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Thamalakane River Ride

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Thamalakane River Ride


The Thamalakane River Ride operates from the Royal Tree Lodge, a small intimate lodge with luxurious tented accommodation. Nestled in 400 acres of riverine trees and acacia woodland on the edge of the Thamalakane River, it is only a short drive from Maun and yet it feels deep in the heart of the bush.

There are eight stylishly appointed en suite safari tents and superb cuisine can be enjoyed either in the main dining room or out on the expansive shady deck under the majestic leadwood and bird plum trees. A swimming pool to cool off in during the heat of the day and surrounding sun deck are discreetly adjacent to the main area.

A suprisingly large variety of wildlife roams the Reserve including giraffe, zebra, kudu, eland, oryx, springbok and other species. The different habitats in the reserve encourage prolific birdlife from water birds to the dry woodland Kalahari species.

Lady horse-riding on holiday in Botswana

Day One:

On arrival in Maun a short road transfer takes you to the Royal Tree Lodge. Once settled into your comfortable accommodation and having had lunch or afternoon tea you will join your guide for a safety briefing before being introduced to the horses. As the day cools down we set off for a fun afternoon ride around the environs of the reserve where the wildlife is wonderfully relaxed in the presence of the horses allowing for close encounters and great photgraphic oppurtunities. We arrive back before dark and enjoy a sundowner at the lodge followed by a delicious dinner.

Day Two:

Horse-riding holidays in BotswanaUp with the dawn for a long morning ride. After a shorter stint with the wildlife we leave the Reserve and head off into the back country for some lovely long canters through the endless acacia woodlands with a choice of fallen logs to jump if you wish. We will be passing the occasional cattle posts and will have the opportunity to learn how the local Motswana live with their vast free-roaming cattle herds. As the morning warms up we head for the cool riverine woodlands of the Thamalakane River, where a sumptuous breakfast set up in the shade of the jackalberry trees has been prepared.

With appetites duly satiated, a leisurely ride takes us along the river whilst enjoying the numerous waterbirds and of course some splashing canters through the shallow waters!

Lunch back at the lodge will be followed by a pleasant siesta and in the afternoon a short walk to the river's edge where we alight a boat for an afternoon on the water with wonderful bird watching, fishing, and of course our favourite sundowners!

Day Three:

Up with the dawn and breakfast before mounting up for an all day ride to explore further afield, hopefully reaching the 'junction' where the Thamalakane River splits into two - the Nhabe heading west to Lake Ngami and the Boteti heading east to the Makgadikgadi. These rivers were the lifeline that allowed the early explorers, hunters and traders to penetrate deep into this area with David Livingstone being the first European to see the famous Lake Ngami, having spent many thirsty days crossing the Kalahari before reaching the Boteti.

Picnic lunch is in the shade of the evergreen mangosteen trees and for some there may be a temptation to have a swim.

The river will guide us home and if the water levels are low enough we may cross the river and ride back on the north bank looking out for the resident hippos as they become more active with the setting sun.

Day Four:

A last early morning ride through the Reserve followed by a welcome hearty breakfast before heading on to your next exciting destination. 



2012 prices:

Full board, £245pppn

2012 dates:

Year round

Single Supplement: £60 between April & October. No single supplement for rest of year. None payable if willing to share

Includes: All meals and drinks for duration of stay.

Not included: Flights and transfer, travel insurance, laundry services.

Meeting point: Maun Airport

Indicative flight price: London to Maun £800 - £1200pp return depending on time of year

Transfer: Road transfer from Maun to Tree Lodge included

Number of hours in saddle: 4

Maximum Weight: 95kg

Group Size: 8 (Special requests for larger groups will be considered)

Other: Luggage for local transfers is limited to 20kg per person in soft bags - including hand luggage. This is strictly enforced by all charter companies for safety reasons.

Suitable for non-riders: No

Suitable for children: Yes

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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