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Riding Safaris in Africa

Chase down the horizon on horseback cheek to jowl with a dazzle of zebra. Keep pace with the great wildebeest migration as it surges across the Serengeti or watch unnoticed as a cheetah hunt unfolds. Africa’s sweeping landscapes are an open invitation if you seek the thrill of viewing wildlife from your saddle. Whatever your ability, a riding safari will get you deeper into the wilderness than any game drive.

Whether in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia or Botswana, a riding safari is a truly immersive experience. If you’re an veteran equestrian, you’ll love a multi-day ride that takes you into remote areas inaccessible by vehicle. You can often spend a week in the saddle without encountering a fence or paved road. Expect to spend six or seven hours each day aboard your hardy steed in the company of expert, safety conscious guides before fly camping beneath the stars, sharing stories around the campfire.

If that sounds suspiciously like hard work or you’re new to riding, various safari camps and lodges provide gentle day or half day rides to spice up a more traditional vehicle-based safari. Alternatively, you can experience life on a rural farm where you can see horses herding cattle. There you can ride if you want to or simply absorb a different way of life.

Ultimately, the real beauty of a riding safari, long or short, is being able to get up close with nature, to blend in with galloping herds, and soaking up the smaller sights and sounds you might otherwise miss on a game drive, all in relative silence.

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Active Namibia

Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etendeka Concession Area, Etosha, Okonjima

This self-drive Namibian adventure is perfect for those who are seeking an active vacation peppered with some stunning desert landscapes. Explore the vast wilderness with its beautifully barren panoramas as you hike, quad bike, kayak and drive your way across Namibia.

Best for: Adventure, Off the beaten track, Couples, Road trip

Kenya on Horseback - Offbeat Safaris

Masai Mara, Kenya

Saddle up for an exhilarating seven-night riding adventure with Offbeat Safaris through the Masai Mara. Enjoy exceptional wildlife encounters on horseback with outstanding guiding in wonderfully wild locations as you travel between mobile bush camps. Offbeat Riding Safaris only use thoroughbred and thoroughbred cross horses with English, polo,...

Best for: Off the beaten track, Riding, Adventure, Wildlife

Wild Botswana Riding Safari

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Experience the magic of an Okavango Delta safari on horseback. This five-day horseback safari makes for an exciting and natural safari experience, allowing you to get closer to game than ever before. When the annual flooding leaves vast areas of the Delta inaccessible to vehicles horseback becomes the best way to explore the area with as little...

Best for: Adventure, Off the beaten track, Riding, Wildlife

South Africa in Ultimate Luxury

Kalahari Reserve, Cape Town, Franschhoek

Travel to South Africa and visit Tswalu, situated in the magical Kalahari Reserve, meet the resident meerkat colonies and view immense wildlife before flying to Cape Town. Discover Cape Town with your private guide while staying at one of world’s most luxurious hotels, then travel on to the scenic landscapes of Franschhoek Valley.

Best for: Adventure, Family, Wildlife, Culture

Call us on 020 3993 5269 to start planning your riding safari

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