Africa from the saddle
Riding holidays in Africa
There are many opportunities for riding holidays in Africa: Almost all countries offer rides through the African wilderness, excursions varying from a few hours to several days out while sleeping in fly camps. Whether quad biking or in a more eco-friendly way on an elephant or horseback, riding provides you with a different view of the surrounding areas.
Horseback riding in Africa is usually offered by camps and lodges in areas which have lower game densities. Thus even beginners can be amazed by rolling hills, pristine beaches and vast plains, without worrying about the dangers of riding in lion country. More experienced riders will enjoy faster paces, longer ride outs or several days in the saddle with magnificent horses of great character. Even if you’re just looking for a few hours in the saddle, just contact us for further details. The regular clip-clop of your horses’ hooves has a relaxing effect and adds perfectly to your safari experience.
For those seeking an alternative, a few camps spread over Botswana and Zambia even offer elephant rides. While in the Livingstone area in Zambia elephant riding is not available at a specific camp we feature, we are happy to help you include it into your itinerary with our local partners. In Botswana, there is Abu Camp, whose elephants are well known. You can walk side by side with them or do gentle riding, elephants in Africa are the largest mammals to live in terrestrial habitats and even bigger than their Indian counterparts.
The vast Makgadigkadi salt pans in Botswana are a great choice for quad-bike rides in Africa. Chose between rides from one to several days right into the centre of the pans and explore this diverse environment. To try to avoid damaging the pan’s fragile crust, quad biking is only available from June to November.
Riding holidays in Botswana
There are a variety of options for riding holidays in Botswana, from quad biking across vast salt pans, to elephant-back adventures and more conventional rides on horseback. Riding in Botswana offers a unique way to see the countryside.Ideas for riding holidays in Botswana
Riding holidays in Kenya
Although it's not a major destination for riding holidays, Kenya offers a great diversity of scenery and has a number of superb stables, most of them suitable for experience levels ranging from beginner to expert.Ideas for riding holidays in Kenya
Riding holidays in Malawi
If you are interested in horseback riding in Malawi, there is just one place we'd advise you to visit. It's a fantastic way to experience the western shore of Lake Malawi with its local villages and tropical rainforests.Ideas for riding holidays in Malawi
Riding holidays in Mozambique
We can't currently suggest any full-time riding holidays in Mozambique; there's nowhere that we know of which does a really good job. However, there is one place that we can recommend for occasional horseback riding in Mozambique.Ideas for riding holidays in Mozambique
Riding holidays in Namibia
We don't specialise in riding holidays in Namibia; however, we do know several great small guest farms and lodges that offer horseback riding. Namibia's stunning wilderness areas are great to explore on horseback.Ideas for riding holidays in Namibia
Riding holidays in South Africa
South Africa's Cape is well known for its stunning scenery and horse riding is just one of the many ways to enjoy it. Here are several options for horseback riding in South Africa that we can recommend.Ideas for riding holidays in South Africa
Riding holidays in Tanzania
Between June and October, you can take advantage of superb riding holidays in Tanzania. Horseback riding in the Serengeti is a great way of exploring the landscape - you become a part of the herds and move along with them.Ideas for riding holidays in Tanzania
Riding holidays in Zambia
Explore diverse scenery and remote environments whilst horseback riding in Zambia. Several lodges offer riding excursions and daytrips, catering for most experience levels, but none offer overnight riding holidays that go further afield.Ideas for riding holidays in Zambia