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Reviews



We had a fantastic honeymoon and would love to go back sometime. I didn't want to come back to England! Thank you for all your help with the honeymoon and the organisation, can't thank you enough.

Phill R.
"Fantastic riding with plenty of variety. Awesome scenery , luxury accommodation. So many beautiful horses, there was a horse for everyone no matter what their ability."

Steve C.
Exceeded my expectations, very natural at Horizon. Saw all big five closely. Favourite memory was first encounter with giraffe - the baby giraffe ran straight across out path from out of trees and then we saw all the others - got very close on our horses (at Camp Davidson). Accommodation very good and Horizon had excellent laundry service at no extra cost.

Susan G. (African Explorer - South Africa & Botswana)
I had a really good time, the people, staff and guests were great. The staff look after you very well and become more like friends than staff. I ended up with a couple of horses that I really trusted. The guides were very knowledgeable. It was the perfect holiday action on the horses and relaxation and eating in between, and boy, was the food good. Not hotel stuff, but very good home cooked food. I even came home with a recipe from Ryno.

Anne L.
The best riding holiday I've ever done (and I've done a lot over the years). Horizon blew me away - I cried when I left! Such a beautiful place and so well run, with the guests' and horses' needs at the heart of everything.

Jane L.
It was an amazing experience. Wonderful holiday. (Favourite memory?) Swimming with the horses.

Samantha K.
A wonderful experience! Split between 2 very different locations and types fo safari. The first - horse riding on a secure reserve gave our group of 3 the opportunity to get close to the animals (a great range, excluding lion, elephant, buffalo) in a natural environment. Great riding - it felt safe at all times, despite the hippo and crocodile. Jaci's Tree Lodge safari - a great follow-on vehicle safari giving us close viewing of so many more (some endangered) species - overall a brilliant experience that just grew and grew with each day. (Accommodation?) Both locations - really excellent! Loved the horses (at Horizon) all individuals, but so responsive and willing to move! The fact that the herd of 80 plus horses were free on the reserve gave an added element to the horses' relationship with the Horizon team. (Favourite memory?) Horizon - walking on horseback so close to the giraffe, zebra, etc. The fast canters, gallops, the polocrosse and jumping - all great fun. Jaci's tree lodge - probably 2 young elephants play-fighting for over half an hour in the pool next to the lodge.

Chris & Gerry G. (Horizon & Jaci's Lodge combination)
This was the trip of a lifetime! It was absolutely wonderful. Probably one of the best memories was cantering with the zebras and then having a family of warthogs spring up out of the grass right in front of us. Camp Davidson was really special too. (Horizon Lodge and Camp Davidson)

Calvin and Susan
Very chilled and hospitable place, really well planned and thoughtful touches in the accommodation, really appreciated the daily laundry and the food was divine! The horse matching was excellent, the rides were varied with galloping on open plains, being able to look at the scenery and trust my horse was just amazing! I had been so well prepared by the Far and Ride team they answered all my questions and I can't wait to book my next trip with them.

Seema
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Anglo Arabs, Thoroughbreds, Boerperds and cross breeds.

Nature of horses:

Horizon have a wide range of horses with temperaments to suit different riders.

Height of horses:

11.0 - 16.3 h

Weight limit:

95kg / 209lbs - however experienced riders over this weight can sometimes be accepted, please contact us.

Tack type:

McClellan trail saddles.

 

Travel Advice



Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.
 

Ride Description

Horizon Horseback offers a range of riding safaris in the malaria-free Waterberg region South Africa and now also in Botswana via their sister company (see Horizon Botswana page). Regular winners of the 'Best Riding Safari in Africa' title in the prestigious Safari Awards, Horizon is a well-known horse safari destination with a longstanding reputation for its friendly, relaxed atmosphere and focus on quality and service. Not only that, but they manage to combine the thrill and luxury of safari with surprisingly affordable prices. Just three hours north of Johannesburg, this destination has a choice for everyone from honeymoon couples to adventurous families, single riders to groups of friends (non-riders also welcome).

