In partnership with SHREDLY

Trip participants will get $150 in SHREDLY bucks to use on anything you would like to bring with you on the trip.

Have a Once in a Lifetime Experience Going on Safari on Your Bike

Trip Overview

This 7 Day Mountain Bike Safari trip to Botswana is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go on a safari…on mountain bikes! On this trip, you will ride through the Mashatu Game Reserve*, traversing the savannah and stunning river valleys. You will stay in beautiful luxury camps that have hot showers, delicious food, and frequent wildlife sightings including elephants, zebra, giraffes and more. Highly trained guides are always present to maintain a safe and enjoyable experience for the riders and the magnificent animals in their natural habitat. 

World Ride is very excited to partner with SHREDLY to offer this opportunity to visit Botswana! SHREDLY has been a long time supporter of World Ride and we could not be more thrilled to have them join us on our first trip to beautiful Botswana. SHREDLY founder and owner Ashley Rankin, as well as World Ride Director and founder Julie Cornelius will be joining this trip. They are both looking forward to an amazing experience that will help provide the opportunity for women in Botswana to experience the sport of mountain biking!

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2023 Botswana Trip Dates 

April 3-9, 2023

Don’t see a date that works for you? Contact us for custom trip dates!

 

Price – $4495

$300 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot

*Deposits are non-refundable and can be put toward any other World Ride trip in the future.

The remainder of the cost of the trip is due 30 days prior to the start of the trip and can be made in payments. This trip requires a minimum of 6 people in order to run.

We can make any trip a private group trip for an additional $250/per person. Please reach out to julie@world-ride.com to book a private trip. 

Fundraise for your trip! We can set up a personalized fundraising page for you. We offer $100 off your trip costs for every $1000 that you raise, up to the cost of the trip. 

Invite your friends to join you as well!

Day 1

Your shuttle will be waiting at the airport in Johannesburg or will meet you at your local hotel. The group will then transfer to the Mahatsu Game Reserve, arriving in time for a light lunch and an introductory talk about what to expect for the week.  After lunch, you will have your first opportunity to take in the beauty of the Mashatu Game Reserve and with a short ride to view wildlife. Mashatu is home to Africa’s largest herd of free-roaming elephants on private land, so your chances of seeing them is very high.

Accommodations: Tree Camp. This is a very unique camp that can fulfill childhood dreams of sleeping in a treehouse. Nestled in the bough of a giant Mashatu tree and two ancient Leadwood trees is where you’ll enjoy accommodations for the night. You will dine on the deck, overlooking the Majale River, able to view wildlife below as thirsty visitors arrive to drink at the watering hole. 

Day 2 

You will set off early on the day’s ride that ventures through the center of Mashatu to the ancient rock formations and centuries old giant baobab trees in the west of the reserve. In the afternoon, you can rest your legs on a game reserve drive with hopes of seeing the resident lion. A sunset happy hour at the ancient “Amphitheater” rocks will conclude the day’s adventures before heading to camp at The Kgotla to enjoy dinner around a large log fire. The night will be spent under a ceiling of stars and Africa’s night-time melodies singing you to sleep. This experience is just about as far away from city life and the modern world as anyone can imagine. 

Accommodations: The Kgotla. An old Leadwood enclosure that was used in the past as a traditional law court of a Botswana village. This open-air enclosure forms the perfect, secure camp for the night.

Day 3 

The day’s ride includes the unique sandstone formations in the area, including the famed Solomon’s Wall. Some of the oldest civilizations in southern Africa settled in this valley, as evidenced by archaeological finds including middle and late stone age tools, and rock art from the legendary Mapungubwe Dynasty. The ancient and timeless Mapungubwe area topography, combined with wildlife sightings, makes for an incredible riding experience. In the afternoon, enjoy the option of another game drive, which ends at one of the most visually stunning and ethereal sunset spots in the reserve – the Mmamagwa Hill. A short climb will allow you to enjoy happy hour beneath a beautiful baobab tree with breathtaking views of the area before returning to The Kgotla for another night under the stars.

