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Botswana Cycle Safari - 4 Day Mashatu From R13200.00 pp sharing (6 people or more)

4 DAYS/ 3 NIGHTS

Mashatu Game Reserve is located in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve of Botswana which is situated between the Tuli Safari Area, a national park in Zimbabwe and the Mapungubwe National Park, a World Heritage Site in Southern Africa.

This vast area forms part of a cross boundary wildlife conservation area protecting the su Mashatu, “Land of Giants”, takes its name from the locally sacrosanct Mashatu or Nyala berry tree (Xanthrocercis zambesiaca) and the giants that roam its terrain. Mashatu, which is one of the largest privately owned game reserves in southern Africa, avails a sanctuary to the largest herds of elephant on privately owned land on the continent.

In addition to that, the reserve is home to the world’s tallest mammal, the giraffe; the world’s largest antelope, the eland; the world’s largest bird, the ostrich; and the world’s heaviest flying bird, the kori bustard. Add the king of the beasts, the lion and the iconic baobab tree…and you have Africa’s big seven land based giants.

Explore this magnificent reserve on a bicycle, rather than via the traditional game drives. It brings you into intimate contact with this remarkable wilderness, and is an experience you will never forget.

Day 1: Depart Johannesburg early morning

Cycling distance: +/15 kms, degree of difficulty 7/10

Early meet and greet in Johannesburg. Quick introduction before PrimaLuce Tours & Safaris rack your bikes and we all set off for a BIG 5 cycle safari adventure.

Head up the N1 north through the spectacular Soutpansberg mountain range and meet our guide on the South African side of the Pont Drift Board Post at approximately 13h00. Once done with border formalities, we prepare our bikes, load the support vehicle and enjoy a light lunch.

Then we bike to our first wilderness camp. After an exhilarating afternoon ride we arrive to chilled drinks, a hot bucket shower and a wholesome dinner. Our temporary, low impact, fully equipped wilderness camp provides for an unforgettable night's rest after a hard cycle.

Meals are prepared on open fires. Starlit skies and night sounds will awaken your senses, and a night under canvas will inspire your instincts.

OVERNIGHT: Mobile tented camp, Mashatu, Botswana

Day 2:

Cycling distance: +/20 kms, degree of difficulty 7/10

Wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee and breakfast. Prepare bikes and head off to uncharted terrains. Discover new skills as rocky outcrops, sandy riverbeds and open plains test biking abilities. We’ll break for a tea/drinks stop along the route and arrive back at camp for lunch.

A welcome afternoon siesta follows. The late afternoon will bring the chance to ride or drive to a nearby sundowner point.

OVERNIGHT: Mobile tented camp, Mashatu, Botswana

DAY 3:

Cycling distance: +/20 kms, degree of difficulty 7/10

Today brings a new dawn and we bike out towards Kgotla, our last camp. Testing terrain and changing landscapes make for a great ride. A pasta lunch and hot showers welcome weary legs and an opportunity to sit back, relax and savor that sense of achievement.

After an afternoon at leisure, we head off for a short walk to a nearby cliff for a sundowner. Return to an open fire prepared meal, fireside stories and a restful night's sleep under the stars concludes the safari on a high.

OVERNIGHT: Mobile tented camp, Mashatu, Botswana

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