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: 14st 13lbs (95 kg) (209 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.

Night four on your safari is spent at Bellvue Plains Lodge. This is a beautiful lodge which based on a reserve to the west of Camp Davidson. This reserve offers plenty of game viewing opportunities and wonderful riding.

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. In Botswana 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 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.

Your first three nights are at Camp Davidson, South Africa before moving to Bellevue Plains Lodge for one night. You are then transferred to Two Mashatus Camp in 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. 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.

Bellvue Plains Lodge is a game farm which borders Horizon Lodge/Triple B Ranch. This is a beautiful lodge which offers plenty of game viewing opportunities. There are five guest rooms each with its own ensuite bathroom. The veranda and plunge pool at Bellevue overlooks a watering hole on the plains which is a wonderful place to relax in the afternoon sun. There is also a wonderful lounge area with comfy sofas and log burning fire for you to relax in during the cooler winter evenings.

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 it is very exciting 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 22 Oct 2021 - 29 Oct 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $2,944.41 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 29 Oct 2021 - 5 Nov 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $2,944.41 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 5 Nov 2021 - 12 Nov 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $2,944.41 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 12 Nov 2021 - 19 Nov 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $2,944.41 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 19 Nov 2021 - 26 Nov 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $2,944.41 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 26 Nov 2021 - 3 Dec 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $2,944.41 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 3 Dec 2021 - 10 Dec 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $2,419.37 View (.pdf) Full
African Explorer 10 Dec 2021 - 17 Dec 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $2,419.37 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 17 Dec 2021 - 24 Dec 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $2,419.37 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 24 Dec 2021 - 31 Dec 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $2,419.37 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 31 Dec 2021 - 7 Jan 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $2,612.59 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 7 Jan 2022 - 14 Jan 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $2,612.59 View (.pdf) Book
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African Explorer 21 Jan 2022 - 28 Jan 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $2,612.59 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 28 Jan 2022 - 4 Feb 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $2,612.59 View (.pdf) Book
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African Explorer 11 Feb 2022 - 18 Feb 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $2,612.59 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 18 Feb 2022 - 25 Feb 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $2,612.59 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 25 Feb 2022 - 4 Mar 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $2,852.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 4 Mar 2022 - 11 Mar 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $2,852.00 View (.pdf) Book
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African Explorer 10 Jun 2022 - 17 Jun 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $2,852.00 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 17 Jun 2022 - 24 Jun 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $2,852.00 View (.pdf) Book
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African Explorer 1 Jul 2022 - 8 Jul 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $3,179.63 View (.pdf) Book
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African Explorer 22 Jul 2022 - 29 Jul 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $3,179.63 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 29 Jul 2022 - 5 Aug 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $3,179.63 View (.pdf) Book
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African Explorer 12 Aug 2022 - 19 Aug 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $3,179.63 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 19 Aug 2022 - 26 Aug 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $3,179.63 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 26 Aug 2022 - 2 Sep 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $3,179.63 View (.pdf) Book
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African Explorer 21 Oct 2022 - 28 Oct 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $3,179.63 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 28 Oct 2022 - 4 Nov 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $3,179.63 View (.pdf) Book
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African Explorer 11 Nov 2022 - 18 Nov 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $3,179.63 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 18 Nov 2022 - 25 Nov 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $3,179.63 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 25 Nov 2022 - 2 Dec 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $3,179.63 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 2 Dec 2022 - 9 Dec 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $2,612.59 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 9 Dec 2022 - 16 Dec 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $2,612.59 View (.pdf) Book
African Explorer 16 Dec 2022 - 23 Dec 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $2,612.59 View (.pdf) Book
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Prices

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

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT As an early booking offer there is one tent which can be allocated to a single person without payment of a supplement - the tent will be strictly allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Once this tent has been allocated, 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; Game Drive at Entabeni Game Reserve (ZAR 800); Conservancy fee of US$30 per person payable locally on entry to Botswana.

NEAREST AIRPORT Johannesburg

TRANSFERS Shared road transfers from Johannesburg to Camp Davidson, Camp Davidson to Two Mashatus and from Two Mashatus back to Johannesburg cost $453.63 per person in 2021 and $490.04 in 2022.


Getting There

The shared transfers are from Johannesburg airport to Camp Davidson in South Africa, from Camp Davidson to Two Mashatus Camp in Botswana, and from Two Mashatus Camp back to Johannesburg airport.

On the first day your flight should arrive in Johannesburg by 09:15 or before. On departure day flights should depart after 20:30.


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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 ,

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

In The Saddle says

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

Our Top Tip

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

Email: rides@inthesaddle.com

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