Botswana - Tuli Trail

Experience Level
  • Open All Year
  • Set arrivals
  • 7 nights / 6 days of riding | 4 to 7 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Johannesburg
  • Weight limit: 14st 12lbs (95 kg) (208 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 8

The Tuli Trail mobile safari explores the banks of the Limpopo River within the Mashatu Reserve. Mashatu is a little known area but offers some of the most exciting game viewing in Africa. It’s particularly well known for large herds of elephant.

The tree lined river courses which flow into the Limpopo River provide shade for eland, impala, wildebeest, kudu, waterbuck, giraffe and zebra, whilst at night the bat eared fox and African wild cat search for prey. The large impala population means there are many lion and leopard in the area as well as cheetah and wild dog. The Tuli Block also hosts over 350 bird species.

The well schooled horses have been carefully chosen from various breeds. These bush-wise horses include Boerperd, Shire, Thoroughbred crosses, Appaloosas and Friesian crosses. They range in size from 14hh to 17hh. You ride in comfortable South African stock saddles.

The riding varies from exploratory and informative walks through the bush and in the riverbeds, to many short and long canters. You will also likely be jumping small ditches and logs knocked over by elephants (jumping is optional). You could spend up to six or seven hours a day in the saddle with plenty of breaks. On some days afternoon rides are part of the itinerary.

On the Tuli Trail you are riding in an area of dangerous game and to join this ride you need to be an experienced rider with a spirit of adventure. You will usually spend four to six hours a day in the saddle and so you do need to be riding fit. You should feel confident about keeping up with the group, capable of rising to the trot and controlling your horse at a fast canter over rough and varied terrain.

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 ride.

On the Tuli Trail you stay at a number of wilderness camps including three nights at Two Mashatus, two nights at Kgotla Camp, and one night at Majale River Camp and Liana Camp.

These wilderness camps all offer accommodation in canvas 'A' frame tents with beds (made up with sheets and duvets) and additional blankets for colder nights. Liana Camp has bucket showers and long-drop loos. Kgotla Camp has shared flushing loos and hot running water. One night is spent at Majale River Camp which is made up of rustic cabins. This camp has shared secluded outdoor shower and toilet facilities.

The camps are not enclosed and a real treat will be to see game in and around camp.

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Upcoming Dates

There are set dates throughout the year and additional dates may be available on request for groups of four or more.

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Tuli Trail
26 May 2019 - 2 Jun 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
2 Jun 2019 - 9 Jun 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
9 Jun 2019 - 16 Jun 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
16 Jun 2019 - 23 Jun 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
23 Jun 2019 - 30 Jun 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
30 Jun 2019 - 7 Jul 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Full
Tuli Trail
7 Jul 2019 - 14 Jul 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Full
Tuli Trail
14 Jul 2019 - 21 Jul 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Full
Tuli Trail
21 Jul 2019 - 28 Jul 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
28 Jul 2019 - 4 Aug 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
4 Aug 2019 - 11 Aug 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
11 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
18 Aug 2019 - 25 Aug 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
25 Aug 2019 - 1 Sep 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
1 Sep 2019 - 8 Sep 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
8 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
15 Sep 2019 - 22 Sep 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
22 Sep 2019 - 29 Sep 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
29 Sep 2019 - 6 Oct 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
6 Oct 2019 - 13 Oct 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
13 Oct 2019 - 20 Oct 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
20 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
27 Oct 2019 - 3 Nov 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
3 Nov 2019 - 10 Nov 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
10 Nov 2019 - 17 Nov 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
17 Nov 2019 - 24 Nov 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
24 Nov 2019 - 1 Dec 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
1 Dec 2019 - 8 Dec 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
8 Dec 2019 - 15 Dec 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
15 Dec 2019 - 22 Dec 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
22 Dec 2019 - 29 Dec 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,080.00 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Trail
8 Mar 2020 - 15 Mar 2020 7 nights 7 ngts £2,310.00 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

INCLUDES Accommodation; full board; drinks; riding; one game drive; laundry.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Between 1 December and 28 February you can have a single tent at no supplement (applies to genuine solo travellers only).  Between 1 March and 30 November there is one tent which can be allocated to a single person without payment of a supplement - this tent will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Once this tent has been allocated there is no single supplement if you are prepared to share but to guarantee a single tent there is a supplement of £750.00.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Tips; Conservancy fee of US$70 per person payable locally on entry to Botswana.

NEAREST AIRPORT Johannesburg.

TRANSFERS You will be transferred between Johannesburg and Botswana by air charter. Between 1 March and 30 November, the cost of the return flights is £500.00. At other times the cost is £700.00.

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Location

In the remote eastern corner of Botswana lies an area known historically as the Tuli enclave; this part of Botswana borders both South Africa and Zimbabwe.


Weather & 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 some thunderstorms can be expected.

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Guest Review

Right from the beginning from the booklet of what to expect, advice of what to take, the itinerary even included my flight details which I booked.
The standard of the tents, beds, food throughout each camp was fantastic,
Some of the many highlights were the baboons about 30 of them running through the camp at 6:00 in the morning, the sighting of a leopard under a clump of bushes, when the leopard told us we were close enough with a growl the horse only jump side ways didn’t bolt off, and the hynena cubs just 5 yards away, the fathers taking them back in his mouth to safer ground, cantering with the giraffe and widerbeast, the horses side stepping the rocks in canter, we saw lots more animals and birds, Thank you to every one the guides, cooks and grooms for a fantastic holiday. Hope to see you next year.

Jeff ,Conwy

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

Ride Report

Imogen Brown
Imogen Brown
The Tuli Trail is a wonderful horse safari. Being able to see so much game horseback is an experience that will last a lifetime.

What the Press Say

Eventing Magazine Feb 2015 says...

Tuli Trail Riding Specialist

Imogen says

This is a fast fun ride offering some of the best horses and most exciting game viewing in Africa.

My Top Tip

Take a wide angled lens to fit your big smiles into the photos! A head torch is a must for camp.

Email: imogen@inthesaddle.com

Imogen Brown
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