Guests can opt for a 'Signature Safari', based out of the historic family property, or a mobile safari such as the 'African Explorer' which is organised in conjunction with Horizon Botswana. On the Signature Safari riders stay on Horizon's main property, set in a private game reserve alongside a beautiful lake with hippo and surrounding plains game. There is also a chance to sleep under canvas, traditional 'safari style', by incorporating some nights in Horizon's own tented camp, Camp Davidson. When based on the main property guests can ride safe in the knowledge that whilst they may see the beautiful likes of zebra and giraffe, there are none of the animals considered most dangerous (primarily elephants and big cats).

Safaris at Horizon can be tailor made to suit your needs. With a large herd of horses available, there is a suitable partner for every level of rider including safe mounts for beginners and children (and some spicier options for those who like some spirit!). The choices of riding are almost endless and include outrides through the game reserve, swimming with the horses in the lake, western games, polocrosse or perhaps even cross country jumping. Weddings can also be arranged here and you will find it the ideal setting for such special occasions.

All the team from Far and Ride have been lucky enough to ride here on different occasions and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

The main lodge accommodation comprises several rooms and chalets, all of which are en-suite with either a shower, a bath or both. Guests also have access to a spacious living area, dining room, stoep (verandah) and swimming pool which overlooks the lake.

Room options at the lodge include both standard rooms and garden chalets:

Standard Rooms (1):
Lodge Room

Garden Chalets (4):
Hippo 1
Hippo 2
Twin Peaks
Old Rondavel

Luxury Chalets (3):
Hippo 3 (upstairs Hippo room)
Rock Lodge (remote cottage by the lake)
Lakeside (remote cottage by the lake)

We will book you for either a standard room, garden chalet or luxury chalet (depending on your preference) but not specify which exact room you will be in unless requested.

In addition to the main lodge, Horizon also has a tented camp called 'Camp Davidson' where guests can stay for a more traditional 'under canvas' safari experience. The camp features luxurious canvas tents with decking and is completely run on solar energy. It also has its own small swimming pool.

Lastly, for those who prefer to move around, we can organise a night in Savannah Lodge on the south-western side of the conservancy. Please contact us for details.

After the horses, food is your hosts' second passion. Before an early morning ride, guests are offered a light breakfast. After working up an appetite on your ride, lunch is served under the giant syringa tree in the garden followed by afternoon tea at about 3 pm.

Dinner is a sociable and sumptuous affair, during which the day's adventures or misadventures are accounted with great delight. The carefully planned three-course menus are accompanied by a selection of fine South African wines. Fresh vegetables and home grown herbs are used in all recipes with home made bread and cakes which are baked on a daily basis.

 

Activities

Non-riding activities are available primarily at an added cost, although guided bush walks and attendance of the local Sunday church service are included free of charge. Other options include game drives, cycling, night sky safaris, Lekhalo Zipline visit, fishing, massages, visits to the Waterberg Living Museum of Bullseye Taxidermy, Vaalwater shopping trip or an excursion to the Telekeshi Ramasobane Cultural Village.

 

Further Details

Languages: English

Health requirements: No specific health requirements

Age limit: Minimum riding age of 8 years except family weeks where any children are accepted.

Tuition: Informal tuition can be arranged for certain activities but riding lessons are not generally part of the programme.

Included: Accommodation, meals, drinks, horse riding and bush walks.

Not included: Flights, airport transfers, travel insurance, tips or extra activities and services not mentioned.

 

Travel Information

There are several airlines flying direct to Johannesburg (ORT). Many leave the UK in the evenings and after an overnight flight you will arrive the next morning hopefully without any jet lag! We will arrange your safe transfer. On arrival we ask that clients make their way to the information desk of the arrivals hall to meet their driver who will have a sign with their name on it.

