Horseback riding in Waterberg/Mashatu, South Africa

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African Explorer Horse Safari

Itinerary for African Explorer Horse Safari

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes
Combining Camp Davidson, Waterberg, South Africa & Mashatu Game Reserve, Tuli Block, Botswana

NOTE: Please note that due to changes in weather and other unforeseen events, the itinerary and accommodation used may change at the last minute.

Day 1 (Friday): Arrival
Guests will be met at Johannesburg International Airport and transferred to Camp Davidson in time for a late lunch. That afternoon you will be introduced to your safari horse. We will ensure that you are matched with a horse to suit your ability and experience before heading off on your ride. This first introductory ride is a relaxed affair, giving riders the opportunity to settle into their new surroundings. Crossing the plains, enjoy your first close encounter with wildlife on horseback: ostrich, impala, zebra, kudu, eland, giraffe, warthog and jackal are all frequently seen in the open bushveld.
A stunning lookout spot for sundowner drinks is a welcome moment to take in your first taste of Africa after a long journey. A three course supper is served at Camp Davidson that evening.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Camp Davidson

Day 2 (Saturday): South African Game Ride
Today’s ride sets off from the high country overlooking a beautiful wilderness area to the east, and heads south, winding along the banks of Sunset Lake with its resident pod of hippos and the odd sly crocodile, before trekking upstream to an adjoining reserve. The lake itself is rich in birdlife, including the impressive Fish Eagles, dainty Dabchicks, elegant Jacanas and a variety of geese. Later, riding through the open
savannah, wildebeest and zebra can be encountered. The riding is varied, from canters along sandy tracks to winding through rocky outcrops and densely wooded areas. The ride then crosses the reserve and returns to Camp Davidson in time for lunch. Guests can then relax by the pool, before a shorter afternoon ride.
In the evening there is the option of a night sky safari with a local astronomer, Dr Calcott, who will guide you through the amazing constellations (subject to weather conditions and availability - Additional cost R300 pp, Min. 4 pax). The absence of light pollution enables us an incredible chance to view some of the amazing wonders of the universe.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Camp Davidson

Day 3 (Sunday): Game Ride, Jumping & Swimming with the Horses
Setting off in a westerly direction, this ride tracks past a brown hyena den, skirts past the upper reaches of the Horizon dam before crossing a wide grassy valley. At one point, the ride enters into dense woodland, home to shy species such as kudu, bushbuck and Vervet monkeys. Emerging from the woods, the horses have a chance to stretch their legs along open sandy tracks. Finally the ride swings back to the
north, through mixed bushveld and fascinating rock formations.
Two highlights of this ride are the jumping lanes and the chance for riders to swim their horses bareback in the Horizon dam next to the main lodge. For many guests, this is an exhilarating and unforgettable experience. Once dried off and back in the saddle, the ride climb back up to Camp Davidson is particularly intriguing, as it follows a mountain pass cut through boulders and outcrops.
After lunch, enjoy a sundowner ride across the plains on the reserve. We are very fortunate to have a large herd zebra. Over the years, the herd has become quite habituated to the horses and it is now possible to ride really close and experience being part of the zebra herd. A wonderful way to watch the foals frollick.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Camp Davidson

Day 4 (Monday): Camp Davidson to Bellevue Plains Lodge
We will pack up and leave Camp Davidson after breakfast, and go to Bellevue Plains Lodge. The bags will go ahead whilst we make our way to the Lodge.
Having left Camp Davidson for the final time, this ride heads south to the Game Conservancy. The ride traverses a wide wetland, home to reedbuck and grass owls, before entering dense woodland dotted with wild fig trees and large fruited bush willows. Here it crosses the watershed and descends through open grasslands with sweeping views to the upper reaches of the
Conservancy’s main water system. The route passes the favored habitat of waterbuck and Cape buffalo. The open plains that follow are aptly known as “Little Serengeti”; large herds of blesbuck, eland, wildebeest and kudu are all on view, as are groups of elegant sable, swift red hartebeest and impressive journeys of giraffe and Cape buffalo.
After a lunch at the lodge and a rest by the pool, the afternoon ride continues to explore this game rich area, closing with sundowners overlooking the African plains.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Bellevue Plains Lodge

