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8 Days Riding Safari South Africa

Entabeni Game Reserve, Waterberg, Limpopo Province, South Africa

Magnificent Horseback Safari in South Africa

This is an ideal safari where you can enjoy the comforts of a luxury lodge and a wide selection of activities while indulging in the African bush experience. This is a place of tranquility and nature. The dates are flexible and allow the tailor making of your dream holiday. Also, only experience riders can ride in the Big Five area. So, pack your bag and join this 8-day safari with Out in Africa Encounters!

Highlights

  • Riding activities / safari
  • Game drive on arrival day
  • Explore Entabeni Game Reserve
  • Spot rhinos, elephants, leopards, and more
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Snacks, tea, and coffee
  • Delicious meals

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


7 activity days
The maximum participants in the group is 6
Airport transfer available:
O. R. Tambo International Airport (US$278 per person)
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Accommodation

Wildside Tented Camp is one of the most charming lodges on the reserve, with a real Africa wilderness feel. It is fully equipped with wifi, electricity and has a mini bar at your disposal.

3 nights will be spent at lodges and 4 nights at Out in Africa Encounters' fly camp. Single room supplement is available for an additional cost of 410 EUR.

Program

Day 1: Arrival and Game Drive

Arrive at the reserve, for a late lunch. Settle in for the night in the comfort of our partnering tented camp, on the lower escarpment.

Your game drive will depart at approximately 4:00 pm to give you a light introduction to the bush, with hopes to see animals up close for a photographic opportunity so don’t forget your camera! Arrive as the sun sets, for dinner which will be served at the lodge by 7:00 pm

Night: Wildside tented camp

Day 2: Moving day; Ride and walk - Lower Escarpment to upper escarpment with brunch en route

Breakfast will be served at 9:00 am and you will be transferred to the horses to start your ride on the lower escarpment, through big game territory. After about an hour and a half in the saddle, you will reach Waterberry picnic spot for brunch at approximately 11:00 am before you start your climb up the escarpment. There will be a support vehicle with ranger accompanying the ride up the escarpment, so if the walking becomes tiring, you are welcome to jump into the vehicle!

The ride continues after a short rest, to climb the escarpment which is separated from the lower escarpment by 600m high cliffs, where you will partly leading your horse over one of the steepest roads on South Africa, which has a gradient of 40 Degrees at some points. As you reach the top, you will have some time to refresh yourself in the natural rock pool with spectacular views and crystal clear water.

The ride continues onto the plains – an idyllic scene hopefully spotted with game. You will reach fly camp at Boukenhout at about 3:00 pm in time for high tea and settling into the place you will call home for the next 4 nights. Dinner will be served around the glistering fire, at 7:00 pm.

Night: Boukenhout Fly Camp

Day 3: Full day ride with packed lunch

Starting after breakfast, you will have lunch packed in your saddlebag. The ride will take you along flat rock valley until you reach a waterfall (flowing in summer only) or alternatively heading towards the yellow wood rim and the viewpoint with spectacular views of the lower escarpment.

You will stop for lunch and a well deserved rest. Then back to fly camp in time for a snack before dinner is served. You can relax in the hammocks or chill out area at fly camp enjoying a drink watching the sunset. A great end to a long day in the saddle!

Night: Fly camp

Day 4: Kgamakutla point Sundowner and romantic dinner in the riverbed

Later start after a light breakfast, to ride long east long west where your guide will point out animals tracks and signs along the way, in hopes of finding some of Africa’s giants. You will arrive back in camp after a two-hour ride, for brunch, followed by some time to take a plunge in the river, laze in a shady spot on a picnic blanket or hammock.

At 3:00 pm high tea will be ready before you mount for your afternoon ride which will take you to a magnificent spot on the plains for some elaborate sundowners – just like a scene from Out of Africa. You will arrive back into camp for a beautifully set table and fire in the riverbed, listening to the sounds of the bush come to life with a wonderful South African wine to set the scene.

Night: Fly camp

Day 5: Plains ride and sleep-out under the stars

Have an early breakfast then get on your horse for departure. You will ride west on sandy tracks with some opportunity to pick up speed. We head towards Ingwe valley, with some chances of spotting some more elusive animals in the thicker vegetation and past a lake with some chance of seeing hippos. The ride continues onto the wide-open grass plains and back to camp for lunch.

