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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.

At a Glance

  • Be honest about your riding ability. It helps us match you to the most appropriate riding safari and enables your host to pick the perfect horse

  • Saddle breaks. Long, lazy lunches in the shade provide ample time to read so bring a good book

  • Cover up. Pack a wide-brimmed hat or hard hat, lightweight clothing that includes a cotton top to cover your shoulders, binoculars and plenty of sunscreen

  • Riding with kids. Riding safaris are great for children but err on the side of caution when considering their stamina and ability

  • Relax! Your consultant will give you a thorough packing list and everything you need to know to ensure that your riding safari is a runaway success

  • Safari and beach. Consider adding a few days of barefoot luxury at an African beach resort to prepare for or unwind from the physical demands of your riding safari

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Over the Great Plains: An African Flying Safari

Okavango Delta, Selinda Reserve, Chyulu Hills, Maasai Mara

Take to the skies with an incredible flying safari over the great plains of Africa. A truly exclusive experience, you'll spend 13 days discovering all that Botswana and Kenya have to offer, including remarkable wildlife and the most luxurious lodges.

Best for: Adventure, Wildlife, Couples, Eco/ethical tourism

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your riding safari

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