Horse Safari around Makgadikgadi Pans Safari

4 Day Trip
Per Day Price Level $$$$
Per Day Budget $ 1419
Per Day USD ranges:
$$$$ < $250
$$$$ $250-500
$$$$ $500-750
$$$$ $750+
  • Ride through the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and sight thousands of zebra and wildebeest during the migration season, spend time with habituated meerkat families, and gain real explorer skills from local bushmen.
  • Explore the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans that lie deep in the heart of the Kalahari , the last remnant of Africa's once-largest lake 
  • Follow in the footsteps of the early explorers and hunters – Livingstone, Chapman and Selous - as you cross the Pans and pass giant baobabs.
  • Ride with thousands of zebra and wildebeest during the migration season, and spend time with habituated meerkat families and walk with the San Bushmen, the first inhabitants of Africa.
  • Search for rare desert-adapted wildlife and for early stone age tools dotted across the landscape.
  • Ride deep into the Pans and sleep under the stars in the “great quiet”

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  • Itinerary Summary

    Day 1 : Arrival

    On arrival by air or road, you will be greeted by your host and Guide and settled into Jacks Camp, nestled amongst the acacias and Mokolwane palms, on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, adjacent to the Makgadikgadi-Nxai Pans National Park, Botswana.

    This legendary, luxurious camp has ten tents with en-suite bathrooms, flush loos, hot and cold running water, along with comfy beds, crunchy cotton sheets, stripy African blankets and hot water bottles in winter.
     
    Head off after tea in the beautiful afternoon light, for an introductory ride – primarily to match horse and rider but also your first opportunity to experience the beauty of this magical area. Zebra, wildebeest and springbok will be dotted across the horizon.
     
    Return to the camp for sundowners followed by dinner and to kraal the horses close by, before the lions of the Kalahari commence their nightly prowling.

    Accommodation: Jacks Camp

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 2 : Ride to the Meerkats and Wildlife Spotting

    Wake up to a steaming hot cup of coffee and a light breakfast, before heading off on your horses in search of some of the Kalahari’s most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats.
     
    With our horses tethered we will proceed on foot in to the midst of the group. Due to an ongoing habituation programme it’s possible for us to get up close and personal with these captivating creatures. Remember, they are not tame – just used to our non-threatening presence.

    On chilly mornings, you might well find a meerkat snuggling up to you for warmth. Or, in the absence of a termite mound or tree, using your head as a sentry lookout post…
    By spending quality time with these incredibly social, superbly adapted animals, you will be able to see how they interact with each other and their environment. You also get the chance to see the desert through the eyes of a meerkat – which, despite the fact that it’s only a foot off the ground, is a pretty spectacular vantage point, and definitely one of the most special and memorable game experiences you will encounter in Botswana
     
    Back to camp for lunch.
     
    In the late afternoon head off by vehicle to search for the rare desert creatures and after sunset enjoy a night game drive back to camp, and with the aid of a spot light, continue to look for nocturnal desert inhabitants such as aardvark, bat eared foxes, aardwolves, porcupine, honey badgers and perhaps even a black maned Kalahari Lion.
     
    Arrive at Jacks Camp in time for dinner.

    Accommodation: Jacks Camp

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 3 : Salt Pans and Baobabs

    Today our journey takes us through the “land of a thousand islands” and then away from the edge of the Pans and through the mopane and acacia woodlands interspersed with short grasslands allowing for lovely long, relaxed canters. 
     
    From a great distance the famous Chapman’s Baobab appears on the horizon. Also known as the Seven Sisters, it is acknowledged to be one of the largest trees in Africa, measuring 25metres around its girth and was the campsite of early explorers like Livingstone and Selous when they pioneered the area.

    By lunchtime we reach the equally famous Greens Baobab proudly positioned alongside the well-travelled Missionary Road, traversed by David Livingstone on his journeys northwards.  The magnificent trunk of this ancient tree is scarred with the initials of early travellers dating back some 150 years thus providing a living testimony to the rich history of this area.  Break for lunch at the adjacent Gutsa Pan under a stand of palm trees where we may find Stone Age artefacts and the hunting blinds used over millennium by the Bushmen.
     
