Delta & Desert safari

This combination safari might just be one of the most exciting riding holidays Africa has to offer! On this African horse safari, you will combine two totally different ecosystems into one riding safari, providing an extraordinary contrast in the landscape and excellent wildlife-watching opportunities. You will ride through seasonal flood plains and explore the wide-open spaces of the Makgadikgadi salt pans as you move from the Okavango Delta to the Kalahari Desert in the heart of Botswana. Both areas are renowned for the quality of the wildlife, so be prepared to encounter a wide variety of species zebras, elephants, hyenas - and of course the famous meerkats of the Kalahari. An exhilarating horse safari in Botswana with the opportunity for faster paces. This is probably the ultimate riding safari for competent riders looking for an adventurous riding holiday.
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Horseback Safari
11 days (8 days riding) -
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  • Group of riders riding towards zebras in the Okavango Delta
    Interact with local communities throughout the ride and join a sustainable safari holiday
  • Riders walking along a plain in Botswana with zabras ahead
    Explore two different ecossystems in one riding holiday
  • Riders following a herd of zebras in Botswana
    A great match for riders looking for an adventurous riding holiday
  • A group of rider cantering in the plaines in Botswana
    This holiday is the ultimate riding safari for comptent riders
  • Rider admiring an elephant in Botswana
    Be prepared to encounter a wide variety of species
  • Woman admiring her horse in Botswana
    Enjoy tasty breakfast with breathtaking views every morning
  • A couple of riders admiring a herd of zebras in Botswana
    The horses are very comfortable around the game



- Experience a combination of two of Botswana's best riding safaris, and discover two incredible ecosystems in one riding holiday
- Stay in exquisite camp locations, all very comfortable and offering a real "Out of Africa" experience.
- Interact with local communities throughout the ride and join a sustainable safari holiday.

    International overnight flight (flights are not included, but can be arranged upon request) - please note the final destination is Maun, but you will likely transit through Johannesburg in South Africa. It is important that you book your flight to arrive early the following morning (day 2) in Johannesburg, before 09:00, in order to leave enough time for you to catch your transfer - leaving 2-3 hours to change terminals, perhaps collect your baggage and catch your flight for Maun.
  • Day 2 2 : JOHANNESBOURG - MAUN - OKAVANGO DELTA - Approx. 2 hours riding

    Mobile delta camp
    You will be met at Maun airport in Botswana. You will immediately be transferred out by car to the south of the Okavango Delta. After a short transfer by car (30 to 45 minutes), you will meet the horses and your support team. In order to integrate well with the local community and promote tourism in the area, our team uses the services of the local community for the trip's logistics (baggage transfer, camp setup and the cooking). Your baggage will be transported depending on the water level either by pack donkeys or a flotilla of mokoro - a type of traditional canoe.

    You will then start you horseback safari through the Okavango Delta. The itinerary is not set in stone and will be arranged depending on the season and the level of water found in the different riding locations, this allows for a new discovery of the area on ever safari. The camp is simple yet comfortable - where you will really get to embrace the African bush. You will ride out for the first time in the afternoon in order to familiarise yourselves with your horses before a first night in the bush camp out in the delta.
  • Day 3 3 : OKAVANGO DELTA - Approx. 6 hours riding

    Mobile delta camp
    The precise itinerary you will follow will be organised depending on the period of the year, the water level, and changed expressly to follow the movements of the wildlife; this will ensure that in all seasons you will have the best opportunities to view the native animals on your horseback safari. A typical day will start with a hearty breakfast eaten together around the fire. The day's programme will then be dedicated to the discovery of the delta and the exploration of the stunning landscapes and wildlife. You will return to the camp just before nightfall for an aperitif, dinner under the stars and a night slept falling asleep to the sounds of the local wildlife. Certain afternoons, you may if you wish decide not to ride and instead head out in Mokoro, a traditional canoe, to discover the delta. This experience will bring you close to the African flora and fauna, especially the birds.
  • Day 4 4 : OKAVANGO DELTA - Approx. 6 hours riding

    Mobile delta camp
    You will ride out for a new day on your horseback safari by following paths trodden by elephants making their way between the islands. Several metres above the waters where your paths weave, the mopane trees grow with their leaves like butterflies and whose canopy offers protection from the strength of the morning sun. The landscape before you will stretch out as either a savannah landscape, forest or groves of fig trees, baobabs, kigelia and ebony trees that are mixed between the elegant palms.

