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 See lion on a Madikwe Safari and combine with a Sun City holiday

African Explorer Safari: Botswana + Cape Town


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12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,595
International flights quoted separately
Suitable for competent riders, this thrilling 2-centre "Big-5" horseback safari combines South Africa and Botswana - starting with a riding safari in the stunning Waterberg Mountains, and continuing with an exhilarating horseback safari in the wild Mashatu Game Reserve, before relaxing for a few days in Cape Town or on the warm beaches of Durban. Seasonal departures April to October. No single supplement if willing to share.
Holidays Ride Horses Wildlife Big 5 Waterberg Mountains Limpopo Valley
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Waterberg Mountains
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Horse Riding Safari
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Riding with Plains Game
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Limpopo Valley
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Mashatu Game Reserve
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Tuli Botswana
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Lions
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Elephants
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Waterberg Mountains
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Horse Riding Safari
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Riding with Plains Game
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Limpopo Valley
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Mashatu Game Reserve
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Tuli Botswana
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Lions
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Elephants
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
Day 1
You will be met at Johannesburg Airport and transferred 2.5-hours to your riding camp in the scenic Waterberg Mountains, a UNESCO biosphere reserve renowned for its diversity of plant, bird and wildlife.
 
Check into your riding camp situated in a private game reserve with over 20,000 acres of superb riding country. After a late lunch, you will introduced to your safari horse. We will ensure that you are matched with a horse to suit your ability and experience, before heading off on your ride. On route through the Matlapeng reserve, the ride will pass “Red Dam” where you are likely to encounter our pod of resident hippo. We then ride to a stunning lookout spot for sundower drinks before returning to camp.
 
Note: Saddles are Trail or English, with a few Australian stock saddles. You can avoid the single supplement if you are 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.
Day 2
Enjoy a horseback safari in the magnificent Waterberg Mountains, with outstanding game viewing and endless horizons plus good company, great food and exceptional horses. With a herd of over 80 highly responsive Anglo-Arabs, Thoroughbreds, Boerperds and crossbreeds ranging in size from 14 to 16 hands, the ranch is able to closely match horse to rider capability.
 
Explore the reserve and tracking giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, kudu and impala. We pass Sunset Lake, where resident fish eagles and spur-winged geese are often spotted and its shallow banks give us a great photo opportunity, as we canter through the water. As there are no lions or elephants in the riding area, competent riders can enjoy fast and exhilarating rides.
 
We return to camp in time for lunch and a chance to relax by the pool. The afternoon ride gives us a good chance of more hippo viewing and some nice long canters. This evening there is the option of a night sky safari with a local astronomer, who will guide you through the constellations. The absence of light pollution gives us an incredible opportunity to view some of the amazing wonders of the universe.
Day 3
This morning's ride gives us another opportunity to track game, enjoy some of our jumping lanes and finish off with a swim with the horses in one of many reserve lakes.
 
We return to camp for a large and lazy lunch, before departing on an open-top game drive in a Big Five private game reserve, with a chance to see rhino, lion, elephant, buffalo and leopard.
Day 4
A full day's ride west of camp today takes us to a neighboring game reserve. This ride offers lovely long canters on sandy tracks and great game viewing opportunities on large plains populated by wildebeest, hartebeest, sable, eland and blesbok among others.
 
Then it’s on to the historic Baber homestead for lunch by the poolside. In the afternoon we return to camp via a Sotho village and visit Beadle, a craft workshop and community upliftment project on Triple B Ranch. The crafters specialise in beautiful handmade beadwork and leather products including riding chaps.
 
We finish the day with sundowners at a favorite lookout spot and return to the tranquility of camp, where dinner is served under the stars.
Day 5
We leave camp early today, soaking up the early morning sights and sounds of the African bush, as we ride to Horizon lodge. We depart by 9.30 for our 3.5-hour transfer through the northern Transvaal to Botswana.
 
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 completing border fomalities at Pont Drift, we transfer 90-minutes in an open 4x4 vehicle to the Mashatu Game Reserve. Once at the stables, an introductory afternoon ride will familiarise riders with their horses for this leg of the safari, arriving at the Two Mashatus camp in time to freshen up before supper.
 
Note: Saddles are English, with a few Australian stock saddles available. You can avoid the single supplement if willing to share. Pont Drift border post between South African and Botswana opens at 08h00 and closes at 16h00. These border post hours are strictly enforced.
Day 6
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.
 
Our day starts with an early wake-up call with tea/ coffee brought to your tent, followed by breakfast around the campfire. We make an early start each day to enjoy the freshness of the morning and to maximize game-viewing opportunities. The group is given the choice of a longer morning ride and an afternoon guided walk, or two shorter rides. Undoubtedly the large herds of elephant for which the Tuli is renowned will be encountered, as well as many different species of antelope. Giraffe, zebra, bat-eared fox, jackal, hyena and possibly even lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah can be seen.
 
You will arrive back at camp in time for lunch and an afternoon relaxing in the shady camp or lazing by the pool. In the afternoon the group will have the choice of an afternoon ride or a guided walk along the Limpopo River, enjoying the rich birdlife, spotting crocodile in the pools and learning about the magnificent trees lining the banks. After an active day, enjoy sundowners and a delicious meal prepared by our chef over an open fire.
Day 7
Today we ride out to follow the movements of wildlife in the area. 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 .
 
The tempo of the ride is varied and depends on the terrain, with opportunities to enjoy the spirit and fitness of the horses at a faster pace.
 
The afternoon brings a chance to enjoy a game drive in Mashatu Game Reserve, famous for its big cat sightings. This is a wonderful opportunity for keen photographers to capture sightings of lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and elephant.
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 onward flight.

You will be met at Cape Town Airport and transferred to your hotel in this beautiful city, within sight of Table Mountain.
 
Check in and relax in your magnificent surroundings.
Day 9
Today is free for independent sightseeing in Cape Town.
 
We recommend you purchase a day pass onboard the convenient Hop-Off Bus, which stops at all Cape Town’s key sights and beaches. The "Red Route" bus stops at the Table Mountain base station, where you can buy a ticket to ascend by cable car and enjoy one of the world’s most famous views. Continue to Camps Bay beach and the many attractions of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
Day 10
Today we recommend an optional full day tour to the beautiful Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, where you may see baboons, ostrich and perhaps even dolphins or whales in season (July/November).
  
Your tour travels through Hout Bay and along spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive to the Cape Point peninsula, returning via Simons Town, Fish Hoek, Constantia and Kirstenbosch Gardens. This is a scenic tour of the whole Cape Peninsula, with the optional opportunity of visiting the penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
Day 11
At leisure to relax and explore the "Mother City" of Cape Town.
 
Many optional activities are available in this beautiful city. You can visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned (advance booking essential in season) and explore the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
 
You can visit world famous Kirstenbosch Gardens or simply relax on golden Camps Bay beach – the choice is yours.
Day 12
Today we recommend an optional full day tour to the renowned Stellenbosch Winelands, travelling through the scenic Franschhoek Valley where a handful of French Huguenot refugees started South Africa’s now famous wine industry.
 
Explore the historic university town of Stellenbosch and several wine estates on this famous wine route, which stretched from Paarl through to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Enjoy a cellar tour and some wine tasting, before returning to Cape Town in the late afternoon.
Day 13
Transfer to Cape Town Airport for your flight home.
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