Quad bike across African plainsMakgadikgadi salt pan
Botswana is so well known for the Okavango Delta that its other astonishing landscapes are often overlooked. See another side of the country on a trip to the otherworldly Makgadikgadi Salt Pan. Start your expedition in ultra luxury at Jack’s Camp, then don your desert boots, swing onto the seat of a quad bike and zoom off towards Kubu Island, 120 kilometres away.
Discover a unique landscape of dry granite rock, visit the end of the Great Rift Valley, a 120-metre escarpment formed by parting tectonic plates, and find semi-precious stones hiding among water-worn pebbles at the extinct mouth of the Zambezi River. At night you’ll sleep under a star-studded sky but that’s not to say you’ll bid opulence goodbye. A roaming drinks cabinet comes with you too, and meals are served atop damask table linen with bone-handled silver and fancy glassware.
- While other travellers are off exploring the Okavango Delta, you’ll feel like you have this unique area of Botswana all to yourself
- Even though you’re not on a traditional safari, you’ll still see and get up close to an array of both habituated and rare wildlife
- Tackling varied terrain as you start to get the feel for your quad bike
- Kicking back in style at your luxury digs with gourmet fare and a drink after a day’s ride
- There’s no light pollution out here, so you’ll be able to witness the starry sky in all its shining glory
- The camp is situated in the desert and the environment can feel quite harsh and barren at times
- You’ll be zooming across great distances, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be arriving anywhere – the salt pans are monolithic in their emptiness, so you can’t just zip back into town for batteries or to make a call
This private five-night quad biking expedition across the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans starts from US$6895.
This tour is best undertaken in the dry season, from 15 May to 30 September.