A riding adventure through the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and a wildlife safari in the Okavango Delta, a special safari experience indeed!
9 days from £4,885 pp
(exc. international flights)
This fabulous riding safari is ideal for any riding enthusiast seeking to experience something special and unique.
This fabulous two centre safari combines a riding safari in the Makgadikgadi with a more traditional safari in the heart of the Okavango Delta. It is ideal for any riding enthusiast seeking to experience something special and unique.
You’ll spend five days in the saddle exploring the salt pans, enjoy a couple of nights fly-camping under the stars before flying off to a beautiful lodge in the Okavango Delta where you swap your trusty steed for a 4x4 game viewing vehicle. What’s not to love?
You’ll be awed by amazing sunsets, incredible scenery, memorable wildlife encounters and above all, superb riding. It’s an exhilarating, pulse-quickening adventure that you won’t want to end, it will leave you with a rich store of memories to cherish.
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Day 1: Arrive at Makgadikgadi Pans
On arrival in Maun you will be met and board a light aircraft to the Makgadikgadi Pans. You’ll be driven to your base camp, Camp Kalahari. Having left your luggage in your tent and rested after the long journey, you’ll be ready for some action! It’s time to saddle up for an introductory ride and a chance to get to know your steed, whetting your appetite for the days to come. You’ll be back in camp for sundowners and dinner.
You’ll be up with the dawn for a light breakfast to head off on a long morning ride through the “land of a thousand islands”. The white encrusted pans between the islands provides excellent going for the horses. In the rainy season many of these areas will be full of water attracting several species of migratory water birds. Return to the camp for lunch and to sit out the hottest part of the day. After tea, you’ll set off by vehicle in search of some of the area’s unique wildlife including nocturnal species.
Today is a long ride eastwards to Xau Xai Fly Camp, so you’ll need an early start. You’ll be at the fly camp for 2 nights, travelling light with just your essentials. The route leads away from the edge of the pans and through shady mopane and acacia woodlands interspersed with short grasslands, where you can enjoy lovely long, relaxed canters. Take lunch beneath a grove of palm trees before continuing to your fly camp, where you’ll freshen up with a bucket shower and relax by the cosy mess tent. After dinner you’ll retire to your comfy dome tent for a good night’s sleep.
You’ll awake to a steaming mug of coffee and a welcome breakfast, before heading off on your horse in search of the Kalahari’s inimitable meerkats. You’ll be able to watch them as they frolic and forage for food, quite unperturbed by your presence. As the day warms up, you’ll make for hidden waterholes, whose fresh water draws herds of zebra and large numbers of ostriches. In the late afternoon take a walk to a nearby permanent waterhole for some bird watching, returning to the fly camp for al fresco dinner.
Wake for a light breakfast before mounting up and heading homewards at a good pace. You’ll be passing through varied terrains including woodlands, open grasslands and by the edge of the pans. Along the way you’ll catch sight of the famous Chapman’s Baobab, Africa’s largest tree, and should see herds of wildebeest and zebra. You’ll be back at Camp Kalahari with time to wash the dust off with a refreshing shower, followed by a well-earned dinner.
Day 6: Fly to the Okavango Delta
After breakfast you’ll board a light aircraft for the flight to the Okavango Delta, arriving at Shinde Camp (January and February departures use Kwara Camp in the delta) in time for lunch and a chance to rest, enjoying your new surroundings. This afternoon you’ll have a choice of game viewing by land or water for your initial foray into the delta. Your guide will make sure you’re back in plenty of time to shower and change for dinner.
Day 7 & 8: Okavango Delta
You’ll spend the next 2 days immersed in the natural world of the delta. Activities at Shinde include game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles offering some of the finest dry land game viewing in Botswana with regular sightings of lion and leopard. You’ll also have the chance to exploring the waterways in a mokoro or motor boat, take guided nature walks, night drives and a sunset cruise. It all combines to create a comprehensive safari.
Day 9: Onward journey
After breakfast and a morning activity (time permitting) you will fly to Maun to connect to your onward flight arrangements. Please note – there may be slight variations to the above itinerary depending on local weather conditions.
01 - 31 Aug 2019 from £7,945
11 Jan - 29 Mar 2020 & 31 Mar - 10 Jun 2020 from £4,885
09 Jul - 19 Aug 2020 from £5,475
01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 from £7,545
10 - 18 Apr 2020 from £5,310
01 Sep - 18 Nov 2020 from £5,235
Per person prices based on two people sharing. Please ask for single supplements. Plus international flights from roughly £1200 pp.
Accommodation on a full board basis, local drinks, road and light aircraft transfers, riding activities and equipment, daily game activities, park and concession fees.
Visas, international flights, vaccinations, premium drinks, optional activities, travel insurance, items of a personal nature.
This trip starts and ends in Maun. From the UK, we recommend getting a flight with a combination of British Airways, Air Botswana and/or South African Airways via Johannesburg. A rough price guide for flights is £1100 per person.
2019 Departures are on a private basis, based on 2 sharing and departure dates can be flexible. The structure of the holiday will be as below due to seasons, but we can it to your exact requirements.
This safari operates as a scheduled departure in 2020. Depending on the time of year this safari will consist either of 5 Nights Kalahari/ 3 Nights Okavango (approx. Jan Mid April) or 5 Nights Okavango / 3 Nights Kalahari (approx. mid April November). There are a number of 8 night set date departures throughout the year for a minimum of 2 participants and a maximum of 8 participants. The ride is only suitable for intermediate to experienced riders.
|11 – 19 Jan 2020||10 – 18 Apr 2020||28 Jul – 5 Aug 2020|
|25 Jan – 2 Feb 2020||19 – 27 Apr 2020||11 – 19 Aug 2020|
|8 – 16 Feb 2020||12 – 20 May 2020||1 – 9 Sep 2020|
|22 Feb – 2 Mar 2020||19 – 27 May 2020||22 – 30 Sep 2020|
|14 – 22 Mar 2020||2 – 10 Jun 2020||6 – 14 Oct 2020|
|21 – 29 Mar 2020||9 – 17 Jul 2020||19 – 27 Oct 2020|
|31 Mar – 8 Apr 2020||14 – 22 Jul 2020||10 – 18 Nov 2020|
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