DAY 6

  • As the dawn greets this extraordinary landscape and the last of the stars disappear, wake for a light breakfast before mounting up and heading homewards at a fast pace sometimes riding along the edge of the Pans and at other times heading into the woodlands and open grasslands where the zebra and wildebeest graze.
  • From a great distance the famous Chapman’s Baobab appears on the horizon.
  • Arrive at Camp Kalahari in time for a re-freshing shower and lunch.
  • As the sun dips below the horizon and the last light fades, we will be sure to dwell on these amazing past few days. Incredible scenery, memorable wildlife encounters and above all superb riding!

Overnight: Camp Khalahari 

DAY 5

  • 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.
  • As the day warms up, leave the meerkats to continue foraging. Mount up and follow the well-worn trails that lead to the resident herds of zebra and large congregations of ostriches attracted to the area by permanent freshwater in hidden waterholes.
  • Return to Xau Xai for lunch, a refreshing shower and a siesta in the shade of the mess tent.
  • In the late afternoon take a walk to a nearby permanent waterhole to look for many of the Kalahari’s special bird species and, as the sun sets, watch the hundreds of sand grouse fly in for a drink.
  • Return to camp for another beautiful evening under a Kalahari sky with a delicious dinner around the campfire.

Overnight: Xau Xai Fly Camp

DAY 4

  • Today is a long ride eastwards to Xau Xai Fly Camp, so an early start is imperative.
  • The journey takes us away from the edge of the Pans and through the mopane and acacia woodlands interspersed with short grasslands allowing for lovely long, relaxed canters. Whilst the area is rich in birds of prey, bustards, korhaans and numerous other unusual dry woodland bird species; there is also a chance that we will sight kudu and the odd elephant bull.
  • By lunchtime we reach the famous Green’s Baobab proudly positioned alongside the well-travelled Missionary Road, traversed by David Livingstone on his journeys northwards.
  • Break for lunch at the adjacent Gutsa Pan under a stand of palm trees.
  • Siesta through the midday heat and after tea, continue the journey on to Xau Xai Fly Camp

Overnight: Xau Xai Fly Camp
Camp will be made up of comfortable dome tents, a central mess tent, loos and bucket showers. Enjoy a long cool drink as you watch the sunset followed by dinner out under the magnificent Kalahari sky. 


DAY 3

During the wet season 35-75,000 zebra and wildebeest migrate into the area with regular sightings of lion, cheetah and other predators who follow in their wake, this is southern Africa’s last surviving zebra and wildebeest migration. Hundreds of thousands of flamingo appear from nowhere to feed as long as the water lasts. Also a permanent haven for desert species such as the captivating and engaging meerkat and the elusive brown hyaena, the third rarest carnivore in the world!
  • On arrival you will be greeted by your host and Guide David Foot and settled into Camp Kalahari.
  • 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.
  • Return to the camp for sun- downers followed by dinner and to kraal the horses close by.

Overnight: Camp Khalahari

"Makgadikgadi Pans Horseback Safari"

5 Nights / 6 Days








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The Tents

Camp Kalahari has 10 spacious Meru tents.
6 Twin tents, 3 Double tents and 1 Family tent: 2 adjacent tents, accommodating 2 Guests in each with an inter-leading bathroom.

All ten traditional safari tents are en-suite and outfitted with rich textiles, Moroccan kilims, and four poster beds.


Fly Camp at Xau Xai:

Comfortable dome tents with fully made up stretcher beds, a central mess tent with dining table, bush loos and bucket showers.

Camp Khalahari

​ Camp Kalahari nestled amongst the acacias and Mokolwane palms of Brown Hyaena Island, on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, adjacent to the Makgadikgadi-Nxai Pans National Park, Botswana. The camp is an eclectic mix of original African furniture and textiles paired with traditional campaign style furniture and colonial antiques. The style of the camp is refreshingly simple, cosy, comfortable and traditional. Guests can relax in a traditionally built thatch library, living and dining area, and when it heats up, cool off in the plunge pool. 

Wildlife of the area 

 About Camp Khalahari

The vast Kalahari Desert, the largest continuous stretch of sand in the world, covers 84% of Botswana, extending from the Orange River in South Africa to the equator in Gabon. With the exceptions of the Okavango and Chobe areas in the north, the country has little permanent surface water.

In complete contrast, the northeastern region of the Kalahari Basin contains the Makgadikgadi Pans – this huge expanse of pristine, sugary white landscape is bigger than Switzerland. Once a large river-fed lake, the Makgadikgadi Pans now lie saline and empty. The pans are littered with stone tools and artefacts dated from between 2,000 to 500,000 years old! 

 About Magadikgadi Pans National Park

 Itinerary - 5 Nights / 6 Days

DAY 2

  • Up with the dawn, a light breakfast is followed by a long morning ride through the “land of a thousand islands”.
  • Return to the camp for lunch and rest through the heat of the day in the welcome shade of the camel thorn trees or cool off in the camp swimming pool.
  • After tea, head off by vehicle to see some unique desert species such as springbok, gemsbok, red hartebeest and the elusive brown hyaena; these consummate desert specialists survive in arid areas where both food and water are scarce.
  • Enjoy a night game drive back to camp, and with the aid of a spot light, 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 Camp Kalahari in time for dinner.

Overnight: Camp khalahari

DAY 1

Set off in the late afternoon for one of the greatest adventures imaginable - a ride straight out into the middle of the ancient lakebed! Eventually all that can be seen is the vast flatness stretching in every directionWatch the sun set and the stars rise. This is one of the only places in the world where the silence is so complete you can hear the blood circulating through your ears.
There is not one visual landmark to be seen and one swiftly loses one’s sense of perspective - 16,000 square kilometres of baking soda void, are inhabited only by you and a few gazillion invisible brine shrimp! And it is here that we’ll make camp. Sleeping on bedrolls under the silence of a star studded sky!