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Tuli Trail Safari

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Tuli Trail Safari

horse riding in botswanaThis 7 night, 8 day mobile riding safari is in the vast Mashatu Game Reserve in the Tuli Block of south-eastern Botswana. This is an area of great natural diversity, magnificent vistas, ancient civilizations and dramatic rock formations bordered by the great Limpopo River in the south. Aptly named the “Land of the Giants” for its baobab studded plains and large herds of elephant, the land remains largely untouched by man and is home to a wide variety of wildlife species and over 350 species of birds. The terrain is varied and suited to fast riding across open plains with the challenge of steep river banks. There is also optional jumping over ditches and natural logs knocked over by elephant. A highlight of the trail is two nights spent sleeping out under the stars in an old tribal court called the Kgotla. The other nights are spent at various wilderness camps with comfortable walk in tents with hot showers and fine dining in lovely settings.


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

Upon arrival at the Pont Drift Border Post or Limpopo Valley Airfield, you will be met by your guide, Cor or West, and transferred to Two Mashatus Camp. After a light lunch it’s time to head off to the stables to meet your horse for the week and a short ride. Sundowners are enjoyed at the Stable Bar whilst watching the horses roll in the setting sun. Then you will head back to camp for a warm shower and a delicious dinner served in the Llala palm dining room.

Day 2

The day begins at sunrise with tea/coffee brought to your tent, followed by a light breakfast. Mount up and head off in a northwesterly direction for Jwala Camp on the banks of the Jwala River. Six to seven hours are spent in the saddle enjoying the abundance of game and the magnificent scenery synonymous with the Land of the Giants. After arriving at Jwala Camp, lunch served followed by a guided afternoon walk, examining the bush around you in detail. Dinner is prepared over an open fire by Martha or Grace.

Day 3

An early wake up call heralds a new day and tea/coffee and a delicious light breakfast is served around the log fire. Test the amazingly sure-footed Boerperde as we cross over basalt ridges following age-old elephant trails and enjoy long sustained canters. Arrive at Kgotla Camp for a late lunch. The open-air traditional African enclosure is made of leadwood logs in the shade of a century old Mashatu tree. In the afternoon we have the option of visiting the local village to buy hand-crafted Llala palm curios, viewing Bushmen paintings and then enjoy a sundowner looking out over the Motloutse River. Back at the Kgotla, dinner is enjoyed around a large log fire after which the night is spent sleeping under the stars.

Day 4

We spend another night at Kgotla Camp, enjoying a full day exploring the sandstone formations including the famed Solomon’s Wall for between 4 and 5 hours. In the afternoon head to the archaeologically rich Mmamagwa hills where a 360 degree view of the reserve can be enjoyed as well as another beautiful African sunset.

Day 5

Another early rise and a good breakfast around the log fire will set the morning off to a good start. Today you wind your way through the mopane bush before reaching the more open plains. This will probably be your longest day of riding of about seven hours. On arrival at Liana Camp you will be welcomed by a well-deserved drink and a refreshing lunch. Tonight is your opportunity to explore Mashatu from a game drive vehicle and try to locate the elusive leopard, wild dog, cheetah and lion the area is well known for.

Day 6

Explore the banks of the Mojale and Matabole Rivers, following their courses north towards the Zeederberg site. The day will offer riding up and down river banks, through riverine forest, game sightings and more fabulous photo opportunities. After lunch spend the afternoon at leisure before you embark on a guided walk into the bush. The evening is enjoyed with sundowners around a log fire and a delicious meal to end another exhilarating and rewarding day.

Day 7

Today’s 4 or 6 hour ride is rich in history and offers a variety of interesting tales of the past. The open Pitsani plains, so characteristic of this area, are perfect for a really good gallop, hopefully with zebra or wildebeest! You head in the direction of the Majale and Limpopo confluence where lunch awaits you upon return to the Two Mashatus camp. Dinner is in the Llala palm rondavel. A dreamless sleep no doubt awaits you as the final day draws to a close.

Day 8

Your last day in the bush and begins with your final early morning tea/coffee and breakfast snack over the open fire. The morning is spent riding along the Limpopo River. We head back to the stables where fond farewells are made to your steed. This is a shorter ride of about two hours, allowing you to get back to Two Mashatus with enough time to enjoy a hearty brunch and to get ready for departure. Then it’s off to Pont Drift in time for your return transfer to Johannesburg.

2012 prices:

7 nights, full board, £2,310pp riders & non-riders

2012 dates:

February 3rd -10th
April 11th-18th - only 3 spaces left or 29th to 6th
May see April, 6th -13th fully booked or 13th -20th or 20th - 27th or 27th - 3rd
June see May, 3rd - 10th or 10th -17th
July 1st - 8th or 8th -15th or 15th -22nd or 22nd - 29th or 29th - 5th
August see July 12th -19th or 19th - 26th or 26th -2nd fully booked
September 16th - 23rd - only 2 spaces left!
October 7th - 14th, or 23rd - 30th
November 24th -31st

2013 Dates:

7th - 14th April, 14th - 21st April, 21st - 28th April, 28th April - 5th May, 5th - 12th May, 12th - 19th May, 19th - 26th May, 2nd - 9th June, 9th - 16th June, 16th - 23rd June, 7th - 14th July, 14th - 21st July, 21st - 28th July, 4th - 11th August, 11th - 18th August, 18th - 25th August, 25th August - 1st September, 8th - 15th September, 15th - 22nd September, 22nd - 29th September, 29th September - 6th October, 6th - 13th October, 13th - 20th October, 20th - 27th October, 27th October - 3rd November.

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 50% 

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 return 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: 2-8

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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