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It was Winston Churchill who said that the back of a horse is the greatest seat you will ever have. This is useful to remember when you’re looking for a front row seat at one of the greatest shows on earth – your African safari. There are many ways to experience an African safari – game drives, bush walks, even aerial tours which take you up over the plains. There is, however, something intimate and special about experiencing a safari on horseback.
The Cape Winelands offers not just great fine wine but spectacular views too. Paradise Stables in Franschhoek offers rides through one of the most scenic areas of South Africa on pure-bred Arabian horses, including estate tours and wine tasting on horse-back. Beginners welcome.
The 2500-hectare Grootbos Garden Lodge provides excellent opportunities for horse riding. Grootbos has its own stables with 20 well-trained horses. Experienced horse riding instructors lead the tours and cater for all experience levels. Ride through the Cape fynbos and take in the mountain and sea views. Foals and ponies are available for the entertainment of kids. Children under age 12 are only allowed on pony rides, unless accompanied by parents. You can also enjoy a 3-hour horse riding beach excursion to Walker Bay Nature Reserve and traipse through dune fynbos to the beach to gallop or canter by the waves - not suitable for beginners.
At Horse Whispers in Hazyview, in the picturesque Lowveld Mountain Range, you can go on a horseback cattle drive or a more sedate, luxurious sundowner ride. The real high point is the Elephant Encounter Trail, where riders can venture into the bush and seek out the six majestic African Elephants that make their home in the surrounds.
Macatoo Camp in the Okavango Delta and Moremi Region gives you the chance to explore the largest inland delta in the world, from the perch of a thoroughbred Namibian Hanoverian or Kalahari-Arab crossbreed. Qualified guides will share their extensive knowledge of this wilderness and you'll get to ride up close to the bird life, game and nature. There’s a horse for all shapes and sizes here and everyone is encouraged to ride.
Situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, Zambezi Horse Trails lets you explore the Zambian wilds, riding up on the banks of the Zambezi River, just above Victoria Falls, and tracking elephant and other game through the open bush veld. From non-riders to seasoned horse-lovers, all are encouraged to take part.
At Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa in the Bazaruto Archipelago you can go riding through the cool blue surf on the back of a Boerperd. Early morning rides allow you to explore the forests and dunes of the archipelago’s island in peace, getting closer than you’ve ever imagined. The Stable Manager also conducts basic riding lessons for guests looking for instruction.
The Chyulu Hills in South East Kenya is a limitless expanse, rich with game and rugged, diverse vegetation. Go riding at ol Donyo Lodge - the ideal location for some horseplay; the area has been quoted as “the best horse riding country in Africa”.
Go riding in the grassy plains of Tanzania, at the crème de la crème of lodges within the Serengeti – Singita Grumetti. At the Singita Grumeti Reserve's Equestrian Centre riders can enjoy cantering out onto the plateau among the wildlife. The 2-8 day riding safaris which branch out between between Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Singita Explore and Singita Faru Faru Lodge are flexible and cater to the individual needs of each rider. Not ideal for the novice rider.
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Safari lodge | Chyulu Hills National Park
Lodge | Grootbos Nature Reserve
Safari lodge | Grumeti Game Reserve
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