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Limpopo Lodge Ride Safari

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Limpopo Lodge Ride Safari

Horse riding holiday botswanaThis 7 night, 8 day ride offers guests the same benefits of doing a mobile safari but with the added attraction of more luxurious accommodation. The lodges are family-owned, private and exclusive with en-suite bathrooms and swimming pools. As you traverse the greater expanse of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, guests have the opportunity to enjoy sightings of animals such as elephant, leopard, lion, wild dog, hyena and cheetah as well as a huge range of bird species, antelope and smaller game. This ride traverses hills and ridges and takes you to the most northern parts of the game reserve. On the open plains there are good opportunities for fast canters, perhaps accompanied by zebra, wildebeest or eland. The lush vegetation close to the Majale River is browsed by a diversity of wildlife, so there is a good chance of excellent game-viewing in this area. With no fences within the reserve, this is truly one of the wildest places in Africa! There are four lodges used for this ride as well as an ‘Out of Africa’ base camp, Two Mashatus.

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While most of you probably spend the holidays in a cold winter weather, summer has truly arrived in Mashatu, Botswana. The rain has been very late and the first good rain arrived only in January after a very desultory effort in November/December. The bush is starting to blossom  with an abundance of birdlife returning to Mashatu. Wild life offspring can be seen jumping around their parents on the now green plains by the hundreds.


The horses have enjoyed a well deserved rest turned out in the field – we sadly had to say goodbye to some of our trusted safari veterans; Frank, Don Pedro, Strider and Tommy. They found lovely retirement homes and will no doubt entertain their new equine friends with tales from their Safari Adventures.  We sorely miss them but are happy to be able to introduce nine new horses !

Dancer, a 4 year old, 15.2h raven black Boerperd who is just starting to go on his first little hacks and whom Jamie has proclaimed to be his horse. He is a very friendly and gentle little horse and super pretty.

Foxy Snob, a 3 year old, 15.3h bay Boerperd / TB/Morgan cross-he is very elegant and will surely be a favorite with the ladies.

Calvaro, a 4 year old,  15.2h  and drop dead gorgeous is a dapple grey Frisian/Arab/Boerperd cross who is a very confident horse and  ready for his first guests this season..

 Monate, a 4 year old, 16h bay Boerperd reminds us a little of Tommy ,being eager and forward going and will no doubt become a superb Safari horse.

Top Deck, a 6 year old, 15.1 h cross breed will add a bit of color to the yard being a striking skewbald- he is not big but has to be ridden to be believed.WOW.

Dennis; a 6 year old, 15.3 h pretty TB x has a very positive attitude, he is simply up for anything. And has a firm friend in Mmushi and Suco the dog!! 

About to arrive..Rockefeller-a 3 year old ,16.1hh dark bay Warmblood from the renown London Lane Warmblood stud in Johannesburg, he is a very well bred horse and we hope he takes to the bush!

Also coming up is Wilson, a 15.2 h 6 year old and Bruce, a 15.2 h 5 year old from Lizzie Purbricks yard in Natal..We look forward to showing them the sights very soon..

Also on the horsy side Oliver Twist with Mpho did 2 very successful shows in Johannesburg, clear rounds in Pre-novice in December and just a pole down in Novice this January.  

Louise and Coolmore also successfully completed two intermediate one day events but unfortunately missed a jump on the country in January-oops!

 And we are very proud also of Lancelot who came first and second at the World FEI Dressage Challenge in Gaberone in September!!

We are thrilled to have met Lucinda Green at one of her training clinics where we were able to take Tommy, Twist and Coolmore to participate. She is keen to do a safari with us June 2013 so keep an eye out for her dates and you can join her…

 Finally we are sad to say good bye to Saskia Von Sperber who has been the stable manager and has now decided to start her own business doing artworks in Maun..Good luck to her and please find her on facebook to see her work..

 David Cheno the lead guide has spent all of December and January in the UK, first with the Ludlow Hunt courtesy of Oliver Dale MFH and Sarah Davies and then with Mark and Mandy Lacey at their sons event yard. We are sure he has learnt a lot and will be full of stories when he gets back next week.

Day 1

A 5.5 hour transfer from JHB International airport to Pontdrift border post where your horse safari guide will meet you and then transfer you to the Two Mashatus Camp, a short drive away. After lunch you will meet your horse and embark on a short introductory ride in the afternoon to make sure that you and your mount are perfectly suited. The ride is followed by sundowners at the stable bar before heading back to our Two Mashatus Camp. A delicious evening meal follows before retiring to the comfort of your tent.

