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Exhilarating mobile safari in the Makgadigadi Salt pans

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Horse Riding Holidays Botswana – Ride Botswana, Kalahari Camp

Ride Botswana, Kalahari Camp has been personally vetted by Zara and Jill (as have all our Horse Riding Holidays Botswana). We do this to ensure that the quality of the horse riding, accommodation, food and scenery combine to provide only the best Horse Riding Holidays in Botswana for our clients.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

DATES & PRICES top

Ride Botswana, Kalahari Camp

PRICES 2017

Suitable for intermediate plus riders are most suited to this ride.

Rates are quoted per person sharing. Kalahari is a set departure 5 night trip. (but please ask about 3 night trips which we can also do)

Operates most of the year.

5 Night Kalahari Camp Safari

High Season January-April & December

£3,090/€3,625/$3,790
Single Supplement – £740/€870/$910

Rest of Year

£2,930/€3,445/$3,600
Single Supplement – £740/€870/$910

Rates subject to adjustment due to currency fluctuations.

Includes – All the riding and other activities like bush walks, twin accommodation, all meals and drinks. Transfers out of Maun are included on all the ‘Combined Safaris’ & Thamalakane River Safaris.

Excludes – International flights to Maun, transfers out of Maun to Kalahari Camp Safaris and tips.

DATES 2017

9-14 & 14-19 January, 8-13 & 13-18 February, 9-14 & 14-19 March, 9-14 & 14-19 April, 7-12 & 21-26 May, 18-23 & 25-29 June, 9-14 & 16-21 July, 13-18 August, 27 August – 1 September, 10-15 & 24-29 September.

Getting There
International flight to Maun, Botswana which is usually via Johannesburg.

Transfer
Kalahari Camp Safari – £550/€645/$676 per person return on a shared air transfer from Maun into camp.

Remember our Horse Riding Holidays GUARANTEE. You won’t find these Horse Riding Holidays (or any of our Horse Riding Holidays) at a lower price through any other source… and if you do we will refund the difference.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

David & Robyn Foot are well known safari operators in Africa and have been running Kalahari Camp for a number of years.  This safari combines really well with their exciting new for 2017 mobile safari in the Okavango Delta.

The completely unique ‘Ride Botswana, Kalahari Camp Safari’ is an exhilarating mobile safari in the Makgadigadi Salt pans, which makes up part of the infamous Kalahari Desert. It’s 5 nights and uses the Kalahari Camp as a base with two nights fly camping. The ride takes in all the extraordinary attractions of the Makgadikgadi – during the dry season you may ride right out into the middle of the pans, whilst in the wet season there is a chance to ride among Botswana’s largest zebra and wildebeest migration.

The ‘Thamalakane River Safari’ is based at the Royal Tree Lodge, not far from the town of Maun. This is a great pre ‘Camp Kalahari‘ option for a couple of nights to make your trip into a 7 night or longer adventure and it’s also perfect for families with younger children or of mixed abilities as it’s not a ‘big game’ area, therefore a much safer riding environment. We recommend spending at least 3 nights here.

We can also tailor the Kalahari desert ride to a 3 night ride without the fly camp which you can then combine with another riding safari in the Okavango Delta. David and Robyn have launched a new mobile safari in the Okavango Delta for 2017 so this would be a fabulous combination.

THE RIDING top

Horses – At Ride Botswana, Kalahari Camp, there is a good mix of twenty plus, relaxed, forward going horses including Boerperds & Boerperd Crosses (Indigenous African breed), Thoroughbred & Shire Crosses, Arabs, Friesians and Appaloosas. Their heights range from 14.2hh to 16.2hh.

Level of Riding & Pace – depending on chosen Safari, see below.

  • Novice to Advanced – Thamalakane River Safari
  • Intermediate to Advanced – Kalahari Camp Safari

Tack – Tack is English style with mostly snaffle bridles, with Wintec or Maclellan saddles. Riding groups are limited to 8 riders (though private groups of up to 12 can sometimes be catered for).

