AFRICAN LUXURY ON HORSEBACK
There is no more invigorating way to explore the African bush than by riding alongside some of the continent’s most cherished creatures on horseback. Whether trailing the Great Migration of the Mara and following in the footsteps of Kenya’s Maasai tribe, riding through South Africa's Waterberg or Tanzania's Chyulu Hills, a horseback safari offers an experience unlike any other. And apart from the exceptional game viewing, equestrian safaris also bring the splendor of a luxury lodge straight to the bush by providing catered picnics and offering overnights at some of the continent’s finest mobile tented camps.
- Explore the Okavango Delta: Home to three major river systems, the lush Okavango Delta is a mecca for wildlife of all kinds. Riders are likely to spot hippos and water buffalo cooling off in the waters as well as lion and zebra drinking from the riverbanks. This equestrian safari is flexible and offers three potential campsites – all of which are strategically located to provide guests with a variety of terrain & species.
- Wander the South African Bush: In the northernmost reaches of South Africa, the UNESCO-certified Waterberg Biosphere contains some of the most varied topography and quality game viewing on the continent. Riding through Waterberg on horseback offers the opportunity for close encounters with an incredible range of species—Rhino, Buffalo, Giraffe, Sable Antelope, Zebra and Wildebeest, just to name a few. And for those riders who want a break from the bush, a number of riding reserves offer other activities—like polocrosse, western games, jumping, cattle mustering and swimming—that can also be done atop a horse.
- Traverse the Chyulu Hills: Falling in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the plush Chyulu Hills are the youngest range of volcanic hills in Africa, and contain some of Africa's most magnificent creatures, including elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo, along with hundreds of species of birds and a huge variety of plant life. Horse trails in the Chyulu Hills vary in difficulty—from day trips on gentle slopes to steeper multi-day climbs into the heart of a wild ecosystem—and riders on overnight safaris can sleep in high comfort at full service, luxury tented camps.
- Ride the Maasai Mara: The wide, uninterrupted plains of Kenya’s celebrated Maasai Mara National Reserve are ideal for exploring on horseback, and offer a unique opportunity to witness both wildlife and native African ethnic groups in their natural habitat. The area was originally named by the Maasai people—whose lifestyle and vibrant cultural traditions still thrive within the Reserve—and who for thousands of years have lived in harmony with the bountiful lion, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, wildebeest, and zebra who also walk the land. Ride alongside the Maasai as they herd cattle, and gallop after the herd of zebras who will often cross an equestrian path, this safari experience offers a blend of culture and nature like no other.
- Gallop through Amboseli: Ideal for experienced riders, Amboseli National Park allows guests to release their inhibitions and gallop through the open plains, under the endless Kenyan skies and the watchful eye of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Known for being one of the most thrilling rides on earth, riders can expect to see elephant, buffalo, hippo, lion and many more native species, and overnight at some of the finest tented camps on the continent, where both riders and horses are pampered at the end of a long and active day.
REST & REJUVENATE
After hours of riding daily, you can look forward to a night of comfort and relaxation at a number of luxurious full-service accommodations. From classically inspired tented camps to some of the most divine lodges Africa has to offer, you will end each day’s ride assured to rest, dine and unwind in utmost luxury.
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