8th - 15th December 2019 | 8 Days
£3080pp + airport transfers
(Flights not included)
An unmissable adventure!
Explore the heart of the Mashatu area where the game is plentiful. The Tuli area is home to one of the largest herds of free roaming Elephant south of the Zambezi and you are almost assured of great viewing of these incredible creatures.
Sit back and enjoy the views
This mobile safari covers approximately 120 miles over the course of a week and enjoys long extended canters across the open land.
Day 1: Johannesburg - Two Mashatus Camp
Arrive at Johannesburg airport by 7am ready for your transfer to the Tuli Block. After a light lunch at your destination it’s time to head off to meet your horse for the week. You will embark on a short introductory ride and then ride out to Two Mashatus Camp where supper will be served in the Llala palm dining room.
Day 2: Two Mashatus Camp - Majele River Camp
The day begins at sunrise with a light breakfast. Mount up and head off from the dense woodland along the Limpopo River towards the rocky hills that mark the edges of the great river valley. Your destination for night two is Majele River camp, a rustic series of cabins atop the steep and shady banks of the Majele River. After lunch and a siesta you will take a gentle guided walk to a nearby lookout spot. Dinner is enjoyed overlooking the river.
Day 3: Majele River Camp - Kgotla Camp
Your journey takes you through the heart of Mashatu to the ancient rock formations, giant Baobabs and elephant trails stamped into the soil. Enjoy wonderfully long canters around the open scrub. The ride brings you to the banks of the Motloutse River and amongst old Mashatu trees where the night is spent at a traditional African enclosure sleeping under the stars, just about as far away as you can get from city life and the modern world. The afternoon activity is the choice of a guided walk or ride to the “Amphitheatre”. Dinner is enjoyed around a large log fire.
Day 4: Kgotla Camp
Choice of either a morning and afternoon ride, exploring the amazing sandstone formations including the famed Solomon’s Wall combined with great wildlife sightings. Or the group may prefer a long morning ride, with an afternoon excursion to the village of Lentswe Le Moriti to see the basket weavers, followed by a trip to the Mmamagwa hills. A short, easy climb and beneath a beautiful Baobab you are rewarded with a breath-taking view of the Tuli area - with a sundowner drink, you will remember this for many years to come.
Day 5: Kgotla Camp - Liana Camp
An early start for your longest day on horseback. Winding your way through the Mopane bush with the chance of sighting elephant, you will make your way to the rich plains area close to the Limpopo river. Liana Camp is snugly nestled amongst giant Mashatu trees that line the Liana lagoon. We use the afternoon for a game drive that takes us deep into the reserve in search of the big cats, including lion, cheetah and leopard.
Day 6: Liana Camp - Two Mashatus Camp
The ride today meanders its way through the beautiful plains between the Mojali and Majele rivers. Abundant with game and with spectacular views into the Limpopo river valley, work your way back to Two Mashatus Camp where you will have the opportunity to relax by the pool and enjoy the comfort of our permanent camp. That afternoon, ride to one of the nearby koppies for a sundown drink.
Day 7: Pitsane River Valley
Great game viewing from horseback as you explore the Pitsane river valley which provides drinking holes for thirsty herds of game. You will return to camp in time for lunch and a cooling swim in the pool. In the afternoon, you have the option of a bush walk or ride for your last African sundowner.
Day 8: Last Limpopo Valley Ride
Your last ride in the Limpopo valley is a great opportunity to snap one last picture of elephants and a long and winding canter through the scattered Mustard bush with your guides. Arriving back at the stables with plenty of time to enjoy a hot shower and a tasty brunch you get to say farewells to safari companions and new found friends, it’s time for your onward journey.
Accomodation & Dining
The accommodation on the Tuli Safari is a mixture of luxury tents, basic wilderness camps and a traditional African camp. Each riding day ends at beautiful camps with welcoming walk-in tents, full size beds, fresh cotton linen and hot showers. The safari embraces fine dining in the wilderness and every evening is a delightful mix of good food and good company.
Phones can be charged at camp.
- First and last two nights at the comfortable Two Mashatus camp.
- One night at Majele River Camp with rustic cabin bedrooms and shared bathroom facilities.
- Two nights at the Kgotla camp “sleeping under the stars”.
- One night in Liana wilderness camp.
Transfers to and from Johannesburg international airport (South Africa) are by road.
Transfer time approx. 6 hours.
Transfer price is shared between participants.
Free 2 Day Orientation Trail in Wales
When booking the Tuli Safari on 8th – 15th December with Saddle Travel, the participants get a free orientation trail in Wales with Freerein Riding Holidays. This is a guided 2 day special trail that will give you a chance to meet your fellow riders prior to travelling to Botswana. The only costs you need to cover are your accommodation and meals during the trail.
8 Days - £3080pp
- Shared accommodation
- Meals & drinks
- Game drive & bush walks
- Free Orientation Trip in Wales
Price does not include:
- Conservation Levy $10pppn
- Airport transfers
Riding level: Experienced riders with a sense of adventure
Riding time: 4-7 hrs per day
Weight limit: 95 Kgs / 209Lbs
Nearest airport: Johannesburg (South Africa)
For experienced and confident riders only as you’ll be riding in the area of wild game.
Possibility to jump natural obstacles.
Hard hats mandatory.