Botswana and South Africa - African Explorer

  • Open All Year
  • Set arrivals
  • 7 nights / 6 days of riding | 4 to 7 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Johannesburg
  • Weight limit: 13st 5lbs (85 kg) (187 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 8

This safari combines game viewing on horseback in both South Africa and Botswana. Not only will you see the African bush and it’s magnificent wildlife, but you will also learn about the rich history of the area.

In the late 19th century Ted Davidson one of the first members of the Baber family to settle in the Waterberg was a young man trading by ox wagon to remote cattle outposts. A good day of 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 this early camp atmosphere in creating Camp Davidson where your African adventure begins.

The second half of your safari takes you north to the Tuli Block of Botswana. The riding trails here cover both the riverine terrain and the mopane bushveld. The area is famous for its large herds of elephant but you should also see eland, impala, giraffe, hyena and hopefully also leopard, lion and perhaps cheetah and wild dog.

The pace is walking for game viewing with possible faster riding along the dry riverbeds and longer canters in between.

In Botswana you are riding in areas of dangerous game and so this ride is only suitable for experienced riders who are confident and secure in the saddle. There are quite a few very steep river banks to descend and climb as well as some ditches and natural obstacles and riders should be confident in the outdoors at all paces with some jumping.

The horses are a mixed herd of Anglo-Arabs, Thoroughbreds and Boerperds - a hardy South African breed with a responsive, kind and honest temperament - and range in height from 14.3hh to 17hh. They are in excellent condition and fit for their work. All are very sure footed and with good temperaments.

The horses are ridden in South African Trail saddles.

The usual minimum age is 16 years but exceptions can be made for private groups or very competent riders. Riders under 12 years of age cannot be accepted.

Hard hats are mandatory.

In South Africa you stay three nights at Camp Davidson and one night at a lodge on the nearby Bellevue Plains. You are then transferred to the Tuli Block, Botswana where you spend the following three nights.

At Camp Davidson you stay in decked canvas tents nestled amongst the sandstone ridges overlooking grassy valleys. The A-frame tents have beds sheets and duvets. Each tent also has an ensuite bathroom with shower,  basin and flushing toilet. There is also a small plunge pool.

Bellevue Plains is a game reserve which borders Horizon Lodge/Triple B Ranch. You usually stay at Savannah Lodge which has five ensuite rooms which can be made up as a single, twin or double. The veranda which overlooks a watering hole on the plains is a wonderful place to relax in the afternoon sun or enjoy dinner with a view. There is a main lounge area with comfy sofas and log burning fire for you to relax in during the cooler winter evenings. The lodge has its own plunge pool.

In Botswana you normally stay at Two Mashatus Camp and the Treehouse Camp. At Two Mashatus you stay in canvas A frame tents with beds made up with sheets and duvets. These tents have ensuite bathrooms, with shower sink and flushing toilet. Treehouse camp is built on raised wooden decking. All of the sleeping areas are close together on a platform within the trees. This camp has shared outdoor shower and toilet facilities. The camps are not enclosed and it is very exciting to see game in and around camp.

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Upcoming Dates

The African Explorer runs Friday to Friday and the African Explorer Two runs Monday to Monday. The itineraries are almost identical.

Availability can change and so if your dates are fixed please do contact us in case a week previously marked as full now has space.

