Wild South Africa Riding Safari

Karongwe & Greater Makalali Game Reserves, South Africa

At a Glance

  • This nine-night itinerary combines the adventure of horseback safari with the comfort and privacy of the three camps

  • Maximum groups of seven guests allow for a high level of personalized, dedicated service

  • Experience safari from a brand new perspective and get closer than ever to the wildlife

  • Spend three nights at the luxurious Garonga Safari Camp

  • Exceptional guiding from experienced and knowledgeable hosts

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There is no bad time to go on safari in the Kruger National Park. The experience does, however, change from month to month. In the summer months (October to March), it gets very hot. The verdant vistas are all the more spectacular because of the rains, but this means that the foliage is denser, water is more abundant and game is therefore trickier to see. There are lots of beautiful migratory birds during the summer months. While the daytime temperature in the winter months (May to September) is ideal, it does get a little chilly at night and in the early morning.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 5269 to start planning your vacation.

Itinerary

Embark on an exciting horseback adventure through the Karongwe and Greater Makalali Game Reserves on this ten-day itinerary with Wait A Little Riding Safaris. Enjoy fantastic game viewing and beautiful scenery from a truly unique perspective.

  1. Fly to Hoedspruit (via Johannesburg)

  2. Days 1-4: Makalali Game Reserve

    Spend your first three nights at the Wait A Little main camp, located in the Karongwe Game Reserve, west of Kruger National Park. You will benefit from an orientation ride on arrival, where you will get to know both the area and your horse! Spend the next couple of days exploring the reserve, home to giraffe, zebra, elephant, lion and many more. On average you will ride for three to four hours each morning while at Wait A Little, followed by a relaxed lunch and an afternoon ride.

    Accommodation: Wait a Little Main Camp (3 nights)

  3. Days 4-6: Greater Kruger

    Day six sees you head further north to the luxurious Garonga Safari Camp, the perfect place to rest and rejuvenate after a few days in the saddle. After a long ride in the morning, passing picture-perfect views, you will arrive at Garonga in the afternoon, where an aromatherapy treatment or a dip in the pool is on the cards. Spend three nights at Garonga, spending mornings exploring the surrounding area with your horse, and afternoons as you wish, either on game drives or simply relaxing by the pool. Head up to one of the reserve's highest points and survey the incredible scenes and enjoy a special picnic with a view in Garonga's very own treehouse.

    Accommodation: XiDulu Camp (2 nights)

  4. Days 6-9: Makalali Game Reserve

    Accommodation: Garonga Safari Camp (3 nights)

  5. Days 9-10: Makalali Game Reserve

    On day nine you will make your way back to the Wait A Little main camp, spending around seven hours in the saddle. This is a beautiful ride with the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains in the background and endless plains to discover. Enjoy a final sundowner before a special farewell dinner - the perfect way to end the trip on a high.

    Accommodation: Wait a Little Main Camp (1 night)

  6. Fly home from Hoedspruit (via Johannesburg)

Location

Karongwe & Greater Makalali Game Reserves, South Africa

Wait A Little Riding Safaris are based in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, to the west of Kruger National Park between Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa.

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