Horseriding in Botswana

Exploring the Makgadikgadi from the saddle of a well-trained horse can be a truly marvelous escapade. It is a completely different safari experience, evocative of the adventures of Africa’s early European settlers who often chose this way of moving through the great savannas of Africa. Cantering on the remote expanses of the salt pans and surrounding coppery grasslands is to feel a giddy, soaring sense of freedom. Being on a horse is an unobtrusive way to get up close to herds of zebra and other plains game while cheetahs and lions can be gazed at from a distance. During the wet season it isn’t possible to ride on the pans themselves (the water makes the ground soft and easy to sink into) but there are still opportunities to ride on the lush plains.

Horse riding expeditions are a great way to view wildlife Horse-riding expeditions are run by Ride Botswana on Uncharted Africa’s private concessions. Two hour long trips as well as multi-day riding safaris suitable for more experienced horse riders can be arranged.


Our Recommended Itinerary

Horse Riding Safari on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (6 Days)

day 1

Matching rider to horse
  • Horse Riding Safari on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (6 Days)
  • Horse Riding Safari on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (6 Days)
  • Horse Riding Safari on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (6 Days)
  • Horse Riding Safari on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (6 Days)
  • Horse Riding Safari on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (6 Days)
  • Horse Riding Safari on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (6 Days)

day 2

First ride out

day 3

Pack light

day 4

Befriend a Meerkat

day 5

Begin at the beginning

day 6

End of the journey

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These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

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 | Best of Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls

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Travel from enigmatic red sands and surreal pans to rugged coastline and open plains, before exploring pristine waterways and scenic rivers - Kwando, Chobe and lastly, the mighty Zambezi River...

 | Waterfalls and Wildlife: Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park Journey (7 days)

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Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango Delta – to the diverse game viewing at the Chobe National Park and ending at the thundering Victoria Falls...

 | Best of Botswana and South Africa (11 days)

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Experience the best of two of southern Africa's gems ...

 | Makgadikgadi Pans and Okavango Delta Safari Adventure (7 days)

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