Botswana Riding Safari

Botswana
10 nights private tour from $12,200 per person

Gallop into the wild on this journey across Botswana’s wildernesses. A riding safari boasts encounters that cannot be had on foot or by vehicle. Watch elephants ford the waterways of the Okavango, unnoticed on horseback. Admire the sweeping desert and endless views of the Kalahari as you traverse the grasslands of Botswana’s deserts. For riders, this is the ultimate adventure led by expert guides who put yours and your horse’s safety first – get off the map as you ride into the African bush.

Botswana Riding Safari
At a glance
  • Relish being somewhere truly wild, the remote locations of the lodges and camps make for an intoxicating safari. 

  • Riding through the bush unseen by the wildlife allows for you to get safely close to Botswana’s famous animals.

  • If the legs get sore, there are a myriad of other ways to explore; sleep out under the stars in a treehouse, glide through the Okavango by boat or use your feet on a walking safari. 

  • Animal welfare is paramount here with the horses being lovingly cared for and well rested between rides. 

Journey highlights
  • Relish being somewhere truly wild, the remote locations of the lodges and camps make for an intoxicating safari. 

  • Riding through the bush unseen by the wildlife allows for you to get safely close to Botswana’s famous animals.

  • If the legs get sore, there are a myriad of other ways to explore; sleep out under the stars in a treehouse, glide through the Okavango by boat or use your feet on a walking safari. 

  • Animal welfare is paramount here with the horses being lovingly cared for and well rested between rides. 

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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Botswana has a moderate climate with three fairly distinct seasons: from December to March is the rainy season, with warm temperatures and occasional thunderstorms. April to July is dry, with sunny days and the temperature at night beginning to drop - in June and July the nights can be very cold. From August through to October the weather heats up, with October's temperatures sometimes approaching 40°C. Generally the rains break in November.


Price Guide: (per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

Departing Price from*
  • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
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May $13,900 $3,500 plan your trip
June $13,900 $3,500 plan your trip
July $15,600 $3,900 plan your trip
August $15,600 $3,900 plan your trip
September $15,600 $3,900 plan your trip
October $15,600 $3,900 plan your trip
November $12,200 $3,100 plan your trip
December $12,200 $3,100 plan your trip
January $12,200 $3,100 plan your trip
February $12,200 $3,100 plan your trip
March $12,200 $3,100 plan your trip
April $13,900 $3,500 plan your trip
  • May
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $13,900
    Deposit from*
    $3,500
  • June
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $13,900
    Deposit from*
    $3,500
  • July
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $15,600
    Deposit from*
    $3,900
  • August
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $15,600
    Deposit from*
    $3,900
  • September
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $15,600
    Deposit from*
    $3,900
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $15,600
    Deposit from*
    $3,900
  • November
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $12,200
    Deposit from*
    $3,100
  • December
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $12,200
    Deposit from*
    $3,100
  • January
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $12,200
    Deposit from*
    $3,100
  • February
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $12,200
    Deposit from*
    $3,100
  • March
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $12,200
    Deposit from*
    $3,100
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $13,900
    Deposit from*
    $3,500
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Itinerary

Fly to Maun
Day 1-6

Okavango Delta and Moremi

Getting to Botswana’s wild places is a breeze with overnight flights to Johannesburg and direct flights to Maun, gateway to the Kalahari and Okavango. You are met at the airport and guided to your final journey, a light aircraft hop over the famous inland delta – watch out for elephants on the way! Macatoo Camp sits overlooking a floodplain on the western side of the Okavango Delta, raised above the ground so the panoramas are fully enjoyed. Each of the airy eight tents overlooks the bush, best enjoyed swinging gently from in a hammock from the dappled shade of your deck. Evenings are spent relaxing around a fire, exchanging stories and enjoying the sounds of the bush.  

Days are spent exploring the surrounding bush on horseback, setting out in the cool of the dawn, with different routes each time so you can truly appreciate the magic of the Okavango Delta and spot the wildlife that makes this Africa’s best. From its lily strewn lagoons where hippos snort away to the palm fringed islands, no two days are the same. The horses at Macatoo are carefully chosen, schooled and cared for, and each guest will change animals a few times to allow rest time between rides. Cool off in the midday at the camp’s pool, or for those wishing to rest the legs you can still go out on game drives, night drives, boating safaris, mokoro rides and walks. For seriously special view, soar over the channels on a scenic helicopter flight (an additional cost), where you can realise the sheer size of this dreamlike landscape. 

Accommodation: Macatoo Camp ( 5 nights )
Day 6-11

Makgadikgadi Pans

This morning you leave the lush Okavango behind as you fly south to the dry salt pans and sweeping plains of the Kalahari. Your home for the next five nights varies from laidback camps to sleeping on roll mats under the heavens, a true adventure. Ride Botswana meet you at the airstrip and take you to Camp Kalahari on the fringes of the Makgadikgadi-Nxai Pans National Park. The eclectic African style harmoniously matches the surroundings, with the twelve tented rooms all sat in prime position for watching the world go by. Escape the desert heat in the pool or simply sit and gaze out over the moonlike vistas of the Makgadikgadi. 

The first two days are spent traversing the salt pans and desert, spotting the wildlife that lives in this harsh environment. Keep your eyes out for oryx, cheetah, brown hyena, and the famous Kalahari lions. If the evening set out in the darkness to search for elusive nocturnal prowlers like the honey badger, aardwolf, porcupines and more. On the third day the adventure truly begins as you spend the day crossing the pans stopping the famous Green’s baobab on the way, where David Livingstone long ago sat. By the afternoon you reach Xau Xai Fly Camp, a mobile camp set on the flats of the desert, for a back-to-basics night under the stars. It’s an early start the next day on foot, to spend an enchanting morning with the Kalahari’s most enigmatic locals, meerkats. A gentle afternoon ride to the heart of the salt pans where your night is spent under the blazing Milky Way, sleeping on the pan itself for an experience not to be matched. The fun ends back at Camp Kalahari for one final night round the crackling fire perhaps with a glass of Amarula in hand. 

Accommodation: Uncharted Africa Riding Safari ( 5 nights )
Fly home from Maun
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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When to visit

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  • M
  • J
  • J
  • A
  • S
  • O
  • N
  • D
Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

Botswana has a moderate climate with three fairly distinct seasons: from December to March is the rainy season, with warm temperatures and occasional thunderstorms. April to July is dry, with sunny days and the temperature at night beginning to drop - in June and July the nights can be very cold. From August through to October the weather heats up, with October's temperatures sometimes approaching 40°C. Generally the rains break in November.

Botswana Riding Safari
Botswana Riding Safari

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
  • We have a 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • We offer flexibility and financial protection to give you total peace of mind

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