Tuli Safari - Botswana

Tuli Safari

5 star rating   28 July 2019

Live2Ride who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. Holiday of a lifetime. | I was matched with an ex-racer much to my delight as it's what I'm used to. Lynx was simply the best Thoroughbred I've ever had the privilege to ride. So well behaved and bold. Beautifully schooled. He responded to the lightest of aids and was a complete joy to ride. My son, Josh, was also equally pleased with Rodeo, the horse he was selected. There were 10 of us on the trip and nobody asked to swap horses which I think says something. Lindy was very careful to listen to what sort of horse we wanted to ride and she got my request perfectly

The Riding

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The Accommodation

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Camping but not as I've ever done it before! Big well equipped tents with en-suite facilities, flush loos and proper beds. We were cozy and warm especially as we were given a hot water bottle each night. The nights were chilly despite it being in the mid 20s during the day as July is mid winter in Botswana. We were never cold overnight.
The open air Kgotla was such fun. Sleeping under the stars with us all together in the enclosure was brilliant fun and very sociable. It felt strange to be indoors overnight for the 1 night at Majale river camp. All the accommodation was better than I'd dared to hope for.
The food was simply incredible. Grace (soon nicknamed Amazing Grace) provided us with a fabulous varied selection of food every day. I have no idea how she managed with very limited resources ie. a camp fire but I do know the food was delicious and plentiful.

Before Your Holiday

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Nothing to add. The personalised itinerary and information was perfect and very helpful. Every time I called or emailed with a query I was given very prompt replies. Sarah also noticed when our outward flight had changed (the airline didn't let me know!) which would have meant we would have missed our connection. This enabled me to contact the airline and change our flight in good time

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Nothing to add. Absolutely fine.

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I've wanted to do a horse safari for many years since a friend did one so have been looking at the options for a very long time. Price was the only thing stopping me booking so when this trip was discounted by 25% I booked it 14 months ahead! It really felt like the holiday of a lifetime and my expectations were sky high. Well I wasn't disappointed! Quite the opposite. The whole trip was batter than I'd ever dared to hope it would be and I hugged my beautiful horse and cried at the end of the ride... If you like the idea of this trip and love wild animals and long, long canters just go for it. Highly recommended. Thank you to Sarah Dale in the office for all your help organising us and answering my questions! The only problem I now have is my addiction to riding holidays....