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Riding holidays
Riding holidays
Riding holidays
Riding holidays
Riding holidays

Riding holidays

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

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

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

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

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.


Lewa Wilderness

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.


Sirikoi

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 Lodge

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.


Sarara

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.

Horse riding holidays in Africa

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Riding holidays in Botswana

Botswana

There are a variety of options for riding holidays in Botswana, from quad biking across vast salt ...

Riding holidays in Kenya

Kenya

Although it's not a major destination for riding holidays, Kenya offers a great diversity of scenery ...

Riding holidays in Malawi

Malawi

If you are interested in horseback riding in Malawi, there is just one place we'd advise you to visit...

Riding holidays in Mozambique

Mozambique

We can't currently suggest any full-time riding holidays in Mozambique; there's nowhere that we ...

Riding holidays in Namibia

Namibia

We don't specialise in riding holidays in Namibia; however, we do know several great small guest ...

Riding holidays in South Africa

South Africa

South Africa's Cape is well known for its stunning scenery and horse riding is just one of the ...

Riding holidays in Tanzania

Tanzania

Between June and October, you can take advantage of superb riding holidays in Tanzania. Horseback ...

Riding holidays in Zambia

Zambia

Explore diverse scenery and remote environments whilst horseback riding in Zambia. Several lodges ...

Riding holidays in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

There are a handful of lodges that offer riding in Zimbabwe. While we do not offer multi-day riding ...

Africa trips to appeal to many different interests

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We will design a trip perfectly for you, around your interests.


Beach holidays

Beach holidays

Discover Africa's coast and tropical islands.

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

Diverse habitats, discreet hides and superb guiding.

Cultural experiences

Cultural experiences

Get an insight into Africa's cultures and history.

Diving & snorkelling

Diving & snorkelling

Find captivating marine life beneath the waves

Family holidays

Family holidays

Hand-picked camps for an incredible family safari.

Honeymoons

Honeymoons

Romantic safaris and castaway island retreats.

Luxury

Luxury

First-class service, scenic vistas and unparalleled comfort await you during these carefully selected luxury holidays. 

Photography holidays

Photography holidays

Great holidays to suit the keen photographer.

Private villas & houses

Private villas & houses

Enjoy Africa with just your friends & family

Solo Travel

Solo Travel

Trip ideas ideally suited for a solo traveller.

Walking

Walking

Explore Africa's most scenic trails on foot.

Walking safaris

Walking safaris

Explore Africa's untouched wildernesses on foot.

Wellbeing

Wellbeing

Wellness escapes in stunning locations

Wildlife safaris

Wildlife safaris

These trips include hard-hitting game and fascinatingly elusive species alike, as well as superb guiding and a variety of diverse ecosystems.

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