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Botswana

Tuli Riding Safari

By Horseback

Botswana Riding Safari

An African safari by horseback is an unparallel adventure. This progressive mobile camp safari covers approximately 120 miles of the Mashatu Game Reserve. Our days filled with close encounters with the animals that make this land legendary. Ending each riding day in comfortable walk-in tents with beds, cozy duvets, hot showers and fine dining in lovely settings. A highlight of the trail is two nights spent sleeping out under the stars in an old tribal court called the Kgotla; other nights are at various wilderness camps. The safari embraces fine dining in the wilderness and every evening is a delightful mix of good food and good company.

Signature Moments

  • See Africa from the ultimate safari vantage point
  • Sleep in tents under the mighty BaoBab trees
  • Get a close view of magnificent animals
  • Relax fireside as you are entertained with stories of the bush
  • Canter through pools in the Limpopo river
  • Memories, new friends and photos to last a lifetime

INCLUSIONS

  • 7 Nights accommodations
  • First and last two nights at the comfortable Two Mashatus Camp
  • Two nights at the Kgotla camp "sleeping under the stars"
  • Two nights in different wilderness camps
  • All meals
  • Teas, coffees, drinks including water
  • Wine, beer and spirits
  • Game drives and bush walks
  • Internal flights
  • English speaking guide
  • Women's Travel Club tour leader

 

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1

We start our morning at the Johannesburg airport (OR Tambo International) for our one hour flight to the Limpopo Valley Airstrip in Botswana. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to our reception area by the stables. After a light lunch it’s time to head of to meet your horse for the week. You will embark on a short introductory ride to make sure that you and your horse are well suited and then ride out to camp, where supper will be served in the Llala palm dining room of the Two Mashatus Camp.

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DAY 2

The day begins at sunrise with tea/coffee brought to your tent, followed by a light breakfast. Mount up and head of in a north-westerly direction to Jwala Camp, a basic and comfortable fy camp which is set up along the banks of the Jwala River. Up to six hours are spent in the saddle traversing the open plains, and wooded areas of the Mashatu reserve. Plains game and elephant are abundant throughout , against the backdrop of the magnificent scenery synonymous with the Land of the Giants. After lunch and a siesta at Jwala Camp, your guide will take you on a bush walk in the late afternoon. Dinner is prepared over an open fire and enjoyed under the stars with your guides entertaining you with their many stories of life in the bush.

Botswana Riding Safari

 

DAY 3

An early wake up call heralds a new day starting with breakfast served around the log fire. Today the amazingly sure-footed horses take you over basalt ridges following age-old elephant trails and onto the open plains yonder for long sustained loping canters. This ride will be about six to seven hours, arriving at “The Kgotla” for a late lunch. This is an old tribal court from a nearby community, which was relocated to the banks of the Motloutse River on the western periphery of Mashatu. The open-air traditional African enclosure is made of Leadwood logs in the shade of a century old Mashatu tree. In the afternoon you have the option of visiting the local village to buy hand-crafted Llala palm curios, viewing the paintings of the historic San people or you can enjoy a long photographic drive in this area of incredible rock formations followed by sundowners looking out over the Motloutse River. Back at “The Kgotla” dinner is enjoyed around a large log fire. The night is spent sleeping under the stars, listening to the cacophony of animal cries and calls generated by the African bush orchestra. A truly unique experience and just about as far away as you can get from city life and the modern world.

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DAY 4

A full morning is spent exploring the sandstone formations including the famed Solomon’s Wall. Ancient civilisations harboured their wealth among these hills where the two mighty rivers, Limpopo and Motloutse, meet. This striking topography is ancient and timeless, and combined with sightings of african wildlife, it is certainly a beautiful riding experience. In the afternoon you head to the archaeologically rich Mmamagwa hills, at the end of a short easy climb you are rewarded with a breathtaking 360 degree view of the reserve and a sundowner drink you will remember for many years to come.

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DAY 5

An early rise and hearty breakfast is a good start for what is probably your longest day on horseback. Winding your way through the Mopane bush, with the chance of bumping into elephant, before reaching the open plains leading to Liana Camp. The camp is nestled under the big Mashatu trees that line the Liana river, a tributary to the Limpopo river. To give your bottoms a rest this afternoon, we further explore the Mashatu reserve from a game drive vehicle, and search for the big cats the area is renowned for the including leopard, cheetah and lion.

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DAY 6

The day promises exciting riding up and down the Majale and Matabole river banks, through riverine forest, options this morning include (in the summer months) a chance to canter through pools in the Limpopo river or try a wonderful cross country course in the bush. The ride ends at the luxurious Two Mashatus camp, where you will be welcomed with drinks by the pool. After a couple of hours relaxing, sunbathing, reading or having a massage, your guide will take you on a sundowner drive for a photographic opportunity in this area which has a high density of elephant.

