The Waterberg Trust Challenge Ride across Mashutu in Southern Botswana 2020
Overall dates: Thursday 27th February to Sunday 8th March 2020 (unless you would like to stay longer at end of the ride*)
Horizon Horseback Safaris hosted the first TWT Challenge Ride in 2015. They are offering to host this ride in 2020 for eight fit and experienced riders who would like to raise funds for the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Wild Dog Project and the Waterberg Academy Educational Bursary Fund, along with community projects supported on a long-term basis by The Waterberg Trust.
The team of riders would spend two days based at Waterberg Cottages, learning about these projects, before being driven up to the Tuli Block of Southern Botswana to ride around Mashutu Game Reserve, over seven days, with giraffe, elephant and lion. After sleeping in different camps you would have the option of flying back to Johannesburg International Airport or returning for a couple of extra nights in the Waterberg.
Sophie Neville, a fellow of EWT and trustee of TWT who once guided in Botswana, will organise the group. Sophie@sophieneville.co.uk
The first two nights are spent at Windsong on Triple B Ranch: http://www.waterbergcottages.co.za
The next seven nights with be spent with Limpopo Horse Safaris on the Tuli Safari: http://www.ridinginafrica.com/botswana.html
FLIGHTS AND TRANSFERS We find it is best if people travel in pairs and book their own flights to Johannesburg – try Trailfinders or Flight Centre or the BA sale. Do liaise and fly together.
Once you have booked your flight, you will need to take out travel insurance in case you are forced to cancel. You need to inform the company you will be going on safari and riding horses (non-competitively, wearing a certified helmet). There might be a small surcharge for this activity. We will ask for your travel insurance policy number and emergency phone number for the file.
The itineraries may change – but only for the better! Riders who need to be fit and experienced as there will be approx 25-45kms of riding per day.
~ Sophie Neville, a Trustee of TWT and Fellow of EWT, who has ridden extensively in Botswana will be leading the group~
SPONSORSHIP – To participate you are required to raise a minimum sponsorship of £1000 for The Waterberg Trust. As a registered UK charity, Gift Aid can then be added. While we encourage riders to find sponsorship on Justgiving.com some of us are raising the donation of £1,000 in other ways such as hosting a sale or asking for donations instead of birthday gifts.
Since we plan to visit a number of the projects being supported by The Waterberg Trust you will get the chance to meet local people we are helping.
Do I need a visa? Check your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date and has at least 3 blank pages. Visas are not needed for those with British passports.
What vaccinations do I need? We recommend tetanus, polio and typhoid. The area is classified Malaria free.
What are the horses like? They have been carefully chosen from various South African breeds, known for being able to walk-out while being able to cope with tough going. They live in the bush so are familiar with wildlife. Breeds include Friesan-cross, Boerperds, Anglo-Thoroughbreds, and the S.A. Warmblood. They range in size from 14.3h. to 17h. Long-distance McClellan saddles are used.
~Vented helmets are recommended. A tennis visor was added to this one with velcro~
Are riding helmets compulsory? Yes – bring your own hot-weather helmet.
What else should I bring? Not too much: it can be hot and sunny and could be overcast or rainy but will not get cold. Towels are provided. Bring comfortable riding clothes in earth colours, blues or greens – (not bright red or turquoise) long-sleeved collared shirts, (we have TWT shirts for sale), bandana, riding helmet, bum bag, lip salve, sun cream factor 30, short boots and half-chaps, wax raincoat, camera with extra memory card and charger, sun hat, sarong, sandals or flip flops, summer dress & comfy clothes to wear in the evenings. (Voltage is the same but round pin plugs – so you need an adaptor.) Bring a small bag for your swimming costume and washbag, pyjamas, spare clothes and torch that we will take to Windsong. Handbags are not a good idea but remember your passport.
Do bring out any old children’s clothes, especially grey/black/blue/white school uniform or sports gear and bras as we can donate it to welfare projects in the Waterberg. Crayons, pencils and blue pens are also much appreciated and can be donated to schools on the route.
Do cell phones work? Usually. Wifi is weak. We take radio communication and phones.
Money: We suggest you don’t change too much money into the local currency. Craft shops take credit cards. We usually give the equivalent of £10 per person per day in tips, which the lodge managers distribute fairly.
To read more about the TWT horse ride in 2017, please click here
To read about the TWT horse ride in 2016, please click here
The Waterberg Trust Challenge Bike Ride through East Anglia
The next Waterberg Trust cycle ride will be led by TWT Trustee Barry Burles. Please contact him if you are interested on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Riders pay their own expenses but are supported along the way. To read more about the TWT cycle ride in 2016, please click here