Fancy the chance to relax in a luxury safari lodge but don’t want to miss out on the tented safari experience? This is your ride! It takes all the best parts of our Signature Safari ride with a midweek (independent) transfer to Botswana to round out your last days with a Karen Blixen style safari in the bush – a remarkable experience all around.
Combination South Africa/Botswana Program
2023 Dates and Rates: (based on a 7 night trip)
African Explorer Safari Low Season: Jan/Feb – $2,500.00 USD per person sharing
African Explorer Safari Mid Season: March/April/Dec – $2,770.00 USD per person sharing
African Explorer Safar High Season: May-Nov – $3,070.00 USD per person sharing
Single Supplement: 50% of trip rate
- 7 nights accommodation
- 6 days of riding
- All meals
- Beverages with meals
- Horse and all tack
- All local taxes
- Local flight midweek to the tented safari
- Travel Insurance
- Gratuities for the team at each locale
- $10.00 per person/per night Botswana Conservation Fee (paid locally)
You will be met at Johannesburg International Airport and transferred to Camp Davidson in time for a late lunch, approximately 3.5 hours. That afternoon you will be introduced to your safari horse. We will insure 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.
A day of exploration in the reserve, tracking giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, kudu and impala. You pass “Sunset Lake” where resident fish eagles and Spur-Winged geese are often spotted and its shallow banks give you a great opportunity for some excellent photos as you canter through the water.
We return to camp in time for lunch and a chance to relax by the pool. The afternoon ride takes you on a track with a good chance of more hippo viewing and some nice long canters.
In the evening there is the option of a night sky safari with a local astronomer who will guide you through the amazing constellations.
A morning ride with a chance to track game, you will enjoy some of the jumping lanes (jumping is optional) and finish off with a swim with the horses in one of the many reserve lakes before returning to camp for 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.
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. This afternoon you 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.
You finish the the day with sundowners at a favorite lookout spot and return to the tranquility of Camp Davidson where dinner is served under the stars.
You leave camp early and all riders are mounted for a last ride through the reserve, soaking up the early morning sights and sounds of the African bush as you head to the Horizon Lodge.
Leaving the Lodge by 9:30AM, you are then transferred (fee not included) to the camp in Botswana, a drive of approximately 4 hours.
Once at the stables an introductory afternoon ride with familiarize you with your horse for this leg of the safari, at the end of which you will arrive to the Two mashatus camp in time to freshen up before supper.
An early wake up call with tea/coffee is brought to your tent, followed by breakfast around the campfire. You will 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 to Two Mashatus camp in time for lunch and a cooling afternoon in the shad camp or lazing by the pool. This afternoon the group have the choice of an afternoon ride or a guided walk along the Limpopo River, enjoying the rich birdlife, spotting crocodile in the pools and learning about the magnificent trees lining the banks.
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.
After a last morning ride back to the stables there is time for a quick shower and brunch at the reception area before heading back to the Johannesburg International Airport. The transfer is approximately 6 hours by road.
* Please be aware that due to changes in weather and other unforeseen events the itinerary may be changed at the last minute.
This trip was absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help and I will be doing this again.
It was over the top, and more than I ever expected, and better than I ever imagined. I have more tours ahead of me, I’m sure.
Thank you so much for all your kind help and attention.
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