Accommodations: The Kgotla.

Day 4 

The day will begin by winding your way through Elephant Valley along ancient trails stomped into the soil by centuries of migrating elephants. Then head north towards the upper reaches of the Majale River. This area is peppered with enormous baobab trees and is one of the most remote areas of the reserve. After an exhilarating ride through this timeless countryside, enjoy a relaxing lunch at Tree Camp. For the afternoon, choose from another ride, a bush walk, or game drive. 

Accommodations: Tree Camp.

Day 5 

This day is spent exploring the center of the reserve. This area is notable because of its small hills, known as koppies. These hills make for some excellent uphill challenges on the bike and really fun downhills as a reward. A stop on the top of the koppies to enjoy the neverending views into both Zimbabwe and South Africa is not to be missed – the views will literally take your breath away. They also provide a great vantage point to see the herds of wildlife in the area.  After the ride, return to Tree Camp, where you will again have options for an afternoon activity followed by a delicious dinner to celebrate the last night at magical Tree Camp.

Accommodations: Tree Camp.

Day 6 

This day of riding promises a wonderful downhill ride and some great wildlife viewing as you explore the Pitsane River Valley. Watering holes, dug by elephants along the course of the Pitsane River, attract thirsty herds of animals that you are sure to see when passing by. The ride returns to the Two Mashatu Camp in time for lunch and a cooling swim in the pool and a relaxing afternoon. After you’ve enjoyed resting, join a guided bush walk to one of the nearby koppies for sunset happy hour. 

Accommodations: Two Mashatu Camp.

Day 7 

Take in the sunrise and enjoy the beautiful sounds of the savannah at dawn with tea or coffee delivered to your tent. Following a light breakfast you’ll explore the dense woodland that hugs the Limpopo River, home to abundant wildlife and spectacular views. Return to camp in time for lunch and a chance to take another swim in the pool. In the afternoon, you can enjoy one last ride, where you are likely to encounter plains animals, giraffes, and herds of elephants. The ride meanders across the hills with vast views back towards South Africa, and arrives back at Two Mashatus in time for sunset happy hour. As evening falls, take a seat in the thatched boma and enjoy a three-course dinner while reminiscing with your fellow adventurers.

Accommodations: Two Mashatu Camp


*Itinerary subject to change. 

 

 

  • $150 SHREDLY Bucks
  • Accommodations in luxury camps
  • Rental bikes
  • All meals, tea, coffee, drinks and laundry
  • Guided rides

Guide gratuity is not included. Cost does not include airfare, souvenirs, alcoholic beverages, or travel insurance. 

Anything you need for your own bike (if bringing)

  • Derailleur hanger
  • Extra brake pads
  • Any special bike tools (Multitool, mini pump, spare tube)

Bike gear

  • Helmet 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Buff/scarf
  • Pack (at least 15L in size to carry layers and capacity of 3L of water)
  • Bike shoes
  • Gloves
  • -3-4 pairs of bikes shorts or more depending on preference. 
  • -3-4 jerseys
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve base layer
  • Waterproof rain jacket

Other gear

  • Warm jacket (nights can be chilly)
  • Either a bike light or a headlamp
  • Other clothing for after ride
  • Comfortable shoes to hike and walk around in
  • Clothes to sleep in
  • Swimsuit 
  • Any medication you might need
  • Toothbrush and other necessities
  • Sunscreen

Personal items

  • Passport
  • COVID-19 Vaccination card
  • Proof of travel insurance if you purchased it
  • Credit and debit cards
  • A small amount of cash to travel with (USD)
  • Camera (or just your cell phone)
  • Cell phone (plenty of wifi along the way)
  • USB Battery pack (optional- there are outlets in all of the hotels)
  • Electronics cords and chargers
  • Power adapter (Lesotho uses 220v and outlet type M)

Misc

  • Any extra mountain bike gear you might be able to bring or collect and donate for the ladies over there 🙂

Download our Botswana Information Guide for a more detailed trip overview