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Mobile Botswana Horseback Safari, Limpopo Valley


6YC7P
7 NIGHTS
FROM £2,995
International flights quoted separately
This thrilling mobile horseback safari is in the heart of Big-5 country - Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana, renowned for its huge herds of elephants & many predators. Ride from one tented camp to the next, exploring this amazing region. As you will be riding amongst wild animals, suitable for experienced riders only. Seasonal departures from April to October. No single supplement if willing to share.
African Horseback Safari Mashatu Game Reserve Botswana Horse Riding
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Tuli Botswana
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Mashatu Game Reserve
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Horse Riding
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Tented Camps
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Elephants
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Lions
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Leopards
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Bird Watching
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Zederberg
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Limpopo Valley
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Tuli Botswana
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Mashatu Game Reserve
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Horse Riding
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Tented Camps
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Elephants
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Lions
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Leopards
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Bird Watching
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Zederberg
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Limpopo Valley
Day 1
You will be met at Johannesburg Airport and transferred 5-hours through the Northern Transvaal to Botswana. After completing border fomalities at Pont Drift, transfer 90-minutes in an open 4x4 vehicle to your riding camp in Mashatu Game Reserve. Check into your tented riding camp, which is spectacularly situated on the banks of the Limpopo River.
 
The Tuli region ("the land of the giants") is largely uninhabited, with vast tracks of wilderness where wild animals roam free. It is famous for its large herds of elephants and baobab trees, as well as its many wonderful ancient rock formations. All riding trails are conducted in the Limpopo Valley and cover both riverine terrain and mopane bushveld.
 
After a light lunch, the balance of the afternoon will be spent selecting and getting acquainted with your horse. The horses have been selected for their temperament and ride-ability and have been chosen from South African breeds that are well known for being of a tougher nature and able to cope under extreme conditions. These breeds include the Boerperd, the Basuto and the S.A. Warmblood and range in size from 14 to 16 hands. Enjoy an introductory sundowner ride along the banks of the mighty Limpopo River, before a delectable dinner served in the outdoor boma.
 
Note: Pont Drift border post between South African and Botswana opens at 08h00 and closes at 16h00. These border post hours are strictly enforced.
 
Saddles are English, with a few Australian stock saddles available. You can avoid the single supplement if willing to share.
 
You must bring your own helmet and riding boots (half chaps are advised rather than long boots) and good walking shoes. Wear comfortable riding clothing in neutral colours such as green, brown and khaki. Loose fitting cotton shirts are the most comfortable, with short sleeves to protect your shoulders from thorns. Avoid white or bright colours as these are easily seen by the animals. Also black and navy as these absorb the heat. Tight synthetic fabrics, shorts & skirts should also be avoided. Remember to pack sunglasses, wide brimmed sunhat, sunscreen, head torch, insect repellent, swimsuit and first aid kit with plasters.
 
Non-riding partners can enjoy open top game drives each morning, before meeting up with the riders for lunch and enjoying the afternoon activities together. There is also the option of cycling in the game reserve or enjoying a bush walk.
Day 2
Mashatu Game Reserve is an area of great diversity, with magnificent vistas and land formations as ancient as time, including the famous granite rock formations of the Tuli region. It is home to a multitude of wildlife and remains untouched by the invasion of man.
 
A horse safari in the Land of the Giants will arouse the explorer in you. Allow the spirit of your horse to carry you in rhythm with the African beat, as you return to an age of old Africa where great herds of elephant roam and where (in the words of Rudyard Kipling) the "great, grey, green, greasy Limpopo" meanders, mighty baobab trees stands tall and lions and hyenas serenade you under a starry night sky!
 
Morning commences at sunrise with tea/coffee and a small breakfast snack. Departing at around 06h30, the ride heads in a north westerly direction to Jwala Camp on the banks of the Jwala River. Ride for 6 to 7 hours through wild countryside teeming with game, amidst magnificent scenery.
 
On rides expect to see large herds of elephant, lion and leopard  – as well as zebra, giraffe, hyena, baboons, wildebeest and many other species. The large open plains that are so characteristic of this area afford the opportunity of riding amongst herds of galloping wildebeest, giraffe and zebra. Unforgettable sightings and exhilarating riding is guaranteed.
 
