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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

Day 1
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.

Day 2
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.

Day 3
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.

Day 4
A full day ride west of camp takes you to a neighboring game reserve. This ride offers lovely long canters on sandy tracks and great game viewing opportunities on large plains populated by wildebeest, hartebeest, sable, eland and blesbok among others. Then it’s on to the historic Baber homestead for lunch by the poolside. That afternoon riders return to camp via the local Sotho village and visit Beadle, a craft workshop on Triple B Ranch which has a community upliftment project since 1998. The crafters specialize in beautiful handmade beadwork and leather products including riding chaps. We finish the day with sundowners at a favorite lookout spot and return to the tranquility of the Camp Davidson where dinner is served under the stars.

Day 5
We leave camp early and riders mount for a last ride through the reserve, soaking up the early morning sights and sounds of the African bush to the lodge. 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.

Day 6
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.

Day 7
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.

Day 8
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.

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


What do non-riders do?
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 ~$2,770.00
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 2019 07/19 - 07/26 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 07/26 - 08/02 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 08/02 - 08/09 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 08/09 - 08/16 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 08/16 - 08/23 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 08/23 - 08/30 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 08/30 - 09/06 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 09/06 - 09/13 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 09/13 - 09/20 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 09/20 - 09/27 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 09/27 - 10/04 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Sold Out
A 2019 10/04 - 10/11 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 10/11 - 10/18 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Sold Out
A 2019 10/18 - 10/25 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Sold Out
A 2019 10/25 - 11/01 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 11/01 - 11/08 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 11/08 - 11/15 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 11/15 - 11/22 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 11/22 - 11/29 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 11/29 - 12/06 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 12/06 - 12/13 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 12/13 - 12/20 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 12/20 - 12/27 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 12/27 - 01/03 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /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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