as beige, brown or natural bush colours for riding as bright colours, such as red, yellow or white can startle the wildlife and they will see you long before you've seen them
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Head
- Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana

Upper body
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and thorns
- T-shirts
- Fleece, jumper or jacket - the evenings can be cold, particularly June - August.
- Waterproof jacket - the rains can be difficult to foresee and it's better to be prepared. Rain is more likely during the months of Oct-April.
- Casual clothes for the evening

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Shorts for lazy lunchtimes
- Casual clothes for the evening

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps to protect against thorns. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Sandals, flip-flops or trainers for moving around the lodge and camp
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun whilst riding

Nightwear

Other useful items
- Swimsuit - for plunge pools
- Binoculars for viewing game
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night

In your luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag. Some toiletries are provided by the camp so you can pack lighter.

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Your riding hat

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - must be high factor
- Insect repellent, preferably containing deet
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Anti malarial tablets and Yellow Fever Certificate if required (check with your doctor)

ENTRY FORMALITIES

To enter Botswana, a passport valid for at least six months is required by British, Australian, Canadian, USA and all other EU nationals. Outgoing travel documents and sufficient funds are also required. We recommend having two blank facing visa pages in your passport for the official stamps.

Visas are not required by British, Australian, Canadian, USA or other EU nationals for stays in Botswana of up to 90 days.
Visas are also not required by transit passengers, provided they are continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, and do not leave the airport.
Nationals of countries not listed above are advised to contact the high commission/embassy to check visa requirements.

Visa note:
Those nationals who do require a visa for Botswana must include a copy of their travel itinerary with their application, along with a letter of support from their intended host and return visa or residence permit from his/her country of residence.



IMPORTANT INFORMATION RE: TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN
From 1st June 2015, South Africa have introduced tough rulings for anyone travelling with children, including passengers transitting South Africa to another destination.
- Two parents travelling with children will need to show the childs Unabridged Birth Certificate (UBC)
- One parent travelling with a child will need to show the UBC plus either: a Parental Consent Affidavit (PAC) from the parent not travelling OR a letter of special circumstance.
- Widowed parents will need to show the UBC and a death certificate for the deceased parent
- Children travelling with family friends will need a UBC, PCA, copies of the parents passports and contact details for the parents.
For more information click this link: http://www.africa-adventure.net/downloads/SummaryImmigrationMinors.pdf

Contact South African Immigration for what is required for other circumstances.

Addresses of consulates

  • Botswana High Commission
    6 Stratford Place
    London W1C 1AY
    Tél. : (020) 7499 0031
    Fax : (020) 7647 1000
  • Ambassade du Botswana
    88 Avenue de Iéna
    75116 Paris
    Tél. : 01.47.20.08.23
    Fax :
    bostwana@brutele.be

HEALTH

There are no vaccinations legally required to travel to Botswana from the UK, however, you need a yellow fever vaccination if you have travelled to a country (7 days or less before entering Botswana) where that disease is widely prevalent, such as Zambia/Victoria Falls.
You should check with your doctor who has access to the most up-to-date information but the following vaccinations are usually recommended - Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) together with Hepatitis A and typhoid.
If you are staying longer than 3 months or have a particular risk you might consider a rabies vaccination. Vaccination against Tuberculosis as well as Hepatitis B are also sometimes recommended for stays longer than 3 months.
Malaria is prevalent in the country, but mainly during the warm and wet season and particularly in the northern half of the country. The south is generally considered lower risk. Don't underestimate this tropical disease and take precautions. Buy repellent (preferably with 50% DEET) and sleep under a net and speak to your doctor about anti-malarial medication.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

TELEPHONE AND JET LAG

There are very few public phone boxes. The country calling code to Botswana is 267. To make an international call from Botswana, the code is 00.
Mobile phone roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage is average in the major towns but you are unlikely to get any signal at all when in remote camps.
Time zone: GMT + 2hr

BUDGET AND MONEY

Pula (BWP; symbol P) = 100 thebe.
Notes in denominations of P100, 50, 20 and 10.
Coins in denominations of P5, 2 and 1, and 50, 25, 10 and 5 thebe.
It is not necessary to change money into local currency for any of our Botswana rides - they accept GB Pounds, Euro, US Dollars and South African Rand.

