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The Two Mashatus Ride

The Two Mashatus Ride

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices and Dates: $4000 - $8000
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 8 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited Botswana Botswana
Parks visited Mashatu
Activity level Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
  • Camping
Our base camp - Two Mashatus - is located near the confluence of the Limpopo and Majale rivers. We ride out daily to explore the surrounding area which is rich with wildlife and birdlife, returning to base camp every night. Dates are available throughout the year from February to November Nestled in the shade of a centurion Mashatu tree, two traditionally built Lala palm rondavels serve as dining area and lounge. Accommodation is in big A frame walk-in tents pitched on teak platforms, with en-suite enviro loo and hot water shower. Each tent is private and positioned in the shade of a tree with a small deck area on which to relax during the afternoons.

Day 1:

Upon arrival at Johannesburg International airport, you will be met by your Waterberg Transfers driver at the information desk in the arrivals hall and transferred by road to Pontdrift border post, a drive of about 5.5 hours. At Pontdrift, your horse safari guide will meet you and transfer you to Two Mashatus camp. The transfer is in an open vehicle and lasts about half an hour, providing a good opportunity to spot some game along the way. After a welcome lunch and tour of the simple but very comfortable camp at Two Mashatus, you will be taken to meet the horses. An introductory ride in the open area around Nels Vlei will allow you time to get acquainted with your horse. As the sun sets, enjoy welcome drinks at the Stable Bar before heading back to Two Mashatus camp for a delicious dinner in the Lala Palm Rondavel.

Day 2:

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. The terrain is varied, with mopane bushveld, open plains for fast riding, steep river banks and riverine forests along the mighty Limpopo River.

After an exhilarating morning, ride back to Two Mashatus camp for lunch, followed by a siesta in the comfort of your tent.  After late afternoon tea, you can opt for another ride along the Limpopo River, enjoying the rich birdlife around you, 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.

After a full and active day of riding and wildlife sightings, enjoy sundowners and a three course meal prepared by our bush cooks on the open fire, before turning in for the night.

From Day 3 onwards:  

Each day we ride out in a different direction, 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.  

Final Day:

After a last morning ride, you will be back at the stables for a final pat and fond farewell to your horse. A quick shower and brunch at Two Mashatus camp before heading back to Johannesburg International via Pontdrift border post.

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