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Safaris vacations in Botswana, Mashatu



Safaris tours in Botswana, Mashatu
Land of the Giants - Tuli Riding Safari

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Meeting: Mashatu Game Reserve
Airport:   O.R. Tambo International Airport (JHB)      
Transfer: Johannesburg International

Transfers available via air taxi or by vehicle from O.R. Tambo International Airport.
On your departure for home, flights should not fly out before 8:30pm or else a special transfer is required at further surcharge.
Level: Fitness Level (Click for legend)    Demanding
Up to 5.5 hours in saddle / day; fast, exhilarating, challenging!
~120 miles total (20-30 km daily)
Participants: Min 2 participants Max 8 participants
Riding helmets are mandatory for this ride.

Riding Experience
Guests must be experienced riders. They must ride regularly (at least once or twice a week) and be comfortable at a canter and gallop as well as being able to do small jumps should they have to. Ability to jump natural obstacle, a benefit, but not essential as can be ridden around. We ask riders to be able to take a light seat at canter.
Before each safari, every rider will take a short riding test to ensure they are competent enough for the safari, and fall into the above guideline. The decision of the manager conducting the test is final.
Our horses are mostly English schooled, so we highly recommend that Western riders have a course of lessons in English style prior to arrival.

Pace & Riding Terrain
We cover approximately 120 miles over the course of the week (6 riding days). Long extended canters are a feature of the safari. We cover about 20-30 km daily and spend up to 5.5 hours in the saddle per day.
We will enjoy exploring the differing topography of the area: open bush, wooded riverine areas, wetlands, and strange rock formations home to large baobabs.

We have a stable of 50 well cared for horses, with something to suit everyone including warmbloods, boerpherds, and other cross breeds, ranging from 15 to 17 hands.
Our safari horses have been hand selected for their endurance, courage and responsiveness.
Our philosophy has entailed managing our horses as a free roaming herd within large tracts of natural pasture, rather than in stables or paddocks. Our horses are at ease with each other and within their environment, which generates calm and contented natures. As a result, we can offer our guests responsive, subtle and honest rides.

Saddles are South African McClellan’s a military saddle designed for long hours in the saddle. They offer particular comfort and airflow for the horses back and padded seats and fenders for the riders comfort.

Weight Limit
No proper weight limit but please inquire if over 95 kg.

Guides & Safety
Guides leading the safari have many years’ experience and most have grown up in the area and know the bush like the back of their hand. Our guides have either professional or assistant guiding licenses with the Botswana Qualifications Authority. They are qualified to use firearms and qualified in first aid.
All rides are conducted by 2 experienced professional guides. The lead guide is armed with a rifle and a bull whip. All management staff and guides do regular first aid training with a specialized doctor for remote areas. The lead guide has a local phone and a radio for use in emergencies.

Hard Hats
They are compulsory. Please bring your own well-fitting hard hat.

Children under 16 please enquire. Strictly no under 12’s.

Non-riders are welcome on this trip. We can provide guides for walking safaris. It is also possible to follow the same itinerary as the riders by bike (the route will be different) for the same pricing as riders. A relaxed bike ride could cover 15- 25km in the morning and more advanced cyclists could cover up to 40km per day. The pace is generally easy going with regular game sightings, and a scenic picnic stop with an option to opt out of the ride at the mid-morning break if preferred.

Passport and Visa Requirements: Passports valid for at least six months required by all nationals referred to in the chart.Not required by all nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to 90 days except the following:. more
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Land of the Giants - Tuli Riding Safari
Tour Code: IT-BORT04
8 days / 7 nights ~$4,630.00
Dates: Available all Year

Trip Rating :
Level : Fitness Level
Difficulty Levels Explained
1. Easy
Easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. You should be in good health and fit enough for full day of normal sightseeing and walking.
2. Easy to Moderate
An average level of fitness or some experience with the featured activity is recommended.
3. Moderate
Requires you to have performed the featured activity regularly, with some periods on challenging terrain. Activities are mandatory and you may be traveling at high elevations. You need to be in good health and physical condition to enjoy these trips, with adequate muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.
4. Demanding
You must be extremely physically fit and are expected to hike or ride four to six hours over steep or more rugged terrain.
5. Strenuous
Prolonged hiking/biking on moderate to difficult terrain (five to nine hours a day).
May include high altitude, rugged terrain etc..
Day to Day Itinerary
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Airport: O.R. Tambo International Airport (JHB)
Afternoon game walks and once a week night game drives are also part of the itinerary. In addition to the game experience, Mashatu offers notable archaeological sites including the Mmagua Ruins.

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