SOUTH AFRICA & BOTSWANA COMBINATION HORSE SAFARI

7 Nights: From £1 660

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This ride takes you through two of Africa’s stunning destinations – South Africa’s pristine Waterberg region, and Botswana’s famous Tuli Block.

This horse safari adventure takes you through stunning and varied scenery, as you traverse vast landscapes in both South Africa and Botswana, giving you a flavour of two of this wonderful continent’s fabulous countries. Beginning in the beautiful Waterberg region of South Africa, you will ride through the Matlapeng valley, spotting game and taking in the diverse flora and fauna of the land. Enjoy panoramic views of the Waterberg massif from Camp Davidson, a tented camp set high up in the bushveld, and nestled among dramatic sandstone rocks.

You will have 4 days of riding across the beautiful ranch farmlands, encountering giraffe, zebra and many types of antelopes – and if you’re really lucky – the odd hippo. You will stay in a tented camp and dine al fresco each night. This is a nice warm-up to ride in Africa before you head out to the real ‘wild’ of Botswana.

Nip across the border to Botswana and experience the unforgettable horse riding in Mashatu Game Reserve in the Tuli Block of south eastern Botswana.

This area offers some magnificent riding, with a great variety of landscapes; featuring stunning vistas and dramatic rock formations bordered by the great Limpopo River. This “Land of the Giants” lives up to its name, boasting baobab studded plains and large herds of elephant.  The area is home to a variety of wildlife species including lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant a multitude of plains game like zebra, wildebeest and giraffe, as well as over 350 species of birds. Experience the unparalleled and thrilling feeling of riding alongside Africa’s game, set to the backdrop of some of its most iconic landscapes.

Picture two magnificent countries, stunning vistas, excellent game viewing, fabulous sundowners, unbelievable riding and you’ve got the African Adventurer Ride – a horse safari you will never forget.

QUICK FACTS
South Africa & Botswna
OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg)
Set Dates
Up to 7 nights,  8 days
Group Size: Max. 8
Intermediate and above
THE DESTINATION

The Waterberg Region

The Waterberg is an exceptional and internationally recognised natural heritage site.  The Waterberg’s iconic beauty and bio diversity has been acknowledged worldwide, being awarded the status of a World Biosphere reserve by UNESCO.

Horizon Lodge is based on a small working ranch in the depths of the Waterberg. The ranch itself and neighbouring reserves are home to giraffe, hippo, jackal, hartebeest, impala, kuda, zebra and baboon. Camp Davidson is a half days ride away and set up high in the bushveld, above the Matlapeng Valley.

The Tuli Block

The Tuli Block, or ‘Land of Giants’ as it is often known, is located on Botswana’s eastern border. The area is a very protected and conserved nature reserve – known as the Northern Tuli Game Reserve.

The beautiful area is famous for its dramatic geographical and geological features, such as Solomon’s Wall by the Motloutse River. Species found here include lion, cheetah, leopard, large herds of elephant, a multitude of plains game like zebra, wildebeest and giraffe, as well as over 350 species of birds.

DATES & RATES

Rides run every Friday to Friday. Please enquire for exact dates and availability.

Low Season: December, January, February
£ 1 660 PP SHARING + £312
PP return transfers

Mid Season: March, April, June
£ 1 810PP SHARING + £312
PP return transfers

High Season: May, July, August, September, October, November
£ 2 020 PP SHARING + £312 PP return transfers

Included:

  • All accommodation throughout the trip
  • All meals and drinks
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • 1 Game Drive
  • Expert guiding
  • All horse riding activities

Excluded:

  • International flights
  • Gratuities and any items of a personal nature
  • Shared road transfers

Shared Transfers

Arrival Day Transfer at 10.30am from O.R.Tambo Johannesburg International Airport to Camp Davidson

Day 5 Transfer at 8 am from Camp Davidson to The Tuli Camp (Arrive at the Tuli stables approx 12 am)

Departure day transfer from The Tuli Camp to O.R.Tambo Johannesburg International Airport (Arrive at ORT approx 6 pm)

Private transfers can be arranged but will be at a higher cost.

YOUR 8-DAY ITINERARY

** Please be aware that this is a sample itinerary and due to changes in weather and other unforeseen events it may be changed at the last minute. Any changes will always be made in your best interests.