Group Transfers (prices on individual programmes below):
Arriving: Daily leaving ORT at approx. 10:30 (arriving at Horizon approx. 13:30): you must arrive before 09:30.
Departing: Daily leaving Horizon at approx. 14:00 (arriving at ORT at approx. 17:00): you must book flights departing 19:00, preferably later.

If your flights do not fit these timings, then private transfers can be arranged at extra cost - please ask us.

African Explorer Transfer:
1. Leaving ORT at 10:30am for Camp Davidson. Your flight MUST arrive before 09:15.
2. 5th day transfer at 09:30am from Camp Davidson to LVHS.
3. Departure day transfer at c. 11:00 from LVHS to ORT (arrival at 18:00). You MUST book flights departing 20:30 or later.
See individual programme for prices.

Private transfers will need to be organised for those whose flights arrive after 09:30am and depart before 20:00 (please note that an additional cost will be incurred for this service and you may miss out on the first/last ride).

**Please note that from 1st June 2017, Botswana have introduced a Tourism Levy of 30 USD which must be paid by African Explorer guests in cash on arrival at the Limpopo airstrip**

Airport: Johannesburg (JNB)

 

Programmes


Signature Safari (Lodge Based Stay)



This is a fantastic holiday for all levels of rider with varied horseback activities, beautiful African wildlife and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The absence of dangerous game (primarily elephant and lion) mean that less experienced riders or children can feel safe whilst still enjoying plenty of hours in the saddle. In addition to out rides and game-viewing you can ride further into the conservancy or try polocrosse, swimming with your horse, western games or perhaps even a bit of cross country jumping.

During a typical ten day holiday, guests have the chance to explore a wide area (21,000 acres) on horseback, venturing into different parts of the reserve and the conservancy. There are two riding activities per day - a longer morning ride (up to 3 - 4 hours) and a shorter afternoon ride (1 - 2 hours). Below we have detailed the different kind of rides you can experience during your stay, depending on your riding ability and preferences.

Out Rides and Game Viewing

Observing the local wildlife and seeing the bush from horseback is simply the best way! The sandy tracks wind through areas of thicker bush as well as open plains and the going is easy for both riders and horses. The game here doesn't view horse and rider combinations as a threat so you are able to ride close to animals such as giraffe and zebra.

Conservancy Ride

During your stay there is usually the opportunity for a full day ride, heading west into the conservancy game reserve. This route allows for long canters and the chance to see some different animals including large herds of wildebeest, hartebeest, sable, eland and blesbok. Buffalo, ostrich, kudu, waterbuck and impala may also be encountered. 

You eat lunch at the conservancy lodge and take a rest by the pool before continuing further into this game rich area. In the afternoon you make your way back to base, arriving in time for sundowners, although there is the option for an overnight out in the conservancy if you prefer (please enquire). 

Polocrosse

This is open to novice riders as well as those more secure in the saddle - your hosts will teach you how to play and find that guests often get quite competitive after a few chukkas! The game combines polo and lacrosse and uses a soft ball and lacrosse-like sticks. Players are divided into teams of three (a scorer, centre and defence) and the game starts with a line-out where the umpire throws the ball into play. The aim of the game is to pick up and throw or steal the ball in order to shoot and score a goal, but tactics may even include riding opponents off the pitch. Here at Far and Ride we LOVE the game with all of us having tried it during our own visits to Horizon. 

Swimming with your Horse

This is one of the most popular activities at Horizon, especially for those who have not done it before. After a morning ride and providing conditions allow, you have the chance to take your horse swimming in the dam by the lodge. The motion of horses swimming underneath you is a wonderful feeling and it's the perfect way to cool off after a morning in the saddle. 

Western Games

A team of guides run a western games afternoon which is full of great exercises to test the skills of both children and adult riders. Activities may include pole-bending, barrel-racing, threading a sword through a stirrup, hunting a marshmallow, musical horses and more. Brings out the team spirit in guests and is a real hit with younger riders especially. 

