Horseback Safari Through Botswana's Land of Giants

Highlights

Harken back to the beginnings of safari on this 7-night mobile horseback expedition through the “Land of Giants” – Botswana’s Mashatu Game Reserve — home to giants such as elephant, eland and massive baobab trees. Traverse the southeastern portion of the reserve, part of the Tuli Safari area, comprised of 72,000 acres of privately owned land which forms part of a wildlife conservation cross-boundary to protect the region’s rich biodiversity.

The journey takes you over 120 miles of wilderness, where you will camp in comfort along the way. The days begin as the sun crests the horizon, casting rays of light across the Limpopo region’s breathtaking landscapes. Wind your way on horseback through dense wooded valleys and across vast rolling plains, admiring the ancient rock and sandstone formations and old tribal courts hidden throughout. This diverse area boasts a variety of ecosystems including riverine forests and marshlands, fed by the convergence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers, as well as open grasslands, rocky hills and sandstone ridges. There’s so much to see! The wildlife is equally diverse, featuring elephant, giraffe, lion, leopard, eland, antelope, wildcat, hyena and aardwolf, to name but a few.

By escaping the confines of the vehicle on this safari, you can truly appreciate the bush on a more personal level, transforming you into an active participant rather than just an observer. Stop to appreciate the intricacies of the surrounding ecosystems while your guide shares his intimate knowledge of the area. Learn how to track big game like elephants, and admire the towering baobabs overhead. Experience sites of historical and cultural significance like natural amphitheaters and traditional villages, where you are invited to engage with locals in their homes. Make camp under the stars after each day’s adventures, swapping tales around the campfire (with gin and tonic in hand). No two days in the Land of Giants is alike but each is guaranteed to inspire and invigorate, instilling a deep appreciation for Botswana’s many natural wonders.

Summary

  • 1 Night – Two Mashatus Camp – Mashatu Game Reserve
  • 1 Night – Majale River Camp – Mashatu Game Reserve
  • 2 Nights – Kgotla Camp – Mashatu Game Reserve
  • 1 Night – Liana Camp – Mashatu Game Reserve
  • 2 Nights – Two Mashatus Camp – Mashatu Game Reserve

Cost

Price per person sharing based on 2 travelers starts at $3,500

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