VOLTAGE

220-240 volts AC, 50Hz. 15- and 13-amp plug sockets are in use. Plugs used are British-style with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade, or South African style with two circular metal pins above a large circular grounding pin.

ACTIVITY :Horseback Safari

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

An amazing horseback safari set within the Makgadikgadi salt pans of the Kalahari desert and offering the unique opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the first Botswanan explorers and to meet local bushmen. Get up close and personal to the endearing meerkats and marvel at the moon-like landscape of the pans. Huge skies, desert-adapted wildlife and the opportunity to sleep out under the stars: a magical riding safari for experienced riders.

  • Riding close to the game in Botswana
    Horse riding in the Makgadikgadi salt pans
  • Riding in the Kalahari with experienced guides
    Horse riding in Botswana
  • An exciting riding holiday for confident riders
    Horse riding in the Makgadikgadi salt pans
  • Horses meets zebras in Kalahari
    Horses and zebras in Botswana
  • The majestic Makgadikgadi salt pans
    Horse riding in the Makgadikgadi salt pans
  • Discover all kinds of wildlife!
    Horses and meerkat in Botswana
  • An experience of a lifetime
    Horse riding in the Makgadikgadi salt pans
  • Riding in the Kalahari desert
    Horse riding in the Makgadikgadi salt pans
  • The wildlife of the Kalahari pans
    Riding safaris with David Foot in the Kalahari
  • A horseback safari with the all luxuries
    Horse riding in the Makgadikgadi salt pans

STRENGTHS

- A recognized horse safari guide - David Foot - who has over 25 years experience guiding in southern Africa
- The chance to interact with a tame family of fascinating meerkats
- Meet with the Bushmen of the Kalahari desert and learn their survival habits
- Explore the unusual vegetation found in the Kalahari, with its baobabs, rare fauna, and wildlife such as the brown hyena
- Experience the second largest annual migration of zebra and wildebeest in the world (during the wet season, January - May)
- Gallop across the salt pans (during the dry season, from June to September)
- Opportunity to ride across the pans by moonlight during the full moon

ITINERARY

Day 1 : LONDON - JOHANNESBURG -

You will take an international flight overnight to Johannesburg. If booking your own flight, then you need to depart London at c. 19:00 so that you arrive in Johannesburg at c. 07:00 in time to check-in for your next flight to Maun, which will be due to arrive at c. 14:00.

These flights are not included but we can book them for you on request.

Day 2 : JOHANNESBURG - KALAHARI DESERT - 2 hours riding

Accommodation : KALAHARI CAMP

You will be met on arrival at Maun airport by someone holding a sign saying Ride Botswana, who will introduce you to your pilot for your flight into the pans.

Your camp (Camp Kalahari) is nestled amongst the acacias and Mokolwane palms, adjacent to the Makgadikgadi-Nxai Pans National Park in Botswana. It's refreshingly simple, yet comfortable.

Heading out after tea into the beautiful afternoon light, for an introductory ride – primarily to match horse and rider but also this will be your first opportunity to experience the beauty of this magical area. Return to the camp for sundowners followed by dinner and to corral the horses close by, before the lions of the Kalahari commence their nightly prowling.

Day 3 : KALAHARI DESERT - 4 hours riding

Accommodation : KALAHARI CAMP

Up with the dawn, a light breakfast will be followed by a long morning ride through the “land of a thousand islands”. Stranded on the ancient lakebed, these sand dunes covered in palm trees are one of the most beautiful and fascinating areas of the Botswana wilderness. At the height of the migration season, the islands and adjoining grasslands are awash with zebra, wildebeest, hartebeest and ostrich and predators! The white encrusted pans between the islands provides excellent going for the horses. Returning to the camp for lunch, rest through the heat of the day in the welcome shade of the camel thorn trees.
After tea, head off by vehicle to see some unique desert species such as springbok, gemsbok, red hartebeest and the elusive brown hyaena. Enjoy a night game drive back to camp, and with the aid of a spot light, look for nocturnal desert inhabitants such as aardvark, bat eared foxes, aardwolves... and perhaps a black maned Kalahari Lion.
Arrive at Camp Kalahari in time for dinner.

