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Botswana Mobile Horseback Safari: Mashatu Tuli - Horse Riding in Africa

Botswana: Mobile Horseback Safari (Tuli) + Durban
6YC12P
12 NIGHTS
FROM £3,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Botswana Mobile Horseback Safari Mashatu Tuli Horse Riding In Africa

Ride between tented camps on this exhilarating Botswana mobile horseback safari set in the wild Mashatu Game Reserve in Tuli, close to the Limpopo River. With huge herds of elephants, it offers some of the best horse riding in Africa. Afterwards relax on the Durban North Coast. Departs every Sunday. Experienced riders only. No single supplement if willing to share. All transfers & riding included.

Botswana Mobile Horseback Safari Mashatu Tuli Horse Riding In Africa
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Botswana Mobile Horseback Safari
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Mashatu Game Reserve
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Tuli Region
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Tented Riding Camps
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Elephants & Lions
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Limpopo River
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Durban North Coast
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Indian Ocean Beaches
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Golf & other activities
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Horse Riding in Africa
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Botswana Mobile Horseback Safari
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Mashatu Game Reserve
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Tuli Region
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Tented Riding Camps
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Elephants & Lions
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Limpopo River
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Durban North Coast
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Indian Ocean Beaches
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Golf & other activities
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Horse Riding in Africa
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: Mashatu Conservation levy of $10 per person per night payable locally. Solo travellers can avoid the single supplement if you let us know you are willing to share.
 
Pont Drift border post between South African and Botswana opens at 08h00 and closes at 16h00. These hours are strictly enforced. Should the Limpopo River be in flood, transfers across the river into Botswana are done by cable car or boat, at a small additional cost payable locally.
 
Saddles are English, with a few Australian stock saddles available. 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 dark blue, which attract tsetsefly, and black which absorbs 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
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 man. 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.
 
Sunrise, the dawn chorus and tea or coffee which is brought to your tent, sounds the start of your first day. After breakfast, it’s time to mount and depart from the dense woodland that hugs the Limpopo River, and head towards the rocky hills that delineate the edges of the great river valley. As the ride traverses the heartland of Mashatu, you will encounter plentiful plains game, many giraffe and herd of elephants.
 
Having meandered across the hills with vast views back towards South Africa, the ride arrives at Tree Camp in time for lunch. Overlooking the Majale river, it is possible to watch the wildlife from above, coming down to drink at the river. That afternoon choose a ride or enjoy your first bush walk exploring the area along the West of the Matabole River returning to Tree Camp for sundowners.
Day 3
An early wake-up call heralds a new day, as we ride through the heart of Mashatu to the ancient rock formations synonymous with the Limpopo Valley. Giant baobabs silently survey the land as they have for centuries, with ancient elephant trails stamped into the soil, as we enjoy wonderfully long canters around the open scrub.
 
Our ride brings us to the banks of the Motloutse River. Amongst these dense old trees we find a leadwood boma that we call Kgotla, after the old tribal court that was once held here. This afternoon there is the choice of a guided walk or a ride to the Amphitheatre, an ancient and awesome rock formation.
 
Our day ends with sundowners overlooking the Motloutse River, followed by dinner at Kgotla enjoyed around a large log fire. This open air traditional African enclosure gives perfect security, so tonight is spent sleeping under the stars - a truly unique experience, as far away as you can get from city life and the modern world.
Day 4
Today we explore on horseback the sandstone formations of the area, including the famed Solomon’s Wall, one of the numerous dolorite dykes in the area.
 
Some of the oldest civilisations in Southern Africa settled in this valley. Archaeological evidence includes middle and late stone age tools, rock art and the legendary Mapungubwe Dynasty. Mapungubwe means “Place of the Jackal” in the Venda language and this dynasty existed around 1220 AD. The Mapungubwe topography itself is ancient and timeless and, combined with marvellous wildlife sightings, it makes for an incredible riding experience.
 
For the most visually stunning and ethereal sundowner, this afternoon enjoy a short drive to the Mmamagwa Hills. A short climb up the sandstone ridge brings us to the site of the Mmamagwa ruins, which is of a similar period to Mapungubwe (13th century). To date these ruins have not been excavated and have been left alone. It is conceivable that similar treasures to those found at Mapungubwe could be buried here (for example the golden rhino). After a short climb, enjoy sundowners beneath a beautiful baobab tree with a breathtaking view of the area.
Day 5
Today we wind up Elephant Valley, riding along ancient trails stamped into the soil by centuries of migrating elephants, before heading north towards upper reaches of the Majale River. This area is peppered with enormous baobab trees and is one of the more remote areas of the reserve.
 
After an exhilarating ride through this timeless countryside, enjoy a relaxing lunch at Tree Camp. Later enjoy an afternoon ride, bush walk or game drive exploring the northern banks of the Majele, Matabole and Jwala rivers.
Day 6
Today’s riding promises great game viewing from horseback as we explore the Pitsane River Valley. Drinking holes dug by elephants along the course of the river attract thirsty herds of game.
 
In this area there was a skirmish during the Boer War which destroyed Bryce’s Store, an old British supply post. There was a stagecoach line, called Zeederberg’s, that ran from the towns of the old Transvaal in South Africa to the newly forged settlements of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). These coaches crossed the broad Limpopo River and followed the Pitsane River into Zimbabwe.
 
Our ride returns to Two Mashatu Camp in time for lunch and a cooling swim in the pool. A guided bush walk to one of the nearby koppies for sundowners is our afternoon excursion.
Day 7
Our ride today meanders its way through the beautiful plains between the Majale and Pitsane rivers, with abundant game and spectacular views into the Limpopo River Valley.
 
En route, we explore the remains of an old Boer War fort situated on a rocky outcrop, followed by a ride down into the cooler wetland area, where plentiful game enjoy the lush grasses.
 
In the summer months, rain and water dependent, it can be possible to enjoy cantering through the shallows of the Limpopo River. Afterwards there is time to relax in camp, before either an afternoon ride or bush walk for your last African sundowner.
Day 8
Enjoy a final early morning ride in the Limpopo Valley, followed by brunch.
 
Then bid farewell to your riding companions and return to South Africa via the Pont Drift border post, transferring 5-hours to Johannesburg Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Durban Airport and transferred to your hotel on the warm North Coast, renowned for its wonderful beaches and warm holiday weather.
  
Check in and relax on the shores of the warm Indian Ocean.
Days 9 To 12
At leisure to relax on the warm golden beaches of the 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 13
Transfer to Durban Airport for your flight home.