Explore Africa in the saddle
There are many incredible opportunities for riding holidays in Africa. Almost all countries offer rides through the African wilderness, with horseback excursions varying from a few hours suitable to all levels to several days out on the trail while sleeping in fly camps for the experienced equestrian.
It's an incredible way to explore the bush, with most plains game unperturbed by your presence. Riding alongside herds of zebra and giraffe is a truly unforgettable experience. There are also epic coastal and desert trails to discover and for something a little different, camelback safaris are a speciality in the wilderness of East Africa.
Horseback riding in Africa is usually offered by specialist 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, contact us for further details.
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Benguerra Lodge stables ten horses near the lodge. It offers guided horseback riding around its local area, including along the pristine white, palm-fringed sandy beach in front of the lodge. Feeling the ocean spray as you gallop through the waves is unforgettable.
Borana’s two stables house around 50 horses. The one located near the Ngare Ndare River has horses suitable for novice riders, while the other has beautiful, ex-polo mounts to cater for experienced riders as well as to offer longer guided trips.
Sosian owns very good stables and breeds horse; it has 23 available for riding. More experienced riders will enjoy guided full-day bush rides and gallops across open plains, while beginners on holiday can go on gentler walks of a few hours closer to the ranch house.
Lewa Safari Camp
Horseback and camel safaris are arranged with nearby Lewa Wilderness Camp, whose 40 horses are available to experience riders as well as beginners. The plain grazers are relaxed around horses, making it a great way to get up close.
Ol Pejeta Bush Camp
Ol Pejeta Bush Camp offers horse riding in the protected areas of Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Accompanied by guides, you’ll enjoy gentle rides among the conservancy’s famous rhinos, including the last two northern white rhinos.
Camp Kalahari offers two options for riding activities in Botswana. You can explore the exceptional scenery on horseback, with trips lasting from a few hours up to five nights. And then there is the quadbiking experience where you head out to explore the starkly beautiful salt pans.
Ride through the rolling hills of the Kenya's Lewa Conservancy on your holiday, or take a camel trek from Lewa Wilderness. Guided horse rides here can take from a couple of hours to the whole day, and allow you to get close to various antelope, giraffe and zebra.
Located in an exclusive 30km2 area of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Sirikoi offers riding opportunities with horses suited to beginners or experienced riders, accompanied by experienced guides on horseback to ensure safety.
Solio is home to an impressive population of white and black rhinos, and rides take place outside their sanctuary. Explore the woods and rolling plains and keep watch for a diversity of species, including the northern varieties of plains wildlife.
While northern Kenya is generally arid, the bushy landscapes around Sarara attract good wildlife and riding excursions offer a new perspective. Most of the plains grazers are relaxed around the horses. Gentle hacks or faster rides can be arranged.
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