Guests will be met at Johannesburg International Airport and transferred to Camp Davidson in time for lunch. That afternoon you will be introduced to your safari horse. We 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 take a sundowner break at the Red Lake, where you are likely to encounter our pod of resident hippo, before climbing the ridge backto Camp Davidson.
A day of exploration in the reserve, tracking herds of giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, kudu and impala. The terrain lends itself to straying off the trails as your horse leads you along game trails and narrow kloofs. A saddlebag lunch is served at the riverside along a long 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 gradual meandering back through the plains in the fading afternoon light.
A full days ride west of camp takes you around Bellevue on the southern end of the property and on to the historic Baber homestead for lunch by the poolside. That afternoon riders visit the local Sotho village and have a tour of some of the traditional houses with the local characters Martha Mosima and the 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 tranquility of the Camp Davidson where dinner is served under the stars.
Any early departure from camp for a game drive at a nearby Big Five private game reserve, with a chance to see rhino, lion, elephant, buffalo and leopard. On the way back we will visit Beadle, a craft workshop on Triple B Ranch which has a community upliftment project since 1998. The crafters specialise in beautiful handmade beadwork and leather products including riding chaps. Lunch will be served by the pool at the Horizon horseback Signature Safari lodge, before heading back to the camp for a sundowner ride in the game reserve.
We break camp early and riders mount for a last ride through the reserve, soaking up the early morning sights and sounds of the African bush to the Signature Safari lodge. Guests will depart from depart from the lodge at 7.30 and are transferred to Limpopo Horse Safaris in Botswana. Cross the Limpopo river and into the Tuli block, before arriving at the stables. An introductory afternoon ride will familiarize riders with their horses for this leg of the safari, arriving at teh Two Mashatus camp in time to freshen up before supper.
An early wake-up call with tea/ coffee brought to your tent, followed by breakfast around the campfire. We make an early start each day to enjoy the freshness of the morning and to maximise game-viewing opportunities in the hours that the wildlife is most active. Undoubtedly we will come across the large herds of elephant for which the Tuli is renowned, as well as many different species of antelope; also giraffe, zebra, bat-eared fox, jackal, hyena and possibly even lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah. Later ride along the Limpopo River, enjoying the rich birdlif, spotting crocodile in the pools and learning about the magnificent trees lining the banks. Alternatively, you have the option of doing a game drive, game walk or visiting the local village Mothabaneng to see the local ladies make baskets as well as have a look at some bushman paintings.
Ride out following the movements of wildlife in the area and observing and interpreting the world around us. 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.
After a last morning ride back to the stablesthere is time for a quick shower and brunch at the reception area before heading back to Johannesburg International via Pontdrift border post.
Please be aware that due to changes in weather and other unforeseen events the itinerary may be changed at the last minute. We will endeavour to keep everyone informed of any changes and the reason for them.