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Horizon Horseback Safaris

Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa

Set deep in the malaria free Waterberg Reserve in the northern reaches of South Africa, a very special lodge offers wonderful riding safaris in beautiful and pristine surroundings, with all the comforts of home in a glorious corner of South Africa.

At a Glance

  • Malarial free destination

  • Varied terrain and topography makes each day different

  • Variety of activities from game viewing to polocrosse

  • Welcome novice and advanced riders

  • Finish the day swimming with your horse

Couples, Riding, Honeymoon, Wildlife

Insider's View

A swim with the horses is an absolute highlight!

Anna Hearn

Insider's View

This is a perfect family destination. Jump around the cross country jumps, try your hand at Polo Cross, gallop along long sandy tracks or do the fun Gymkhana games! Children absolutely love it here!

Camilla Whitworth

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Horizon Horseback Safaris or take a look at our itineraries to Madikwe and the northwest


Horizon Horseback has a herd of over sixty free roaming horses, and is able to look after all riders, from complete beginners to experienced riders. Although the reserve can by no means be said to be a game destination, it does have small populations of game including hippo, giraffe, zebra, antelope, leopard, caracal, brown hyena, jackal, crocodile and aardvark, as well as many bird species.

The experience here focuses on a ranch-style vacation, with wonderful and exhilarating rides in the morning and the evening. When animals are sighted, viewing them from horseback is one of the best ways to interact closely – the horses can offer close encounters with game, becoming part of a herd of zebra or giraffe as they canter across the plains.

The area is beautiful and varied with rocky outcrops and large plains interspersed with some stunning river valleys – a gentle climb takes you to some awe-inspiring hillside sundowner spots.

The lodge itself is set beside a large lake, with some of the rooms having views over the lake – we recommend these lakeside rooms for guests wishing to stay. Each room has an en-suite bathroom, and there is a comfortable and convivial central sitting area and dining room.

In the evening, relax at the lodge with a welcoming drink at the bar before sitting down for a delicious dinner in the company of your fellow guests. The lodge prides itself on a home-from-home feel, with hearty suppers, perfect after an exciting and energetic day's riding!

Location & Directions

Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa

Horizon Horseback Safaris is located on a working cattle farm in the heart of Waterberg Mountains in the Limpopo region of South Africa.

When to go

This corner of South Africa has a wonderful temperate climate which can be visited all year round. The best game viewing is from May to the end September.

Summer (November to March) days can get quite warm (up to 28-32 degrees on average) but it is a dry heat. Summer rainfall, normally in the form of thunder storms are usually in the evening, however, the African climate is still always unpredictable. Fall (April to May) days can still be warm but the evenings cool down. Average day time temperature 22-28 degrees. Evenings 10-15 degrees. Winter (June to August) days are warm (temperatures in the mid-twenties) evenings and early mornings very cold with average early morning temperatures 5-12 degrees. It very rarely rains at this time when the bush is golden and dry.

Spring (September, October) days start getting hotter, evenings and mornings could still be crisp but not as cold. A very slim chance of rain.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Horizon Horseback Safaris or take a look at our itineraries to Madikwe and the northwest

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