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Horse Riding Holidays Botswana – Limpopo Safaris

DATES & PRICES top

Limpopo Safaris: Prices 2018

Suitable for intermediate to experienced riders who are confident and secure in the saddle at all paces as you are riding in areas of big dangerous game.

Rates are quoted per person sharing.

High Season (29th April – 31st December)

Tuli Safari 7 nights – £2,950/€3,350/$3,960

Low Season (1st January – 28th April)

Tuli Safari 7 nights – £2,500/€2,840/$3,360

Single Supplement - An additional 50% charge but if you are willing to share with same sex, we are able to drop the charge.

Limpopo Safaris:Dates 2018

January: 7-14th, 14-21st, 21-28th, 28-4th February

February: 4-11th , 11-18th, 18-25th, 25-4th March

March: 4-11th, 11-18th, 18-25th, 25-1st April

April: 1-8th, 15-22nd, 22-29th, 29-6th May

May: 6-13th, 11-18th, 20-27th ,27-3rd June

June: 3-10th, 10-17th, 17-24th , 24-1st July

July: 1-8th, 8-15th, 15-22nd, 22-29th, 29-5th August

August: 5-12th, 19-26th, 26-2nd September

September: 2-9th, 9-16th, 16-23rd, 23-30th, 30-7th October

October:7-13th, 14-21st,  21-28th, 28-4th Nov

November: 4-11th, 11-18th, 18-24th, 25-2nd December

December: 2-9th, 9-16th, 16-23rd, 23-30th

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details.

Includes – All the riding, full board including drinks & alcohol, plus other activities like bush walks & drives.

Excludes – Flights, transfers and tips.

How To Get There
International flight to Johannesburg.

Transfer
A charter plane from Johannesburg airport is standard for the Tuli safaris. The charge is £450 round trip per person or £275 one way on a Sunday.

You flight should arrive no later than 8am at Johannesburg airport and leave after 7pm on day of departure.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

An exciting safari on well-schooled horses makes this a riding holiday of a lifetime. Former Horse & Hound Editor, Lucy Higginson says ‘best mannered horses I’ve met on a riding safari’.

Limpopo Safaris are a fantastic wilderness riding safari destination in Botswana, recently taken over by long time safari owners Laura and Shane Dowinton. The safaris headed up by the fantastic Lindy Hill with her long serving team of fabulous back up staff and guides. These safaris offer fantastic horses (a legacy of previous owners Cor and Louise Carleson), a top class riding experience on the most beautifully schooled horses. The riding safari operates from the Mashatu Game Reserve which is located in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve on the eastern tip of Botswana. Mashatu is 30,000 hectares within a greater area of 70,000 hectares.

Limpopo Safaris are well known for great herds of elephants, 800 just on Mashatu, as well as numerous cats, including leopards, lions, cheetahs, African wild cat and some cerval.

The Tuli block itself is known as ‘The Land of the Giants’, because of the magnificent Baobab tree, huge sandstone outcrops, and magnificent plains and of course the Mashatus trees, prevalent along the great Limpopo River.

This area is perfect for exciting horse riding, good going with natural ditches and logs to jump, regular game sightings not only of the elephants and cats but also of antelopes, wild dogs, jackals, bat eared foxes, giraffe and the thrill of fast canters with herds of zebra and wildebeest across the plains.

Most Limpopo Safaris are tented and mostly mobile, and the most popular one is the traditional 7 night ‘Tuli Safari’.

In addition, there are 3 other options for Limpopo Safaris as part of our Horse Riding Holidays Botswana experience, which are also detailed below and include the ‘Two Mashatu’, ‘Lodge to Lodge’ and the ‘African Explorer’.

THE RIDING top

Horses – A good mix including Boerperd, Basuto, S.A.Warmbloods, Shire x Thoroughbreds, Friesan & Appaloosa Crosses.

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to Advanced. Guests are riding in wild game country and need to be able to sit tight.

Tack – English style with Australian stock saddles & some English saddles.

Weight Restriction – 16 Stone / 102 kg / 224 lbs.

Group Size – Maximum 8.

ACCOMMODATION top

Limpopo Safaris : Two Mashatu Camp – Base Camp of Tuli & the 2nd part of accommodation on the African Exporer Big 5 Safari. Nestled in the shade of a centurion Mashatu tree, two traditionally built Lala palm rondavels serve as dining area and lounge. Accommodation is in big, ‘A’ frame walk-in tents pitched on teak platforms, with en-suite enviro loo and hot water shower. Each tent is private and positioned in the shade of a tree with a small deck area on which to relax during the afternoons.