Weight Restriction – 95 kgs / 210 lbs / 15 stone.

Group Size – Maximum 8 (Private groups up to 12).

ACCOMMODATION top

Ride Botswana, Kalahari Camp Safari – 3 nights are spent in the luxury Kalahari camp, which uses walk in Meru tents, with running loos and showers. It sits nestled amongst the acacias and Moklowane palms of Brown Hyena Island on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. It has a traditionally built thatch library, living and dining area and a swimming pool. The other 2 nights on this safari are spent in a much simpler ‘fly’ camp.

In the wet season both nights are in Xau Xai fly camp, on stretcher beds in 2 man dome tents and in the dry season, Xau Xai is just used for one night with the second being spent sleeping out on bedrolls under the starry Kalahari sky.

A great effort is made with safari meals, which are delicious and plentiful. Expect a mix of light and heavier breakfasts, tea, coffee and toast or full cooked breakfasts and porridge. Lunches are picnic style, with salads, pastas, quiches, cold meats and fruit and dinners are candle lit, 3 courses and absolutely delicious.

Thamalakane River Safari – Nights are spent in the luxury Royal River Lodge close to Maun. The lodge is on a 400 acre reserve on the edge of the Thamalkane River and has 8 spacious twin / double walk-in safari tents set on teak decking. There’s also a large sitting and dinning area as well as a spacious deck shaded by leadwood and bird plum trees and a lovely swimming pool.

Again, expect really great food, using fresh ingredients, daily baked bread and lots of variety – you will never feel hungry!

We have travelled the world testing a huge variety of horse riding holidays to make sure we offer you, our client, the best horse riding holiday experience possible.

Our horse riding holidays are thoroughly researched – we consider all the elements that go towards making our horse riding holidays collection the best in the world. We check the quality of the horses, if they are fit for the job, well produced and looked after. We make sure the riding terrain is good going, the countryside is interesting and, for example, on Classic Dressage horse riding holidays, the arenas are in good condition. We make sure the accommodation, whether it’s a five star hotel, a farmhouse or camping, is clean and comfortable, and offers a great night’s sleep. The food is all important too – we take the time to make sure we tell you if it’s cordon bleu, home cooked, or regional and locally sourced – above all it has to be delicious, plentiful and nourishing. Last but not least, we choose the horse riding holidays that have the best hosts, who are friendly, warm and welcoming.

It’s only when all these elements come together that we add a horse riding holiday into our hand-picked collection of horse riding holidays.

Please Ask About

  • Our Saddle and Paddle expeditions led by David Foot. (Riding and Canoeing)
  • Victoria Falls add-on
  • Beach add-on to Mozambique or Mauritius
  • Cape Town add-on
  • other Horse Riding Holidays Botswana you may be interested in

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Ride Botswana, Kalahari Camp Safari

DAY 1

Arrive at Camp Kalahari nestled amongst the acacias and Mokolwane palms of Brown Hyena Island, on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, adjacent to the Makgadikgadi-Nxai Pans National Park. You will be greeted by your host and guide David Foot. Time to settle in then, after tea, set off for an introductory ride - primarily to match horse and rider. Return to the camp for sun-downers followed by dinner perhaps accompanied by roars of the Kalahari lions.

DAY 2

Up with the dawn, a light breakfast 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 of course the accompanying predators! The white encrusted pans between the islands provides excellent going for the horses. Night at Camp Kalahari.

DAY 3

Today is a long ride eastwards to Xau Xai Fly Camp, so an early start is imperative. The journey takes you away from the edge of the Pans and through mopane and acacia woodlands interspersed with short grasslands allowing for lovely long canters. Reach the famous Greens Baobab by lunchtime, positioned next to the road that David Livingstone traversed on his journeys northwards. Continue on to Xau Xai Fly Camp for dinner and night.

