Riders on a horseback riding vacation in Botswana, Africa with Uncharted Africa Safari co.

Riders on a horseback riding vacation in Botswana, Africa with Uncharted Africa Safari co.

Horseback Riding Vacations in Africa’s Kalahari Desert

Have you always wanted to go on a horseback riding vacation in Africa? I know this equestrian adventure is on my bucket list. Uncharted Africa Safari co. will be the first operator to offer mobile, five night equestrian vacations in Botswana’s  Kalahari and Makgadikgadi ecosystems starting in June, 2011. These equestrian safaris will allow riders to spend their days journeying out into the Salt Pans and acacia woodlands on horseback.

Venture into Botswana's Kalahari and Makgadikgadi ecosystems on a horseback riding vacation

Venture into Botswana's Kalahari and Makgadikgadi ecosystems on a horseback riding vacation

Botswana, Africa on horseback

Led by equestrian safari guide, David Foot, these trips will allow guests to experience some of Botswana’s most remarkable environments from an entirely different perspective than a game drive. David has unmatched experience in leading horseback safari vacations with nearly twenty years in the industry and extensive knowledge of the environment’s natural history, mammals, plants and birds. Groups of between four and eight horseback riders are matched with horses for a ride through the ‘land of a thousand islands,’ acacia woodlands, short grasslands and into the middle of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.

Riding with Zebras on a Horseback Riding Vacation in Botswana, Africa

Riding with Zebras on a Horseback Riding Vacation in Botswana, Africa

Horseback Riding Vacation in Camp Kalahari, Africa

Uncharted Africa Safari co. has put together two, five-night itineraries; one for the dry season and one for the wet. Although different, both horseback riding vacations incorporate three nights in the traditional Camp Kalahari and two nights out in the bush fly camping. In the dry season, the ground is firm and ideal for fast riding, while the wet season softens the land and brings the grasses high, creating a entirely different experience.

Hanging out under a Baobab Tree on a horseback riding vacation in Botswana, Africa

Hanging out under a Baobab Tree on a horseback riding vacation in Botswana, Africa

Horseback Riding Vacation to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana, Africa

The Horseback Safaris will begin from Camp Kalahari, a oasis situated amongst the acacias and palms on the edge of the ancient salt pans, before setting out on the fly camping expedition. Camp Kalahari is luxurious yet simple, with 10 meru tents. Each guest tent comes with en-suite outdoor bathrooms, flushing toilets and hot and cold running water. The traditionally built thatch roofed communal library, living and dining area provides a place to relax after safari, there is also a swimming pool.

To learn more about  Horseback Riding Safaris and Camp Kalahari you may follow the company on Twitter.  You may also follow Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter and the  Writing Horseback blog on Twitter.

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About Uncharted Africa Safari Co.

Founded in 1993 by Catherine Raphaely and Ralph Bousfield, Uncharted Africa brings equestrian travelers to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana. It is one of the last traditional African safari operations and home to the Makgadikgadi meerkats. Have you been on a horseback riding vacation in Africa? We’d love to hear about your equestrian adventure.

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