Botswana and South Africa - African Explorer

Experience Level
  • Open All Year
  • Set arrivals
  • 7 nights / 6 days of riding
  • Weight limit: 14st 2lbs (90 kg) (198 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 12

This safari combines game viewing on horseback in both South Africa and Botswana, together with discovering elements of South African history. 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 Limpopo Valley in 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. At Limpopo you stay at Two Mashatus Camp which is a semi-permanent tented camp.

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 this ride is therefore 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 at Camp Davidson are a mixed herd of Anglo-Arabs, thoroughbreds and Boerperds - a hardy South African breed with a responsive, kind and honest temperament.

The horses at Limpopo are mostly Boerperd and Boerperd-crosses and range in height from 14.3hh to 17hh. 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 on this safari.

At Camp Davidson you stay in decked canvas tents nestled amongst the sandstone ridges overlooking grassy 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. The A-frame tents have beds sheets and duvets. Each tent also has an ensuite bathroom area with bucket showers. There are jug and basin hand wash facilities and flushing toilets. There is also a small plunge pool.

The Botswana section is based at Two Mashatus Camp a semi-permanent tented camp. There are five comfortable and roomy tents each on its own raised teak platform with flushing loos and running showers with a view. The century old Mashatu tree provides shade and there is a central dining area built in the traditional Botswana style with lala palm thatch. The lounge area has comfortable sofas and hammocks for relaxing between activities. The camp is not enclosed and a real treat will be to see game in and around camp. There is also a small plunge pool to enjoy and cool down beside when not riding.

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Upcoming Dates

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
African Explorer
21 Dec 2018 - 28 Dec 2018 7 nights 7 ngts £1,865.00 View (.pdf) Book
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28 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £1,865.00 View (.pdf) Book
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4 Jan 2019 - 11 Jan 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £1,715.00 View (.pdf) Book
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11 Jan 2019 - 18 Jan 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £1,715.00 View (.pdf) Book
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18 Jan 2019 - 25 Jan 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £1,715.00 View (.pdf) Book
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25 Jan 2019 - 1 Feb 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £1,715.00 View (.pdf) Book
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1 Feb 2019 - 8 Feb 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £1,715.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer
8 Feb 2019 - 15 Feb 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £1,715.00 View (.pdf) Book
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15 Feb 2019 - 22 Feb 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £1,715.00 View (.pdf) Book
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22 Feb 2019 - 1 Mar 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £1,715.00 View (.pdf) Book
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1 Mar 2019 - 8 Mar 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £1,715.00 View (.pdf) Book
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8 Mar 2019 - 15 Mar 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £1,715.00 View (.pdf) Full
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14 Mar 2019 - 21 Mar 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £1,715.00 View (.pdf) Book
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22 Mar 2019 - 29 Mar 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £1,715.00 View (.pdf) Book
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29 Mar 2019 - 5 Apr 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £1,715.00 View (.pdf) Book
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5 Apr 2019 - 12 Apr 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £1,715.00 View (.pdf) Book
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12 Apr 2019 - 19 Apr 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £1,715.00 View (.pdf) Book
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19 Apr 2019 - 26 Apr 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £1,715.00 View (.pdf) Book
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26 Apr 2019 - 3 May 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £1,715.00 View (.pdf) Book
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3 May 2019 - 10 May 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £1,715.00 View (.pdf) Book
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10 May 2019 - 17 May 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £1,715.00 View (.pdf) Book
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17 May 2019 - 24 May 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £1,715.00 View (.pdf) Book
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24 May 2019 - 31 May 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £1,715.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer
7 Jun 2019 - 14 Jun 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
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14 Jun 2019 - 21 Jun 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Full
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21 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
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28 Jun 2019 - 5 Jul 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
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5 Jul 2019 - 12 Jul 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
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12 Jul 2019 - 19 Jul 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
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19 Jul 2019 - 26 Jul 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
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26 Jul 2019 - 2 Aug 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
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2 Aug 2019 - 9 Aug 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
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9 Aug 2019 - 16 Aug 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
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16 Aug 2019 - 23 Aug 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
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23 Aug 2019 - 30 Aug 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
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30 Aug 2019 - 6 Sep 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
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6 Sep 2019 - 13 Sep 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
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13 Sep 2019 - 20 Sep 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
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20 Sep 2019 - 27 Sep 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer
27 Sep 2019 - 4 Oct 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer
4 Oct 2019 - 11 Oct 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer
11 Oct 2019 - 18 Oct 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer
18 Oct 2019 - 25 Oct 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer
25 Oct 2019 - 1 Nov 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer
1 Nov 2019 - 8 Nov 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer
8 Nov 2019 - 15 Nov 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer
15 Nov 2019 - 22 Nov 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer
22 Nov 2019 - 29 Nov 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer
29 Nov 2019 - 6 Dec 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer
6 Dec 2019 - 13 Dec 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
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13 Dec 2019 - 20 Dec 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
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20 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book
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27 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020 7 nights 7 ngts £2,065.00 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

INCLUDES Accommodation; full board; drinks; riding; game drives and Laundry.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT No single supplement if you are willing to share. The price to guarantee a single tent is £829.00 (2018). In 2019 it is 50% of the per person rate.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Tips; From January 2019 a conservancy fee of US$30 per person is payable locally on entry to Botswana.

NEAREST AIRPORT Johannesburg

TRANSFERS Shared road transfers from Johannesburg to Camp Davidson, Camp Davidson to Limpopo and from Limpopo back to Johannesburg cost £288.00 per person (2018). In 2019 the transfer price is £300.00 per person.

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Location

This two-centre ride combines a camp in the heart of the Waterberg Plateau with 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 ,

4 star rating Overall rating: 4/5

African Explorer Riding Specialist

Imogen says

Riding in two such diverse areas will give you a true flavour of Africa.

My Top Tip

A head torch is an essential item of kit for camping.

Email: imogen@inthesaddle.com

Imogen Brown
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