    You will head back to your camp for the night.
  • Day 5 5 : OKAVANGO DELTA - Approx. 6 hours riding

    Mobile delta camp
    After an early rise and a full breakfast, you will ride out for 4 hours through the delta. You may see some of the famed Okavango wildlife; lechwe and graceful antelopes that race through the flood pains at a gallop. You as well will enjoy some fantastic gallops across the flooded plains (in season – the Delta is usually flooded from June to September), home to gnus, zebras and a multitude of birds. You will ride along the uncountable streams of water lined with mopan and palm trees. You will have you dinner and spend the night in your camp.
  • Day 6 6 : OKAVANGO DELTA - Approx. 6 hours riding

    Mobile delta camp
    On horseback you will ride across the little islands linked one to the other by paths used by hippopotami leading to the main island. These areas are perfect for observing wildlife and are full of surprises. Gazelles, lechwe, hippo, buffalo... A magical environment for unforgettable gallops in the wide-open plains of the delta. Here and there the clear and nourishing waters of lagoons dot the landscape full with water-lillies and bulrushes.
  • Day 7 7 : OKAVANGO DELTA - KALAHARI DESERT - Approx. 4 hours riding

    Kalahari camp
    Last morning of riding before leaving your horses, your team and the Okavango Delta. Return to Maun by vehicle to catch a light aircraft transfer to Makgadikgadi Pans in the heart of the Kalahari Desert (on occasions this may also be road transfer). Nestled under the shade of the acacia and Mokolwane palms of Brown Hyaena Island, your camp is on the edge of Makgadikgadi Pans, once a beautiful lake, now covered with flamingos during the rainy season (November to April), large herds of zebra and wildebeest, and of course associated predator territory! Meet the horses and go on your first drive in the afternoon to familiarise yourself with your mounts. Return to the camp for a sundowners. The horses are gathered under surveillance near the camp while the Kalahari lions begin their nightly rounds.
  • Day 8 8 : KALAHARI DESERT - Approx. 4 hours riding

    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 9 9 : KALAHARI DESERT - Approx. 6 hours riding

    Kalahari 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 Camp Kalahari for lunch . Set off in the late afternoon for one of the greatest adventures imaginable - a quadback 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.
    Sleep on bedrolls under the silence of a star studded sky!


    - 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.
  • Day 10 10 : KALAHARI DESERT - No riding

    Kalahari camp
    A non-riding morning starts 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 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 Europe or the US (not included in the price) or beginning of your extension (please consult us, different possibilities exist such as a journey to Victoria falls).
  • Day 11 11: ARRIVAL HOME

    Arrive home in early morning.

Dates & prices

Price details

No departure for this destination. Please contact our travel advisers for more information.
PLEASE NOTE: On certain dates, the itinerary is on reverse (starting in the Desert and ending in the Delta). Please contact us before booking.

- Flights or transportation to your destination (Maun) are not included, but can be booked on request - please contact us for rates.

- Rates are per person, based on two riders sharing a tent during the ride.

- Groups are composed of a minimum of 2 riders and a maximum of 8 international riders, plus guides.

- Transfers are not included but will be invoiced at the time of your booking. There is a 45 minute road transfer between Maun Airport and the Delta section of the ride. From Maun to the Kalahari there is the option of a road transfer (3 hours) or a flight transfer (50 minutes).
> Road transfer in the Okavango + flights to the Kalahari: $1375 (min. 2 riders).
> Road transfer in the Okavango and in the Kalahari: $450 (min. 2 riders).
Is up to each traveller to decide which transfer they prefer but please note that for single travellers there is a 100% surcharge on the transfer of your choice if there are no other travellers to share. This will be waived if there are other travellers on the transfers.

- There is no single supplement if you are willing to share a tent with another guest of the same sex. To guarantee your own tent there is a single supplement payable as follows:

1st of January to 20th of March and on the week of 11/12 to 20/12 – £485/€565/$575
22nd of March to 23rd of July and on the week of 12/11 to 20/11 - £1485/€1745/$1775
23rd of June to 1st November - £1585/€1865/$1895

- Young riders aged 12+ are welcome to join provided they match the riding requirements. Younger riders can sometimes be exceptionally accepted on this ride. Please contact us to discuss options, depending on their levels of maturity and riding experience. Children discounts are available.