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
African Explorer 26 Apr 2024 - 3 May 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,424.00 View (.pdf) Full
African Explorer 3 May 2024 - 10 May 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 10 May 2024 - 17 May 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Full
African Explorer Two 13 May 2024 - 20 May 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 17 May 2024 - 24 May 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 24 May 2024 - 31 May 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 31 May 2024 - 7 Jun 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Full
African Explorer 7 Jun 2024 - 14 Jun 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer Two 10 Jun 2024 - 17 Jun 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 14 Jun 2024 - 21 Jun 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 21 Jun 2024 - 28 Jun 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Full
African Explorer 28 Jun 2024 - 5 Jul 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 5 Jul 2024 - 12 Jul 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Full
African Explorer 12 Jul 2024 - 19 Jul 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 19 Jul 2024 - 26 Jul 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Full
African Explorer 26 Jul 2024 - 2 Aug 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 2 Aug 2024 - 9 Aug 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Full
African Explorer 9 Aug 2024 - 16 Aug 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 16 Aug 2024 - 23 Aug 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 23 Aug 2024 - 30 Aug 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 30 Aug 2024 - 6 Sep 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 6 Sep 2024 - 13 Sep 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Full
African Explorer 13 Sep 2024 - 20 Sep 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 20 Sep 2024 - 27 Sep 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 27 Sep 2024 - 4 Oct 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 4 Oct 2024 - 11 Oct 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 11 Oct 2024 - 18 Oct 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 18 Oct 2024 - 25 Oct 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 25 Oct 2024 - 1 Nov 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 1 Nov 2024 - 8 Nov 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 8 Nov 2024 - 15 Nov 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Full
African Explorer 15 Nov 2024 - 22 Nov 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 22 Nov 2024 - 29 Nov 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 29 Nov 2024 - 6 Dec 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,862.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 6 Dec 2024 - 13 Dec 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,424.00 View (.pdf) Full
African Explorer 13 Dec 2024 - 20 Dec 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,424.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 20 Dec 2024 - 27 Dec 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,424.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 27 Dec 2024 - 3 Jan 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,424.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 3 Jan 2025 - 10 Jan 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,513.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 10 Jan 2025 - 17 Jan 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,513.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 17 Jan 2025 - 24 Jan 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,513.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 24 Jan 2025 - 31 Jan 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,513.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 31 Jan 2025 - 7 Feb 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 7 Feb 2025 - 14 Feb 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 14 Feb 2025 - 21 Feb 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 21 Feb 2025 - 28 Feb 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 28 Feb 2025 - 7 Mar 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 7 Mar 2025 - 14 Mar 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 14 Mar 2025 - 21 Mar 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 21 Mar 2025 - 28 Mar 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 28 Mar 2025 - 4 Apr 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 4 Apr 2025 - 11 Apr 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 11 Apr 2025 - 18 Apr 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 18 Apr 2025 - 25 Apr 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 25 Apr 2025 - 2 May 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 2 May 2025 - 9 May 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 9 May 2025 - 16 May 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 16 May 2025 - 23 May 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 23 May 2025 - 30 May 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 30 May 2025 - 6 Jun 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 6 Jun 2025 - 13 Jun 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 13 Jun 2025 - 20 Jun 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 20 Jun 2025 - 27 Jun 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 27 Jun 2025 - 4 Jul 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 4 Jul 2025 - 11 Jul 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 11 Jul 2025 - 18 Jul 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 18 Jul 2025 - 25 Jul 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 25 Jul 2025 - 1 Aug 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 1 Aug 2025 - 8 Aug 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 8 Aug 2025 - 15 Aug 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 15 Aug 2025 - 22 Aug 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 22 Aug 2025 - 29 Aug 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 29 Aug 2025 - 5 Sep 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 5 Sep 2025 - 12 Sep 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 12 Sep 2025 - 19 Sep 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 19 Sep 2025 - 26 Sep 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 26 Sep 2025 - 3 Oct 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 3 Oct 2025 - 10 Oct 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 10 Oct 2025 - 17 Oct 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 17 Oct 2025 - 24 Oct 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 24 Oct 2025 - 31 Oct 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 31 Oct 2025 - 7 Nov 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 7 Nov 2025 - 14 Nov 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 14 Nov 2025 - 21 Nov 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 21 Nov 2025 - 28 Nov 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 28 Nov 2025 - 5 Dec 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £3,206.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 5 Dec 2025 - 12 Dec 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,513.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 12 Dec 2025 - 19 Dec 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,513.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 19 Dec 2025 - 26 Dec 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,513.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 26 Dec 2025 - 2 Jan 2026 7 nights 7 ngts £2,513.00 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

INCLUDES Accommodation; full board; drinks; riding; laundry in South Africa.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT A single supplement of 50% is payable to guarantee a single tent. There is no single supplement if you are willing to share.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Tips; Conservancy Fee (USD 20 per person per night); Optional Mashatu Game Drive (if available USD 87  per person); Optional Night Sky Safari (if available, ZAR 400 per person).

NEAREST AIRPORT Johannesburg

TRANSFERS Shared transfers from Johannesburg to Camp Davidson by road, from Camp Davidson to Botswana by road and then from Botswana back to Johannesburg by light aircraft cost £520.00 per person (£560.00 per person in 2025).


Getting There

The shared transfers are by road from Johannesburg airport to Camp Davidson in South Africa, by road from Camp Davidson to Two Mashatus Camp in Botswana, and then by light aircraft from Two Mashatus Camp back to Johannesburg. (On occasions the light aircraft transfer is replaced by a road transfer to Johannesburg. A minimum of 4 pax is also needed to confirm the air transfer).

Your flight should be scheduled to arrive into Johannesburg by 09:30 at the latest and an earlier arrival time will be even safer.

If your flight is delayed, then a private transfer (extra cost) will need to be arranged and you will likely have to wait for a vehicle to be sent. To minimise the risk of flight delays spoiling your holiday you may wish to consider arriving into Johannesburg one day before the safari is due to start.

On departure day flights should depart after 20:00.

In The Saddle Gallery

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Location

This two-centre ride combines riding in the heart of the Waterberg Plateau in South Africa with riding in the Tuli Block in eastern Botswana. Nearest airport is Johannesburg.


Weather & Climate

In the Waterberg it is dry and mild in winter, warm to hot in summer with occasional summer storms. The main rains are from the end of November to January.

Botswana has a mainly temperate climate. May to August days are clear and sunny. Early mornings and evenings can be cold. From October onwards day time temperatures time can rise to high 30s. December to February are the main rainy months when thunderstorms can occur.

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Guest Review

Great riding holiday on good horses in a beautiful terrain. We saw all the wild animals, did swim with our horses, long canters on the Savannah and had game drive while the sun went down. High service. Dream holiday, exactly as we had hoped for. Now the savings start for the next riding holiday :-)

Sine Oergaard Olsson ,

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