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Botswana

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Trip Botswana
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Join a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to safari by mountain bike. This trip is welcome to all genders, and your participation supports World Ride’s mission to empower women globally through mountain biking.
Powered by our local partners at World Ride, this seven-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, zebras, 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. 

 

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Itinerary
Itinerary
  • 1
    Day number 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.
  • 2
    Day number 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.
  • 3
    Day number 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 a 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.
  • 4
    Day number 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.
  • 5
    Day number 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.
  • 6
    Day number 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. There is also the option for one last ride, where we are likely to encounter plentiful wildlife including 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 last three-course dinner while reminiscing with your fellow adventurers.

    Accommodations: Two Mashatu Camp.
  • 7
    Day number 7
    Take in the sunrise and enjoy the beautiful sounds of the savannah at dawn with tea or coffee delivered to your tent. Following breakfast, we will return by shuttle to Johannesburg in time for evening flights.
Trip Package Includes
  • 6 nights of double occupancy accommodations in luxury camps
  • Rental mountain bikes
  • All meals, tea, coffee, drinks and laundry
  • Guided rides
  • $150 SHREDLY Bucks (see FAQ)
  • Transfers to/from airports 
  • English-speaking mountain bike guide at all times
  • Basic mechanical assistance
  • Plenty of water and snacks during the riding days
  • Basic medical attention on rides.
  • 20% discount code at evo.com (exclusions apply)
     
Not Included
  • Round trip airfare to/from Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Pre- or post-trip accommodations or transport 
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Guide gratuity (please see FAQ)
  • Travel insurance (mandatory, we recommend World Nomads)

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Area Information

Botswana

Renowned for its spectacular wilderness areas, and as one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world, Botswana is hands down one of the best destinations in Africa for lovers of wildlife. The Mashatu (meaning “Land of the Giants”) Game Reserve is one of Southern Africa’s largest wildlife preserves, famous for its large elephant population, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, and zebras, as well as the iconic baobab tree. Coupled with the chance to stay in luxury camp accommodations, this southern African country offers an ideal blend of unspoiled wilderness experience with top notch lodging (and all the accompanying creature comforts).
FAQ
FAQ
  • When and how do I meet up with the group?
    For this trip, it is best to fly into Johannesburg, South Africa. Please arrive in Johannesburg by 7am the first morning of the trip to be able to catch the shuttle (included in the trip) with the rest of the group if you are planning. Please let us know if you plan to drive yourself or fly to the start. The shuttle will arrive back in Johannesburg by 6pm the day after day 7 of the trip. There are flights available back to Johannesburg. Please get in touch if you are interested in adding on a flight instead of the included shuttle.
  • What skill/experience level is required for this trip?
    For skill level, this trip is rated a 3 out of 5, meaning: you are comfortable and confident on all intermediate level trails you have ridden. You can confidently ride up and down small to medium rocks and roots. You have good brake control on steep sections and can take flowy corners at a moderate speed. You are comfortable with most switchbacks and tight turns. For fitness level, this trip is rated a 3 out of 5, meaning: You ride 3-5 times per week, and can ride comfortably on rides that are 3 hours in length. You might not be the fastest but you can climb 1500-2000 ft during a ride.
  • Is my departure guaranteed? What if I’d like a private trip?
    No, a minimum of 4 guests is required to operate each trip, please wait to make travel arrangements and book flights until you have received confirmation from World Ride. Please get in touch if you are interested in a private trip with less than this number.
  • Should I bring my own bike? Do you offer rentals?
    This tour includes an aluminum hardtail 29er rental bike for you to use throughout the week. You can choose to bring your own bike if you prefer, but unfortunately we cannot give a discount on the cost of the trip. For more information on flying with your bike please reach out to evo.
  • What are the accommodations like?
    While in Botswana, we will be staying in luxury camps in multiple spots around the country. Accommodations will be double occupancy. Our accommodations include 3 nights at Tree Camp, 2 nights at the Kgotla, and 1 night at Two Mashatu Camp.
  • Do I need a visa?
    There is no need for a visa for US citizens if traveling to South Africa or Botswana for less than 90 days. When you arrive in the country, you will go through customs and immigration with your passport. Make sure your passport is current and does not expire within 6 months of your travel date. If you are a citizen of a country other than the US, please check the visa requirements for your country.
  • What will the food be like? Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?
    Expect gourmet meals and beverages throughout the week, including Western style options. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated, please communicate these to World Ride in advance to ensure any accommodations can be made.
  • What is the maximum number of guests per trip?
    There is a maximum of 10 guests per trip departure.
  • Is there a minimum age required for this trip?
    Yes, the minimum age to join this trip is 12 years old (accompanied by a parent or guardian).
  • How does luggage transfer and storage work?
    Your luggage will be transferred between camps as needed, and there will be secure storage for bike bags and boxes if you bring your own bike.
  • How can I help with a gear donation?
    World Ride trips help to support the growth of women's mountain biking in Botswana. For these trips, we can accept some gear donations (they will have to be transported across the country to where our ladies ride). Donations that you can bring to Botswana to leave with the ladies is very much appreciated! Things that are needed include: bikes (getting a new one? Travel with your bike and then leave it there!), helmets, pedals, shoes, tires, gloves, and/or hydration packs.
  • Should I tip my guide?
    Gratuity is not included in your trip and can make a big difference for your guide. We recommend around $10-$20 which is around 125-250 Botswana Pula per guest per day. These get split between your guide and driver. If you would like to tip more, your guide and driver will very much appreciate it!
  • Will I be able to use a credit card, or should I have cash?
    Some places accept credit cards in Botswana, but it is mostly a cash based culture. It is recommended to get Botswana currency from an ATM once you arrive in South Africa and Botswana. You can also exchange US dollars at a foreign currency exchange.
  • Do you require or recommend travel insurance for this trip?
    Travel insurance is recommended for your trip that includes medical. Typically bikes are not 100% covered by travel insurance policies. Many homeowners or renters policies do cover bikes while traveling abroad, so be sure to check into this before the trip. If you wish to get extra insurance for your bike, we recommend Velosurance. For standard trip insurance, if you do not wish to insure your bike or have bike coverage from another policy, we recommend World Nomads.
  • What if I need to cancel?
    evo will refer to World Ride’s cancellation policy. Please note your $300 deposit is non-refundable and can be put toward any other World Ride trip in the future. If you wish to change to a different trip, you must submit a written request 60 days or more before your scheduled departure. Cancellations within 60 days are non-refundable.
Testimonials
The riding was superb. I found it fun and beautiful and challenging, but for the most part within my skill level. I loved the trails and terrain. It was a perfect combo of riding and cultural experience. For me, I loved every minute (except for when three donkeys tried to push me over a cliff) - but that makes for a great story.
Maureen S.
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The location, food, group size, accommodations, bikes, trails. Everything was perfect in my opinion
Trish M
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