Whatever your ability or experience, horse-riding safaris are an exceptional way to explore the magnificent natural world, by riding amongst the game and being part of many unique herds of animals.
Riding safaris are offered in Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia, all of which embrace magnificent game and landscapes, as well as promising to give you the most exhilarating experience of your life. Many, if not most of the horses have been brought up in the bush, allowing you to get extremely close to all game in confidence.
Botswana, the birth-place for riding safaris, gives you the opportunity to ride within the Okavango Delta and Limpopo region, along with a high standard of accommodation to give you the best experience possible. Also with some of the best game in Africa, a riding safari here will allow you to encounter elephant, giraffe, buffalo, big cats, zebra and a multitude of other game within the vast plains.
Kenya not only offers outstanding landscapes, but excellent trails through Meru, the Masai Mara and around Lake Naivasha also. Most accommodation have children facilities and rooms, making it the perfect destination for family’s wanting to take part in a horse riding safari, promising to create lasting memories for the whole family.
Namibia on the other hand is known for its spectacular terrain and scenery, and it certainly lives up to its name for horseback safaris. Namibia offers some of the toughest trail rides in the world, appealing to the more experienced riders among you. Nonetheless, there are some tracks for the less experienced rider also, without compromising on the thrilling experience you will no-doubt encounter.
South Africa can offer something very different and varied, from polo to exciting big game safaris. Many of the country’s game reserves are fenced, with private reserves offering luxurious private lodges and camps, along with much family accommodation to suit everyone’s needs.
Tanzania has rather limited riding safari opportunities due to vehicle dominated safaris in the big game reserves. However there are a few private game farms’ that offer such opportunities. Furthermore, the lush fields at the foot of Kilimanjaro offer horseback safaris for anyone of any experience, with a popular equestrian centre on the Grumeti Reserve, offering many trails across the vast plains of the Serengeti.
Finally, in Zambia you can explore the largest and oldest National Park in the country, Kafue National Park. The park covers an area of some 22,480 square kilometres, encompassing an impressive range of scenery and wildlife. With 23 species of large herbivores in the park and surrounding areas, including large herds of elephant, zebra, wildebeest and it is not uncommon to see buffalo herds of over 1,000 roaming across the magnificent plains.
With so many safaris on offer, all with different elements and opportunities there truly is something for everyone. From novice, to experienced riders, you will find a riding safari to suit you and your dreams, creating a lasting memory and an unforgettable holiday!