DAY 4

Wake up to a steaming hot cup of coffee and a light breakfast, before heading off in search of some of the Kalahari’s most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats. Return to Xau Xai for lunch and a refreshing shower. Set off in the late afternoon for one of the greatest adventures imaginable - a ride straight out into the middle of the ancient Lakebed - 16,000 square kilometres of baking soda! Eventually all that can be seen is the vast flatness stretching in every direction. Camp is set up here, sleeping on bedrolls under the silence of a star studded sky!

DAY 5

As the dawn greets this extraordinary landscape the last of the stars disappear. Set off riding directly across the Pans back to Camp Kalahari. Sometimes ostriches are seen deep in the Pans and from a great distance the famous Chapman’s Baobab is visible. One of the largest trees in Africa, this great baobab was also the campsite of early explorers like Livingstone and Selous when they pioneered the area. Lunch here then continue to Camp Kalahari in time for a refreshing shower and a final lamp lit dinner.

DAY 6

Breakfast and say goodbye to the horses, then set off on an early morning walk with Zu’hoasi Bushmen trackers. Offering a window into the past, they teach you how they have survived in this harshest of environments, using their vast and ancient knowledge of survival skills. Lunch at Camp Kalahari before your onward journey.

Thamalakane River Safari

DAY 1

Arrive Maun where you will be met and driven about 20 minutes to the Royal Tree Lodge. Time to settle in to your comfortable room before lunch or afternoon tea. Your guide will join you for a short safety briefing before meeting the horses. Set off on a fun ride in the cool of the afternoon in the reserve. The wildlife is wonderfully relaxed in the presence of the horses allowing for close encounters and great photographic opportunities. Arrive back before dark and enjoy a sun-downer at the lodge followed by a delicious dinner. Night at the Tree Lodge.

DAY 2

Woken at dawn and set off on a long morning ride. There will be a chance to see more game as you ride through the reserve but then you head off into the back country for some lovely long canters through acacia woodlands, perhaps jumping the fallen logs if you wish. You will pass occasional cattle posts and will see how the local Motswana live with their vast herds of free roaming cattle. As the morning warms up you make for the cool riverine woodlands of the Thmalakane River where a sumptuous bush breakfast awaits you, set up in the shade of the jackalberry trees. After breakfast continue riding along the river banks, enjoying the numerous waterbirds and cantering through the shallows. Lunch back at the Tree Lodge followed by a siesta, or time to relax by the pool. In the afternoon there will be a short walk to the river and then a boat trip in the evening light, watching the birdlife, fishing and drinking sundownders. Return to the Royal Tree Lodge for dinner and the night.

DAY 3

A dawn breakfast and then mount up and set off on a full day ride to explore further afield, hopefully reaching the junction where the Thamalakane River splits in two, the Nhabe heading west to Lake Ngami and the Boteti heading east towards the Makgadikgadi. These rivers were the lifeline that allowed the early explorers, hunters and traders to penetrate deep into this area. David Livingstone was the first European to see the famous Lake Ngami having spent many thirsty days crossing the Kalahari before reaching the Boteti River. Picnic lunch is in the shade of the evergreen mangosteen trees and for some there may be a temptation to have a swim. The river will guide you home and if the water levels are low enough you may cross over and ride back along the north bank, looking out for the resident hippos as they become more active with the setting sun. Dinner and night at the Royal Tree Lodge.

DAY 4

A last early morning ride through the reserve followed by a welcome hearty breakfast before heading on to your next exciting destination.

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Horse Riding Holidays at Kalahari Camp are part of the Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Botswana collection.

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Botswana Holidays Testimonials

Silvana Pitti on RAW & Kalahari Safaris

The trip was fantastic, R&W is really the best place in the world to spend a magical week, and Kalahari was the perfect complement after the Okavango. I think it's a very very good idea to propose Okavango and Kalahari together for people interested in Botswana because it's a perfect way to really understand where

Silvana Pitti & Family from Spain