The Limpopo Lodge Ride
A new and exciting seven night mobile ride using our Two Mashatus camp as well as private family – owned lodges on Mashatu, and neighbouring Charter. If you enjoy more luxurious accommodation on a mobile safaris, this is the ride for you. Various dates are on offer from February to December.
This seven night ride offers guests the same benefits of doing a mobile safari but with the added attraction of more luxurious accommodation. The lodges are family – owned, private and exclusive, mostly with en-suite bathrooms and most have swimming pools.
As we traverse the greater expanse of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, guests have the opportunity to enjoy sightings of animals such as elephant, leopard, lion, wild dog, hyena and cheetah as well as a huge range of bird species, antelope and smaller game. With no fences within the reserve, this is truly one of the wildest places in Africa! Currently we have five lodges which we use for this ride as well as our very own “Out of Africa” basecamp: Two Mashatus.
- Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3
- Day 4
on arrival at the Information desk at 8am at JHB International airport by Waterberg Transfers. A drive of 5.5 hours takes you to Pontdrift border post where your horse safari guide will meet you. After the formalities of crossing the border you will be escorted in an open game drive vehicle to our reception area by the stables. After settling in and enjoying a refreshing lunch in the Lala Palm Rondavel, you’re off to meet the most important members of the team: the horses! You will then embark on a short introductory ride in the afternoon to make sure that you and your mount are perfectly suited followed by sundowners at the stables before heading to the Two Mashatus Camp. A delicious evening meal follows before retiring to the comfort of your tent. Then allow the sounds of the bush serenade you to sleep!
After breakfast, we mount up and head off on the long ride of 6 hours to the luxurious Naledi camp. This ride traverses hills and ridges and takes you to the most northern parts of the game reserve. On the open plains there are good opportunities for fast canters, perhaps accompanied by zebra, wildebeest or eland. The lush vegetation close to the Majale River is browsed by a diversity of wildlife, so there is a good chance of excellent game-viewing in this area. Collection on arrival at the Information desk at 8am at JHB International airport by Waterberg Transfers. A drive of 5.5 hours takes you to Pontdrift border post where your horse safari guide will meet you. After the formalities of crossing the border you will be escorted in an open game drive vehicle to our reception area by the stables. After settling in and enjoying a refreshing lunch in the Lala Palm Rondavel, you’re off to meet the most important members of the team: the horses! You will then embark on a short introductory ride in the afternoon to make sure that you and your mount are perfectly suited. followed by sundowners at the stables before heading to the Two Mashatus Camp. A delicious evening meal follows before retiring to the comfort of your tent. Then allow the sounds of the bush serenade you to sleep! Upon arrival at this beautiful private camp, you are welcomed by cold beverages and a good lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy the very comfortable rooms or lounge around the swimming pool with a view over the African bush. If feeling energetic, take a game walk with your guide in the late afternoon. This gives you the opportunity to learn more about the small and fascinating creatures that are an important part of the local ecology. Head back to camp before sunset for traditional sundowners, an excellent dinner and a good night’s sleep.
Today we make a leisurely start on the 4.5 hour ride to Kanda Farm, traversing the central game area of the reserve where you may see giraffe, eland or zebra. The ride passes through an area of rocky cliffs, home to a resident leopard. Kanda Farm is a rustic family-owned property in a spectacular location overlooking the Majale River. After a leisurly lunch and a chance to possibly watch the local wildlife at the water hole just under your camp you have a rest. In the afternoon, we follow the course of the Majale River on a bush walk and climb some of the kopjes in the area. Back to camp and a dinner under the stars!
Today we explore the surrounding area, tracking wildlife through the bush and enjoying spectacular views across Mashatu. There is a great diversity of game in this area and you may see bat-eared fox, black- backed jackal, eland, kudu and other plains game. The morning ride is about 5 hours as we ride down to Rock Camp, a stunning camp with a lovely rock pool to cool off in. After lunch and a siesta, you have the option of a game drive which offers the opportunity of viewing predators such as leopard, cheetah, wild dog and lion that Mashatu is famous for. You may also be lucky to spot some of the other interesting nocturnal residents such as hyena, genet or porcupine. You stop for sundowners at a vantage point before returning to camp for dinner.
- Day 5
- Day 6
- Day 7
- Day 8
Today you head out to the Pitsani plains. Descending to the plains, there is the possibility for a faster ride where you might be joined by curious herds of zebra, wildebeest or giraffe. You will wind your way through the hills before arriving at the beautiful Shalimpo Lodge on neighbouring Charter reserve. Looking out over the Shashe/Limpopo Confluence this camp is sure to please. Usually there is a game drive in the afternoon, and a lazy relaxed evening on the cool lawn overlooking the mighty confluence while the cooks rustle up another delicious meal.
After breakfast you head back to Two Mashatus camp, following the Limpopo River which always offers up some interesting and close encounters with elephant or other wildlife After an enjoyable 4 hour ride, we arrive at camp in time for lunch and a traditional African siesta in comfortable surroundings. You may go for a pleasant walk to stretch the legs in the evening before you retire for a good dinner and bed.
• Transfers to and from JHB International
• Meeting point at Arrivals Hall at the Information Desk at OR Tambo International Airport
• Maximum of 8 guests and minimum of 4 guests
• Rate is inclusive of accommodation, riding, meals, teas and coffees, drinks, game drives (at least 2), bush walks and laundry. Only transfers, tips and curios payable locally in cash.
• Elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah & wild dog country
• Non riders welcome (game drives, cycling and walking available)
• For experienced riders only
• Children under 16 not permitted without parents/guardians