Trip Itinerary

African Explorer

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Day 1

Guests will be met at Johannesburg International Airport and transferred to the lodge (approx. 3 hours) in time for lunch. This afternoon you will be introduced to your safari horse. You will be matched with a horse to suit your ability and experience before heading off on your ride to Camp Davidson. On route through the Matlapeng reserve, the ride will take a sundowner break at the Red Lake, where you are likely to encounter the pod of resident hippo, before climbing the ridge up to Camp Davidson.

Day 2

Enjoy a day of exploration in the reserve, tracking herds of giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, kudu and impala as your horse leads you along game trails and narrow kloofs. A saddlebag lunch is served at the riverside along an abandoned wagon route used by the pioneers to congregate for church each Sunday. Riders can rest in the shade of the riverine forest during the heat of the day or take a dip in the clear flowing streams whilst the horses graze, before gradually meandering back through the plains in the fading afternoon light.

Day 3

A full day’s ride west of camp takes you around Bellevue on the southern end of the property and on to the historic Baber homestead for a poolside lunch. Riders visit the local Sotho village and have a tour of some of the traditional houses with the local characters. Join Martha Mosima and a group of village lady elders for afternoon tea, accompanied by traditional singing and dancing. After a day of long riding, culture and history, you will return to the peace of the Camp Davidson where dinner is served under the stars.

Day 4

Break camp at about 5:30 AM and head out for a last ride through the reserve, soaking up the early morning sights and sounds of the African bush. Guests depart from Beadle, a craft workshop on the ranch, which has served as a community upliftment and job creation project since 1998. The craftsmen and women specialize in beautiful handmade beadwork and leather products- including riding chaps. Depart the ranch at 7:30 AM and transfer to your guides in Botswana. Cross the Limpopo river and into the Tuli block, before arriving at camp. An introductory afternoon ride will familiarize riders with their horses for this leg of the safari.

Day 5

After an early rise and a light breakfast, ride out into the Limpopo Valley, which includes a natural marshland called Nels Vlei. While exploring this beautiful wilderness
area, you may have a close encounter with an elephant or lion, or some of the many plains game in this area. Lunch will be enjoyed under the Mashatu tree back at the Confluence camp. In the afternoon, enjoy the thrill of a natural cross-country course or a leisurely ride along the Limpopo.

Day 6

This fascinating ride will focus on the history of the area, with interesting tales about the Anglo-Boer War. In the afternoon, choose to go on either a game drive or another leisurely ride. A game drive will include an early evening hunt for the beautiful and awesome cats, which are so much a part of the Mashatu experience

Day 7

Another long day in the saddle (4 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon). Pass through a range of landscape: riverine forests, savannah acacias, terminalia shrubland and areas abundant in sheppard’s trees. Here there is a good chance of seeing elephants, many species of birds and a wide range of antelopes. The afternoon ride will head towards the rocky outcrop close to Rock camp, where waterbuck, rock dassies, and black eagles can to be spotted.

Day 8

The last ride of the safari treks in the direction of Nels Vlei, where you will have a good chance to glimpse elephants, as this is one of their favourite habitats. Head back to the stables to bid the horses farewell and to freshen up. After lunch, the transfer leaves for the border and the 5.5 hours drive to Oliver Tambo International airport, Johannesburg.

Itinerary Addendum

This itinerary is flexible. Changes may occur due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

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