Cross Country Jumping

For those with prior jumping experience, there is the chance to try some cross country jumping on the small course on site. Jumping is for individuals or small groups and includes a warm-up and a few practice jumps, following by jumping the course around the lake. English jumping saddles are used for this activity. 

There is also a number of small jumps and jumping lanes which are suitable for less experienced riders and incorporated into the out rides. 

Village Ride to the Local School

On the greater farm lies a small village called Lehlabile, comprising around 40 Sotho dwellings, a small primary school and creche. Many of the Horizon staff were born in the village and grew up there. This ride takes you through the village to the local school - you can see the traditionally painted houses, chat to villages and meet the children at the school. The children will often sing and dance for you and if you'd like to bring anything for them, they love donations of crayons, pencils, paper paint, play dough, secondhand books and toys. 



Accommodation: Guests can stay in a room or chalet at the main lodge or may wish to spend some nights in Horizon's tented camp, Camp Davidson.
Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: All riding abilities are welcome.
Type of ride: Safari (stationary).
Total riding time: Two rides per day (a longer morning ride and a shorter afternoon ride), as well as a ride on both arrival and departure day if time allows.
Departure dates: Flexible arrivals and departures. We offer stays of any duration from 3 nights or more - please get in touch to discuss.
 
Pricing: 2020:
Prices are per person per night (adult).

Low Season: 6 January-14 February, 1 March-3 April, 20 April-10 July
Luxury Chalet (sharing): 195
Luxury Chalet (single):293
Garden Chalet (sharing): 195
Garden Chalet (single): 220
Standard Room (sharing): 164
Standard Room (single): 193
Third person in any room: 160

High Season: 15-28 February, 4-19 April, 11 July - 4 January 2021
Luxury Chalet (sharing): 255
Luxury Chalet (single):383
Garden Chalet (sharing): 255
Garden Chalet (single): 280
Standard Room (sharing): 218
Standard Room (single): 255
Third person in any room: 213

There are discounts for children under 16 - please enquire for a quote.

Transfer prices are as follows;

GROUP transfers from and to Johannesburg airport are charged at 98 per person each way and are strictly at SET TIMES. You will have to wait for riders arriving on other flights.

ARRIVAL +60 transfers are timed to depart within an hour after your flight arrives and cost 198 each way per booking. You'll only have to wait for people arriving at the same time as you and not for later flights. Flights must arrive between 06:55 and 10:55am.

PRIVATE transfers can also be arranged outside of usual arrival times, or if you need to stop for shopping and don't want to share. These are 260 per vehicle each way.

2021:
Prices are per person per night (adult).

Low Season: 5 January-12 February, 22 Feb-21 March, 20 April-20 July
Luxury Chalet (sharing): 203
Luxury Chalet (single):304
Garden Chalet (sharing): 203
Garden Chalet (single): 229
Standard Room (sharing): 171
Standard Room (single): 200
Third person in any room: 167

High Season: 13-21 February, 1-19 April, 21 July - 4 January 2022
Luxury Chalet (sharing): 265
Luxury Chalet (single):398
Garden Chalet (sharing): 265
Garden Chalet (single): 291
Standard Room (sharing): 226
Standard Room (single): 265
Third person in any room: 221

There are discounts for children under 16 - please enquire for a quote.

Transfer prices are as follows;

GROUP transfers from and to Johannesburg airport are charged at 102 per person each way and are strictly at SET TIMES. You will have to wait for riders arriving on other flights.

ARRIVAL +60 transfers are timed to depart within an hour after your flight arrives and cost 206 each way per booking. You'll only have to wait for people arriving at the same time as you and not for later flights. Flights must arrive between 06:55 and 10:55am.

PRIVATE transfers can also be arranged outside of usual arrival times, or if you need to stop for shopping and don't want to share. These are 270 per vehicle each way.