Day 5 (Tuesday): Transfer to Botswana
We depart the lodge early and enjoy an exhilarating ride back to the Horizon Lodge in time to change before departing for Botswana at 09:30 am.
We arrive in Botswana in time for a light lunch. Enjoy an introductory ride to check you are suited to your horse, before embarking on your first ride out to our Two Mashatus Camp. This will be your first opportunity to experience the beauty of the Mashatu Game Reserve and view the wildlife on horseback. Mashatu Game Reserve is home to the largest herd of wild free-roaming elephants on private land in Africa, and, although not a guarantee, it is almost assured that there will be great viewing of these incredible creatures.
As evening falls at Two Mashatus Camp, relax in the cool of the thatched lounge and dining areas, before enjoying a three-course dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Two Mashatus Camp

Day 6 (Wednesday): Game Ride & Optional Game Drive
Sunrise, the dawn chorus and tea or coffee which is brought to your tent, sounds the start of your first day. After breakfast, it’s time to mount and depart from the dense woodland that hugs the Limpopo River and head towards the rocky hills that delineate the edges of the great river valley. As the ride traverses the heartland of Mashatu, you will encounter plentiful game: plains game, many giraffe and herds of elephants.
You will arrive back at Two Mashatus Camp in time for lunch and a cooling afternoon rest in the shady camp or lazing by the pool. That afternoon the group has the choice of an afternoon ride or a game drive to the south western side of the reserve. This is an area not reached on horseback during the African Explorer safari. It is rich in game with a resident pride of lion. The highlight of the drive is a sundowner in the ancient landscape of rock formations or the Mmamagwa hills, which vast vistas into the setting sun.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Two Mashatus Camp

Day 7 (Thursday): Morning Ride & Bush Walk
Ride out following 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.
The afternoon brings a chance to again choose between another ride or a bush walk in the northern area of Mashatu Game Reserve and enjoy the rich birdlife, spot crocodile in the pools and learn about the magnificent trees lining the banks.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Two Mashatus Camp

Day 8 (Friday): Departure
The last ride in the Limpopo Valley is a great opportunity to take one last picture of elephants and enjoy a long and winding canter through the scattered Mustard bush with your guides.
Arriving back at the stables and reception mid-morning, there is plenty of time for a quick shower, before saying farewell to safari companions and new found friends. Transfer back to Johannesburg International Airport.
Meals included: Brunch

In South African an accompanying non rider can enjoy onsite bush walks and a variety of excursions such as, guided hike pp $30pp, elephant riding $100, local town and township visit $20pp, big five game drives $40pp.

2020 Easter Special
This Easter, we offer a special 7-day trip with the first 2 nights spent in Camp Davidson (South Africa), the 3 following nights in Two Mashatus Camp (Botswana) and the final night at the Tree Camp (Botswana).
Inquire for more information.
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African Explorer Horse Safari
Tour Code: IT-BORT05E
8 days / 7 nights ~$2,780.00
Dates : Available all Year

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2021 07/23 - 07/30 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 4 /8 Expired
A 2021 07/30 - 08/06 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 4 /8 Expired
A 2021 08/06 - 08/13 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 4 /8 Expired
A 2021 08/13 - 08/20 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 4 /8 Expired
A 2021 08/20 - 08/27 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 4 /8 Expired
A 2021 08/27 - 09/03 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 4 /8 Expired
A 2021 09/03 - 09/10 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 4 /8 Expired
A 2021 09/10 - 09/17 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 4 /8 Expired
A 2021 09/17 - 09/24 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 4 /8 Expired
A 2021 09/24 - 10/01 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 4 /8 Expired
A 2021 10/01 - 10/08 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 4 /8 Reserve
A 2021 10/08 - 10/15 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 4 /8 Reserve
A 2021 10/15 - 10/22 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 4 /8 Reserve
A 2021 10/22 - 10/29 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 4 /8 Reserve
A 2021 10/29 - 11/05 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 4 /8 Reserve
A 2021 11/05 - 11/12 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 4 /8 Reserve
A 2021 11/12 - 11/19 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 4 /8 Reserve
A 2021 11/19 - 11/26 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 4 /8 Reserve
A 2021 11/26 - 12/03 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 4 /8 Reserve
C 2021 12/03 - 12/10 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Low) 4 /8 Sold Out
C 2021 12/10 - 12/17 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Low) 4 /8 Reserve
C 2021 12/17 - 12/24 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Low) 4 /8 Reserve
C 2021 12/24 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Low) 4 /8 Reserve
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Tack: South African Mcllelans
Horses: Boerperd,Warmblood thoroughbred, Appal...
Pace: A fast challenging ride with gallops, ...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop, Jumps
Airport: O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
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