Day 4 : KALAHARI DESERT - 6-7 hours riding

Accommodation : XAU XAI Fly Camp

Today is a long ride eastwards to Xau Xai Fly Camp. Be sure to pack a few essentials for the next two days of adventure. The journey takes you through the mopane and acacia woodlands interspersed with short grasslands allowing for lovely long, relaxed canters. The area is rich in birds of prey, bustards, korhaans and numerous other dry woodland bird species.
By lunchtime you will reach the famous Greens Baobab proudly positioned alongside the well-travelled Missionary Road. The magnificent trunk of this ancient tree is scarred with the initials of early travelers dating back some 150 years. Break for lunch at the adjacent Gutsa Pan where you may find Stone Age artifacts and then continue the journey on to Xau Xai Fly Camp.
Camp will be made up of comfortable dome tents, a central mess tent, loos and bucket showers. Enjoy the sunset followed by dinner out under the magnificent Kalahari sky.

Day 5 : KALAHARI DESERT - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : XAU XAI Fly Camp

Wake up to a steaming hot cup of coffee, before heading off on your horses in search of some of the Kalahari's most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats. With your horses tethered you will proceed on foot in to the midst of the group. It is possible for you to get up close and personal with these captivating creatures. Or, in the absence of a termite mound or tree, using your head as a sentry lookout post…
Mount up and follow the well-worn trails that lead to the resident herds of zebra and large congregations of ostriches attracted to the area by permanent freshwater.

Return to Xau Xai for lunch . Set off in the late afternoon for one of the greatest adventures imaginable - a ride straight out into the middle of the ancient lakebed! Eventually all that can be seen is the vast flatness stretching in every direction. Watch the sun set and the stars rise and if the phase of the moon is right continue riding in the moonlight.
Sleep on bedrolls under the silence of a star studded sky!

NB.

- During the dry season (May-September), temperatures are quite cool and the former salt lakes completely dries out. This allows for an uncommon and exhilarating adventure: riding to the bottom of a dried-out lake! At night, enjoy the peaceful quietness of a night sleeping under the stars. An unforgettable experience.
- During the wet season when the pans are full of water it is not possible to sleep out on the pans. You will spend a second night and Xau Xai fly camp.

Day 6 : KALAHARI DESERT - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : KALAHARI CAMP

Wake up on the moon! As the dawn greets this extraordinary landscape, mount up and head homewards at a fast pace directly across the Pans to Camp Kalahari. You may be lucky enough to see the extraordinary sight of ostrich deep in the middle of the Pans and then from a great distance the famous Chapman's Baobab. Also known as the Seven Sisters, it is acknowledged to be one of the largest trees in Africa, measuring 25metres around its girth.
It is near here that you break for lunch before your final ride back across the grasslands and into camp. As the sun dips below the horizon and the last light fades you arrive at Camp Kalahari in time for a refreshing shower and a final lamp lit dinner.

Day 7 : KALAHARI-MAUN-JOHANNESBOURG - Walking safari

Accommodation : WILDERNESS CAMP

A non-riding morning commences with an early morning walk with Zu/'hoasi Bushmen trackers. Uncharted Africa has pioneered and passionately supported cultural tourism in Botswana since the company's inception. Offering a window into the past, they will teach you how they have survived in this harshest of environments, using their vast and ancient knowledge of plants, animal behavior and survival skills.
Time for one more Camp Kalahari lunch before you bid farewell to Camp Kalahari in preparation for your onward journey.
Transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft transfer to Maun (included in the price), then flight to Johannesburg and connection to London (not included in the price) or beginning of your extension (please consult us, different possibilities exist such as a journey to Victoria falls).

Day 8 : ARRIVALS IN LONDON OR BEGINNING OF YOUR EXTENTION -

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Did you know ? 

The meerkats

They are little carnivorous mammals that live in colonies of 20 to 30 members.

In order to find their food, they have to dig deep into the ground, sometimes deep enough that they have their head buried in the sand and can't hear predators. Meerkat "Guards" have a role within the colony to warn others of the presence of predators by specific cries. They have identified 30 different cries according to the type of risk (terrestrial or aerial) and their distance away. An unbroken cry indicates that everything is going well. If there is danger, the guard barks or whistles very loudly. Then the group run back to their holes.

During your riding safari in the Kalahari, you will likely come across a lot of meercats and will be geared up to recognise their cries.