Ride Overview - Flavor of Africa Ride
This African horseback riding vacation allows you to ride in two countries over 8 days! This safari combines four nights in the wooded Waterberg with three nights in Botswana’s Tuli Block. This combination provides an exceptionally rich and rewarding experience, not only of the African bush and it’s magnificent wildlife but also the cultural history of the Waterberg. The topography at each destination is different and distinct and will give you a true flavor of Africa. Each area has its own unique and fascinating niche species, resulting in a broad diversity of animals to be seen. These include hippos, zebra, giraffe, eland, wildebeest, kudu, impala, rhino, lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, antelope, bat-eared fox, jackal, hyena, leopard, wild dog and cheetah. Cultural experiences include a visit to a Sotho village, Beadle beadwork craft shop, and the basketweaving village of Mothabaneng. This safari is only for experienced riders.
1) 2 nights: Camp Davidson has recently been built high in the bushveld above the Matlapeng Valley. It offers the opportunity to explore from a base camp nestled in the heart of the wooded mountains of the Waterberg. The camp commands a wonderful panoramic view of the central highlands of the Waterberg massif while overlooking the picturesque Sunset Lake at the eastern boundary of Triple B Ranch. The tents have captured the early 19th-century camping atmosphere and are beautifully decked canvas nestled amongst the sandstone ridges overlooking grassy game filled valleys. Each tent is appointed with classic camping items essential to the traveler accustomed to regular nights in the bush.
2) Depending on the season, the Botswana part of the safari can now be done either as a mobile camping safari using both wilderness camps as well as the Two Mashatu camp or as a static camp using just the Two Mashatus camp with the added comforts this provides. The Two Mashatus camps are 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. The wilderness/satellite campsites are set up in specific locations throughout the Mashatu Reserve. Accommodation is in A-frame tents on comfortable beds with sheets and duvets. Facilities include a bucket shower and “bush-WC”. Meals are cooked over a campfire.
3) 1 night: Juans Lux Lodge which provides a comfortable respite from the camps.
“As this ride does not travel through a game reserve, you will experience the wildlife in its natural state without a border fence. Some riders have crossed the path of a herd of 100 elephants…”
Ride Itinerary - Flavor of Africa Ride
You will be met at Johannesburg International Airport and transferred to the camp in time for lunch. That afternoon, you will be introduced to your safari horse. On route through the Matlapeng Reserve, the ride will take a sundowner break at the Red Lake, where you are likely to encounter the resident hippo pod before climbing the ridge back to the camp.
Depart the Camp for a full morning ride which passes through a historic 5th generation African village. Lunch will be served at a stunning lodge situated in the center of a game reserve where expansive plains are home to vast mixed herds of animals. You will enjoy lunch on the deck overlooking one of the plains and an afternoon by the pool watching the herds of antelope. Then you will explore the reserve by tracking giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, kudu and impala, hartebeest, ostrich.
A morning ride in the reserve with more chances to track game and then back to the lodge for lunch. After an afternoon ride, you will say goodbye to your horse and be transferred to the camp a last night and dinner around the campfire. In the evening, you will have an option of a night sky safari with local astronomer, Dr Philip Calcott. The absence of light pollution enables you an incredible chance to view the amazing wonders of the universe.
You will depart camp early and travel to Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana. Once at the stable, an afternoon ride will familiarize you will your new mount for this leg of the safari. You will arrive at your next camp in time to freshen up before supper.
The day begins at sunrise with tea or coffee brought to your tent followed by a light breakfast. You will then 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 the Majele River Camp, a rustic series of cabins atop the steep and shady banks of the Majala River. Here in the heart of the Mashatu region where 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. Dinner is enjoyed in the thatched lapa overlooking the river.
An early rise and hearty breakfast is a good start before setting off to explore further. Winding your way through the Mopane bush, you have a good chance of sighting elephant. Your trail will lead you to the next camp, a fly camp, nestled amongst giant Mashatu trees. To ease any riding aches you may have, you can use the afternoon for a game drive that takes you deep into the reserve in search of the big cats: leopard, cheetah and lion.
Your trail will follow the movements of wildlife in the area. 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. Your ride will meander through the beautiful plains between the Mojali and Majele Rivers. Abundant with game and with spectacular views of the Limpopo River Valley, you will ride back to your base camp. With the feel of a returning traveler, you will end the ride with an opportunity to relax by the pool and enjoy the comfort of your permanent camp with its shady tents and ensuite bathrooms. That afternoon, you will can ride or walk to one of the nearby koppies for a sundown drink.
After the last morning ride back to the stables, there will be time for a quick shower and brunch at the reception area. Then you will be transferred to the Johannesburg International via the Pontdrift border post.
Please be aware that due to changes in weather and other unforeseen events the itinerary may be changed at the last minute. We will endeavor to keep everyone informed of any changes.
Ride Details - Flavor of Africa Ride
Dates: Tuesday – Tuesday, weekly departures from January 3 – November 30th
Meeting Place: Arrivals Hall Information Desk at Tambo International Airport
Riding days: 8
Riding ability: STRONG INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters and gallops in open country. Comfortable in the saddle for several hours. Capable of crossing rivers.
Vaccinations: Please consult with your doctor. Some vaccinations can require a 6 month lead time.
Restrictions: minimum – age 16 years old
Horses: Boerpherds, Shire/Thoroughbred
Group size: 2 – 8
Accommodations: upscale tents and lodge
Non-riding activities: game drives, cycling, and walking available
December, January and February: $2,980.00 per person, double occupancy 50% of price, single supplement
March – November: $4,745.00 per person, double occupancy 50% of price, single supplement
Single supplement will be waived if single riders may volunteer to share, even if a roommate is not paired with them.
*This price will fluctuate with the dollar/GBP exchange and will be fixed at your final payment.
Includes: lodging, all activities, meals, selected local beverages and laundry service, all internal transfers
Not Included: airfare, USD$40.00 conservation fee in Botswana
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