Varden Horseback Safaris - Tingwa Safari - African Horseback Safaris

Sample Itinerary for Tingwa Valley Safari

DAY 1

Transfer to the Mavuradonha Wilderness (normal arrival time before lunch). You can do a land or light aircraft charter from Harare. Relax in the comfort of Kopje Tops Lodge, and get to know your horse with a sun downer ride before dinner.

DAY 2

Your day starts with a wake-up call accompanied by tea or coffee in your room. Then enjoy a full breakfast at the Lodge, before setting out for your day in the saddle. The route generally follows the direction of the Tingwa River – but as there are elephant to track, and cave paintings to see, plus swimming in waterfalls, there are likely to be a few diversions.

Lunch is normally enjoyed at a suitable swimming and sun bathing spot. You reach your overnight accommodation (Bat Caves Camp), in time to witness the evening flight of the bats.

DAY 3

A leisurely breakfast this morning, before setting off for a day tracking game through the tributaries of the lower Tingwa, Dateema and Mashonjeri Rivers. There is nothing like catching up with a herd of elephant you have been tracking for hours. No guarantee of finding them but that is half the fun and experience of learning about the bush. Return to Bat Caves for a second night.

DAY 4

Breakfast at about 7.30 before heading out for the return journey. You can decide on the type of terrain you want to ride and how hard or easy it should be – and you can work out the route with your guide. Terrain is diverse, with some mountainous paths, or tracks next to rivers, and across small open plains. There are at least ten different ways back through eight different Valleys ensuring you never take the same path home. Arrive back into Kopje Tops Lodge in the later afternoon.

DAY 5

The five day safari includes a full day’s ride out from Kopje Tops with an optional second night at the lodge. A very popular ride, this day takes you through the African Villages to the West of the Mavuradonhas. Guided by members of staff who live in the local village, you will gain a fascinating insight into the ways of the rural African peoples and get a glimpse of their culture and beliefs.

Notes
Meals: the day starts with a leisurely breakfast. There is a stop for mid morning tea, followed by a longish lunch normally at a spectacular swimming hole to rest both horse and rider. Sundowners are enjoyed at Bat Caves Camp, and time allows for a hot shower, before dinner.

The safari includes accommodation at Kopje Tops Lodge and Bat Caves Camp, all meals and drinks (soft and alcohol), services of a fully-licensed professional guide and experienced grooms, and all safari activities including riding, walking and birding