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Tuli Trail Safari

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Tuli Trail Safari

horse riding in botswanaThis 7 night, 8 day mobile riding safari is in the vast Mashatu Game Reserve in the Tuli Block of south-eastern Botswana. This is an area of great natural diversity, magnificent vistas, ancient civilizations and dramatic rock formations bordered by the great Limpopo River in the south. Aptly named the “Land of the Giants” for its baobab-studded plains and large herds of elephant, the land remains largely untouched by man and is home to a wide variety of wildlife species and over 350 species of birds. The terrain is varied and suited to fast riding across open plains with the challenge of steep river banks. There is also optional jumping over ditches and natural logs knocked over by elephant. A highlight of the trail is two nights spent sleeping out under the stars in an old tribal court called the Kgotla. The other nights are spent at various wilderness camps with comfortable walk-in tents with hot showers and fine dining in lovely settings.

 

Day 1

Upon arrival at the Pont Drift Border Post or Limpopo Valley Airfield, you will be met by your guide, Cor or West, and transferred to Two Mashatus Camp. After a light lunch it’s time to head off to the stables to meet your horse for the week and a short ride. Sundowners are enjoyed at the Stable Bar whilst watching the horses roll in the setting sun. Then you will head back to camp for a warm shower and a delicious dinner served in the Llala palm dining room.

Day 2

The day begins at sunrise with tea/coffee brought to your tent, followed by a light breakfast. Mount up and head off in a northwesterly direction for Jwala Camp on the banks of the Jwala River. Six to seven hours are spent in the saddle enjoying the abundance of game and the magnificent scenery synonymous with the Land of the Giants. After arriving at Jwala Camp, lunch served followed by a guided afternoon walk, examining the bush around you in detail. Dinner is prepared over an open fire by Martha or Grace

Day 3

An early wake up call heralds a new day and tea/coffee and a delicious light breakfast is served around the log fire. Test the amazingly sure-footed Boerperde as we cross over basalt ridges following age-old elephant trails and enjoy long sustained canters. Arrive at Kgotla Camp for a late lunch. The open-air traditional African enclosure is made of leadwood logs in the shade of a century old Mashatu tree. In the afternoon we have the option of visiting the local village to buy hand-crafted Llala palm curios, viewing Bushmen paintings and then enjoy a sundowner looking out over the Motloutse River. Back at the Kgotla, dinner is enjoyed around a large log fire after which the night is spent sleeping under the stars.

Day 4

We spend another night at Kgotla Camp, enjoying a full day exploring the sandstone formations including the famed Solomon’s Wall for between 4 and 5 hours. In the afternoon 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.

Day 5

Another early rise and a good breakfast around the log fire will set the morning off to a good start. 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 Liana Camp you will be welcomed by a well-deserved drink and a refreshing lunch. Tonight is your opportunity to explore Mashatu from a game drive vehicle and try to locate the elusive leopard, wild dog, cheetah and lion for which the area is well known.

Day 6

Explore the banks of the Mojale and Matabole Rivers, following their courses north towards the Zeederberg site. The day will offer riding up and down river banks, through riverine forest, game sightings and more fabulous photo opportunities. After lunch spend the afternoon at leisure before you embark on a guided walk into the bush. The evening is enjoyed with sundowners around a log fire and a delicious meal to end another exhilarating and rewarding day.

Day 7

Today’s 4 or 6 hour 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 really good gallop, hopefully with zebra or wildebeest! You head in the direction of the Majale and Limpopo confluence where lunch awaits you upon return to the Two 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 8

Your last day in the bush and begins with your final early morning tea/coffee and breakfast snack over the open fire. The morning is spent riding along the Limpopo River. We head back to the stables where fond farewells are made to your steed. This is a shorter ride of about two hours, allowing you to get back to Two Mashatus with enough time to enjoy a hearty brunch and to get ready for departure. Then it’s off to Pont Drift in time for your return transfer to Johannesburg.

2012 prices:

February 3rd -10th
April 11th-18th or 29th to 6th
May see April, 6th -13th or 13th -20th or 20th - 27th or 27th - 3rd
June see May, 3rd - 10th or 10th -17th
July 1st - 8th or 8th -15th or 15th -22nd or 22nd - 29th or 29th - 5th
August see July 12th -19th or 19th - 26th or 26th -2nd
September 16th - 23rd
October 7th - 14th, or 23rd - 30th
November 24th -31st

7 nights, full board, £2,310pp

2012 dates:

Year round

Spring/Summer is Sept-March with the rainy season from Nov-March. Nov & Feb are the hottest months. 

Autumn/Winter is May-Aug with little rain

Single Supplement: none if willing to share, otherwise 50% 

Includes: camps & lodges with hot showers, drinks, meals and game drives

Not Included: Flights and Travel Insurance

Meeting Point: JHB Airport

Transfer: From £250 per person return (5.5 Hrs)

No of hours in the saddle: 4/6 per day

Max Weight: 95kg

Group Size: 2-8

Other: guided cycling & walking available

Suitable for non-riders: yes

Children: no children under 16, unless they are proficient riders and are accompanied by an adult

 

 

Call us on +44 (0)1225 000000 or email contact@redlandsequestrian.com to check the ride availability and dates, once we have confirmed availability you can download and fill in a booking form:

Each rider in the party must also complete a riding ability questionnaire before we can complete the final confirmation of your holiday booking.

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