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KwaZulu Natal holidays - close up of  a vulture and jackal in the Drakensberg Mountains

Botswana Limpopo Valley Horseback Safari + Beach


6RC10P
10 NIGHTS
FROM £2,795
International flights quoted separately
This horseback safari is based at Two Mashatus riding camp in the vast Limpopo Valley in southern Botswana, where huge herds of elephants, lions, leopards and other wildlife roam. Enjoy outrides from your riding camp into different game viewing regions each day. Suitable for experienced riders as well as non-riding partners, who can enjoy lodge-based game drives & other activities.
Horseback Safari Limpopo Valley Botswana Horse Riding Safaris Botswana
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Tuli Botswana
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Mashatu Game Reserve
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Horse Riding
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Tented Camp
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Elephants
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Lions
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Leopard
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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 Camp
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Elephants
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Lions
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Leopard
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Bird Watching
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Zederberg
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Limpopo Valley
Day 1
Arrive at Johannesburg Airport and connect with your light aircraft flight to Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana. You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to 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.
 
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.
 
Note: There are flights on Sunday and Thursday only (minimum 2 people). On other days a 5-hour overland transfer will be substituted.
Days 2 To 5
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.
 
Non-riders: enjoy game viewing on foot and by vehicle.
Day 6
After a final early morning ride, transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Johannesburg Airport for your onward flight.
 
Note: There are flights on Sunday and Thursday only (minimum 2 people). On other days a 5-hour overland transfer will be substituted.

You will be met at Durban Airport and transferred to your hotel on the warm North Coast, renowned for its wonderful beaches and excellent holiday weather.
  
Check in and relax on the shores of the warm Indian Ocean.
Day 7
Today we recommend an optional Durban City tour, including the City Hall and Botanical Gardens.
 
Continue to uShaka Marine World situated in the old harbour area that is being extensively re-developed. Here you have the opportunity of viewing large indigenous sharks of the Indian Ocean and a wide variety of other marine animals, including the opportunity to interact with dolphins, seals and penguins.
Days 8 To 10
At leisure to relax on the warm golden beaches of the KwaZulu Natal Durban North Coast.
 
Many optional activities are available such as a marine cruise to search for dolphins, turtles, sharks, whales (in season) and other fascinating sea life. Championship golf, horse riding and deep sea game fishing are also available.
Day 11
Transfer to Durban Airport for your flight home.
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