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.



African Explorer



This exciting ride combines three nights spent at Camp Davidson, built high in the bushveld above the Matlapeng Valley of South Africa, a night at a luxury lodge on the private Bellevue game reserve in South Africa and three nights at Mashatu camp in Botswana. A fantastic combination enabling you to explore the central highlands of the Waterberg massif before moving onto the vast Mashatu Game Reserve in the Tuli Block.

Camp Davidson offers the opportunity to explore from a base camp nestled in the heart of the wooded mountains of the Waterberg. The camp commands a wonderful panoramic view of the central highlands of the Waterberg massif, while overlooking the picturesque Sunset Lake at the eastern boundary of Triple B Ranch.

In the late 19th century, Ted Davidson, one of the first members of the Baber family (owners of Triple B Ranch) to settle in the Waterberg, was a young man trading with an ox wagon to remote cattle outposts of a young ranching area. A good day's travelling may have been only five miles or so by rugged track and so an itinerant life in the Waterberg meant a life by the campfire. Horizon has captured the early camp atmosphere through beautiful decked canvas tents nestled amongst the sandstone ridges overlooking grassy game filled valleys. Each tent is appointed as it would be in Ted's day with items that would have been essential to the traveller accustomed to regular nights in the bush. 

In the Tuli Block, the area you will be riding in is 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 including lion, cheetah, leopard, African wild dog, a multitude of plains game like zebra, wildebeest and giraffe as well as over 350 species of birds. It is an area of great diversity, magnificent vistas, ancient civilisations and dramatic rock formations bordered by the Great Limpopo River in the South.

Suggested Itinerary

Day One: 

Guests will be met at Johannesburg International Airport and be transferred to Camp Davidson (approximately 3 hours) in time for a late lunch. In the afternoon you will be introduced to your safari horse. They will ensure that you are matched with a horse to suit your ability and experience before you head off on your first ride. This first ride is a relaxed affair to give you the opportunity to settle into your new surroundings. Crossing the plains, enjoy your first encounter with wildlife on horseback such as ostrich, impala, zebra, kudu, eland, giraffe, warthog and jackal.

A stunning lookout spot for sundowner drinks is a welcome moment to take in your first taste of Africa after a long journey before returning to Camp Davidson for a three course dinner.

Day Two: 

Todays ride sets out from the high country overlooking a beautiful wilderness area to the east and heads south, winding along the banks of Sunset Lake where resident Fish Eagles and Spur-Winged Geese are often spotted, as well as a pod of resident hippo. Later ride through the open savannah where wildebeest and zebra can be encountered. The riding is varied, from canters along sandy tracks to winding through rocky outcrops and densely wooded areas. Cross the reserve to return to camp for lunch and a chance to relax by the pool.

The afternoon ride offers more chance for hippo viewing and some great long canters. If weather permits then this evening there may be a chance for a night sky safari with local astronomer Dr Philip Calcott who will guide you through some constellations (additional cost of c. ZAR300pp (min 4) payable locally, subject to weather conditions).

Day Three: 

Set off riding in a westerly direction, tracking past a brown hyena den and skirting past the upper reaches of Horizon dam before crossing a wide grassy valley. At one point you'll enter dense woodland which is home to the shyer species of game such as kudu, bushbuck and vervet monkeys. Emerge from the woods and stretch the horses legs along open sandy tracks before swinging back to the north, through mixed bushveld and fascinating rock formations. 

Two highlights of this ride are the jumping lanes and the chance to swim the horses bareback in the dam next to the main lodge. For many guests this is an unforgettable experience (subject to hippos not being in residence). Once dried off, ride back up to Camp Davidson following a mountain pass cut through boulders and outcrops.

After lunch, enjoy a sundowner ride across the plains on the reserve. Over the years the resident zebra herd has become quite habituated to the horses and it's now possible to ride really close and experience being part of the herd - a wonderful way to watch the zebra foals frolic.

