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Botswana - Kalahari Safari
Botswana - Kalahari Safari
Botswana - Kalahari Safari
Botswana - Kalahari Safari
Botswana - Kalahari Safari
Botswana - Kalahari Safari
 
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Botswana - Kalahari Safari

The Makgadikgadi salt pans are the remnants of a vast lake that dried up around 1,500 years ago. The dry salt-encrusted pans are separated by many grass and palm covered sandy islands; the landscape is flat and the immense skyline appears to go on forever.

There are two distinctly different seasons. The rains normally arrive in October/November and this heralds the start of the wet season when the pans fill with water and the grass grows. This time of bounty results in a vast migration of zebra and wildebeest, followed by their predators, namely lion. During the wet season it isn't possible to ride on the pans themselves as the water makes the ground sticky and boggy, but there are plenty of opportunities for long canters across the grasslands.

During the dry season (around May - September) there are less zebra and wildebeest but as the pans dry out there are fantastic opportunities for fast riding across the vast expanses of salt crust.

The Makgadikgadi pans offer some unique highlights - the chance to look for the shy brown hyaena; some of the largest baobab trees in the world; the chance to interact with a local meerkat family and walks with bushmen to learn about this fascinating part of Africa.

During a five night safari you will spend 3 nights at Camp Kalahari and two nights at a fly camp. Camp Kalahari offers large A framed tents with en-suite bathrooms, whilst fly camp is more rustic, with large dome tents and bucket showers.

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Botswana Riding Specialist  Sarah Dale

Sarah says:

Cantering across the surreal landscape of the salt pans (especially by moonlight) provides the perfect contrast to a horseback safari in the nearby Okavango Delta. A unique environment, that is surprisingly breathtaking!

My top tip:

Meeting the meerkats is an experience you will never forget. For a longer holiday why not combine this ride with Davids mobile safari in the Okavango Delta. The two together will compliment each other perfectly!

Call: 01299 272 234 | email: sarah@inthesaddle.com
 
 

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