Day 2

After breakfast, a long ride of 6 hours takes you to the luxurious Naledi camp. This ride traverses hills and ridges and takes you to the most northern parts of the game reserve. On the open plains there are good opportunities for fast canters, perhaps accompanied by zebra, wildebeest or eland. The lush vegetation close to the Majale River is browsed by a diversity of wildlife.

Upon arrival at this beautiful private camp, you are welcomed by cold beverages and a good lunch. After lunch you can enjoy the very comfortable rooms or lounge around the swimming pool with a view over the African bush. If feeling energetic, take a game walk with your guide in the late afternoon.  Head back to camp before sunset for traditional sundowners, an excellent dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Day 3

Today you make a leisurely start on the 4.5 hour ride to Kanda Farm, a family-owned property, in a spectacular location overlooking the Majale River, traversing the central game area of the reserve where you may see giraffe, eland or zebra. The ride passes through an area of rocky cliffs, home to a resident leopard.  After lunch and a siesta, you have the option of a game drive which offers the opportunity of viewing predators such as leopard, cheetah, wild dog and lion that Mashatu is famous for.  You stop for sundowners at a vantage point before returning to camp for dinner.

Day 4

Explore the surrounding area, tracking wildlife through the bush and enjoying spectacular views across Mashatu.  The morning ride is about 4 hours followed by lunch back at Kanda camp. In the afternoon, you follow the course of the Majale River on a bush walk and climb some of the kopjes in the area. Back to camp and a dinner under the stars!

Day 5

After breakfast you head back to Two Mashatus camp, following the Majale River which always offers up some interesting and close encounters with elephant or other wildlife After an enjoyable 4 hour ride, you arrive at camp in time for lunch and a traditional African siesta in comfortable surroundings. A pleasant walk to stretch the legs in the evening before you retire for a good dinner and bed.

Day 6

Head out to the Pitsani plains. Descending to the plains, there is the possibility for an exhilarating gallop where you might be joined by curious herds of zebra, wildebeest or giraffe. You will wind your way through the hills before arriving at the beautiful Senthata Lodge on neighbouring Charter reserve. Usually there is a game drive in the afternoon, and a lazy relaxed evening on the cool lawn overlooking the mighty Limpopo while the cooks rustle up another delicious meal.

Day 7 Another exciting morning’s ride as we head out along the Limpopo river in search of the abundant wildlife the area has to offer.  Today’s Lodge is the elegant Limpopo House. Enjoy the stunning pool or sit on the cool veranda with a book while you watch the horses graze nearby. And the afternoon will bring a final game drive and hopefully some cats along the way too.

Day 8

After a final early morning ride of about 2 hours, a quick brunch and a refreshing shower, you head back to the Pontdrift border post and the journey back to the airport.

2012 prices:

7 nights, full board, £2,660pp

2012 dates:

February 3rd - 10th
March 11th -18th
April 4th-11th fully booked or 11th-18th
May 20th - 27th or 27th - 3rd June
June see May, 10th - 17th June
July 1st - 8th or 8th - 15th or 15th - 22nd or 22nd - 29th
August 12th - 19th August or 19th- 26th
October 23rd - 30th
November 17th - 24th or 24th -31st

2013 Dates:

10th - 17th February, 3rd - 10th March, 31st March - 7th April, 26th May - 2nd June, 30th June - 7th July, 17th - 24th November, 22nd - 29th December, 29th December - 5th January 2014

Weather: Spring/Summer is Sept-March with the rainy season from Nov-March. Nov & Feb are the hottest months. Autumn/Winter is May-Aug with little rain

Single Supplement: none if willing to share, otherwise 100% 

Includes: camps & lodges with hot showers, drinks, meals and game drives

Not Included: Flights and Travel Insurance

Indicative flight price: London to Johannesburg £800 - £1500pp depending on time of year

Meeting Point: JHB Airport

Transfer: From £250 per person return (5.5 Hrs)

No of hours in the saddle: 4/6 per day

Max Weight: 95kg

Group Size: 4-8

Other: guided cycling & walking available

Suitable for non-riders: yes

Children: no children under 16, unless they are proficient riders and are accompanied by an adult


Call us on +44 (0)1225 000000 or email contact@redlandsequestrian.com to check the ride availability and dates, once we have confirmed availability you can download and fill in a booking form:

Each rider in the party must also complete a riding ability questionnaire before we can complete the final confirmation of your holiday booking.

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