During this pan-South African safari we combine two beautiful safaris. You spend four nights in a romantic safari camp in South Africa and three nights in different locations in Botswana.
Two countries safari
(on horseback or with a jeep)
Travel time: 8 days
Travel period: from 19 July 2019 to 26 July 2019
Price: 2449 euros
Exclusive: Flight to Johannesburg.
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Day one: you will be welcomed at Johannesburg International Airport and brought to Camp Davidson in time for lunch. That afternoon you get to know your safari horse. We will ensure that you are paired with a horse that meets your skills and experience before you set off. On the trip through the Matlapeng reserve, the ride will take a 'sundowner' break at the Red Lake, where you will probably spot hippos before climbing the ridge to Camp Davidson. Camp Davidson was recently built high in the bushveld above the Matlapeng valley. It is a base camp from which many exploration tours are possible, nestled in the heart of the wooded mountains of the Waterberg. The camp offers a beautiful panoramic view of the central highlands of the Waterberg massif and on the picturesque Sunset Lake.
Day two: a day full of discoveries in the reserve; we follow herds of giraffes, zebras, eland, wildebeest, kudus and impala. The site lends itself to deviate from the paved road, while your horse leads you along game paths and narrow gorges. We take lunch in the saddlebags and we eat at the river along a long abandoned wagon route that is used by the pioneers to come together for the church every Sunday. Riders can rest in the shade of the river forest during the heat of the day or take a dip in the clear flowing streams while the horses graze before we gradually meander back through the plains to the base camp in the fading afternoon light.
Day three: a full day trip to the west of the camp takes us to the historic Baber homestead for lunch by the pool. This afternoon we visit the local Sotho village and take a tour of some of the traditional houses. We meet local characters including a number of 'village-old' ladies for afternoon tea, accompanied by traditional singing and dancing. After a day of riding, culture and history we return to the peace of the Camp Davidson, where dinner is served under the stars.
Day four: early departure from the camp for a game drive in a nearby Big Five private game reserve, with a chance to see the Big Five (rhinoceros, lion, elephant, buffalo and leopard). On the way back we visit a craft workshop that is also a community project. The craftsmen specialise in beautiful handmade beadwork and leather products, including horse riding. Lunch is served at the pool in a beautiful Safari lodge before returning to our base camp for a sundowner ride in the game reserve. Day five: We break the camp early for a final ride through the reserve, enjoying the early morning sights and sounds of the African bush to the Safari lodge. We leave at 7.30 from the lodge and are transferred to Botswana. We cross the Limpopo river and arrive in the so-called 'Tuli Block'. Here we arrive at the stables. An introductory afternoon ride will familiarize you with your Botswana horse for this stage of the safari. We arrive in the camp on time to freshen up for dinner. Day six: an early wake-up call (tea or coffee is brought to your tent) followed by breakfast around the campfire. We make an early start every day to enjoy the freshness of the morning and to maximize the possibilities for watching the game in the hours that the animals in the wild are the most active. Undoubtedly we will encounter the large herds of elephants for which the Tuli are known, as well as many different species of antelope; also giraffes, zebras, bats, foxes, jackals, hyenas and possibly even lions, leopards, wild dogs and cheetahs. Later we make a ride along the Limpopo River, enjoying the rich bird life, perhaps we spot crocodiles in the river pools. And we will definitely find out more about the beautiful trees along the banks. As an alternative you have the possibility in the afternoon to make a game drive or gamewalk tour or to visit the local village Mothabaneng where local ladies braid ingenious baskets and where you can view a number of bushman paintings.Day seven: a full day in the saddle. From now on you will be able to recognize and spot the movements of animals in the wild much better and to interpret the wild world around you. The pace of the rides is always varied and depending on the terrain there are opportunities for faster driving and here and there to take a jump. Day eight: After a last morning ride we return to the stables. There is time for a quick shower and brunch at the base camp before we return to Johannesburg International. NB Please note that due to changes in the weather and other unforeseen events, the route can be changed at the last minute. We will make every effort to keep everyone informed of any changes and the reason for this.
ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM FOR NON-RIDERS
In South Africa: a Big Five game drive, a guided bush walk, an excursion to a local town and village, a guided culture walk, zip-lining and / or fishing.
In Botswana: two guided bush walks, a game drive.
The price for non-riders is the same as for riders