5 Day Camp Kalahari Horse-Riding Safari
Explore this wild, unspoilt Kalahari in the same manner as many of the earliest explorers, hunters and missionaries – on horseback! This exceptional landscape with the vast pans and sprawling open woodlands lends itself to an unforgettable riding experience. This is a fantastic five-night horse-riding safari, combining three nights at Camp Kalahari with two nights fly camping out on the Makgadikgadi Saltpans.
A suitable well cared for horse will be chosen from a stable of some 20 horses made up of cross breeds which include Shire/TB, Boerperd/TB, Friesian/BP, Arab crosses and Quarter horse crosses. They range in size from 14.3 h to 16.2 h. Guests should have some riding experience and feel competent at all paces and confident of keeping up with the pace of the group. You will be required to be riding fit and in good health in order to enjoy the experience as long days (up to 7 hours) are spent in the saddle.
When the pans are dry the surface is firm and ideal for long fast canters, when the pans are wet the extensive adjoining grasslands with their network of wildlife paths offer wonderful ground for great riding. Rides 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. Take a long ride to Xau Xai Fly Camp; the journey takes us away from the edge of the pans and through the mopane and acacia woodlands interspersed with short grasslands allowing for lovely long, relaxed canters.
The last leg of the safari takes us right into the middle of the salt pans, and eventually all that can be seen is the vast flatness stretching in every direction. There is not one visual landmark to be seen and one swiftly loses one`s sense of perspective. Incredible scenery, memorable wildlife encounters and above all superb riding. Between 4-7 hours will be spent in the saddle each day. The longest days will be when the safari traverses between Camp Kalahari and Xau Xai camp. The distance covered on those days will be up to 35km.
Rates from: USD 561pp per night sharing