Moonscapes & Meerkats

Explore the Makgadikgadi on horseback


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The remote and mysterious Makgadikgadi Pans are a place to feel gloriously free. Early explorers such as David Livingstone ventured this way and the likes of Frederick Courtney Selous intrepidly hunted the area on horseback. Since their time this extraordinary landscape, with the Pans disappearing into the distant heat haze, little has changed.

David Foot Safaris has teamed up with Uncharted Africa co., to create a variety of horse-riding safaris through this mysterious landscape. The five night ride follows the meandering shoreline of this ancient lake bed and combines three nights at Camp Kalahari, a delightfully relaxed traditional tented safari camp on one of the palm thronged islands, with two nights fly camping out on the Makgadikgadi Saltpans under the stars. You will ride amongst desert adapted wildlife including meerkat clans, brown hyenas, and ardwolves, and interact with the fascinating Zu/’Hoasi Bushmen.

This special and relatively unknown area of Botswana is the perfect ground for exhilarating riding though a timeless, surreal and stunningly beautiful landscape.


Why we like it

  • Surreal scenery with palm tree islands & salt pans
  • Bushmen cultural experience
  • Uber stylish camps
  • Deserted adapted wildlife
  • Sunset & the night sky

Key facts

  • Minimum 2 | maximum 8 riders
  • Larger groups on request
  • Green season & dry season safaris available
  • 3, 5 or 8 nights
  • Rides operate year-round
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