Horse safari in the Limpopo Valley
Horse riding Safari at Limpopo’s Valley. Discover the real Africa, a land sometimes riche and sometimes ruthless, with its poor water holes, which become the only glimmer of survival for all the animals of savannah. A land dotted by a bristly and thorny vegetation, that gives shelter and food to its inhabitants who struggle every day for their lives.
Limpopo’s valley takes name by the omonymum river which across it. It borns in South Africa and it empties near Xai-Xai’s Port in Mozambico. Its water has a slow and sandy course, so Limpopo river is mostly dry but it can reveals unexpected surprises during rainy season, when everything is reborn and creates a completely new landscape, dotted by a myriad of flowers.
You will discover an area that locals call Tuli and the Mashatu private Reserve, known thank to its huge baobabs and its enormous rock formations. The zone is also full of history: here, through Motlouse’s ruins, was hidden the ancient residence of Kopje dinasty, on vogue during Iron Age. At Mashatu, we also find some traces of cave painting as well as dinosaur footprints thought to date back 100 million years. A mysterious land, where poignant sunsets await you and as the evening falls, the swarming around your tents will make you dream and tremble under the starry sky.
Departure dates available on request all year round with a minimum of 1 person departing from Italy.
Start on Sunday.
PARTICIPANTS: MIN 2 MAX 8
Pick-up at Johannesburg airport (expect an arrival no later than 9.30 am) and transfer to a small airport a few minutes away, where you will take a small Cessna that will take you directly to the small one in just an hour and a half Limpopo Valley Airfield airport in Botswana, in this area called Tuli, which includes the Mashatsu private reserve and surrounding villages. Meeting with the guides and transfer of 10 minutes to the stables where, after a quick lunch and breefing, everyone is in the saddle for a first horse safari that will take us to the tented camp. Dinner and overnight at the tented camp.
The next 6 nights will be itinerant, we will move to different semi-fixed or mobile tented camps (fly camp), in order to have the opportunity to get to know the whole reserve. we will wake up at 5.30 to be on horseback very early and have the chance to spot wildlife before it hides from the heat. This almost desert-like reserve can vary greatly during the rainy season where it is covered with green grass and flowers. In the morning we will go on a long horse safari of about 5/6 hours and return to the camp for lunch. After a well-deserved rest, in the afternoon they will go on safari on foot or by jeep in looking for the felines. Meals and overnight stay in a tented camp.
Breakfast and transfer to the small airport of Limpopo Valley Airfield. Flight of about an hour and a half with subsequent transfer to Johannesburg international airport (plan a return flight no earlier than 8.00 pm)
Tariff per person, starting from:
|From 1 January 2023 to 31 January 2023||€ 4,750||€ 850|
|From 1 February 2023 to 1 March 2023||€ 5,380||€ 1,410|
|From 1 April 2023 to 30 November 2023||€ 6,120||€ 1,670|
|From 1 December 2023 to 31 December 2023||€ 4,750||€ 850|
(B/L/D): B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = dinner
Difficulty Level 1-5: 3 (intermediate/expert)
Duration of the trip: 8 days / 7 nights
Accomodation: 7 night in fixed or mobile tent camps. You are going to change 4 different types of tent campsites in 7 nights. In most cases there is running water and light powered by solar batteries. In the first and last campsites, a small pool and beach chairs will be available for guests. In each campsite there will be a common area for eating the dishes and spending time together, talking about the adventures of the day around the bonfire. Internet access not available and, sometimes, neither phone line.
Equipment: McClellan Saddles, very comfortables, invented by the official George McClellan and used in 1859 USA Civil War. Still in use today, they have the ability to adapt at any horse. Particularly light and comfortable, are perfect to spend many hours in the horseback.
Horses: Crossbreed Horses locally raised. They live in partial freedom, stabled at night. Our guides will certainly find the perfect horse for your abilities.
Strides: About 6 hours horse riding. In South Africa there will be an excursion in the morning and one in the afternoon, taking advantage of the cooler hours. There will be used the three strides, with longs trots and gallops. Are recommended, in addition to the safaris, other horse activities: polo crosso, jumping, cattle’s work. It’s required to have horses mastery in open spaces and a good physical condition; for those who are less experts, it’s still possible to partecipate in activities, according to own’s capacities. In Botswana there will be a long 6-hours safari in the morning.
Please note: local guides can decide to “dismount” a knight, for his or her safety, if he or she is not at the necessary level to start the safari in Botswana, outside of the protected reserve (there will be a test to be sure about the control of the horse).
Remind: The journey described is to be considered approximate. The guides can decide to modify it, regardless of your willpower. There is the possibility to proceed the journey at Limpopo’s Valley or at Okavango’s River Delta.
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