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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 light breakfast. We then mount up and head off from the dense woodland along the Limpopo River towards the shallow rocky hills that mark the edges of the great river valley. Our destination for night two is Kanda Camp, a rustic series of cabins atop the steep and shady banks of the Majala River. Here in the heart of the Mashatu area the game is plentiful.
 
The Tuli area is home to one of the largest herds of free roaming elephants south of the Zambezi and you are almost assured of great viewing of these incredible creatures. After lunch and a siesta you will take a gentle guided walk to a nearby lookout spot known as “Kanda Koppie”. Dinner is enjoyed in the thatched lapa overlooking the river.
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
Is a choice of either a morning and afternoon ride today, exploring the amazing sandstone formations including the famed Solomon’s Wall.
 
Some of the oldest civilizations in Southern Africa had their settlements in this valley, their kings safely nestled in royal kraals at the tops of these flat topped hills. The Mapungubwe topography is ancient and timeless, and combined with great wildlife sightings, it is certainly an incredible riding experience.
 
Or the group may prefer a long morning ride and an afternoon excursion to the nearby village of Lentswe Le Moriti and the basket weavers, followed by a trip to the Mmamagwa hills. At the end of a short easy climb and beneath a beautiful baobab tree, you are rewarded with a breathtaking view of the Tuli area with South Africa to the south, Zimbabwe to the north and Botswana around you. This is a a sundowner drink you will remember for many years to come.
Day 6
Our ride today meanders its way through the beautiful plains between the Mojali and Majele rivers.
 
Abundant with game and with spectacular views into the Limpopo River Valley, we work our way back to our base camp, Two Mashatus. With the feel of a returning traveller, we end the ride back at camp where you will have the opportunity to relax by the pool and enjoy the comfort of our permanent camp with its shady tents and en-suite bathrooms.
 
That afternoon we ride to one of the nearby koppies for a sundown drink.
Day 7
Today's riding promises great game viewing from horseback as we explore the Pitsane River Valley on an all day ride. The Pitsane has a spring high in the hills which provides regular drinking holes along its course to draw thirsty herds of game. An area where history has it there was a skirmish during the Boer War and Bryces store, an old supply post was destroyed.
 
A picnic lunch is served in an area of shady Mashatu trees before exploring further in the afternoon. There was once a stage coach line called Zeederbergs that ran from the towns of the Transvaal in South Africa to the newly forged settlements of Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. Those coaches crossed the broad Limpopo and followed the Pitsane River crossing into Zimbabwe.
 
You will return to camp in the afternoon with time for a cooling drink around the pool As the final day draws to a close you may take to your tent for a peaceful and dreamy last night in the bush.
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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