Limpopo Safaris : Wilderness camps on Tuli – Satellite campsites are set up in specific locations throughout the Mashatu Reserve. Accommodation is in ‘A’ frame tents with comfortable beds, sheets and duvets. Facilities include a bucket shower and ‘bush-WC’. Meals are cooked over a camp fire.

Limpopo Safaris : Limpopo Lodge Ride – This 7 night safari offers guests the same benefits of doing a mobile safari but with the added attraction of more luxurious accommodation. The lodges are family-owned, private and exclusive with en-suite bathrooms and swimming pools.

Limpopo Safaris : African Explorer – At Camp Davidson in South Africa, where the first 4 nights of this safari is spent, you will stay in decked canvas tents nestled amongst the sandstone ridges overlooking grassy valleys. Each tent is appointed as it would have been in Ted’s day with classic items that would have been essential to the traveller accustomed to regular nights in the bush. The A-frame tents have beds, sheets and duvets. Each tent also has an ensuite bathroom area with bucket showers. There are jug and basin hand wash facilities and flushing toilets. The 2nd part of the safari is based at Mashatu camp.

We have travelled the world testing a huge variety of horse riding holidays to make sure we offer you, our client, the best horse riding holiday experience possible.

Our horse riding holidays are thoroughly researched – we consider all the elements that go towards making our horse riding holidays collection the best in the world. We check the quality of the horses, if they are fit for the job, well produced and looked after. We make sure the riding terrain is good going, the countryside is interesting and, for example, on Classic Dressage horse riding holidays, the arenas are in good condition. We make sure the accommodation, whether it’s a five star hotel, a farmhouse or camping, is clean and comfortable, and offers a great night’s sleep. The food is all important too – we take the time to make sure we tell you if it’s cordon bleu, home cooked, or regional and locally sourced – above all it has to be delicious, plentiful and nourishing. Last but not least, we choose the horse riding holidays that have the best hosts, who are friendly, warm and welcoming.

It’s only when all these elements come together that we add a horse riding holiday into our hand-picked collection of horse riding holidays.

Horse Riding Holidays at Limpopo Safaris are part of the Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Botswana collection.

Limpopo Safaris – Please Ask About

  • Two Mashatu Ride – This is a 7 nights static safari, based at the bush camp Mashatu. It can also be booked on a per night basis.
  • Lodge to Lodge Safari – A 7 night safari aimed at guests who are looking for a bit more comfort.
  • Accommodation is at the static bush camp, and privately owned lodges.
  • African Explorer – A combination safari in 2 countries, starting in South Africa. In the late 19th century Ted Davidson, one of the first members of the Baber family to settle in the Waterberg, was a young man trading by ox wagon to remote cattle outposts of a young ranching area. A good day of travelling may have been only five miles or so by rugged track, and so an itinerant life in the Waterberg meant a life by the campfire. Horizon has captured this early camp atmosphere in creating Camp Davidson, where your African adventure begins with the second 3 nights being spent in Limpopo at either the Wilderness camps or Two Mashatu, depending on the time of year.
  • If you have more time and are interested in photography or cycling, you can stay on longer at Maschatu camp and build in a photography or cycling safari.
  • Add-ons
    • The ‘Blue Train’ from Johannesburg to Cape Town
    • Wine tours
    • Victoria Falls
    • Beach add-ons – Mozambique & Mauritius

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Tulis Safari

DAY 1

Upon arrival at the Pont Drift Border Post or Limpopo Valley Airfield, 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 the stables 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 (If time permits we will ride directly to Two Mashatus Camp otherwise back to the stables again). A refreshing drink at the stables, then you will head back to camp for a warm shower and a delicious dinner served in the Llala palm dining room of the Two Mashatus Camp.

DAY 2

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.

DAY 3

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 Leadwwod Boma that we call “Kgotla” after the old tribal court that was once held in its enclosure. The openair 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 as you can get from city life and the modern world.

DAY 4

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.

DAY 5

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.

DAY 6

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 traveler 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..

DAY 7

Todays riding promises great game viewing from horseback as we explore the Pitsane river valley on an all day ride. 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 and Bryces store, an old supply post was destroyed. A Picnic lunch is served in an area of shady Mashatu trees before exploring further in the afternoon. There was once a stage coach line called Zeederbergs 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 the afternoon with time for a cooling drink around the pool As the final day draws to a close you may take to your tent for a peaceful and dreamy last night in the bush.

DAY 8

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 s ay farewells to safari companions and new found friends, it’s time for your onward journey.

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All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

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Botswana Holidays Testimonials

Paul Ronan on Ride & Walk Safaris

The only way I can describe the trip is that it exceeded my expectations and I think I speak for all of the rest of the group. Your choice of camps and people was spot on. As you had said a completely different experience with different terrain, Carmen's horses were top class, she runs it

Paul Ronan from Ireland