Day 1

Arrive at Johannesburg International Airport (by 09h00) and meet a transfer which will take you to Camp Davidson in time for a delicious late lunch. In the afternoon, get introduced to your safari team and guides, both two and four-legged. Once you have been matched to a suitable steed, you will set-out for your first ride through the beautiful Matlapeng reserve. End the ride with sundowners at Red Lake, where you are likely to encounter the pod of resident hippo, before climbing the ridge back to Camp Davidson. Enjoy your first dinner under the stars.

Day 2

After waking up to a glorious African morning and delicious breakfast, spend the day exploring the reserve, tracking herds of giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, kudu and impala. Ride past Sunset Lake where Fish Eagles and Spur-winged goose are often spotted. The shallow banks offer some great splashy canters through the water. Return to camp in time for lunch and a siesta next to the pool. In the afternoon, follow game trails as you weave through the bush and enjoy some long canters across the plains. In the evening there’s the option of a night sky safari with a local astronomer who will guide you through the constellations (extra cost payable locally and only on clear nights)

Day 3

This morning, set off on horseback, following the game paths and learning about tracking the wildlife. There are some interesting fallen trees that make the perfect obstacles for those who enjoy jumping. On hot days, the both horses and riders enjoy a swim in one of the many lakes on the reserve before heading back to camp for lunch. In the afternoon, explore further afield on horseback, or embark on an exciting game driving at a nearby Big 5 game reserve, with a chance to see rhino, lion, elephant, buffalo and leopard. (extra cost payable locally & subject to availability)

Day 4

This morning you pack up your belongings and depart from Camp Davidson, riding west towards Bellevue Plains. This ride offers lovely long canters on sandy tracks and good game viewing
opportunities on the open plains with the possibility of seeing wildebeest, hartebeest, sable, eland and blesbok. You will arrive at Savannah Lodge in time for a pool side lunch. In the afternoon, explore this new area on horseback before returning to the lodge after a long and fulfilling day in the saddle, to find a sumptuous meal served under the stars.

Day 5

After an early breakfast, break camp and set out for a last ride through the reserve, soaking up the peaceful early morning sights and sounds of the African bush. You will reach Horizon Lodge, dismount and depart from the lodge once more, heading for Botswana (approximately 4.5 hour drive) Crossing the Limpopo River into the Tuli block, you will arrive at the stables in time for an introductory afternoon ride. Once you’ve been paired up with a suitable horse, head out for the second leg of the safari. Arriving at the Two Mashatus camp in time to freshen up before supper.

Day 6

Wake up early with a steaming cup of tea or coffee being brought to your tent, followed by breakfast around the campfire. An early start is imperative to capture those fresh African mornings and maximise game-viewing opportunities. There is a choice between a long morning ride and a guided walk along the river, or two shorter rides. Here you will likely encounter the large herds of elephants famous in the area, as well as many different species of antelope; also giraffe, zebra, bat-eared fox, jackal, hyena and
possibly even lion, leopard, and cheetah if you’re lucky. Arrive back at the camp for lunch and a siesta. In the afternoon, set of on horseback or enjoy a slower guided walk along the banks of the Limpopo River.

Day 7

Wake up itching to get back in the saddle and head out, following the movements of wildlife in the area and observing and inter-preting the world around you. The tempo of the rides is always varied and depending on the terrain there are opportunities to enjoy the spirit and fitness of the horses at a faster pace before returning to camp to freshen up before lunch. In the afternoon there is a chance to enjoy a Mashatu game drive. Mashatu is famous for its big cat sightings and this is definitely a wonderful opportunity for keen photographers to hopefully capture sight-ings of lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and elephant.

Day 8

Waking up to the dawn chorus, enjoy breakfast, before setting out for a last special ride back to the stables where you will bid a sad farewell to your four-legged companion. There will be time for a quick shower and brunch before heading back to Johannesburg International via Pontdrift border post. The arrival time in Johannesburg is around 18h00 so book your international flight after 20h30

THE ACCOMMODATION

Camp Davidson:  3 Nights

The camp is made up of canvas tents set on a wooden deck and nestled in the sandstone ridges overlooking the valley. Each tent has comfortable beds and an en-suite bathroom area with the traditional bucket showers. There are jug and basin hand wash facilities and flushing toilets. Camp Davidson is even complete with a small pool in which to cool off after a morning in the saddle.

