Botswana - Tuli Safari

  • 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: 10

The Tuli 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 Safari 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 Safari you stay at a number of wilderness camps including three nights at Two Mashatus, two nights at Kgotla Camp, and two nights at the newly built Treehouse 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. Kgotla Camp has shared flushing loos and hot running water. Treehouse camp is situated upon raised wooden decking, and all of the tents are close together on a platform within the trees under the shade of the neighbouring woodland. 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.

N.B. Occasionally alternative camps may be used instead of those stated above.

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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 Safari 23 Aug 2020 - 30 Aug 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,923.94 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 30 Aug 2020 - 6 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,923.94 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 6 Sep 2020 - 13 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,923.94 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 13 Sep 2020 - 20 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,923.94 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 20 Sep 2020 - 27 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,923.94 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 27 Sep 2020 - 4 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,923.94 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 4 Oct 2020 - 11 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,923.94 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 11 Oct 2020 - 18 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,923.94 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 18 Oct 2020 - 25 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,923.94 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 25 Oct 2020 - 1 Nov 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,923.94 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 1 Nov 2020 - 8 Nov 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,923.94 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 8 Nov 2020 - 15 Nov 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,923.94 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 15 Nov 2020 - 22 Nov 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,923.94 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 22 Nov 2020 - 29 Nov 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,923.94 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 29 Nov 2020 - 6 Dec 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $2,802.81 View (.pdf) Full
Tuli Safari 6 Dec 2020 - 13 Dec 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $2,802.81 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 13 Dec 2020 - 20 Dec 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $2,802.81 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 20 Dec 2020 - 27 Dec 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $2,802.81 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 27 Dec 2020 - 3 Jan 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $2,802.81 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 3 Jan 2021 - 10 Jan 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $2,914.92 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 10 Jan 2021 - 17 Jan 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $2,914.92 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 17 Jan 2021 - 24 Jan 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $2,914.92 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 24 Jan 2021 - 31 Jan 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $2,914.92 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 31 Jan 2021 - 7 Feb 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $2,914.92 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 7 Feb 2021 - 14 Feb 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $2,914.92 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 14 Feb 2021 - 21 Feb 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $2,914.92 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 21 Feb 2021 - 28 Feb 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $2,914.92 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 28 Feb 2021 - 7 Mar 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $3,400.74 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 7 Mar 2021 - 14 Mar 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $3,400.74 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 14 Mar 2021 - 21 Mar 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $3,400.74 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 21 Mar 2021 - 28 Mar 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $3,400.74 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 28 Mar 2021 - 4 Apr 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $3,400.74 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 4 Apr 2021 - 11 Apr 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $3,400.74 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 11 Apr 2021 - 18 Apr 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $3,400.74 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 18 Apr 2021 - 25 Apr 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $3,400.74 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 25 Apr 2021 - 2 May 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $3,400.74 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 2 May 2021 - 9 May 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 9 May 2021 - 16 May 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 16 May 2021 - 23 May 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 23 May 2021 - 30 May 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 30 May 2021 - 6 Jun 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $3,400.74 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 6 Jun 2021 - 13 Jun 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $3,400.74 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 13 Jun 2021 - 20 Jun 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $3,400.74 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 20 Jun 2021 - 27 Jun 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $3,400.74 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 27 Jun 2021 - 4 Jul 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 4 Jul 2021 - 11 Jul 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 11 Jul 2021 - 18 Jul 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 18 Jul 2021 - 25 Jul 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 25 Jul 2021 - 1 Aug 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 1 Aug 2021 - 8 Aug 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 8 Aug 2021 - 15 Aug 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 15 Aug 2021 - 22 Aug 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 22 Aug 2021 - 29 Aug 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 29 Aug 2021 - 5 Sep 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 5 Sep 2021 - 12 Sep 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 12 Sep 2021 - 19 Sep 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 19 Sep 2021 - 26 Sep 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 26 Sep 2021 - 3 Oct 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 3 Oct 2021 - 10 Oct 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 10 Oct 2021 - 17 Oct 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 17 Oct 2021 - 24 Oct 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 24 Oct 2021 - 31 Oct 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 31 Oct 2021 - 7 Nov 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 7 Nov 2021 - 14 Nov 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 14 Nov 2021 - 21 Nov 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 21 Nov 2021 - 28 Nov 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $4,082.76 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 28 Nov 2021 - 5 Dec 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $2,914.92 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 5 Dec 2021 - 12 Dec 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $2,914.92 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 12 Dec 2021 - 19 Dec 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $2,914.92 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 19 Dec 2021 - 26 Dec 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $2,914.92 View (.pdf) Book
Tuli Safari 26 Dec 2021 - 2 Jan 2022 7 nights 7 ngts $2,914.92 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

INCLUDES Accommodation; full board; drinks; riding; game drives; laundry.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT As an early booking offer there are two tents which can be allocated to a single person without payment of a supplement - these tents will be strictly allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Once these tents have been allocated a single supplement as outlined below is payable to guarantee a single tent. There is no single supplement if you are willing to share.

2021 Single supplement
3 January - 27 February $728.73
28 February - 1 May $1,190.53
2 - 29 May $1,429.43
30 May - 26 June $1,190.53
27 June - 27 November $1,429.43
28 November - 2 January 2022 $728.73

 

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.  The cost of the return flights in 2021 is $827.50 per person.


Getting There

Transfers to and from Limpopo are from Johannesburg O R Tambo airport. From Johannesburg airport you first have a road transfer to Lanseria Airport (c.45 minutes) and then travel by light aircraft (1.5 hours flight) from Lanseria Airport to Limpopo.

The meeting point is the Intercontinental O R Tambo hotel which is part of Johannesburg O R Tambo airport (c.3 minute walk from the arrivals hall). The transfer will leave for Lanseria airport at 10:45.
Your flight should be scheduled to arrive into Johannesburg O R Tambo no later than 09:00.

The return flight from Limpopo will arrive back at Lanseria airport by 16:30. You then have a road transfer back to Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport arriving around 17:15/17:30. We recommend onward domestic flights should depart after 19:30 and international flights should depart after 20:00.

NB: It is possible in exceptional circumstances that the light aircraft transfer is replaced by a road transfer.


In The Saddle Gallery

Client Photos

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 Aug 2014 says...

Tuli Safari Riding Specialist

Lucy 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: lucy@inthesaddle.com

Lucy Downes
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