Horse Riding Safari Botswana 7 Nights

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The horses have been selected for their temperament and ride ability. They have been carefully chosen from the various South African breeds, which are well known for being of a tougher nature - able to cope under extreme conditions. These breeds include the Boerperd, Shire Cross Thoroughbreds, Appaloosa’s, and the S.A. Warmblood. They range in size from 14.3h. to 17h. Saddles are South African McClellan’s, a cavalry saddle designed for long hours of riding, they...
The horses have been selected for their temperament and ride ability. They have been carefully chosen from the various South African breeds, which are well known for being of a tougher nature - able to cope under extreme conditions. These breeds include the Boerperd, Shire Cross Thoroughbreds, Appaloosa’s, and the S.A. Warmblood. They range in size from 14.3h. to 17h. Saddles are South African McClellan’s, a cavalry saddle designed for long hours of riding, they offer particular comfort and airflow for the horses back and padded seats and fenders for the riders comfort.
Guests must be experienced riders. They must ride regularly (at least once or twice a week) and be comfortable at posting trot, light seat canter and gallop as well as being able to do small jumps should they have to. They must be able to control a horse independently of the group at all paces. On arrival in Botswana you will be asked to do a simple independent riding test.
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Itinerary Details

Itinerary

Day 1: Airport pickup and transfer to Botswana (6 hours by car, 1.5 hours flight)

Stop At: Mashatu Game Reserve, Mashatu Game Reserve, Central District
Approx 6 hour drive. Guests will be met at Johannesburg International Airport and transferred to Mashatu for a late lunch. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to our reception area by the stables. After a light lunch it’s time to head off to meet your horse for the week. You will embark on a short introductory ride to make sure that you and your horse are well suited and then ride out to our static camp, where supper will be served in the Llala palm
dining room of the Two Mashatus camp.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Excellent accommodation Mashatu camp


Day 2: Morning outride and safari

Stop At: Mashatu Game Reserve, Mashatu...
Itinerary

Day 1: Airport pickup and transfer to Botswana (6 hours by car, 1.5 hours flight)

Stop At: Mashatu Game Reserve, Mashatu Game Reserve, Central District
Approx 6 hour drive. Guests will be met at Johannesburg International Airport and transferred to Mashatu for a late lunch. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to our reception area by the stables. After a light lunch it’s time to head off to meet your horse for the week. You will embark on a short introductory ride to make sure that you and your horse are well suited and then ride out to our static camp, where supper will be served in the Llala palm
dining room of the Two Mashatus camp.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Excellent accommodation Mashatu camp


Day 2: Morning outride and safari

Stop At: Mashatu Game Reserve, Mashatu Game Reserve, Central District
The day begins at sunrise with tea or coffee brought to your tent, followed by a light breakfast. 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. Your destination for night two is Majele River camp, a rustic series of cabins atop the steep and shady banks of the Majele 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 Elephant 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 “Majele Koppie”. Dinner is enjoyed in the thatched lapa overlooking the river.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Excellent accommodation Mashatu camp

Day 3: Morning outride and safari

Stop At: Mashatu Game Reserve, Mashatu Game Reserve, Central District
An early wake up call heralds a new day, today, your journey takes you through the heart of Mashatu to the ancient rock formations synonymous with the Limpopo valley. Giant Baobabs silently surveying the land as they have for centuries, ancient elephant trails stamped into the soil and wonderfully long canters around the open scrub. This ride brings you to the banks of the Motloutse River and amongst dense old Mashatu trees a Leadwood Boma that we call “Kgotla” after the old tribal court that was once held in its enclosure. The open air traditional African enclosure gives perfect security to night is spent under the stars and a unique experience of the African bush up close and personal. The afternoon activity on day three is the choice of a guided walk or ride to the “Amphitheatre”, an ancient and awesome rock formation. Your walk concludes with traditional sundowners looking out over the Motloutse River. Back at “The Kgotla” dinner is enjoyed around a large log fire. The night is spent in the comfort of your bed set within the boma but with a ceiling provided by the southern skies, a blanket of stars to send you to sleep, a truly unique experience and just about as far away.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Excellent accommodation Mashatu camp

Day 4: Morning outride and safari

Stop At: Mashatu Game Reserve, Mashatu Game Reserve, Central District
Is a choice of either a morning and afternoon ride, 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 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.
Duration: 8 days

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: luxury accommodation Mashatu

Day 5: Early morning outride

Stop At: Mashatu Game Reserve, Mashatu Game Reserve, Central District
An early rise and hearty breakfast is a good start for what is probably your longest day on horseback. Winding your way through the Mopane bush, with the chance of sighting elephant, you will make your way to the rich plains area close to the Limpopo river. Liana Camp is snugly nestled amongst giant Mashatu trees that line the Liana lagoon, a tributary to the Limpopo river. To ease your aches we use the afternoon for a game drive that takes us deep into the reserve in search of the big cats the area is renowned for including leopard, cheetah and lion.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: luxury accommodation Mashatu

Day 6: Morning and evening outride and safari

Stop At: Mashatu Game Reserve, Mashatu Game Reserve, Central District
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 Two Mashatus where you will have the opportunity to relax by the pool and enjoy the comfort of our permanent camp with its shady tents and ensuite bathrooms. That afternoon we ride to one of the nearby koppies for a sundown drink.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Luxury accommodation

Day 7: Morning and evening outride and safari

Stop At: Mashatu Game Reserve, Mashatu Game Reserve, Central District
Today’s riding promises great game viewing from horseback as we explore the Pitsane river valley. 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 which destroyed Bryce’s store, an old British supply post. There used to be a stagecoach line, called Zeederberg’s, 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 time for lunch and a cooling swim in the pool. In the afternoon, you have the option of a bush walk or ride for your last African sundowner.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Luxury accommodation

Day 8: Early Morning ride, brunch then depart for airport in SA (6 hours drive)

Stop At: Mashatu Game Reserve, Mashatu Game Reserve, Central District
Your last ride in the Limpopo valley is a great opportunity to snap one last picture of elephants and a long and winding canter through the scattered Mustard bush with your guides. Arriving back at the stables with plenty time to enjoy a hot shower and a tasty brunch you get to say farewells to safari companions and new found friends, it’s time for your onward journey.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Important Details

Included
  • Breakfast
  • 7x Lunch
  • Accommodation, all meals & beverages, Game drives in Botswana
  • Horse provided, bring your own chaps, shoes, helmet (if you have),
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • 7x Breakfast
  • 7x Dinner
  • Accommodation included: 7 nights
Not Included
  • Conservation fees R200 per day in Botswana
  • Transportation from Airport to first night and return on last day.
Departure Point
1: O.R. Tambo International Airport, 1 Jones Rd, Kempton Park, Johannesburg, 1632, South Africa
2: Lanseria International Airport, Airport Rd, Lanseria, 1748, South Africa

Traveler pickup is offered

Airports

  • Johannesburg Intl Airport, Johannesburg South Africa
  • Lanseria Airport, Lanseria South Africa


9:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Infant seats unavailable
  • Infants must not sit on laps
  • No public transportation nearby
  • Not recommended for people with back problems
  • Not recommended for people with heart conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not stroller accessible
  • Not suitable for pets
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Optional costs are for car, mini bus or air travel to starting point in Botswana.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.