Mobile riding safari in eastern Botswana

Tuli Trail Safari

10 days / 7 riding from £ 2,290

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in tents, outdoor dining

 

EQUUS JOURNEYS THE THRESHING BARN - HOMME CASTLE BARNS
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WORCESTERSHIRE, WR6 6RR. UK
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BOTSWANA-Tuli Trail Safari

10 days / 7 riding from 2290£


Activity :

Level :

Comfort :

This classic mobile horseback safari on beautifully schooled horses is one of our most popular rides. End each riding day in comfortable walk-in tents perfectly situated in different locations within Mashatu game reserve, which is home to large herds of elephants, giraffe, lion, leopard and numerous antelope.

Strengths

- Vast unfenced wilderness of eastern Botswana
- The largest population of elephant in southern Africa
- Exceptional horses selected for their temperament and ridability
- Varied camps in different locations but all comfortable
- Afternoon game walks and vehicle drives to view species difficult to approach on horseback, such as lion
- Good game viewing opportunities inlcuding lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, elephant etc
- Transfer to Botswana by light aircraft and avoid the long road transfer!

Itinerary

Day 1 : LONDON-JOHANNESBURG -

Accommodation :

International flight overnight to Johannesburg. This flight is not included but we can book it for you on request.
If booking your own flight then you need to depart London at c. 19:00 so that you arrive in Johannesburg at c. 07:00 in time to meet the transfer.

Day 2 : JOHANNESBURG-TWO MASHATUS CAMP - 2 hours riding

Accommodation : TWO MASHATU CAMP

You will be met at 08:00 in Johannesburg airport and transferred to your light aircraft for your transfer to Limpopo airstrip. This is a journey of 1 hour and you should ensure that your luggage is packed into soft sided bags weighing 15kgs or less, so that they fit into the aircraft.

After completing Botswanan entry formalities you will be met by your guide and transfered c. 10 mins in an open safari vehicle to the reception area.

After a light lunch, you will head off to the stables to meet your horse for the week. This first ride is your chance to get to know your horse and so if you are not happy then you should notify the guide who will be able to select another horse for you.

After arriving at Two Mashatus Camp there is time for a refreshing drink before dinner served in the Llala Palm dining room.

Day 3 : JWALA CAMP - 6-7 hours riding

Accommodation : WILDERNESS CAMP

The day begins at sunrise with tea/coffee brought to your tent, followed by light breakfast. Then mount up and head off in a north-westerly direction for Jwala Camp on the banks of the Jwala River. Six to seven hours are spent in the saddle watching the abundance of game and the magnificent scenery synonomous with the Land of the Giants. On arrival at your new camp lunch is the order of the day followed by a guided afternoon walk, examining the bush around you in detail. After dinner you will retire to your spacious tent where you will experience the “music” of the African bush.

Day 4 : KGOTLA - 6-7 hours riding

Accommodation : KGOTLA CAMP

After a light breakfast, test the amazingly sure-footed Boerperds as you cross over basalt ridges following age-old elephant trails and enjoy long sustained canters to make up for the lost time traversing the ridges. You will arrive at Kgotla Camp in time for a late lunch. In the afternoon you will have the option of visiting the local village to buy hand-crafted Llala palm curios and view Bushmen paintings before enjoying a sundowner looking out over the Motloutse River. Back at the Kgotla camp for dinner around a large log fire, after which the night is spent sleeping under the stars.

Day 5 : KGOTLA - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : KGOTLA CAMP

This morning you will explore the sandstone formations including the famed Solomon's Wall. Ancient civilizations harbored their wealth among these hills where two mighty rivers, the Limpopo and the Motloutse, meet. This days riding will be about four to five hours, leaving time in the afternoon to head to the archaeologically rich Mmamagwa hills where a 360 degree view of the reserve can be enjoyed as well as another beautiful African sunset. You will have dinner in Kgotla camp and sleep again under the stars.

Day 6 : LIMPOPO CAMP - 7 hours riding

Accommodation : WILDERNESS CAMP

Today you wind your way through the mopane bush before reaching the more open plains. This will probably be your longest day of riding of about seven hours. On arrival at Limpopo Camp you will be welcomed by a well-deserved drink and a refreshing lunch on the banks of the Limpopo river. Tonight is your opportunity to explore Mashatu from a game drive vehicle and try to locate the elusive leopard, wild dog, cheetah and lion.