- IMPORTANT : Riders weighing more than 95 kg must contact us before booking.
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 includes

Support Team

1 English-speaking horse guide specialising in the area
1 backup guide

Logistics Team

1 cook, technician and groom


Accommodation in two-man freestanding tents in the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari.


Full board from dinner on day 2 to lunch on day 10
Drinks (water, wine, beer, soft drinks)

Price doesn't include


Tips to the local team


Meals on Days 1 and 11, lunch on Days 2, dinner on Day 10.


International flights to Maun


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



Single tent supplement
We are currently updating our dates and prices they will be online soon. If you want details of this holiday, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Equestrian info


There is a wide variety of horses such as Hanoverians, Trakehners, Anglo-Arabs, and Arab-barbs. All are forward going and spirited, always eager to gallop and quite comfortable around the game. You will ride the same horse throughout your Okavango safari, and swap for a fresh mount in the Kalahari.
There is a horse to suit everyone, with gentle mounts for those who wish to relax and more spirited horses for guests who prefer a more exciting ride.
They range in size from 14.1h up to 16.2h, including weight carriers which are suitable to riders of up to 95kg.

Guide & local team

David is your English speaking host, he lives in Botswana with his family. They are passionate about horseback riding and love nature. David or one of his competent guides will be your lead guide, always accompanied by a back-up guide for safety.

Minimum riding ability

Minimum riding ability

In order to enjoy all that this safari has to offer, you should be a competent rider. You must be comfortable riding in open spaces, keeping your balance over varied and uneven ground and having the necessary experience to keep and find your seat again in unpredictable situations.

IMPORTANT: Weight limit is 95kg – heavier riders please contact us


This ride includes all three paces, with 4-7 hours in the saddle each day. There are plenty of opportunities for long canters across the salt pans of the Kalahari, particularly during the dry season (May - September). In the Delta, you might have the chance to enjoy some splashy canters during the flooded season, otherwise you’ll still be able to appreciate a good canter on the dry plains.

Tacking ability and participation

If you wish you can help untacking, but this is not expected as a team of grooms will take the best care of the horses.

Trip conditions and Requested experience

Guests who do not ride regularly are requested to get fit prior to the ride. This is vital to ensure you are comfortable and balanced when riding at speed across rough terrain and open spaces.

In the Okavango Delta, your baggage will be transported depending on the water level by either by donkeys or by mokoro - a type of traditional canoe.

Riders must also be prepared to meet people whose cultural specificities and differences of approach must be treated with acceptance and respect.

Equestrian equipment

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

Travel info


During this trek your camp in the Delta consists of simple but comfortable freestanding dome tents for 2 persons. Camp bed and all bedding are provided. A toilet tent and a shower tent are to be shared as well as a central mess tent for the group. Dinner and breakfast are taken around the campfire.
In the Kalahari Desert, your camp consists of 6 large tents with a queen-size bed, an open-air bathroom, a toilet (a luxury in these rooms!) and the best shower in the Kalahari Desert! The new tents have large verandas with rocking chairs. In the common area, there is a library and a thatched lounge, where you can learn about the history of this region or just relax.
Please note that there is no WiFi or mobile reception.


Breakfast in the form of a buffet (tea, coffee, chocolate, eggs, bacon).
Cold lunch buffet (salads, cold meat, fruit and cheese).
Dinner, vegetables, grilled meat, fresh fruit.
Mineral water provided, as well as beer, spirits and local wines.

As we are very limited for space on these trips, dietary requirements and drink preferences should be confirmed at the time of booking so that we may properly plan a specific menu to accommodate those requirements.


The months of October to March are the hottest of the year, with temperatures varying between 15 and 37°c.

The Okavango Delta is a seasonal flood plain and so different times of the year offer different experiences - each magical in its own way. The seasons in southern Africa are the following December/January is mid-summer with high temperatures and the chance of dramatic thunderstorms, whereas July/August is mid-winter when temperatures are lower and there is little chance of rain. The water level in the Delta depend on the rainfall in Angola and the floods usually arrive around April/May and recede around September/October, but this varies every year and is difficult to predict.
In the Kalahari Desert, precipitation, is highly variable. Most of the rain comes as summer thunderstorms, with great variation from place to place and from year to year. Winters are extremely dry: humidity is very low, and no rain falls for six to eight months.
Great ranges in both diurnal and seasonal temperatures are usual. During the summer temperatures often reach 43°C but can drop to around 20° during the night; temperatures on winter nights may go as low as -12 °C.


