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Two Mashatus Ride Safari

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Two Mashatus Ride Safari

horse riding in botswanaThis exciting safari offers the opportunity to come & see the large herds of elephant for which the Tuli is renowned, as well as many different species including antelope, giraffe, zebra, bat-eared fox, jackal, hyena and possibly even lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah but without going on a mobile trail. The Two Mashatus base camp is located near the confluence of the Limpopo and Majale rivers from where you will ride out daily to explore the surrounding area which is rich with wildlife and birdlife, returning to base camp every night. The terrain & tempo of the rides is always varied and there are opportunities to enjoy the spirit and fitness of the horses at a faster pace. You will ride the steep river banks and riverine forests along the mighty Limpopo River where you can enjoy the rich birdlife around you whilst spotting crocodile in the pools. Accommodation is in big A-frame walk-in tents pitched on teak platforms, with en-suite wc and hot water shower. Each tent is private and positioned in the shade of a tree with a small deck area on which to relax during the afternoons where you can enjoy sundowners after a full and active day of riding and wildlife sightings.

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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. Wildlife 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 Johannesburg International airport to Pontdrift border post, then a quick transfer, in an open top vehicle, to Two Mashutus camp.  After a welcome lunch you will be taken to meet the horses, followed by an introductory ride in the open area around Nels Vlei. As the sun sets, enjoy welcome drinks at the Stable Bar before heading back to Two Mashatus camp for a delicious dinner in the Lala Palm Rondavel.

Day 2

An early wake-up call with tea/coffee brought to your tent, followed by breakfast around the campfire. You make an early start each day to enjoy the freshness of the morning and to maximise game-viewing opportunities in the hours that the wildlife is most active. Undoubtedly you will come across the large herds of elephant for which the Tuli is renowned, as well as many different species of antelope; also giraffe, zebra, bat-eared fox, jackal, hyena and possibly even lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah. The terrain is varied, with mopane bushveld, open plains for fast riding, steep river banks and riverine forests along the mighty Limpopo River.

After an exhilarating morning, ride back to Two Mashatus camp for lunch, followed by a siesta in the comfort of your tent. After late afternoon tea, you can opt for another ride along the Limpopo River, enjoying the rich birdlife around you, spotting crocodile in the pools and learning about the magnificent trees lining the banks. Alternatively, you have the option of doing a game drive, game walk or visiting the local village Mothabaneng to see the local ladies make baskets as well as have a look at some bushman paintings.

After a full and active day of riding and wildlife sightings, enjoy sundowners and a three course meal prepared by the bush cooks on the open fire, before turning in for the night.

Day 3 onwards

Each day you ride out in a different direction, following the movements of wildlife in the area and observing and interpreting the world around you with your experienced guide. The tempo of the rides is always varied and depending on the terrain, there are opportunities to enjoy the spirit and fitness of the horses at a faster pace.

Final Day

After a last morning ride, you will be back at the stables for a final pat and fond farewell to your horse. A quick shower and brunch at Two Mashatus camp before heading back to Johannesburg International via Pontdrift border post.

2011 prices:

7 nights, full board, £1,855pp riders & non-riders

2012 prices:

7 nights, full board, £2,205pp

2011 / 2012 dates:

February 3rd - 10th or 19th - 26th
April 11th - 18th
May 20th - 27th or 27th May - 3rd June
June 10th - 17th June
July 1st - 8th July, or 8th -15th July or 15th -22nd or 22nd - 29th
August 12th -19th

2013 Dates:

3rd - 10th February, 24th February - 3rd March, 10th - 17th March, 24th - 31st March, 10th - 17th November, 24th November - 1st December.

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: accommodation in camps & tents with hot showers, drinks, meals, game drives

Not Included: Flights and Travel Insurance

Meeting Point: JHB Airport

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

Transfer: from £250 per person (5.5 Hrs)

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

Max Weight: 95kg

Group Size: 2-8

Other: guided cycling & walking also available

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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