African Explorer

  • Trip Duration
  • 8
  • 7
  • Riding Time
  • 8
    days riding
  • 4-7
    hrs per day riding
  • Group Size
  • 2 - 10
    Guests per group

African Explorer

Ride Overview

Horseback riding in South Africa and Botswana includes good riding on two private game reserves, fine accommodations and evening meals around the campfire, making for a genuinely unforgettable African experience. Horizon Horseback’s permanent camp in South Africa is perched high in the bushveld above the Matlapeng valley, in the heart of the wooded mountains of the Waterberg. From this base you have close contact with zebra, giraffe, and a wide variety of antelope, and also are able to enjoy visits to the historic homestead and local Sotho village with its craft workshop.

Mashatu Game Reserve, located in the Tuli Block of Botswana, is known as “The Land of the Giants” for its baobab trees and elephant herds. This is an area of great diversity, magnificent vistas and land formations as ancient as time itself. It is also home to a multitude of wildlife species and remains untouched by the invasion of man. The riding trails cover both the riverine terrain and the true African mopane bushveld, including the famous sandstone formations of the Tuli.  The richness of the Mashatu horse safari experience is complemented by the prevalence of species such as lion, leopard, elephant and hyena, as well as cheetah, leopard, African wild dog, and a multitude of plains game like zebra, wildebeest and giraffe.


This is very comfortable camping with A-frame tents on raised decks with beds, sheets and duvets. At the permanent camps each tent has an ensuite bathroom area with hot water showers (water heated on the fire and placed in a 15 lt. camp shower when you are ready), running water and plumbed toilets.

Meals & Drink

Enjoy picnic lunches and evening meals cooked around the fire.

Ride & Horse Details

  • Overview:
    The horses in both locations have been individually selected for their temperament, carefully chosen from the various South African breeds which are well known for being of a tougher nature and able to cope under extreme conditions. These breeds include the Boerperd, Appaloosas, Warmblood and Shire crosses. They range in size from 14.3hh to 17hh. McClellan Trail Saddles are used in both locations, which allow for comfort and airflow for the horses’ backs and padded seats and fenders for the riders’ comfort.
  • Equipment Required:
    Helmets are required, some available to borrow.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Warm Bloods, Thoroughbred Cross, and Apaloosa
  • Trip Pace:
    Moderate to Fast
  • Tack:
    McClellan and English Saddles
  • Weight limit:
    210 lbs

Meeting Point

Johannesburg International 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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