Tips are usually between 20-25 USD per rider/ per day for the whole local team which will then be shared equally.
- Guide: US$ 10 per day per guest
- Camp Staff (including back up rider): US$ 10 per day per guest
- Community Staff (Delta only): US$ 2 per day per guest

Packing list

IMPORTANT: For this itinerant trip, the maximum weight of the luggage is limited to 15kgs - Provide a soft bag for the transport of your luggage.
Dimensions of the bag to be respected: 55 cm (L) x 30 (W) x 30 (D)
We also recommend that you bring spare batteries for your cameras or a small solar charger.
For horseback safaris, use neutral colored clothing (green, brown, beige or grey) that will blend in with the landscape, although you may want to bring a simple, elegant outfit for the evening. Be prepared with suitable lightweight clothing and sunscreen for the day and warmer layers for the evenings.

Our Recommendations
- 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
- You must bring a headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night.
- There is no electricity at Camp, a solar charging bank could be a useful item to charge camera batteries

- A riding helmet: it is seriously recommended and often mandatory. Manufacturers (GPA, HKM, LAS Helmets, Lamicell, Troxel, Equithème...) offer today ventilated, solid and light riding helmets, pleasant in all latitudes. There are also protective shells to put under your hat (Ranch & Rider, Lexington Safety Products) or western helmet hats (Troxel).
- Cap or hat for the sun (essential)
- A bandana or Buff scarf to protect yourself from dust, sun and sometimes insects.
- A pair of high protection sunglasses.

Upper body
- 3 to 4 cotton polo shirts or long sleeve shirts (protection against the sun and mosquitoes)
- 2 short-sleeved T-shirts
- 1 or 2 spare shirts for the evening.
- 1 light fleece or equivalent. (from September to June)
- 1 warm fleece or equivalent (from June to September during the austral winter).
- 1 warm or light windproof jacket depending on the season. It is very practical on horseback to wear a jacket with many pockets to put your little rider's gear. Rain is more likely Oct-April, but in the Delta you may appreciate a waterproof jacket for splashy canters May-September

- 1-2 riding breeches
- 1 pair of pants (jeans, cloth, or equivalent)
- For comfort, cotton or synthetic non-irritating underwear is preferred, and sometimes sheepskin for the saddle.
- 1 bathing suit.
- 1 pair of shorts or 1 pair of Bermuda shorts

Hands and Feet
- Light hiking shoes or riding boots and mini chaps. We recommend short boots with half . We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged. During the flood season you may wish to take a second pair so that you aren't putting wet boots on.
- 1 pair of light shoes for the evening
- Several pairs of socks.
- 1 pair of gloves to protect from the sun and avoid blisters, which must be warmer from June to September during the southern winter.

Other useful items
- Swimsuit
- Binoculars for viewing game
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Waterproof pouches if you want to bring your camera or phone with you whilst riding

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
- As a precautionary measure, please indicate any allergies to medication in your first aid kit:
- Personal medication
- Aspirin or doliprane
- Anti diarrhea medication
- Vitamin C
- Sunscreen with strong protection for lips and skin
- Eye drops
- Moisturizing cream
- A roll of plaster
- 10 cm wide elastic adhesive bandage
- A box of adhesive bandages
- Ready-to-use disinfectant packets
- 1 broad spectrum antibiotic
- Mosquito repellent sprays for the skin and for the tissues

Additional information
- 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!
- If you lose your documents, we advise you to keep a copy of your passport in a different place from the originals.

Sustainable tourism

  1. Travel light. It's a little known fact, but the lighter you pack, the better for the environment as heavy bags will produce higher emissions (when flying a plane or driving a car!).
  2. Reduce plastic waste. Take your favorite reusable bottle with you. Avoid single-use bags, cups, or straws.
  3. Preserve nature. Always take your rubbish with you during the ride and recycle them. Leave all the flowers or plants as you found them, and never get too close when observing wildlife. Make sure to use eco-friendly products such as body wash or laundry detergent (if camping) to protect both your skin and the environment.
  4. Choose your experiences carefully. Respect animal life by not participating in any activities that abuse wild animals (shows, elephant rides, etc.).
  5. Support local populations. Buy local handicrafts, be respectful of customs, and learn about the culture of local communities.
  6. Share! Raise awareness among your family and friends about sustainable tourism.

For more information please see this page.