Day 7 : TWO MASHATUS CAMP - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : TWO MASHATU CAMP

This day will be spent exploring the banks of the Mojale and Matabole Rivers, following their courses north towards the Zeederberg site before returning to Two Mashatus. The day will involve riding up and down river banks, through riverine forest, game sightings and more fabulous photo opportunities. Take a break under the bows of an old Mashatu tree, where a century ago the Zeederberg transport riders had their midday break before finally reaching Fort Tuli. Spend the afternoon at leisure before you embark on a guided walk into the bush followed by dinner around the log fire.

Day 8 : TWO MASHATUS CAMP - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : TWO MASHATU CAMP

Today's ride is rich in history and offers a variety of interesting tales of the past. The open Pitsani plains, so characteristic of this area, are perfect for a faster ride, hopefully with zebra or wildebeest... You head in the direction of the Majale and Limpopo confluence where lunch awaits you upon return to the Mashatus camp. Dinner is in the Llala palm rondavel. A dreamless sleep no doubt awaits you as the final day draws to a close.

Day 9 : TWO MASHATUS - JOHANNESBURG - 2 hours riding

Accommodation :

Your final morning is spent riding along the Limpopo River, heading back to the stables where fond farewells are made to your horse. There is time to shower and have a hearty lunch at the stables before departure.

You will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight back to Johannesburg. Your international flight back to London should be in the evening departing 19:45 or later. International flights are not included but can be booked for you on request.

Day 10 : ARRIVALS IN LONDON OR BEGINNING OF YOUR EXTENTION -

Accommodation :


Price details

- These prices do not include flight tickets although we can book these on request.

- Group air transfers from Johannesburg are not included but are an additional £490 per person return. If the air transfer is not available, a road transfer is arranged at £170 per person each way (min 2 riders)

-There is no single supplement if you are willing to share a tent with another rider of the same sex. To request your own tent there is a supplement of £1,050 - this is due to there only being a small number of tents.

- The usual group size is a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 participants.

- During the summer months (November - March) it is possible to join a Limpopo Bush & Lodge ride instead - see our seperate ride itinerary. The possibility of rain during these months means that the support vehicle cannot cross the rivers to set up the mobile camps, so only a lodge based ride is possible.

- Non-riders can join their riding friends - game drives, walks and cycling are available.

- It is compulsory to wear a riding hat - we recommend that you take your own to ensure a good fit but there are one or two available to borrow.
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Support Team

1 English-speaking horse guide
1 backup guide

Logistics

2 cooks for 8 riders
1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
4 grooms for 8 riders

Accommodation

Canvas safari tent for 2 people with bedding

Meals

Full board from dinner on day 2 to brunch on day 9
All the drinks including wines and cocktails

Additional equipment

First aid kit

Extras

Conservation fees for the Mashatu Game reserv
One massage treatment
One game drive

OPTION

Accommodation

Single room/tent supplement

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Lunch on day 2 (on the road) and dinner of day 9 are not included in the price

Transports

Johannesburg Airport transfers
International flights bookable on request

Insurance

Visas and personal purchase
Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation

TIPS

We recommend tipping c. 10-15 USD per day which will be split between the entire team. If you wish to tip your guide seperately then you may do so.

HORSES

There are 35 horses which have been carefully chosen from the various South African breeds which are well known for being of a tough nature and able to cope under extreme conditions, such as Boerperd, Shire x Thoroughbreds and Appaloosas. The horses are all beautifully schooled, well-mannered, responsive and a pleasure to ride.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

You need to be a competent rider, capable and in control in all paces. You must be able to rise to the trot and gallop in a forward seat. Due to the presence of dangerous game it is important that you can stay on your horse if you need to react quickly and gallop out of danger. You may also be required to jump small obstacles such as branches dislodged by elephants (although it is often possible to go around these). There are some steep ascents and descents of the Limpopo river banks.
Teenagers accompanied by adults are welcome from 16 years old, as long as they are competent riders.

PACE

There are long periods of walking whilst viewing game, interspersed with long steady canters and occasional gallops where the terrain allows.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

A team of grooms will feed, care for and saddle your horses. You can help with untacking if you wish, but this is not expected.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

You need to be physically fit for long hours in the saddle (c. 6 hours between dawn and lunch) in the African sun. The terrain is varied to include steep ascents/descents of the river bank and there may be holes or branches which you need to avoid.
Guests who do not ride regularly are requested to get fit prior to the ride. It is of particular importance to ensure you are comfortable and balanced when riding at speed across rough terrain and open spaces. If the guides feel that you are unsafe on horseback, then you will be offered non-riding activities instead.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

Water bottles are provided on all of the saddles. A small front saddle bag is also provided which is appropriate for small items such as suncream.

