Horse riding holidays and safaris in South Africa





The African Explorer Safari is amazing value: riding in two countries over 8 days, seeing plains game species on horseback and possibly elephant and lion. Both Horizon Horseback Safaris and Limpopo Valley Horse Safaris put their horses first and as a result this is a wonderful riding experience in Africa. This eight day safari is for those who want a wonderful horseback game viewing experience, combined with an element of cultural history.

The safari combines four nights at Horizon Horseback’s Camp Davidson with three nights at Limpopo Valley Horse Safaris in Botswana’s Tuli Block. This combination provides an exceptionally rich and rewarding experience, not only of the African bush and it’s magnificent wildlife but also cultural history of the Waterberg. The topography at each destination is different and distinct and will give you a true flavor of Africa. Each area has its own unique and fascinating niche species, resulting in a broad diversity of animals to be seen.

This safari is only for experienced riders and offers a wonderful combination of game viewing on horseback and a mix of African culture.




Camp Davidson has recently been built high in the bushveld above the Matlapeng valley. It offers the opportunity to explore from a base camp nestled in the heart of the wooded mountains of the Waterberg. The camp commands a wonderful panoramic view of the central highlands of the Waterberg massif, while overlooking the picturesque Sunset Lake at the eastern boundary of Triple B Ranch.

In the late 19th century, Ted Davidson, one of the first members of the Baber family (owners of Triple B Ranch) to settle in the Waterberg, was a young man trading by ox wagon to remote cattle outposts of a young ranching area. A good days travelling may have been only five miles or so by rugged track, and so an itinerant life in the Waterberg meant a life by the campfire. Horizon has captured that early camp atmosphere in Camp Davidson, with beautiful decked canvas tents nestled amongst the sandstone ridges overlooking grassy game filled valleys. Each tent is appointed as it would have been in Ted’s day with classic items that would have been essential to the traveller accustomed to regular nights in the bush.

Depending on the season, the Botswana part of the safari can now be done either as a mobile camping safari using both wilderness camps as well as the two Mashatu camp or as a static camp using just the Two Mashatus camp with the added comforts this provides. The Two Mashatus camps are nestled in the shade of a centurion Mashatu tree, two traditionally built Lala palm rondavels serve as dining area and lounge. Accommodation is in big A frame walk-in tents pitched on teak platforms, with en-suite enviro loo and hot water shower. Each tent is private and positioned in the shade of a tree with a small deck area on which to relax during the afternoons. The wilderness / satellite camp sites are set up in specific locations throughout the Mashatu Reserve. Accommodation is in A frame tents on comfortable beds with sheets and duvets. Facilities include a bucket shower and "bush-WC". Meals are cooked over a camp fire.

Downloadable PDF sample itinerary:

Static itinerary


BIg five static itinerary

Downloadable PDF sample itinerary:

Static itinerary


BIg five static itinerary





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These safaris run on specific dates throughout the year. To check dates and rate for the safaris click here.




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