    Siesta through the midday heat and after tea head home to camp.

    Accommodation: Jacks Camp

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 4 : Survival Skills & Departure

    Waking with the dawn and having had a light breakfast we will then spend a fascinating morning on foot with the Zu/’hoasi people of the Western Kalahari.

    We are privileged to have a small group of these extraordinary men to guide us, offering a window into the past, they teach us how they have survived in this harshest of environments, using their vast and ancient knowledge of plants, animal behaviour and survival skills.
    Depart midday for Maun and catch your return flights.

  • Duration
    4 days
    Difficulty
    Easy
    Primary Activities
    Horse Back Safari
    No. of travellers
    Min. 2
    Other Activities
    None
    Children Allowed
    Yes
  • Comfort
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  • Price Details (per person)

    High Season Apr to Sep $ 5,675 $ 1,419 per day
    Low Season Dec to Dec $ 5,675 $ 1,419 per day
    Low Season Jan to Mar $ 5,675 $ 1,419 per day

    * All Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Some savings may be available for larger groups.

Cost Includes
  • Airport transfers
  • All activities in the itinerary
  • All meals
Cost Excludes
  • Internal flights if necessary
Day 1 : Arrival

On arrival by air or road, you will be greeted by your host and Guide and settled into Jacks Camp, nestled amongst the acacias and Mokolwane palms, on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, adjacent to the Makgadikgadi-Nxai Pans National Park, Botswana.

This legendary, luxurious camp has ten tents with en-suite bathrooms, flush loos, hot and cold running water, along with comfy beds, crunchy cotton sheets, stripy African blankets and hot water bottles in winter.
 
Head off after tea in the beautiful afternoon light, for an introductory ride – primarily to match horse and rider but also your first opportunity to experience the beauty of this magical area. Zebra, wildebeest and springbok will be dotted across the horizon.
 
Return to the camp for sundowners followed by dinner and to kraal the horses close by, before the lions of the Kalahari commence their nightly prowling.

Accommodation: Jacks Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 : Ride to the Meerkats and Wildlife Spotting

Wake up to a steaming hot cup of coffee and a light breakfast, before heading off on your horses in search of some of the Kalahari’s most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats.
 
With our horses tethered we will proceed on foot in to the midst of the group. Due to an ongoing habituation programme it’s possible for us to get up close and personal with these captivating creatures. Remember, they are not tame – just used to our non-threatening presence.

On chilly mornings, you might well find a meerkat snuggling up to you for warmth. Or, in the absence of a termite mound or tree, using your head as a sentry lookout post…
By spending quality time with these incredibly social, superbly adapted animals, you will be able to see how they interact with each other and their environment. You also get the chance to see the desert through the eyes of a meerkat – which, despite the fact that it’s only a foot off the ground, is a pretty spectacular vantage point, and definitely one of the most special and memorable game experiences you will encounter in Botswana
 
Back to camp for lunch.
 
In the late afternoon head off by vehicle to search for the rare desert creatures and after sunset enjoy a night game drive back to camp, and with the aid of a spot light, continue to look for nocturnal desert inhabitants such as aardvark, bat eared foxes, aardwolves, porcupine, honey badgers and perhaps even a black maned Kalahari Lion.
 
Arrive at Jacks Camp in time for dinner.

Accommodation: Jacks Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Salt Pans and Baobabs

Today our journey takes us through the “land of a thousand islands” and then away from the edge of the Pans and through the mopane and acacia woodlands interspersed with short grasslands allowing for lovely long, relaxed canters. 
 
From a great distance the famous Chapman’s Baobab appears on the horizon. Also known as the Seven Sisters, it is acknowledged to be one of the largest trees in Africa, measuring 25metres around its girth and was the campsite of early explorers like Livingstone and Selous when they pioneered the area.