COMFORT

First and last night in Two Mashatus camp : this camp is situated close to the Limpopo river. Four large walk-in tents are pitched on teak platforms with ensuite enviro-loo and hot shower. Each tent is private and positioned in the shade of a tree with a small deck area on which to relax during the afternoons. Traditionally built Lala palm rondavels serve as dining area and lounge.
Two nights in Kgotla camp : the Kgotla is an old tribal court from a nearby community that was relocated to the banks of the Motloutse River on the western periphery of Mashatu. The boma is an open-air traditional African enclosure made up of leadwood logs. Guest sleeps on beds around a large log fire which blazes at the centre.
Three nights in wilderness mobile camps : each campsite is set up in a specific location within the Mashatu Reserve. Accommodation is in A-frame tents on comfortable beds with sheets and cozy duvets. Facilities include a bucket shower and bush-WC. Meals are cooked for you over a camp fire.

CLIMAT

The seasons are the reverse of the UK, with winter (June - Sept) being dry with no rain and clear skies. Daytime temperatures are pleasant and the nights are cool.
Summer (Nov - March) is hot and there is the chance of dramatic thunderstorms.

Meals

Breakfast is usually taken very early (before dawn) and is therefore light, consisting of cereals, fruit and rusks with tea or coffee.
Lunch is also light and may be quiche and salad or a variety of salads with cold meats.
Dinner is three courses. Wine is served with the meals and a selection of drinks are available.
Vegetarians and special diets can be catered for with advance notice.

Support Team

Guide and local team

You will be accompanied by two riding guides - a lead guide and a back-up guide - one of which will carry a rifle. The lead guides (West, Cor or David) have been guiding for many years and are very knowledgeable and experienced.

HORSE GUIDE

  • David

    David


    Région d'origine : Botswana

  • West

    West


    Région d'origine : Botswana

LOCAL TEAM

  • Mpho, Mmushi & co

    Mpho, Mmushi & co

    Mpho Serumola et Mmushi Selomo ont rejoint l'équipe comme assistant guide en 2004. Naturellement doués avec les chevaux, ils gardent les chevaux en condition entre chaque safari, assistés par une équipe de groom particulièrement efficaces. Côtés cuisines, les sœurs Martha et Grace Mosholombe assurent des repas dignes d'un étoilé en plein bush. Elles sont assistées de Maitseo Rsedibo. Masebe Mpodisa, chauffeur du camion d'intendance. C'est le bon père tranquille de l'équipe, toujours prêt à converser.

Packing list

Specific Recommendations
- Please don't take a hard sided suitcase. Your luggage should be soft sided, particularly for light air transfers. There is usually a luggage limit of 20kgs including hand luggage.
- Wherever possible you should wear neutral colours, such as beige, brown or natural bush colours for riding as bright colours, such as red, yellow or white can startle the wildlife and they will see you long before you've seen them
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Head
- You will be required to wear a hard hat when riding and you should take your own to ensure a correct fit.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana

Upper body
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and thorns
- T-shirts
- Fleece, jumper or jacket - the evenings can be cold, particularly June - August
- Waterproof jacket - the rains can be difficult to foresee and it's better to be prepared. Rain is more likely Oct-April
- Casual clothes for the evening

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Shorts for lazy lunchtimes
- Casual clothes for the evening

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps to protect against thorns. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Sandals, flip-flops or trainers for moving around the lodge and camp
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun whilst riding

Nightwear

Other useful items
- Swimsuit - for plunge pools
- Binoculars for viewing game
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night

In your luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag. Some toiletries are provided by the camps so you can pack lighter.

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Your riding hat

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - must be high factor
- Insect repellent, preferably containing deet
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Anti malarial tablets and Yellow Fever Certificate if required (check with your doctor)

ENTRY FORMALITIES

To enter Botswana, a passport valid for at least six months is required by British, Australian, Canadian, USA and all other EU nationals. Outgoing travel documents and sufficient funds are also required. We recommend having two blank facing visa pages in your passport for the official stamps.

Visas are not required by British, Australian, Canadian, USA or other EU nationals for stays in Botswana of up to 90 days.
Visas are also not required by transit passengers, provided they are continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, and do not leave the airport.
Nationals of countries not listed above are advised to contact the high commission/embassy to check visa requirements.
Visa note:
Those nationals who do require a visa for Botswana must include a copy of their travel itinerary with their application, along with a letter of support from their intended host and return visa or residence permit from his/her country of residence.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION RE: TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN
From 1st June 2015, South Africa have introduced tough rulings for anyone travelling with children, including passengers transitting South Africa to another destination.
- Two parents travelling with children will need to show the childs Unabridged Birth Certificate (UBC)
- One parent travelling with a child will need to show the UBC plus either: a Parental Consent Affidavit (PAC) from the parent not travelling OR a letter of special circumstance.
- Widowed parents will need to show the UBC and a death certificate for the deceased parent
- Children travelling with family friends will need a UBC, PCA, copies of the parents passports and contact details for the parents.
For more information click this link: http://www.africa-adventure.net/downloads/SummaryImmigrationMinors.pdf

Contact South African Immigration for what is required for other circumstances.

