Limpopo Valley Horse Safaris, Botswana

Limpopo Valley Horse Safaris host excellent riding trails in the Tuli block through its stunning riverine terrain, African mopane bushveld and famous sandstone formations. The wonderful scenery is complemented by frequent sightings of game including antelope, birds, lion, leopard, elephant, wild dog and hyena. Depending on the season, this riding safari can be a mobile camping safari or a static camp, with the added comforts this provides. There is also a more luxury seven-night Limpopo Lodge Ride on offer using a combination of the Two Mashatus Camp and private family-owned lodges. The riding is combined with game walks and game drives, and is suitable for experienced riders only (minimum group size is two, and maximum is eight). A four-night safari in Botswana can be combined with four nights riding in the Limpopo Valley in South Africa. Non-riders are welcome on all safaris and will be offered the opportunity to do other game activities.

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The Limpopo Lodge Ride

This seven-night mobile ride covers around 120 miles of riding over the week. It offers guests the same benefits of doing a mobile safari but with the added attraction of more luxurious accommodation. The lodges are family-owned, private and exclusive with en-suite bathrooms and swimming pools. If you enjoy the comforts in life, this is the ride for you. Various dates are on offer from January to November.

Day 1

On arrival you will be met by your guides and given lunch before an introduction to the horses and a short ride to make sure you and your horse are well suited. You will ride out to camp for dinner before staying the night in one of the Mashatus Camps.

Day 2

After breakfast, you will head off from the dense woodland along the Limpopo River to the rocky hills at the edge of the great river valley, here you will stay at Kanda Camo for 2 nights, a set of rustic cabins atop the steep banks of the Majala River. The Tuli area is home to the largest herds of free roaming elephants south of the Zambezi and during the afternoon you can take a gentle ride to explore the area before enjoying dinner cooked over an open fire.

Day 3

After an early start you will have breakfast around the fire pit before heading to the heart of Mashatu to see the ancient rock formations synonymous with the Limpopo Valley, lined with giant baobabs the ancient elephant pathways lead you to an ancient boma called Kgotla, that used to be an old tribal court, where you will spend the night under the stars. In the afternoon you will go on a guided walk to the ‘amphitheatre’ an ancient rock formation with sundowners overlooking the Motlouste River before returning to Kgotla for dinner and your sleepout.

Day 4

Today you can either choose to take an all-day ride exploring the amazing sandstone formations including Solomon’s Wall, where some of the olders civilisations in southern Africa had their settlements, as well as spotting the surrounding prolific wildlife. Or you may prefer a longer morning ride with an afternoon excursion to the Lentswe Le Moriti Village to see the basket weavers and a stunning view of the Tuli area where you can see the border between South Africa, Botswana & Zimbabwe over a sundowner.

Day 5

After breakfast you will make your way back to the centre of the reserve for another night of luxury in the Mashatu Main Camp and have an afternoon game drive to rest your legs, searching for the big cats.

Day 6

Today you will explore the Pitsane River Valley which is full of springs high in the hills drawing in fantastic game, exploring the hills it is a great opportunity to view wildlife up close. In the afternoon you will visit one of the larger waterholes in the area to see the herds of elephant bathing. This evening you will spend the night at Mashatu Tented Camo.

Day 7

Today you will meander through the plains of the Mojali and Limpopo River Valley and spectacular views on the Limpopo River Valley and excellent and abundant game viewing. You will make your way back to back to base camp for lunch before riding to a nearby Kojpe for a pre sundowner drink before returning for dinner and to your tent for your last night in the bush.

Day 8

Another exciting morning’s ride as you head out along the Limpopo river in search of the abundant wildlife the area has to offer. You may come across some logs knocked over by elephants along the way which the horses love to hop over. You will finish at the lodge for a bush breakfast and hot showers before the transfer to Johannesburg for your onward flight.

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