By lunchtime we reach the equally famous Greens Baobab proudly positioned alongside the well-travelled Missionary Road, traversed by David Livingstone on his journeys northwards.  The magnificent trunk of this ancient tree is scarred with the initials of early travellers dating back some 150 years thus providing a living testimony to the rich history of this area.  Break for lunch at the adjacent Gutsa Pan under a stand of palm trees where we may find Stone Age artefacts and the hunting blinds used over millennium by the Bushmen.
 
Siesta through the midday heat and after tea head home to camp.

Accommodation: Jacks Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : Survival Skills & Departure

Waking with the dawn and having had a light breakfast we will then spend a fascinating morning on foot with the Zu/’hoasi people of the Western Kalahari.

We are privileged to have a small group of these extraordinary men to guide us, offering a window into the past, they teach us how they have survived in this harshest of environments, using their vast and ancient knowledge of plants, animal behaviour and survival skills.
Depart midday for Maun and catch your return flights.

Cost of the entire itinerary

High Season Apr to Sep $ 5,675 $ 1,419 per day
Low Season Dec to Dec$ 5,675 $ 1,419 per day
Low Season Jan to Mar$ 5,675 $ 1,419 per day
Months not available Oct to Nov
Cost Includes
  • Airport transfers
  • All activities in the itinerary
  • All meals
Cost Excludes
  • Internal flights if necessary
Climate

Visas, Travel Documents and Special Permits

Some nationalities require visas. When entering Botswana each visitor is given an entry visa valid for the length of your stay. 

Physical Fitness/Skills

You should be fit for riding.

Immunizations / Medical Requirements

Although there are no specific requirements with regard to vaccinations, each visitor should check with their local doctor at home and follow the advice accordingly.  This should include anti malaria cover even though Botswana is a low risk area.
 
Light weight riding helmets are compulsory for all children and for adults must be worn within the requirements of your insurance cover.  Adults riding without helmets do so at their own risk and the company cannot be held responsible for any injuries sustained.

Recommended Packing List

For riding:


  • Riding Helmet:  light weight ventilated of good quality is recommended.  Insurance regulations insist on this requirement whilst on horseback.
  • Riding gear:  Jodphurs / Long trousers.  Half chaps
  • Riding footwear:  these should be comfortable and easy to walk in if required.
  • Socks – several pairs
  • Riding gloves
  • Long sleeved collared shirts in neutral bush colours
  • Buff / bandana (to protect face and neck from sun and dust).
  • Light weight warm fleece or jacket
  • Lightweight waterproof windbreaker jacket
  • Dark sunglasses on a string
  • Underwear
  • Bum bag / Waist pouch to carry lip balm, suncream, small camera and extra batteries and memory card

                                               
Other:

 

  • Torch – head torch is recommended
  • Small lightweight binoculars
  • Camera with battery charging equipment, spare batteries and memory cards
  • Broad brimmed sunhat (for when not riding)
  • Layers: Cotton long and short sleeved T shirts, Shorts, Cotton trousers, Sarong and bathing costume, Comfortable sleepwear according to the season (tracksuit recommended for winter months), woollen beanie and gloves
  • Footwear:  flip flops, closed shoes/ boots for around the camp
  • Sunblock, insect repellent, lip salve, personal medication, personal toiletries
  • Reading material
  • Passport, Insurance and Medical details
Meals provided

The ride caters for any dietary requirements and provides full English and continental breakfast, light lunches and three course dinners with tea and coffee throughout the day.

Other useful tips

Batteries are not easily available in this region, please bring and a universal adaptor is handy.

Operator ID

3931

Operator Profile

The glorious wilderness of Africa has been home to this intrepid husband and wife horse-safari experts for 50 years, and their wish is you fall in love with it the way they did. Watch wild animals roam in the millions on the vast plains under a magnificent African sky. Enter the magical world and interact with the Bushmen under the expert care of these consummate professionals. For the non-riders among you, they will organize special walking and bird-watching tours as well.

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