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Horseback Safaris

Africa on horseback

A horseback safari gives you the unique opportunity to ride with wildlife. You’ll canter over open plains, the African breeze whipping through your hair, stopping every so often to quietly stalk plains game and admire the constantly chattering birds. You’ll get up close to animals such as giraffe, zebra, antelope and hippo, as the presence of the horses allows you to ride alongside the herds. Most horseback safaris are based in areas of reserves where there are no dangerous predators, keeping you and your steed safe.

More than any other safari, horseback safaris truly make you feel at one with the wildlife that you’re observing. The operators we work with have large herds of free roaming horses that cater for all levels of riders, from highly experienced to complete novice. While we advise that you do have some basic riding experience for your own comfort, travellers with less or no experience can spend part of their safari on horseback in addition to walking safaris and traditional game drives.

Standard safaris usually include two outrides a day, morning and afternoon, which can be tailored in length to suit the group. Everything is extremely flexible in order to accommodate the various needs of guests, including programmes for kids. The Family Safari takes place in areas with no predators where the game is very calm. Additional activities for children and teens are on offer, including treasure hunts and bush camps. When you’ve had your fill of game viewing, you can enjoy swimming with your horse, cattle mustering and western-style games. For those who’d like to tour a larger area of your chosen reserve, you have the option to do a multi-day mobile tented safari. The African Explorer Safari takes you on an 8 day cross country journey from Limpopo to Botswana, combining premium game viewing with a tour of local culture and history.

Our horseback safari portfolio includes game reserves in South Africa and the Okavango Delta as well as ranches alongside the Masai Mara in Kenya. All safaris can be easily combined with other itineraries to create a varied African experience. Safari groups are accompanied by highly experienced guides who are stellar both in their guiding knowledge and riding ability. To find out more about this thrilling way of seeing Africa, contact us to chat about how you can experience the bush on horseback.

Days 1-5

Horseback safaris can be tailored to any length, depending on the ages and experience of the participants.

Recommended Accommodation

The Ant Collection

Bush lodges in Waterberg, Limpopo, that specialise in horseback safaris, with 90 horses ranging from champion steeds for the experienced rider to ponies for the kids. The ultimate family-friendly safari.

Motswiri Camp

Motswiri offers horseback safaris in Botswana's Selinda Spillway. Riders must be competent and over 12 years of age. Small groups of up to 6 create intimate safari experiences for keen equestrians.

Macatoo Camp

This Okavango Delta camp offers horseback safaris to places that vehicles can't reach. Riders must be over 12, riding fit and confident at all paces, including the 'get out of trouble' gallop!