Tuli Safari

8 Days  |  From £2100pp

Botswana ( Best airport: Johannesburg)

The Tuli Safari is an adventure that covers a distance of over 120 miles and enjoys long extended canters across the open land. Traversing the Mopane savannah and stunning river valleys, with accommodation in three unique and beautiful camps, each with distinct design and character.

The Riding

This journey embraces the true definition of a safari: an expedition to observe animals in their natural habitat. From horseback, the beauty of the African topography, fauna and flora will unfurl, and be complimented by a touch of classic safari luxury: hot showers, mouth-watering food, and memorable camps.

As the wildlife in this area are not seasonal, wonderful game viewing experiences are possible throughout the year.

Level of Riding and Fitness

As you’ll be riding in the area of wild game, this holiday is for experienced, confident and calm riders with a sense of adventure. The guests should ride regularly and be comfortable at posting trot, light seat canter and gallop, as well as, be able to control a horse independently at all paces and jump small natural obstacles. You should be able to mount and dismount unaided. Good riding fitness is expected as you’ll be spending 4-6 hours in the saddle each day.

Every rider will take a short riding test to ensure they are competent enough.

Hard hats mandatory.

Weight limit: 95 Kgs / 209Lbs

Guides and Group Size

The guides have many years of experience in leading the safaris and they have grown up in the area. They know the bush like the back of their hand and are qualified by the Botswanan Qualifications Authority.

Maximum number of riders in a group is 10. Groups over 8 are split into two groups for rides, unless one ride is specifically requested by a private group.

The Horses

The horses have been carefully chosen for their temperament, courage, endurance and responsiveness. They are tough and used to coping with extreme conditions. They are of various breeds including for example Boerperd, Shire cross Thoroughbreds, Appaloosas and South African Warmbloods, ranging from 14.3h to 17h.

Tack and Riding Equipment

The saddles used are South African McClellans. They are designed for the cavalry and ideal for long hours of riding. Small saddlebags are provided.

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Accommodation and Dining

Two Mashatus Camp
Nestled in the shade of two large Mashatu trees, the heart of the camp has two traditionally built Lala palm rondavels for dining and lounge areas. Guest accommodation is in large A-frame walk-in tents set on teak platforms each with en-suite bathrooms. Each tent is private and positioned in the shade of a tree in the bush, not far from the main area. Each tent has a small deck area in front where guests can relax privately during the afternoons. Two Mashatu also has a small swimming pool under a Mashatu tree for guests to enjoy.

The Kgotla
The ‘Kgotla’ is an old traditional court enclosure from a nearby community. This open-air enclosure, made of leadwood logs, provides a secure location for a camp. The camp has hot running water, beautiful open-air showers and flushing toilets: the perfect combination for comfort and an authentic bush experience. Guests sleep under the stars on single beds around a large log fire in the centre of the enclosure listening to the resonance of an Africa evening.

Tree Camp

This is a very unique camp; any childhood dream of sleeping up in the arms of a tree, will be completely fulfilled here. Nestled in the bough of a giant Mashatu tree and two ancient Leadwood trees, this Seligna deck, 4 metres off the ground, will be your retreat for the night. Two guests each share an airy and cool sleeping pod. Along a short walkway, shared showers and toilets are under the Leadwood trees. The spacious dining and lounge area flow from the sleeping pods and overlook the Majale River. This truly extraordinary camp is one that will be remembered and spoken about for years to come.

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Itinerary

Tuli Safari

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
From £2100pp

Single occupancy

High season £1029

Mid season £858

Low season £525

International flights

Do not book flights until you have received the Booking confirmation email from saddletravel.com.

Plan your flight to arrive at Johannesburg airport by 9am on Day 1 of your holiday. Your departure flight on Day 8 should be after 8pm.

Airport transfers
By Air

Transfers to and from Johannesburg are by a charter flight. Meeting point is at the OR Tambo Intercontinental hotel lobby (at Johannesburg airport) at 10:00am, with a strict departure at 10:30. Short road transfer to Lanseria Airport. From there the charter flight (duration approx. 1,5 hours) will take you to Limpopo Valley airfield, just a short drive away from the stables. Meet your guide upon landing.

Return transfer arriving back at OR Tambo by approx. 17:30.

By Road
Road transfers can in some cases be arranged to and from Johannesburg airport. Transfer time approx. 6 hours.

Charter air transfer Johannesburg – Limpopo return flights
March – November £570 per person
Jan, Feb, Dec £660 per person

Payable locally: Conservation Levy $70 per person. Equivalent can be paid in £ or €.

Price Includes
  • 6 full days of riding
  • Shorter rides on arrival and departure days
  • Shared accommodation
  • All meals
  • Drinks
  • Game drives
  • Bush walks
  • Sundowners
  • Laundry
  • All arrangements for duration of holiday
  • Services of guides
Price Excludes
  • Conservation Levy $10 per person per night
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Tips

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