Africa from the saddle
Riding in Africa
Many African camps offer horse-riding, usually those based in areas with little dangerous game. Even beginners can enjoy the rolling hills without worrying about the dangers of riding in lion country. For those seeking an alternative, a few camps even offer elephant rides. If you love riding, then build some of these places into your trip:
Holidays including riding to NamibiaIn Namibia's Namib-Naukluft area, Desert Homestead concentrates on half-day riding trips, whilst nearby Büllsport Guest Farm offers longer horse trails into the mountains, lasting up to three days. Elsewhere, Grootberg Lodge and Cañon Lodge both offer short riding excursions.
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Riding in South Africa's CapeIn South Africa, Grootbos is a wild and lovely place with very well-kept stables, housing ponies and horses with excellent temperaments, some suitable for children. Meanwhile, when you're staying in Cape Town, The Long Beach makes a perfect place to stay, allowing easy access to nearby stables from where you can ride along the beach.
Riding options for safaris in ZambiaZambia has several private reserves whose owners keep large stables. There's top-class riding on the horses and polo ponies at Shiwa Ng'andu, as well as more gentle riding excursions in the forests of Mutinondo. Near Lusaka, Chaminuka instantly springs to mind.
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Riding in TanzaniaIn Tanzania, the beach retreats at Ras Kutani have an excellent stable nearby – perfect for long beach rides. All three lodges on Grumeti Reserves have access to the outstandingly well-equipped stable at Sasakwa Lodge.
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Riding holidays to BotswanaThere are several dedicated, specialist horse-riding camps in Botswana – ask us for details, and note that all require a high minimum level of horsemanship. In areas with dangerous wild animals, like the Okavango Delta, riders must be competent to gallop out of danger if it presents itself.
However, for a truly African experience in the saddle – and no prior experience necessary - consider riding African elephants through the Okavango from Abu Camp.
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Whether you want to ride down the beach in the surf of the waves, or experience some of Tanzania's wilder areas from the saddle - Tanzania has some excellent lodges which can help you do just this.Ideas for riding in Tanzania