Day Four: 

Leave Camp Davidson behind and ride south to the neighbouring reserve which is home to Savannah Lodge. The ride traverses a wide wetland, home to reedbuck and grass owls, before entering dense woodland dotted with wild fig trees and large fruited bushwillows. Cross the watershed and descend through open grasslands with sweeping views to the upper reaches of the conservancy's main water system. 

Your route passes the favoured habitat of waterbuck and cape buffalo before entering the open plains which are aptly known as 'little Serengeti' - large herds of blesbok, eland, wildebeest and kudu are on view, as are groups of elegant sable, swift red hartebeest and impressive journeys of giraffe.

After lunch at the lodge and some time to relax and enjoy the pool, your afternoon ride continues to explore this game rich area, closing with sundowners overlooking the African plains. 

Day Five: 

You will depart the lodge early today and will mount for a final exhilarating ride through the reserve, soaking up the early morning sights and sounds of the African bush, making your way to Horizon Lodge for a quick freshen-up. 

Depart Horizon lodge at c.9.30am and transfer to Horizon's base in Botswana, crossing the Limpopo river and into the Tuli block before arriving at the stables. A light lunch is served before an introductory afternoon ride to familiarise riders with their horses for this leg of the safari, arriving at the Two Mashatus camp in time to freshen up before supper.

Day Six: 

An early wake up call with tea/coffee brought to your tent followed by breakfast around the camp fire. You will make an early start each day to enjoy the freshness of the morning and to maximise game viewing opportunities in the hours the wildlife are most active. Undoubtedly you will come across the large herd of elephant for which the Tuli is renowned as well as many different species of antelope, giraffe, zebra, bat eared fox, jackal, hyena and possibly even lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah. 

Set off through dense woodland that hugs the Limpopo river and head towards the rocky hills that delineate the edges of the great river valley. Arrive back at Two Mashatus camp in time for lunch and a cooling afternoons rest beside the pool. In the afternoon you can either ride or take a game drive to the south-western side of the reserve, which is an area not reached on horseback during this itinerary. It is an area which is rich in game with a resident pride of lion. The highlight of the drive is a sundowner in the ancient landscape of rock formations of the Mmamagwa hills, with vast vistas into the setting sun.

Day Seven: 

You will ride out today following the movements of wildlife in the area and observing and interpreting everything around you. 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.

The afternoon brings another chance to choose between a ride or a bush walk in the northern area of the reserve, enjoying the birdlife, spotting crocodiles in the pools and learning about the magnificent trees which line the banks. 

Day Eight: 

A final early morning ride back to the stables, taking one last photo of elephant of enjoying a long and winding canter through the scattered Mustard bush. At the stables there is time for a quick shower and brunch before heading back to the airport.

Please be aware that due to changes in weather and other unforeseen events, the itinerary may be changed at the last minute. We will endeavour to keep everyone informed of any changes and the reason for them.



Accommodation: 3 nights Camp Davidson, 1 night Savannah Lodge, 3 nights Two Mashatus Camp
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: Experienced riders only
Type of ride: Safari
Total riding time: 4-7 hours a day
Departure dates: 2020: 10-17, 17-24 April; 24 Apr-1 May; 1-8, 8-15, 15-22, 22-29 May; 29 May-5 June; 5-12, 12-19, 19-26 June; 26 Jun-3 July; 3-10, 10-17, 17-24, 24-31 July; 31 July-7 Aug; 7-14, 14-21, 21-28 August; 28 Aug-4 Sep; 4-11, 11-18, 18-25 September; 25 Sep-2 Oct; 2-9, 9-16, 16-23, 23-30 October; 30 Oct-6 Nov; 6-13, 13-20, 20-27 November; 27 Nov-4 Dec; 4-11, 11-18, 18-25 December.