Addresses of consulates

  • Botswana High Commission
    6 Stratford Place
    London W1C 1AY
    Tél. : (020) 7499 0031
    Fax : (020) 7647 1000
  • Ambassade du Botswana
    88 Avenue de Iéna
    75116 Paris
    Tél. : 01.47.20.08.23
    Fax :
    bostwana@brutele.be

HEALTH

There are no vaccinations legally required to travel to Botswana from the UK, however, you need a yellow fever vaccination if you have travelled to a country (7 days or less before entering Botswana) where that disease is widely prevalent, such as Zambia/Victoria Falls.
You should check with your doctor who has access to the most up-to-date information but the following vaccinations are usually recommended - Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) together with Hepatitis A and typhoid.
If you are staying longer than 3 months or have a particular risk you might consider a rabies vaccination. Vaccination against Tuberculosis as well as Hepatitis B are also sometimes recommended for stays longer than 3 months.
Malaria is prevalent in the country, but mainly during the warm and wet season and particularly in the northern half of the country. The south is generally considered lower risk. Don't underestimate this tropical disease and take precautions. Buy repellent (preferably with 50% DEET) and sleep under a net and speak to your doctor about anti-malarial medication.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

TELEPHONE AND JET LAG

There are very few public phone boxes. The country calling code to Botswana is 267. To make an international call from Botswana, the code is 00.
Mobile phone roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage is average in the major towns but you are unlikely to get any signal at all when in remote camps.
Time zone: GMT + 2hr

BUDGET AND MONEY

Pula (BWP; symbol P) = 100 thebe.
Notes in denominations of P100, 50, 20 and 10.
Coins in denominations of P5, 2 and 1, and 50, 25, 10 and 5 thebe.
It is not necessary to change money into local currency for any of our Botswana rides - they accept GB Pounds, Euro, US Dollars and South African Rand.

VOLTAGE

220-240 volts AC, 50Hz. 15- and 13-amp plug sockets are in use. Plugs used are British-style with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade, or South African style with two circular metal pins above a large circular grounding pin.

ACTIVITY :Horseback Safari

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

This classic mobile horseback safari on beautifully schooled horses is one of our most popular rides. End each riding day in comfortable walk-in tents perfectly situated in different locations within Mashatu game reserve, which is home to large herds of elephants, giraffe, lion, leopard and numerous antelope.

  • Gallop in sunset
    Horses and sunset in Botswana
  • Safari in Botswana
    Horseback safari in Botswana
  • Riding in Botswana
    Horseback safari in Botswana
  • The best of Botswana safari
    Riding safari in two different areas of Botswana
  • The best of Botswana safari
    Riding safari in two different areas of Botswana
  • Safari camp in Botswana
    Horse and camp in Botswana
  • Horseback safari in Botswana
    Horseriding in Botswana
  • Training with the horses
    Horse in Botswana
  • Equestrian travel in Botswana
    Botswana and horseback safari
  • Camp in Botswana
    Botswana and horseback safari

STRENGTHS

- Vast unfenced wilderness of eastern Botswana
- The largest population of elephant in southern Africa
- Exceptional horses selected for their temperament and ridability
- Varied camps in different locations but all comfortable
- Afternoon game walks and vehicle drives to view species difficult to approach on horseback, such as lion
- Good game viewing opportunities inlcuding lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, elephant etc
- Transfer to Botswana by light aircraft and avoid the long road transfer!

ITINERARY

Day 1 : LONDON-JOHANNESBURG -

Accommodation :

International flight overnight to Johannesburg. This flight is not included but we can book it for you on request.
If booking your own flight then you need to depart London at c. 19:00 so that you arrive in Johannesburg at c. 07:00 in time to meet the transfer.

Day 2 : JOHANNESBURG-TWO MASHATUS CAMP - 2 hours riding

Accommodation : TWO MASHATU CAMP

You will be met at 08:00 in Johannesburg airport and transferred to your light aircraft for your transfer to Limpopo airstrip. This is a journey of 1 hour and you should ensure that your luggage is packed into soft sided bags weighing 15kgs or less, so that they fit into the aircraft.