Savannah Lodge:  1 Night

Savannah Lodge is on a game farm that borders Horizon Lodge/Triple B Ranch. This is a beautiful lodge which offers plenty of game viewing opportunities. There are five guest rooms each with its own en-suite bathroom. The veranda and plunge pool overlooks a watering hole on the plains which is a wonderful place to relax in the afternoon sun. There is also a wonderful lounge area with comfy sofas and a log burning fire for you to relax in during the cooler winter evenings. (If not available, it may be substituted with another lodge on the same reserve)

Two Mashatus Camp: 3 Nights

This beautiful camp is built in the shade of a centurion Mashatu tree. The camp is made up of two traditionally built Lala palm rondavels, which make up with dining and lounge areas, and a series of A-frame walk-in tents. These large and spacious tents are situated on teak platforms, with en-suite enviro loos and hot water showers. Each tent has an air of privacy and is positioned to make use of the shade from nearby trees, each come with a small deck area on which to relax during the peaceful afternoons.

QUICK FACTS
South Africa & Botswna
OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg)
Runs every Friday to Friday
7 Nights
Group Size: Max. 8 
Intermediate Plus and Advanced
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7 Nights: From £1 660pp sharing

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SUITABLE RIDING LEVELS
Beginner
Novice
Intermediate
Intermediate Plus
Advanced
WHAT RIDING LEVEL AM I?
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • The chance to experience not just one, but two of Africa’s fabulous countries
  • Enjoy the unparalleled thrill of riding alongside game 
  • A true bush experience, spending several nights under canvas, in the depths of  African wilderness
  • Being able to experience two very contrasting landscapes
DATES & RATES

Rides run every Friday to Friday. Please enquire for exact dates and availability.

Low Season: December, January, February
£ 1 660 PP SHARING + £312
PP return transfers

Mid Season: March, April, June
£ 1 810PP SHARING + £312
PP return transfers

High Season: May, July, August, September, October, November
£ 2 020 PP SHARING + £312 PP return transfers

Included:

  • All accommodation throughout the trip
  • All meals and drinks
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • 1 Game Drive
  • Expert guiding
  • All horse riding activities

Excluded:

  • International flights
  • Gratuities and any items of a personal nature
  • Shared road transfers

Shared Transfers

Arrival Day Transfer at 10.30am from O.R.Tambo Johannesburg International Airport to Camp Davidson

Day 5 Transfer at 8 am from Camp Davidson to The Tuli Camp (Arrive at the Tuli stables approx 12 am)

Departure day transfer from The Tuli Camp to O.R.Tambo Johannesburg International Airport (Arrive at ORT approx 6 pm)

Private transfers can be arranged but will be at a higher cost.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

The trip was everything I dreamed of and more. All of the staff including the managers, guides, chefs, stable hands and drivers were absolutely fantastic, knowledgeable and just great fun. We saw lots of big game including Elephants, Rhinos, Hippos, Lions, Cheetahs and Leopards throughout the trip. I had two beautifully turned out horses (Magnum and Rodeo) who were brilliantly schooled, forward going and safe. The food was incredible and there was just so much, I think I was full my entire trip and never wanted for anything. If you are in any doubt about the African Explorer adventure, don’t be, just go. My highlight was probably galloping with the Zebras and being joined for lunch by a huge bull elephant. Big thank you to Isabel from African Horse Safaris who made the booking experience very easy and smooth.

Leann GravesSouth Africa and Botswana Combination Horse Safari
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How we care for our horses

Our horseback adventures are hand-picked for their quality and care of their horses. Here’s how the horses at Horizon are kept in tip-top shape for your safaris. Our horses are on top of the hierarchy and receive very special care:
  • For nearly 25 years, our philosophy has entailed managing our horses as a free-roaming herd within large tracts of natural pasture, rather than in stables or paddocks.
  • Horses come in for daily checks, grooming, and feeding
  • Saddles are checked regularly and tack cleaned daily
  • Horses have dedicated rest days and time off when not on safari to roam freely

Please let us know if you have any more questions around this.

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