In the afternoon, enjoy a guided walk into the Jwala hills. On foot you are able to see the smaller creatures and plants and follow spoor. Dinner is prepared over an open fire by a chef, whose “bush cuisine” is renowned! Later retire to your camp bed, with mattress and inviting duvet.
Day 3
Start your day with a scrumptious breakfast prepared over the open fire, before another early start today with a full day in the saddle, as the ride goes in a westerly direction to the most outlying part of Mashatu – Kgotla Camp set amongst amazing sandstone formations and gigantic baobab trees.
 
You will follow old elephant trails made over great periods of time, with the thrill of a natural cross-country course as you jump over fallen trees pushed down by elephants. Noisy baboons can be seen and heard darting from tree to tree as they scream a warning signal to anyone who approaches the vast baobab.
 
After 6 to 7 hours in the saddle, relax at Kgotla Camp - an old tribal court from a nearby community. Enjoy sundowners under a Mashatu tree on the banks of the Mocloutse River and tonight sleep under the stars in a traditional African boma enclosed by leadwood logs – an unbeatable experience!
Day 4
We spend another day at Kgotla Camp and spend a full day exploring the sandstone formations, including the famous Solomon's Wall.
 
Ancient civilizations harbored their wealth among these hills, where two mighty rivers meet - the  Mocloutse and the mighty Limpopo. This day’s riding will be about four to five hours, leaving time to explore the surroundings on foot in the afternoon.
Day 5
Another full day in the saddle today, as we ride approximately 7 hours from the Zederburg hills and onto the open Pitsani Plains to Liana Camp. We pass through a range of different vegetation types including riverine forests, savannah, scrubland and abundant trees. There is a good chance of seeing elephant today, many species of birds and a wide range of antelope.
 
Tonight is your opportunity to explore Mashatu from a game drive vehicle and try to locate the elusive leopard, wild dog, cheetah and lion the area is well know for.
Day 6
This morning will begin a little slower as this day will be spent exploring the banks of the Mojale and Matabole Rivers, following their courses north towards the Zeederberg Camp.
 
The day will offer 4-5 hours of riding up and down river banks, through riverine forest, game sightings and more fabulous photo opportunities.
 
Once you have arrived at your camp, a scrumptious lunch will be served after which you can spend the afternoon relaxing, before enjoying an afternoon guided walk where on foot you are able to view the smaller creatures and plants that are missed on horse back. You are also able to follow spoor and be close to the bush environment. The evening starts with sundowners around the log fire and a delicious meal sees the close to an exhilarating day.
Day 7
Mashatu Game Reserve is an area of great diversity, with magnificent vistas and ancient land formations including the famous granite rock formations of the Tuli region. It is home to a multitude of wildlife and remains untouched by man.
 
A horseback safari in the Land of the Giants will arouse the explorer in you. Allow the spirit of your horse to carry you in rhythm with the African beat, as you return to an age where great herds of elephant roam and where (in the words of Rudyard Kipling) the "great, grey, green, greasy Limpopo" meanders, mighty baobab trees stand tall and lions and hyenas serenade you under a starry night sky!
 
Morning commences at sunrise with tea/coffee and breakfast around the campfire. We make an early start each day to enjoy the freshness of the morning and to maximise game viewing opportunities, as this is when wildlife is most active. On rides you can expect to see the large herds of elephant for which Tuli is renowned as well as lion, leopard, hyena, bat-eared fox, jackal, baboon and many other species.  
 
The terrain is varied with mopane bushveld, open plains for fast riding, steep river banks and riverine forests along the mighty Limpopo River. The large open plains also afford the opportunity of riding amongst herds of galloping wildebeest, giraffe and zebra, with unforgettable sightings .
 
After an exhilarating ride back to camp enjoy lunch, followed by a siesta in the comfort of your tent. After late afternoon tea, you can opt for another ride along the Limpopo River, enjoying the rich birdlife around you, spotting crocodile in the pools and learning about the magnificent trees lining the banks. Alternatively you have the option of a game drive, game walk, a visit the local village to see the ladies make baskets, view bushman paintings or simply relax by the swimming pool and watch the bird life.
 
Each day we ride out in different directions, following the movement of wildlife in the area and observing and interpreting the world around us. The tempo of the rides are always varied and, depebnding upon the terrain, there are opportunities to enjoy the spirit and fitness of your horse at a faster pace.
 
After a full and active day of riding and wildlife sightings, enjoy sundowners and a three course meal prepared by our chef over an open fire.
Day 8
After a final early morning ride and brunch, bid farewell to your riding companions and return to South Africa via the Pont Drift border post.
 
Transfer 5-hours to Johannesburg Airport for your flight home.
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