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Yes, yes, the Okavango Delta offers incredible scenery and extraordinary wildlife encounters, but there are other places to visit – and ride – in Botswana. Take the ancient and parched lunar expanse of the Makgadikgadi salt pans.
For the last 25 years the legendary David and Robyn Foot have been leading horse safaris in Africa, and their latest project is this fantastic five-night riding safari, combining three nights at Camp Kalahari (sister property to Jack's Camp) with two nights fly camping out on the salt pans themselves.
As you meander along the shoreline of the remote and mysterious Makgadikgadi you are exploring this wild, unspoilt area the same way as the earliest explorers, hunters and missionaries did - on horseback. The highlight, however, is spending an afternoon with the traditional Zu'Hoasi Bushmen - an unforgettable and truly wonderful experience where they impart some of their ancient knowledge.
The dry season from May to October offers fast paced riding into the heart of the pans, while during the green season from November to April riding takes place during the last surviving migration of zebra and wildebeest in Southern Africa.
David and Robyn Foot, who run the safaris, give a wonderful insight into the history of Livingstone, Selous and other intrepid Victorian explorers.
Tom, Original Traveller