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DAY 7

Today’s ride offers rich history and a variety of interesting stories and tales of the past. There are many boer war walls and holdings on the hills to be explore in this area and a lush wetland expanse that the elephant frequent. The ride meanders towards the Limpopo and Majale River confluence, followed by the open Pitsani plains, so characteristic of this area, which are perfect for a faster ride hopefully accompanied by zebra or wildebeest. Back at the Two Mashatus camp, lunch and a well earned afternoon rest awaits you. Before dinner is served, your guides will take you on an evening sundowner drive to explore the Mashatu reserve further and photograph the wildlife more easily. As the final day draws to a close, a peaceful and dreamy last night is spent in the heart of the african bush.

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DAY 8

Your last ride in the bush is a great opportunity for one last picture with elephants and one last long canter with your guides. After about two hours, you will arrive back at the stables with enough time to enjoy a hot shower and a tasty brunch before fond farewells and our return to the airstrip for our flight back to Johannesburg airport .

Botswana Riding Safari

Optional Kruger Park Pre-Tour

Take advantage of this 4 day optional Kruger National Park tour before our once in a lifetime riding safari. This is a wonderful opportunity to extend your time in Africa and get in just a little bit more animal viewing.

Kruger National Park

INCLUSIONS

  • 3 Nights lodge accommodations
  • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • 4 X 4 Safari vehicle
  • Thornybush Game Reserve - Big 5 game drive
  • Kruger National Park - Full day game drive
  • Thornybush Game Reserve - Morning nature Walk
  • English speaking guide
  • Women's Travel Club tour leader

Day 1

We depart Johannesburg, the 'City of Gold' and head off on an adventure of a lifetime. A truly unique African experience unfolds as we enter the Greater Kruger National Park ecosystem arriving at our Lodge in time for lunch (570 km, approx 8-9 hours travel time including stops along the way). After some time to settle in, head off on a late afternoon/evening Big Five game drive in open 4x4 vehicles in a private game reserve. Sundowner drinks are enjoyed at one of the waterholes before continuing our game drive into the night.

After an exciting evening, return to the lodge to enjoy a traditional South African meal around a log fire. Located in the greater Kruger, our accommodation is wonderfully intimate, with just 14 twin-share rooms. Rooms are constructed from local materials and are tastefully decorated and comfortably appointed. The lodge also offers a cozy bar, perfect for chatting with the other guests over a drink or two. There is also a crystal-clear swimming pool for a refreshing post-safari swim. However we think the quality which makes our lodge stand out from the rest is the friendliness and helpfulness of our team. They are committed to making your stay memorable! (L,D)

Kruger National Park

Day 2

One of the largest game reserves in Southern Africa, Kruger National Park is home to over 500 bird species, 100 species of reptile and 150 mammal species, including the Big Five and the endangered African wild dog. An early rise, as we make our way to Kruger National Park

Our wildlife experience begins as soon as we enter the park, heading into prime game viewing areas where we hope to catch a glimpse of some of the amazing animals found inside the park, including the Big Five.

Enjoy breakfast at one of the picnic spots before continuing through the park. Our entire day will be spent game viewing, bird watching and stopping off at the various waterholes en route. We depart the park in the late afternoon and return to the lodge for an evening of relaxation. (B,D)

Kruger National Park

Day 3

Spend the day at the lodge at your leisure, or take part in the various optional activities on offer including another full day game drive in Kruger National Park. (B,D)

Kruger National Park

Day 4

Rise early and head out on a morning bush walk. Guided by a qualified nature guide, we learn about nature's finer details like bird, tree and spoor identification.

Transfer back to Johannesburg (600 km, approx 9-10 hrs). Along the way take in amazing views at the viewpoint over the awesome Blyde River Canyon and view the Three Rondavels. (B)

Not Included

  • • International Airfare
  • • Travel Insurance
  • • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • • Any Item Not Mentioned Above

Important Notes:

  • Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities are subject to change. Travel insurance is mandatory and you must provide valid proof of insurance.
  • Hard Hats are compulsory, please bring your own well fitting hard hat.
  • No weight limit but please enquire over 95 kg.
  • Guests must be experienced riders. They must ride regularly (at least once or twice a week) and be comfortable at a canter and gallop as well as being able to do small jumps should they have to. Our horses are mostly English schooled, so we highly recommend that Western riders have a course of lessons in English style prior to arrival.
  • Out of country medical insurance is mandatory for this tour.

Kruger National Park

 

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October 2018

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