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6 Days Big 5 Horseback Safari, South Africa

Entabeni Safari Conservancy, Waterberg Biosphere, Waterberg District Municipaity, Limpopo, South Africa

Magnificent Safari in South Africa

If you are experienced riders and like an adrenaline packed adventure of riding with big game and camping out in the bush, without compromising in comfort and style, then this Big 5 horseback safari is for you. You will be taken to the beaten track and close to nature. You can explore different habitats and encounter a wide array of animals along the way from horseback. Combining different types of accommodation with a true African feel and dramatic landscape, this safari will make you feel like you traveled back in time.


  • Horseback safaris
  • Game drive on arrival
  • Daily meals, snacks included
  • Beverages at fly camp included
  • 5 nights' camping inclusive of one night in tented camp

Skill level

  • Advanced


7 activity days
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
Airport transfer available:
O. R. Tambo International Airport (US$190 per person)
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You will be accommodated for 1 night at Wildside Camp, 4 nights at Boukenhout Fly Camp.


You will travel the safari route, stopping at 2 different locations for the nights on route. This circuit allows you to discover different scenery and animals, whilst always having a ground team on-site to have everything prepared before arrival.

There is a questionnaire to be filled to assess your riding skill. Seeing as you will ride in Big 5 territory, you must be confident enough to walk, trot, and canter comfortable on a horse. Please send Out in Africa Encounters an inquiry for more information regarding the questionnaire.


Day 1: Arrival and Game Drive

Arrive at Wildside tented camp, for a late lunch.

Introductory game drive after you settle in, with the opportunity to see some of the big 5 up close. After getting to know your riding preferences, a horse will be selected to suit you for your riding safari starting the next morning. Arrive as the sun sets, for dinner.

Night: Wildside tented camp

Day 2: Moving day; ride and walk

Lower Escarpment to upper escarpment with brunch on route.

Early morning game drive if you would like, followed by breakfast served at 9:00 and transfer in a game vehicle, 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 a 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 the chill-out area at fly camp enjoying a drink and watching the sun set. A great end to a long day in the saddle!

Night: Fly camp

Day 4: Kgamakutla point Sundowner and a 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 sundowners. You will arrive back at camp to meet 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

Late breakfast today, and 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 late 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 hours, 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!

Night: Sleepout OR fly camp (weather depending)

Day 6: Moving day to Lower escarpment and departure

After a full breakfast stop close to fly camp, you will ride down the escarpment, and traverse the lower escarpment over open plains and out the main gate to head to the clubhouse on the resort. From there the horses will be taken home, while you can shower and have a bite to eat before your shuttle to the airport for your ongoing flight.


This horseback safari will take place in Entabeni Safari Conservancy, South Africa. Entabeni Safari Conservancy or “The Place of the Mountain”, is situated in the World Heritage Waterberg Biosphere of the Waterberg region. Approximately a three-hour drive north of Johannesburg, this malaria-free reserve 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.


You will be served 6 breakfasts, 6 brunches, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners. On day 1 and morning on day 2, at the tented camp alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be paid for on checkout. All beverages and meals included at fly camp.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Gluten Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Spa treatments

What's included

  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • A game drive on arrival day
  • Daily meals
  • Park fees
  • Horseback safaris
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at fly camp

What's not included

  • Airport transfers (available at the cost of 160 EUR per person returns)
  • Beverages on day 1 and morning of day 2 at Wildside tented camp
  • Optional spa treatments (body therapy, facial therapy, hand and foot therapy, and beauty salon)
  • Optional lunch at the clubhouse before departure
  • Gratuities

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please note that airport transfer from OR Tambo (JNB) to Entabeni departs before 11 a.m. on day 1. Transfer from Entabeni to OR Tambo (JNB) departs at 12:00. Transfer time each way is 2.5 or 3 hours. The rate is 160 EUR return per person.

Airport: O. R. Tambo International Airport Airport transfer available: O. R. Tambo International Airport (US$190 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 non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
6 days / 5 nights
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Please inquire with your preferred month of travel and Out in Africa Encounters will get back to you with dates. Their six-day rides depart three times a month.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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