After Lunch, bags will be packed, for one night in the bush under the open skies (weather permitting). The ride will set out for another 2-and-a-half hour, as the day gets cooler to varying the trail to experience different scenery, including a memorial spot in monument valley, and up to high ground with spectacular views. Walking can be expected where the terrain gets tough.

On arrival at the viewpoint, the campsite will be lit, fire ready for a romantic dinner and drinks, and a basic wash-up area, with hand towels and toiletries ready for your night under the stars. The views and sunrise are spectacular! After breakfast the following morning, you will ride to the lodge from our sleep out point.

Night: Sleepout OR fly camp (weather depending)

Day 6: Moving day to Ravineside Lodge

After a full breakfast at Ravineside at 9:00 am upon arrival from the sleep out point, you will have time to settle in and rest in the comfort of the lodge. In the afternoon, you will ride to an idyllic spot with a natural plunge pool and deck with another awe-inspiring view where you can stop for a snack.

The ride continues as it gets cooler across open grassland. You will arrive at your lodge before sunset. Drinks and a three-course dinner at the lodge await you.

Night: Ravineside Lodge

Day 7: Outer rim scenic ride

An early start after a light breakfast, just in time to catch the stunning morning views and crisp air from the outer rim, overlooking the views of the lower plateau. The ride will take you into a different scenery, riding some rocky ledges, and taking a swim in the dam with the horses, as it gets warmer.

You will return to the lodge after a two-hour ride for brunch, then have some time to relax at the lodge and maybe make use of some well-deserved spa time (at extra charge). Your afternoon ride will leave the lodge at about 3:30 pm to ride for another few hours to Hanglip viewpoint with good chances of seeing abundant game on the open areas and Ungululu. You will stop at the viewpoint, for some stunning pictures with your horse, and back to the lodge along Tswene.

On return to the lodge, your bags will be packed for the following days move to the lower escarpment. Dinner will be served at the lodge.

Night: Ravineside Lodge

Day 8: Moving day upper to lower escarpment and departure

Your bags will be packed for the team to take to the meeting spot for departure. After an early breakfast you will set off to ride for about one hour, 30 mins until you start your descent to the lower escarpment, riding and again partly leading your horses for about 45 minutes, until you reach the lower escarpment and ride to the reserve exit, with another spectacular route with a change of scenery.

You will ride the horses to the “extreme 19th” gate, where the horses are based by about 11:00 am. Lunch or snacks will be available at the clubhouse, where you will be dropped off with the horses. You will have the chance to take showers on the resort before your departure to the airport.

Location

Entabeni Game Reserve

Entabeni lies at approximately a three-hour drive north of Johannesburg and spans 22,000 hectares. The area is a malaria-free reserve and boasts five eco-systems. The upper escarpment offers majestic craggy rock formations and wide-open grass plains. This is separated from the lower plateau by 600 meters high cliffs. The lower escarpment is approximately three degrees warmer and comprises sand veld vegetation and a series of wetlands.

Out in Africa Encounters' partnering lodges on the upper escarpment, in their surroundings, are home to the big 5 - except lions. You will have the possibility to ride with a huge variety of game on open plains and meandering mountainous routes, beautiful sundowner spots with breathtaking views for picnics, and comfortable high-end lodges.

Food

All meals, snacks, tea, and coffee will be served the fly camp and lodge. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will also be served while at the fly camp. Please note, however, beverages while at lodge is not included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

What's included

  • 7 nights’ accommodation at lodge and fly camp
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at fly camp
  • All meals, snacks, tea, and coffee
  • Game drive on arrival day
  • Riding activities / safari
  • Park fees

What's not included

  • Additional game drives
  • Airport transfers from and to Johannesburg (160 EUR per person return)
  • Beverages while at lodge
  • Gratuities
  • Optional night drives
  • Optional spa activities

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

You can arrive at O. R. Tambo (JNB). Airport transfers are available at an extra cost of 250 EUR.

Airport: O. R. Tambo International Airport Airport transfer available: O. R. Tambo International Airport (US$278 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 31 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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