African Explorer

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

Trip Itinerary

African Explorer

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Day 1

Guests will be met at Johannesburg International Airport and transferred to camp in time for a late lunch. That afternoon you will be introduced to your safari horse. Your guide will ensure that you are matched with a horse to suit your ability and experience before heading off on your ride. On route through the Matlapeng reserve, the ride will pass “Red Dam” where you are likely to encounter our pod of resident hippo, you will then ride to a stunning lookout spot for sundower drinks before returning to camp.

Day 2

A day of exploration in the reserve, tracking giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, kudu and impala. You will pass Sunset Lake, where resident fish eagles and Spur-Winged geese are often spotted, and its shallow banks give a great opportunity for some lovely photo opportunities catering through the water. Return to camp in time for lunch and a chance to relax by the pool. The afternoon ride takes you on a ride with a good chance of more hippo viewing and some nice long canters. That evening there is the option of a night sky safari with local astronomer Dr Philip Calcott, who will guide you through the constellations. The absence of light pollution enables us an incredible chance to view some of the amazing wonders of the universe.

Day 3

A morning ride with a chance to track game, enjoy some of the jumping lanes and finish off with a swim with the horses in one of many reserve lakes before returning to camp for a large and lazy lunch. After lunch you depart for a game drive in a ‘Big Five’ private game reserve, with a chance to see rhino, lion, elephant, buffalo and leopard.

Day 4

A full day ride west of camp takes you to a neighboring game reserve. This ride offers lovely long canters on sandy tracks and great game viewing opportunities on large plains populated by wildebeest, hartebeest, sable, eland and blesbok among others. Then it’s on to the historic Baber homestead for lunch by the poolside. That afternoon riders return to camp via the local Sotho village and visit Beadle, a craft workshop which has a community upliftment project since 1998. The crafters specialize in beautiful handmade beadwork and leather products including riding chaps. You’ll finish the day with sundowners at a favorite lookout spot and return to the tranquility of camp where dinner is served under the stars.

Day 5

Leave camp early and mount for a last ride through the reserve, soaking up the early morning sights and sounds of the African bush to the Horizon lodge. Guests depart from the lodge by 9:30am and are transferred to base camp Botswana. Once at the stables an introductory afternoon ride will familiarize riders with their horses for this leg of the safari, arriving at the camp in time to freshen up before supper.

Day 6

An early wake-up call with tea/ coffee brought to your tent, followed by breakfast around the campfire. Undoubtedly the large herds of elephant for which the Tuli area is renowned will be encountered, as well as many different species of antelope. Giraffe, zebra, bat-eared fox, jackal, hyena and possibly even lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah can be seen. You will arrive back at camp in time for lunch and a cooling afternoon in the shady camp or lazing by the pool. That afternoon the group has the choice of an afternoon ride or guided walk along the Limpopo River, enjoying the rich birdlife, spotting crocodile in the pools and learning about the magnificent trees lining the banks.

Day 7

Ride out following the movements of wildlife in the area. The tempo of the rides is always varied and depending on the terrain, there are opportunities to enjoy the spirit and fitness of the horses at a faster pace. The afternoon brings a chance to enjoy a game drive. The reserve is famous for big cat sightings and this is definitely a wonderful opportunity for keen photographers to capture sightings of lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and elephant.

Day 8

After a last morning ride back to the stables there is time for a quick shower and brunch at the reception area before heading back to Johannesburg International.

Itinerary Addendum

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

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