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Live the life of a cowboy for the day, gallop along a long sandy beach, or take your children somewhere they can have riding lessons. Exploring a place on horse-back can be a wonderful way to really get under its skin.

Perhaps you want to try life as a cowboy, you’ve always fantasised about galloping along the beach at sunset, or you simply like the romance of riding on horse-back through spectacular scenery somewhere.

Many properties in our portfolio are perfectly placed for horse-riding experiences, so we can easily arrange for this to be part of your vacation, however big or small, and whatever your level of riding expertise. You’d be amazed at just how many places in the world can be explored on a saddle.

Here are some examples, but there are many, many more available. Take a look, then contact our travel specialists for your customized horse-riding vacation.

Idea 01: Spirit of the Gaucho in Argentina

What could be more alluring than exploring this mystical land on horseback and experiencing a very personal insight into traditional rural life? Dramatic open landscapes are home of the legendary Argentine gaucho (cowboy), dotted with herds of cattle, authentic estancias and forested hills under endless blue skies. You can stay on a working cattle ranch that offers superb horse-riding, and enjoy tours from expert gaucho guides by 4WD, boat, on horseback and on foot to see howler monkeys, anteaters, caimans and colorful birds.

Idea 02: Rugged riding in Australia

Horse-riding is just one of the activities you could enjoy during an adventure in Australia. At the country’s rugged top end you’ll find the remote Bullo River Station, where some of the waterholes and Aboriginal art found have remained unseen for hundreds of years. Horse-riding through the outback is a great way to soak up this spectacular region. A stay here could be followed by a trip to the coastal floodplains, savannah woodland and paperbark swamps for glimpsing dingoes, wallabies and the largest crocodile population in the Northern territory. A great way to finish might be with a relaxing few days amidst the emerald islands and jewel colored reefs of the Whitsunday Islands.

Idea 03: Offbeat riding safaris in Kenya

With mobile camps in Laikipia and the Maasai Mara as well as two private homes in Laikipia and the Great Rift Valley, Offbeat provides some of the best riding safaris in Africa with stunning game viewing. Rides can be entirely private and tailored exactly to your desires, combining mobile camping if you wish. Offbeat use well-trained, quality horses that are used to the varied terrain and big game. You can expect to spend between four and six hours in the saddle each day with a generous break for lunch.

Idea 04: Treetops in New Zealand

Escape to 2,500 acres of secluded native forest and game reserve for horse-riding, fishing, hiking and mountain-bike riding. Close to this geothermal wonderland and the spectacular Lake District of Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty, Treetops is perfect for those who love everything outdoors.

Idea 05: A horseback safari in Botswana

See the beautiful Okavango Delta from horseback on a truly exhilarating safari. This riding adventure will take you bushman grass, fig islands and flood plains. You might even ride alongside zebra and giraffe, spotting elephant and buffalo as you go. Enjoy longer rides in the morning, and quieter, short rides in the evening while the sun goes down, or even a 2-day ride with an overnight stay camping deep in the bush, accompanied by expert guides.

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation

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