After completing Botswanan entry formalities you will be met by your guide and transfered c. 10 mins in an open safari vehicle to the reception area.

After a light lunch, you will head off to the stables to meet your horse for the week. This first ride is your chance to get to know your horse and so if you are not happy then you should notify the guide who will be able to select another horse for you.

After arriving at Two Mashatus Camp there is time for a refreshing drink before dinner served in the Llala Palm dining room.

Day 3 : JWALA CAMP - 6-7 hours riding

Accommodation : WILDERNESS CAMP

The day begins at sunrise with tea/coffee brought to your tent, followed by light breakfast. Then mount up and head off in a north-westerly direction for Jwala Camp on the banks of the Jwala River. Six to seven hours are spent in the saddle watching the abundance of game and the magnificent scenery synonomous with the Land of the Giants. On arrival at your new camp lunch is the order of the day followed by a guided afternoon walk, examining the bush around you in detail. After dinner you will retire to your spacious tent where you will experience the “music” of the African bush.

Day 4 : KGOTLA - 6-7 hours riding

Accommodation : KGOTLA CAMP

After a light breakfast, test the amazingly sure-footed Boerperds as you cross over basalt ridges following age-old elephant trails and enjoy long sustained canters to make up for the lost time traversing the ridges. You will arrive at Kgotla Camp in time for a late lunch. In the afternoon you will have the option of visiting the local village to buy hand-crafted Llala palm curios and view Bushmen paintings before enjoying a sundowner looking out over the Motloutse River. Back at the Kgotla camp for dinner around a large log fire, after which the night is spent sleeping under the stars.

Day 5 : KGOTLA - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : KGOTLA CAMP

This morning you will explore the sandstone formations including the famed Solomon's Wall. Ancient civilizations harbored their wealth among these hills where two mighty rivers, the Limpopo and the Motloutse, meet. This days riding will be about four to five hours, leaving time in the afternoon to head to the archaeologically rich Mmamagwa hills where a 360 degree view of the reserve can be enjoyed as well as another beautiful African sunset. You will have dinner in Kgotla camp and sleep again under the stars.

Day 6 : LIMPOPO CAMP - 7 hours riding

Accommodation : WILDERNESS CAMP

Today you wind your way through the mopane bush before reaching the more open plains. This will probably be your longest day of riding of about seven hours. On arrival at Limpopo Camp you will be welcomed by a well-deserved drink and a refreshing lunch on the banks of the Limpopo river. Tonight is your opportunity to explore Mashatu from a game drive vehicle and try to locate the elusive leopard, wild dog, cheetah and lion.

Day 7 : TWO MASHATUS CAMP - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : TWO MASHATU CAMP

This day will be spent exploring the banks of the Mojale and Matabole Rivers, following their courses north towards the Zeederberg site before returning to Two Mashatus. The day will involve riding up and down river banks, through riverine forest, game sightings and more fabulous photo opportunities. Take a break under the bows of an old Mashatu tree, where a century ago the Zeederberg transport riders had their midday break before finally reaching Fort Tuli. Spend the afternoon at leisure before you embark on a guided walk into the bush followed by dinner around the log fire.

Day 8 : TWO MASHATUS CAMP - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : TWO MASHATU CAMP

Today's ride is rich in history and offers a variety of interesting tales of the past. The open Pitsani plains, so characteristic of this area, are perfect for a faster ride, hopefully with zebra or wildebeest... You head in the direction of the Majale and Limpopo confluence where lunch awaits you upon return to the Mashatus camp. Dinner is in the Llala palm rondavel. A dreamless sleep no doubt awaits you as the final day draws to a close.

Day 9 : TWO MASHATUS - JOHANNESBURG - 2 hours riding

Accommodation :

Your final morning is spent riding along the Limpopo River, heading back to the stables where fond farewells are made to your horse. There is time to shower and have a hearty lunch at the stables before departure.

You will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight back to Johannesburg. Your international flight back to London should be in the evening departing 19:45 or later. International flights are not included but can be booked for you on request.

Day 10 : ARRIVALS IN LONDON OR BEGINNING OF YOUR EXTENTION -

Accommodation :

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YOUR ADVISOR

Did you know ? 

The Mashatu reserve.

Mashatu is a variety of local tree, it is also known as the "Giant Earth".

The reserve, is home to a large population of big cats, antelopes and vast herds of elephants which you will hopefully see whilst riding with your guide.

The Maschatu reserve in Botswana is the perfect place to rediscover what life should be like: simple, beautiful and vast.