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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: The itinerary may change depending on the weather at the time and other local conditions.

Day 1: 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. On route through the Matlapeng reserve, the ride will pass “Red Dam” where you are likely to encounter our pod of resident hippo, you will then ride to a stunning lookout spot for sundowner drinks before returning to Camp Davidson.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Camp Davidson


Day 2: South African Game Ride
A day of exploration in the reserve, tracking giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, kudu and impala. We pass “Sunset Lake: where resident fish eagles and Spur-Winged geese are often spotted and its shallow banks give us a great opportunity for some great photo opportunities catering through the water. We return to camp in time for lunch and a chance to relax by the pool. The afternoon ride takes us on a ride with a good chance of more hippo viewing and some nice long canters. That evening there is the option of a night sky safari with local a astronomer, who will guide you through the constellations. 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: Morning Ride & Game Drive
A morning ride with a chance to track game, enjoy some of our jumping lanes and finish off with a swim with the horses in one of many reserve lakes before returning to camp for a large and lazy lunch. After lunch we depart for a game drive in a ‘Big Five’ private game reserve, with a chance to see rhino, lion, elephant, buffalo and leopard.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Camp Davidson


Day 4: 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.
On arrival we will have lunch on the deck overlooking one of the plains and then have a chance to enjoy the pool whilst watching the antelope interact. In the afternoon we will explorer the reserve further, tracking giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, kudu, impala, hartebeest and ostrich. Sundowners will be poured whilst enjoying the incredible African sunset.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Bellevue Plains Lodge


Day 5: Transfer to Botswana
We will have breakfast and then make way through Bellevue for one last time before heading back to the lodge where we will meet our transfer to Botswana. Guests depart from the lodge by 9.30 and are transferred to Botswana. Once at the stables an introductory afternoon ride will familiarize riders with their horses for this leg of the safari, arriving at the Two Mashatus camp in time to freshen up before supper.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Two Mashatus Camp


Day 6: Tuli Game Ride
An early wake-up call with tea/coffee brought to your tent, followed by breakfast around the campfire. We make an early start each day to enjoy the freshness of the morning and to maximize game-viewing opportunities. The group is given the choice of a longer morning ride and an afternoon guided walk, or two shorter rides. Undoubtedly the large herds of elephant for which the Tuli is renowned will be encountered, as well as many different species of antelope. Giraffe, zebra, bat-eared fox, jackal, hyena and possibly even lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah can be seen. You will arrive back at Two Mashatus camp in time for lunch and a cooling afternoon in the shady camp or lazing by the pool. That afternoon the group has the choice of an afternoon ride or guided walk along the Limpopo River, enjoying the rich birdlife, spotting crocodile in the pools and learning about the magnificent trees lining the banks.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Two Mashatus Camp


Day 7: Mornign Ride & Game Drive
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 at a faster pace. The afternoon brings a chance to enjoy a Mashatu game drive. Mashatu is famous for big cat sightings and this is definitely a wonderful opportunity for keen photographers to capture sightings of lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and elephant.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Two Mashatus Camp


Day 8: Departure
After a last morning ride back to the stables there is time for a quick shower and brunch at the reception area before flying back to Johannesburg International.
Meals included: Brunch

Non-Riders
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.
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African Explorer Horse Safari
Tour Code: IT-BORT05E
8 days / 7 nights ~$2,670.00
Dates : Available all Year

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
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.
CIntermediate
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.
EAdvanced
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
C 2020 01/03 - 01/10 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Low) 2 /8 Expired
C 2020 01/10 - 01/17 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Low) 2 /8 Expired
C 2020 01/17 - 01/24 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Low) 2 /8 Expired
C 2020 01/24 - 01/31 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Low) 2 /8 Expired
C 2020 01/31 - 02/07 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Low) 2 /8 Expired
C 2020 02/07 - 02/14 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Low) 2 /8 Expired
C 2020 02/14 - 02/21 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Low) 2 /8 Expired
C 2020 02/21 - 02/28 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Low) 2 /8 Expired
B 2020 02/28 - 03/06 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Mid) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 03/06 - 03/13 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Mid) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 03/13 - 03/20 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Mid) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 03/20 - 03/27 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Mid) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 03/27 - 04/03 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Mid) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 04/03 - 04/10 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Mid) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 04/10 - 04/17 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Mid) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 04/17 - 04/24 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Mid) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 04/24 - 05/01 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Mid) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 05/01 - 05/08 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 05/08 - 05/15 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 05/15 - 05/22 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 05/22 - 05/29 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 05/29 - 06/05 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Mid) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 06/05 - 06/12 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Mid) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 06/12 - 06/19 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Mid) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 06/19 - 06/26 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Mid) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 06/26 - 07/03 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Mid) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 07/03 - 07/10 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 07/10 - 07/17 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 07/17 - 07/24 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 07/24 - 07/31 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 07/31 - 08/07 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 08/07 - 08/14 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 08/14 - 08/21 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 08/21 - 08/28 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 08/28 - 09/04 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 09/04 - 09/11 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 09/11 - 09/18 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 09/18 - 09/25 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 09/25 - 10/02 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 10/02 - 10/09 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 10/09 - 10/16 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 10/16 - 10/23 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 10/23 - 10/30 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 10/30 - 11/06 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 11/06 - 11/13 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 11/13 - 11/20 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 11/20 - 11/27 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 11/27 - 12/04 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
C 2020 12/04 - 12/11 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Low) 2 /8 Reserve
C 2020 12/11 - 12/18 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Low) 2 /8 Reserve
C 2020 12/18 - 12/25 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Low) 2 /8 Reserve
C 2020 12/25 - 01/01 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (Low) 2 /8 Reserve
Introduction
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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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