Southern Africa ~ African Explorer Safari with Horizon Horseback

7 night camp based safaris in South Africa and Botswana, available year round.
These exciting 7 night safaris offered by Horizon Horseback, include 4 nights in South Africa's Waterberg followed by 3 nights in eastern's Botswana's Tuli Block, staying at the comfortable Two Mashatus Camp. Excellent value, they are an ideal first safari, combining a few days' safari camp life with flexible riding in an area where there's no 'big' game, before progressing to open wilderness where you can see 'big' game. Safaris are run from set dates, year round.

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SUMMARY

Riding: 3 to 6 hours per day, with a shorter ride on the day 1 and day 5 when you transfer to Botswana.

Horses: farm / locally bred, TB, Arab crosses.

Pace: moderate.

Riding ability: intermediate and above.

Weight limit: about 95kg (15 stone) but please call us to discuss if your weight is close to this.

Accommodation: private game lodge, 4Δ camping.

Group size: maximum 8.

Season: year round.

HORSES & RIDING

Horses: The horses include local breeds such as South African Boerperde and Boerperde crosses, Thoroughbreds, part TB and Arab crosses, with some Shire crosses in Botswana. They are between about 14hh and 16.2hh and there is a good selection for the experienced rider as well as horses to suit those with less experience. All are responsive to ride, extremely good natured and well mannered. They are also used to the bush and sure footed, coping easily with varied terrain. Grooms are on hand to look after the horses. Saddles are Maclellan style with a few English saddles available on request. Maximum group size is 8 guests.

Hours:
There is usually between 3 and 6 hours riding a day, with a shorter ride on day 1 and on day 5 when you travel to Botswana.

Pace and experience required: The riding is at a varied pace according to terrain but is often energetic, with long trots and canters and safaris are aimed at riders of an intermediate standard and above who are comfortable on a horse at all paces from walk to fast canter in open country. These are an excellent 'first' safari as the first few days are in an area where there is no 'big' / dangerous game which gives plenty of time to gain confidence and get used to the environment, but for the last 3 days in Botswana you'll be riding in an unfenced wilderness area where there are plenty of elephant and you must be secure on a horse at all paces. No children under 12yrs. 

ACCOMMODATION

The first 3 nights are at Camp Davidson, a small bush camp where accommodation is in spacious walk-in East African style safari tents set on wooden decks with proper beds and shower / loo attached. The 4th night is at a private game lodge in comfortable rooms with en-suite bathrooms. The second half of the safari is on the Mashatu Reserve in East Botswana, at Two Mashatus tented camp which has 5 spacious  walk in safari tents set on teak decking with attached shower and flush loo. The camp has a central dining / sitting area built in local style with a palm thatch roof and a small plunge pool.

RATES & DATES

Rates 2021

African Explorer Safari
Low season (January, February & December) £2052 per person;
single supplement if requested £864
Mid Season (March, April & June) £2208
single supplement if requested £942
High Season (May, July, August, September, October, November) £2427 per person
single supplement £1052

Rates include - 7 nights twin accommodation, all riding, guiding and equipment, meals (dinner day 1 to brunch last day), house drinks, vehicle transfers at set times Johannesburg / Camp Davidson / Mashatu / Johannesburg and laundry service.

Rates exlude - International flights to Johannesburg and taxes, personal medical / travel insurance (which you must have), Mashatu conservation fees ($10 USD per person per night), supplements for a single tent /room, any extra night's accommodation before or after the safari, premium spirits and drinks, any visa fees any tips you may wish to leave staff.

Single supplement is only applied if you wish to guarantee a single tent - if you are happy to share with another rider of the same gender you will not be charged.

Dates 2021

African Explorer Safari
Friday to Friday, every week

Additional dates can sometimes be arranged on request for groups - please contact us to discuss and for rates.

 

ITINERARY
  Itinerary in brief - African Explorer Safari
Day 1 Arrive Johannesburg and transfer to Camp Davidson, about 3 hours drive north of Johannesburg. Lunch or tea when you arrive, meet the horses and a first ride in the African bush, returning to the camp for dinner and the night.
Days 2-3
Two full days with morning and evening rides out on the reserve exploring the open grasslands and also the hidden valleys and foothills of the Waterberg escarpment. 2 nights at Camp Davidson.
Day 4 Breakfast and pack up then set off riding to Bellevue Lodge on a neighbouring reserve while your luggage is sent ahead by vehicle. Arrive in time for lunch overlooking the plains. After a sesta by to pool you set off riding again, a chance to explore the reserve, tracking a variety of game. Return to the lodge for drinks at sunset. Night at Bellevue Lodge.
Day 5
A final ride on the Bellevue reserve and on to Horizon base for lunch. Say goodbye to the South African horses and transfer by vehicle across the South Africa / Botswana border to Botswana’s Limpopo Valley (about 4 hours). Tea when you arrive at Two Mashatus Camp and then a short drive to meet the horses. Mount up and set off on a short first ride to try the horses and for a first view of the area. Dinner and night Two Mashatus Camp.
Days 6-7
Two full days in the Mashatu reserve, riding out to explore the Limpopo valley area. The terrain varies from thick riverine forest, a favourite retreat of the many elephant, to rocky hills punctuated by huge baobab trees. There are open plains and sandy river beds for faster riding and there will be chances for game drives to see some of the big cats. Two nights using the comfortable Two Mashatus Camp as base.
Day 8
A final early morning ride, returning to Two Mashatus Camp for brunch. Transfer back to Johannesburg airport (about 5 ½ hour drive) for your flight home.
  Contact us at info@rideworldwide.com or on tel (+44) (0)1837-82544 / 825440 for further information, detailed itineraries, dates and answers to questions.
TRAVEL

 The nearest international airport is Johannesburg. British Airways, South Africa Airways and Virgin all have direct overnight flights from London to Johannesburg arriving the next morning. For an economy return flight from London budget about £750 to £950 per person (varies with the season and availability).

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