2021: 1-8, 8-15, 15-22, 22-29 Jan; 29 Jan-5 Feb, 5-12, 12-19, 19-26 Feb; 26 Feb-5 Mar, 5-12, 12-19, 19-26 Mar; 26 Mar-2 Apr, 2-9, 9-16, 16-23, 23-30 Apr; 30 Apr- 7 May, 7-14, 14-21, 21-28 May; 28 May- 4 Jun, 4-11, 11-18, 18-25 Jun; 25 Jun-2 Jul, 2-9, 9-16, 16-23, 23-30 Jul; 30 Jul-6 Aug, 6-13, 13-20, 20-27 Aug; 27 Aug- 3 Sep, 3-10, 10-17, 17-24 Sep; 24 Sep-1 Oct, 1-8, 8-15, 15-22, 22-29 Oct; 29 Oct-5 Nov, 5-12, 12-19, 19-26 Nov; 26 Nov-3 Dec, 3-10, 10-17, 17-24, 24-31 Dec.
 
Pricing: 2020:

Price per person (8days/7 nights)
Low season (Jan, Feb, Dec): 1660
Mid season (Mar, Apr, Jun): 1810
High season (May, Jul-Nov): 2020

50% Single supplement if not willing to share.

Transfers:
312 per person includes arrival day road transfer from ORT airport to Camp Davidson, Day 5 transfers from Camp Davidson to LVHS and Departure day road transfer from LVHS to ORT.

2021:

Price per person (8days/7 nights)
Low season (Jan, Feb, Dec): 1728
Mid season (Mar, Apr, Jun): 1884
High season (May, Jul-Nov): 2103

50% Single supplement if not willing to share.

Transfers:
324 per person includes arrival day road transfer from ORT airport to Camp Davidson, Day 5 transfers from Camp Davidson to LVHS and Departure day road transfer from LVHS to ORT.

You MUST book flights at the following times to meet these transfers:

Arrival: Your flight MUST land before 09:15 to allow time to collect your luggage, clear passport control and meet the road transfer for a 10:30 departure. If you arrive later than this you will need a private road transfer at extra cost.

Departure: You flight MUST depart later than 20:30. We cannot guarantee what time the transfer will get you to Johannesburg airport for earlier flights and so if you book an earlier departing flight you will need to pay extra for a private road transfer back to Johannesburg.

**From 1st January 2019, a conservation fee of USD 10 per person per night will need to be paid locally for the nights in Botswana**


Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.



Camp Davidson



Camp Davidson is set in a private game reserve which forms part of this historic family estate. It  has  been built high in the bushveld above the Matlapeng valley. It offers the opportunity to explore from the base camp nestled in the heart of the wooded mountains of the Waterberg. The camp commands a wonderful panoramic view of the central highlands of the Waterberg massif, while overlooking the picturesque Sunset Lake at the eastern boundary of Triple B Ranch. 

In the late 19th century, Ted Davidson, one of the first members of the Baber family (owners of Triple B Ranch) to settle in the Waterberg, was a young man trading by ox wagon to remote cattle outposts of a young ranching area. A good days travelling may have been only five miles or so by rugged track, and so an itinerant life in the Waterberg meant a life by the campfire. Horizon has captured that early camp atmosphere through beautiful decked canvas tents nestled amongst the sandstone ridges overlooking grassy game filled valleys. Each tent is appointed as it would have been in Ted's day with items that would have been essential to the traveller accustomed to regular nights in the bush.

Ted would be very surprised to see that the camp has a lovely swimming pool, and an outside area which is just perfect to enjoy your sundowner.  The tent where you enjoy most meals is most definitely far more luxurious than in Ted's day with the table set for fine dining.

This riding holiday is fully flexible and offers the opportunity to explore the reserve, visit the historic homestead and Sotho village on the estate. There are two out rides or riding activities a day. Morning rides last 3-4 hours (or less if requested) and afternoon rides are somewhat shorter. Rides are tailormade to suit the needs of our guests and they try to be as flexible as possible.

