Riding in Botswana
There are a variety of options for riding holidays in Botswana, from quad biking across vast salt pans, to elephant-back adventures and more conventional rides on horseback. Riding in Botswana offers a unique way to see the countryside.
Whether exploring the Okavango Delta's floodplains and shallow reed-beds on the back of an elephant or the wide, dry grasslands of the Kwando-Linyanti area on horseback, riding in Botswana is a great way to get around these areas. Many of the camps occupy regions where the game densities are fairly moderate, but there is still every chance that you'll come across big game and you never know what's just around the corner.
If you're looking for a more isolated experience, a quad bike tour over the sparse landscape of the Kalahari's salt pans might be a great option for you. With less of a focus on big game, such rides cross a landscape that few will have witnessed before, making them a real adventure.
Botswana riding holidays: 6 of the best camps & lodges
Abu CampAbu Camp is well known for its famous pachyderms and is the place for elephant riding in Botswana. Guests are introduced to the habituated herd early in their stay before enjoying the unique experience of riding and walking with these incredible animals. More about Abu Camp
Camp Kalahari|91% (18 reviews)Camp Kalahari offers two sorts of riding activities. As well as the quad biking experience, which is identical to the one at its sister camps (Jack’s and San), you can also explore the exceptional scenery on horseback with trips lasting up to five nights. More about Camp Kalahari
Jack's Camp|89% (16 reviews)During the dry season, between May and October, guests at Jack’s Camp can roam across the vast Makgadikgadi salt pans by quadbike without damaging their fragile crust: it’s riding in Botswana, but perhaps not as you expected it! (Five-night horseback trips for experienced ... More about Jack's Camp
Kala Bushcamp|100% (1 review)Experienced horseriders can explore 485km2 of private wilderness in northern Botswana, based from the rustic Kala Bushcamp (a satellite camp of the permanent Motswiri Camp. Rides are adventurous, taking you through mixed woodland, waterways and floodplains where a variety ... More about Kala Bushcamp
Motswiri Camp|100% (7 reviews)Motswiri offers experienced riders some fantastic riding in Botswana, as well as first-class walking and (in season) canoeing safaris. You have the flexibility to choose different activities each day, and when you ride Motswiri’s horses are well-schooled. More about Motswiri Camp
San Camp|100% (7 reviews)At San Camp the quad bike riding activity takes the same format as at its sister camps. Guests have the chance to ride out on the vast Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and even stay the evening on a ‘sleep-out’. Expeditions of up to four days right to the centre of the pans are also possible... More about San Camp