African Bush and Lodges

Ride Overview

This horseback riding holiday in Botswana takes place in the vast Mashatu Game Reserve in the Tuli Block of in the southeast of the country. Using permanent camps and lodges, this trip allows for more riding flexibility and to enjoy greater comfort in your accommodations.

Mashatu is a privately owned wildlife sanctuary of 30,000 hectares, situated at the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo Rivers, in the remote and largely undiscovered Northern Tuli Region. This is an area of great diversity, magnificent vistas, ancient civilizations and dramatic rock formations bordered by the great Limpopo River in the south. Aptly named the “Land of the Giants” for its baobab studded plains and large herds of elephant, the land remains largely untouched by man and is home to a wide variety of wildlife species including lion, cheetah, leopard, African wild dog, a multitude of plains game like zebra, wildebeest and giraffe, as well as over 350 species of birds. This ride is based in a stationary camp and family owned lodges, with daily rides setting out to take advantage of this unique and diverse natural habitat.

Accommodations & Food

The Bushand Lodge Safari is a seven night safari utilizing two or three very different accommodation types. Starting and ending at the Two Mashatus, a permanent tented camp set in a grove of giant Nyala berry trees otherwise known as Mashatus, just a stones throw from the mighty Limpopo River. In true African style the tents are raised on timber decks and boast hot showers and toilet facilities. There is also a mixture of wonderful private lodges which give the added benefit of relaxing gardens, cooling pools, luxurious bathrooms and wonderfully appointed bedrooms. When the weather allows two nights are spent at the Kgotla Boma. Sleeping out under the stars in the wilderness of Africa is always a memorable experience. The constant sounds of the night, hyenas whooping, lions growling and elephants snapping branches are memories to treasure, and even in the safety of the wooden kraal there is always a sense of being tangibly close to nature.

Ride & Horse Details

  • Equipment Required:
    Helmets are required.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Boerperd, Warmbloods and Shire cross
  • Trip Pace:
    Moderate to fast with opportunities to jump
  • Tack:
  • Weight limit:
    210 lbs

Activities for Non - Riders

Game drives, cycling, hiking.

Travel Options Summary

The ride covers approximately 120 miles over the course of the week and can be scheduled any time of the year.

Meeting Point

Johannesburg Airport

With first-hand knowledge of the exciting tours we offer, the ride consultants at Equitours look forward to answering any questions you might have about this ride. We want to help make sure that you select the trip of your dreams. Please call or email and get ready to pack your bags for a wonderful adventure!

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