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, it is a truly immersive experience. If you’re an experienced 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.
Riding Safari Tips
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
Pack a wide-brimmed hat or hard hat, lightweight clothing that includes a cotton top to cover your shoulders, binoculars and plenty of sunscreen
Long, lazy lunches in the shade provide ample time to read so bring a good book
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
Consider adding a few days of barefoot luxury at an African beach resort to prepare for or unwind from the demands of your riding adventure