Saddle up on a Luxury Horse Safari
3 luxury horse safaris
Are you champing at the bit to escape into the wild? If you are an equestrian enthusiast, the unique thrill of exploring the bush on horseback has to be experienced at least once in a lifetime!
The sounds and sights of the savannah take on a heightened appeal as you become at one with nature, roaming the wilderness in the footsteps of the wildlife. The pace on a horseback safari can vary, so you’ll never get bored — your sensory perspective alters as you canter alongside giraffe, or ride slowly and quietly through a herd of grazing zebra. Feel the freedom of galloping across vast expanses of terrain, before coming to a silent standstill to watch in wonder as a giraffe takes a drink, an African fish eagle rests in a tree, an elephant protects its baby, or the sun sets over the horizon.
On a luxury horse safari, guests can usually expect to ride in a small group of up to eight people, or you can opt to organise a private safari and a bespoke itinerary. Only a few hours are spent in the saddle each day, which gives you afternoons free to enjoy other activities, such as naps by the pool, game drives or walking safaris. If you venture out for a full riding day, then you can often look forward to a picnic lunch and sundowners in the bush, as well as vehicle support so that you can even take a sneaky siesta on a camp bed when it gets really hot.
After an excursion spent with the wind in your hair and your feet in stirrups, head back to a luxury lodge to wash off the bush dust in a bath with a view. Nothing beats a relaxing massage after coming home from a day on horseback, followed by a gourmet meal and fantastic South African wines to reward you for a hard day in the saddle.
Blend into the bush on these three luxury horse safaris in Southern Africa.
1. Pakamisa Lodge, South Africa
Located in Pakamisa Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, this luxury 4-star lodge consists of suites that have a spacious lounge area, as well as a private veranda from which you can admire the beautiful Pongola Valley.
Spend your days exploring this malaria-free reserve on Arabian horses and, as there aren’t any predators, both adults and children can feel safe as they enjoy all the activities on offer, including archery and clay pigeon shooting!
2. Camp Kalahari, Botswana
Going on a set-departure or private-riding safari at Camp Kalahari is one of the best ways to explore the Kalahari Desert and the Makgadikgadi National Park in Botswana. After sleeping at this comfortable camp for a couple of nights, you can even set off to sleep under the stars out in the desert!
3. Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill, South Africa
The Ant Collection is a luxury lodge that is not only great for families, but also specialises in horseback safaris for riders of all abilities. With an enviable stable of top quality horses, Ant’s offers both fast or slow riding in the malaria-free Waterberg region of South Africa, so you can get up close and personal with rhino before retiring to your spacious bush home, which has been built using local stone and thatch to blend into the unspoiled surroundings.
If you want to go off the beaten track to follow the beat of hooves, chat to our Elite Travel Concept team today to plan your equestrian escape in Southern Africa!