COMBINED African Explorer
A riding safari visiting two countries: combines four nights in South Africa with three nights in Botswana. For experienced and over 12 year old riders only. Set dates throughout the year. Great value for the week safari and discount for a group of eight.
The African Explorer is probably one of the most varied African safaris, as it goes to two countries in one trip and covers a lot of different topography and terrain. The South African bushveld is soft going for the horses, with wonderful sandy tracks to canter along and beautiful blue dams to swim with your horse.
In Botswana their is an ancient landscape of rock formations, and open plains dotted with giant Baobab tree and riverine bush. This place feels very wild and will definitely get your adrenaline flowing.
THE MOST VARIED TOPOGRAPHY ON A RIDING SAFARI ANYWHERE IN AFRICA
Swimming pool at Two Mashatu camp
Two Mashatus camp
Camp Davidson tents
Camp Davidson swimming pool
Camp Davidson Lounge
Inside tents at Two Mashatu camp
En suite bathroom at Two Mashatu
Two Mashatus tents
The accommodation for the African Explorer safari is in luxury tents on decks, with en suite bathrooms. Experience four nights at Camp Davidson in South Africa, followed by three nights at Two Mashatus camp in Botswana:
CAMP DAVIDSON was modeled on the old 'outspan' camps of the 1900s when EA Davidson was selling goods across the area from his wagon. It is nestled within the rocky outcrops and holds a few beautiful surprise decks where lunch may be served.
TWO MASHATUS CAMP is nestled in the shade of a Mashatu tree. Two traditionally built Lala palm rondavels serve as dining area and lounge. Accommodation is in large A frame tents pitched on teak platforms, with en-suite bathrooms. Each tent is private and positioned in the shade of a tree with a small deck area on which to relax during the afternoons.
WHEN TO COME
WHAT TO BRING
MEET YOUR TEAM
WHEN TO COME?
The African Explorer runs on set dates through the year. Each season has its own charm and different characteristics. The summer average temperature is around 28 degrees, and in winter daytime temperatures are usually around 23 degrees, but chilly at night. Game is plentiful throughout the year, with a resident elephant population in Bostwana. The wildlife young begin to be born in the spring.
June 1 - Jan 3 is £2 065 per person sharing for 7 nights. Single supplement is £1032 pp.
Jan 4 - May 31 is £1 714 per person sharing. Single supplement is £857 pp.
WHAT TO BRING?
Hard hats are mandatory.
Comfortable riding attire, boots and chaps.
Sun cream and sun hat.
Photographic device: camera, phone, Go-pro etc. Bring enough memory sticks and batteries as there is nowhere to purchase nearby. Batteries and phones can be charged at camp.
Fleece for chilly evening s if coming in winter.
You will be provided with a drinking water bottle for your safari.
Any personal medication you need for the duration of your safari.
MEET YOUR TEAM
Guides leading the safari have many years experience and most have grown up in the area and know the bush like the back of their hand. Our guides in South Africa and Botswana have SANIP (SA), FGASA (SA) or either professional or assistant guiding licenses with the Botswanan Qualifications Authority. All guides are qualified in first aid and in Botswana, guides are qualified to use firearm. Horizon Horseback Botswana manager, Lindy Hill, is also one of the reserves first responders (advanced level 3 medical certificate) and works together with the reserves team of first aiders, if anyone needs to be medivacced.
LOCATION IN SOUTH AFRICA
Horizon Horseback South Africa is situated 3 hours north of Johnannesburg, South Africa, in the Waterberg. The lodge is situated on a privately owned game reserve in the bushveld.
LOCATION IN BOTSWANA
Horizon Horseback Botswana, formerly Limpopo Valley Horse Safaris, is situated on a private game reserve, Mashatu Game Reserve, in the Tuli Block, Southern Botswana.
The main stable area is juxta opposed to the Pont Drift border, and the Two Mashatus camp is not far from the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers. Other camps for the safari are through the reserve area of 60,000 hectares.
Collection and transfers from Oliver Tambo International (Johannesburg) airport are organised with our partner company Saddlebag Shuttles.
The transfer from ORT airport and Horizon Horseback is approximately 3-3.5 hours, depending on traffic and stops en route.
The transfer between Horizon Horseback South Africa and Botswana is a road transfer. The drive to the border takes approximately 3.5 to 4 hours depending on stops en route. The Pont Drift border does close at 4pm, so we like to get away from Horizon Horseback South Africa promptly.
For the return journey to Oliver Tambo International (Johnannesburg) Airport, there is a standard road transfer, which takes approximately 6 hours.
Charter flights can also be organised from Botswana (Mashatu Game Reserve private airfield to ORT International airport.
All transfers are an additional cost.