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10 Days Exciting Horseback Safari in South Africa

  • Vaalwater, Waterberg, Limpopo, South Africa

10 Days Exciting Horseback Safari in South Africa

  • Vaalwater, Waterberg, Limpopo, South Africa

Exhilarating Horseback Safari South Africa

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!

Highlights

  • Game drives
  • Riding sessions
  • Guided bush walks
  • 9 nights’ lodging
  • Afternoon teas
  • Daily meals
  • 9 activity days
  • English
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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:

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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.

Day 6

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.

Day 7

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.

Day 8

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.

Day 9

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.

Day 10

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.

  • Beadle craft workshop
  • Dinaka private game reserve
  • Elephant back safari
  • Entabeni game reserve
  • Entabeni helicopter ride
  • Farm tour
  • Night star safari
  • Sunday service
  • Telekeshi village visit
  • Vaalwater visit
  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • All riding sessions
  • Complimentary beverages
  • Daily meals
  • Guided bush walks
  • Laundry
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by A traveler from Kenya
    10 out of 10

    "Wonderful place. Superb riding on lovely, healthy and well looked after horses. Great food and fantastic guides. Horses available for beginners through to expert riders. There's something very special about galloping alongside zebra, wildesnpbeest, giraffe..."

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  • Review by DeonGoosen from South Africa
    10 out of 10

    "A nice way to enjoy Horse back Riding. A nice relaxed setting in the African Bushveld. Cool of in the pool to sooth those sore muscles after an outride. Ride between Zebra, Impala, Eland, Hippo, etc. A neat setting."

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  • Review by A traveler from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "My husband and I have done riding holidays all over the world and can honestly say that Horizon is among the best that we have experienced! From the moment we arrived we were made to feel so welcome by Laura, Shane and their amazing team and once we got on horseback the experience just got better and better. The horses are all amazing and the riding is excellent from long meanders through the bush spotting game to long canters through the beautiful countryside! The lodgings are fantastic and the vittles were plentiful, hearty and delicious! We will be back! Thank you all so much."

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  • Review by Claire R
    9 out of 10

    "We spent a weekend at Horizon and we were spoilt rotten with amazing food, wonderful guides and horses to suit your every need. The rides are divided up into your ability so you don't feel pressured to do things you cant. The horses are well trained and in excellent condition. The guides are well trained and share their knowledge at every opportunity. I cant wait to visit again soon!"

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  • Review by Devon Krantz from South Africa
    9 out of 10

    "We were only here for a short period during a film shoot with the Trek South Africa team as part of our project for Drive South Africa but I wholeheartedly wish that I could have stayed for a few days or even a week. The staff and management were all incredibly friendly and accommodating, and all of the guests seemed to be completely in their element. There's a beautiful dining area overlooking the lake where the herd of horses roamed wildly when not being ridden, creating the scene of an absolute paradise for horse lovers and riders alike. The view of the lake is also complimented by a giant old tree with a tree swing where you can sit and enjoy the tranquil environment in between your daily rides. Our shoot was amazing - the riders and horses were having a ball galloping up and down, jumping small obstacles and viewing games at close quarters. We'd like to send out a massive thank you to the team and all of the riders that helped us with our shoot - we thoroughly enjoyed it."

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  • Review by Theresa R. from Austria
    9 out of 10

    "It was an amazing experience. The horses are great, the location is wonderful - we especially loved Camp Davidson up on the hill. I recommend it to every rider who is looking for an adventure on horseback in a beautiful country."

    Horizon Horseback Adventures TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by Neil A.
    9 out of 10

    "When we visited Horizon in August 2015, we re-booked for 2016 before we left. This year's holiday was just as good, and we're already making plans to visit in 2017. The entire experience if faultless; great horses, fabulous rides, first-class food and accommodation, staffed by a team that feel more like family, who will go out of their way to ensure you have the perfect holiday."

    Horizon Horseback Adventures TripAdvisor website, edited