Suggested Itinerary

Day One: 

Guests will be met at Johannesburg International Airport and be transferred to the lodge (approximately 3 hours) in time for lunch. In the afternoon you will be introduced to your safari horse. They will ensure that you are matched with a horse to suit your ability and experience before heading off on your ride to Camp Davidson. On route through the Matlapeng Reserve the ride will take a sundowner break at the Red Lake where you are likely to encounter their pod of resident hippo before climbing the ridge up to Camp Davidson.

Day Two: 

A day of exploration in the reserve, tracking herds of giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, kudu and impala. The terrain lends itself to straying off the trails as your horse leads you along game trails and narrow kloofs. A saddlebag lunch is served at the riverside along on a long abandoned wagon route used by the pioneers to congregate for church each Sunday. Riders can rest in the shade of the riverine forest during the heat of the day or take a dip in the clear flowing streams whilst the horses graze, before gradually meandering back through the plains in the fading afternoon light.

Day Three: 

A full day's ride west of camp takes you around Bellevue on the southern end of the property and onto the historic Baber homestead for lunch by the poolside. That afternoon, riders visit the local Sotho village and have a tour of some of the traditional houses with the local characters Martha Mosima and the group of village lady elders for afternoon tea accompanied by traditional singing and dancing. After a day of long riding, culture and history you will return to the peace of Camp Davidson where you will dine under the stars.

Day Four:

After breakfast you may ride through the game reserve to the lodge in time for lunch in the shaded garden. You can relax by the pool and watch the birdlife on the dam prior to your onward journey. Guests can also visit Beadle, a craft workshop on the ranch which is a community upliftment project. The crafters specialise in beautiful handmade beadwork and leather products including riding chaps.

The itinerary can be tailored to suit you and you can spend as many days as you wish at this relaxing camp, however, you must combine it with a Signature Safari or Limpopo Horse Safari.



Accommodation: Tents are large, walk-in ‘A’ frame safari tents set up on teak decking, with proper beds made up with sheets and duvets, and each with a bathroom attached (bucket shower / basin, flush loo). There is a comfortable luxurious mess tent for meals. Each tent is appointed as it would be in Ted's day with items that would have been essential to the traveller accustomed to regular nights in the bush.
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: All abilities
Type of ride: Trail based from camp
Total riding time: 4-6 hours a day
Departure dates: All year around.
 
Pricing: 2020:
Price per person, per night.

190 Shared tent (adult)
+95 single tent supplement (adult) if not willing to share

156 shared tent (child <16)
+78 single tent supplement (child <16)

115 child sharing in tent with two parents

**Camp Davidson can only be booked in combination with either a Signature Safari or with one of the Horizon Botswana rides and not as a stand-alone location.

Please note that if you wish to add a Camp Davidson stay in the middle of a Signature Safari stay (rather than at the beginning/end) then there is a supplement of 43 per person for a one night stay, 68 per person for a two night stay or 103 per person for a three night stay. This supplement does not apply if you add your Camp Davidson stay to the start or end of a Signature Safari.

Transfers are at the same cost as the Signature Safari above.

2021:
Price per person, per night.

198 Shared tent (adult)
+99 single tent supplement (adult) if not willing to share

162 shared tent (child <16)
+81 single tent supplement (child <16)

120 child sharing in tent with two parents

**Camp Davidson can only be booked in combination with either a Signature Safari or with one of the Horizon Botswana rides and not as a stand-alone location.

Please note that if you wish to add a Camp Davidson stay in the middle of a Signature Safari stay (rather than at the beginning/end) then there is a supplement of 44 per person for a one night stay, 71 per person for a two night stay or 107 per person for a three night stay. This supplement does not apply if you add your Camp Davidson stay to the start or end of a Signature Safari.

Transfers are at the same cost as the Signature Safari above.


Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.