The very best safaris are those that bring you closest to nature, so one of the greatest safari experiences has to be venturing out into pristine wilderness on horseback!
Experienced guides will lead you through an awe-inspiring range of ecosystems filled with game and into areas that are well off the beaten track. The local wildlife sees horses and riders as other non-threatening animals and therefore allows you to get really close, a truly unique safari experience! It is worth mentioning, however, that areas offering horse riding usually have lower numbers of big cats, as they can make the horses skittish.
Whether you are a beginner or a confident rider, you will be given a horse best suited to your specific requirements. The pace can vary, from the thrill of cantering alongside giraffe and wildebeest to the serenity of a meandering ride while watching the sun set or a quiet trot through a herd of grazing zebra or a family of rhino – all moments to cherish.
If you are seeking the ultimate horseback safari in a truly wild area, we highly recommend Macatoo Camp for competent riders who feel at ease in the saddle. This camp is set in the depths of the western Okavango Delta in Botswana, offering breathtaking scenery, abundant and varied game, extremely experienced and knowledgeable guides, and well-schooled, responsive horses. You’ll get to ride up close to the birdlife, game and nature for 4–6 hours each day.
Between June and October, you can take advantage of superb riding holidays in Tanzania. Horseback riding in the Serengeti is a wonderful way of experiencing the Great Migration – you become a part of the wild herds and move along with them. At the Singita Grumeti Reserve’s Equestrian Centre riders can enjoy cantering out onto the endless plains among the wildlife, or you can join a 2–8 day riding safari between the Singita properties in this area.
Some of Africa’s most outstanding riding is also available in Kenya. Sosian offers a great variety of riding for experienced riders, across open plains filled with zebra, oryx, giraffe, eland and gazelle and with Mount Kenya as a backdrop. Riding is generally 2–3 hours in the mornings and/or afternoons, with up to 6 hours per day spent in the saddle. For keen riders seeking a true wilderness experience, a 1 night fly camp option is available with the horses, as well as 5–7 night horseback safaris. Ol Donyo Lodge is situated on the southwestern side of the Chyulu Hills in southeast Kenya, within a limitless expanse of plains and amazing views as far as Mount Kilimanjaro. This lodge is renowned for its outstanding horse safaris – whether you are a beginner or an advanced rider, there is a suitable route for you. Advanced riders can also include fly camping, 5–7 night horseback safaris.
There are also options in Namibia and other areas in Africa – please get in contact with us for more information!