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Join Horizon Horseback Adventures in this perfect holiday for the riders wishing to experience the pleasure of riding with African wildlife in the absence of dangerous game. This horse riding holiday is fully flexible and offers the opportunity for many other activities in addition to game viewing like polocrosse, cattle mustering, jumping, western games, and swimming with your horse. With its’ relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, it is guaranteed that this safari will definitely leave you wanting more of a wildlife in Africa!
During the safari, you will be staying in Horizon Horseback Adventures' lodge. The lodge is beautifully set alongside a large lake within the estate’s dedicated game reserve. All rooms are en-suite with either shower or bath or both facilities. Three double rooms are separate from the main lodge; two suites overlook the lake and have a small veranda area, the rondavel is a traditional African dwelling adjacent to the lodge with its own charm. There is a large living area, dining room, and large stoep (or verandah) for guests to enjoy.
Here is the sample itinerary of your safari:
Transfer to Horizon Signature Safari lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, you can enjoy an introductory ride in the game reserve, with sundowners served at the picturesque hippo dams.
Ride to the original farm homestead and main African village, view the quaint hand decorated houses, call in at the historic Baber family homestead for tea, and visit the farm creche for some delightful entertainments. Ride back to the lodge for a cooling swim in the lake with your horse before lunch. Later, during the heat of the day, relax by the pool or take a siesta. Meanwhile, in the afternoon, ride out into the game area to encounter game on horseback and learn the signs of the wild and medicinal values of the native bushes and trees.
Start the day's activities with an introduction to poloa-osse, an invigorating sport that will soon have you addicted. After lunch, tag along on the bi-weekly shopping trips into the local town of Vaalwater for some retail therapy bush style! Then enjoy another outride in the game reserve whilst enjoying the excellent going on the complex network of sandy tracks.
After breakfast, embark on a 2-night wilderness safari in search of an even wider variety of game. After an extended ride (approximately 4 hours), arrive at a tranquil stone and thatched bush camp in time for a well-deserved lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a chance to take photos on a guided bush walk or game drive. The sundowners are served at a breathtaking lookout spot.
Enjoy a full morning of riding in the game reserve with possible encounters with white rhino, giraffe, eland, wildebeest, impala, hartebeest, or zebra. Return to the lodge for a late lunch and a siesta by the pool. After tea, enjoy a short fast ride in the reserve game before returning to the lodge for sundowners and dinner around an open fire.
Depart for the ride back to Horizon in time for lunch. In the afternoon, the saddle-weary can visit Beadle, the local farm community-linked project and shop, where locals hand make exquisite beaded leather products, including browbands and made to fit riding chaps. Alternatively, you can go on a gentle outride to discover new parts of this beautiful property or to find the hippo.
After many hours in the saddle, you may opt to take a break and enjoy an outing and game drive at a local 'big five' reserve with the possibility of dose encounters with lion, elephant, or buffalo. Then, you can return to Horizon for lunch. After another indulgent afternoon tea, enjoy an outride or try your skills over the challenging cross-country fences.
Experience a morning of mustering and rutting some of the ranch's magnificent Bonsmara stud cattle, a non-aggressive breed adapted to local conditions. After bringing a herd in from pasture, take turns to move one cow or youngster away from the group. This activity pits you and your mount against the animal's herding instinct and will test your riding ability to the full. Follow the action with a refreshing swim with your horse. The afternoon tea is followed by yet another new challenge in the form of western games (gymkhana for adults) where your riding skills and competitive edge can once again be pushed to the limits.
In the morning, enjoy an exhilarating fast ride to one of the furthest points of the property, utilizing literally kilometers of clear sandy tracks. Back to the lodge, enjoy a quick swim and a late lunch. The afternoon tea is followed by an outride in the game reserve for one last photo opportunity with the game, followed by a final sundowner on a high rock overlooking the tranquil Waterberg landscape.
Complete your holiday with a last ride of your choice.
The safari will take place in Horizon Horseback Adventures in Limpopo, province of northern South Africa. It is located approximately 300 kilometers from Johannesburg, in the bushveld region of the Waterberg plateau.
During the safari, you will be served with three sumptuous meals every day, with afternoon tea before an afternoon ride. All drinks are complimentary, including wines and spirits. Special dietary requirements can also be catered for on request.