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Horseback Safari

Encounter wild African animals from horseback on a riding safari in South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania or Namibia. A horseback safari is either mobile with fly camps such as in "Out of Africa" which move on every day; or daily rides from very nice lodges or comfortable static bush camps. Riding safaris in open spaces with lions and elephant are usually limited to experienced riders, whilst horseback safaris in areas with no dangerous game are open to all abilities and families. Non-riding activities are also usually on offer and non-riders can be as well catered for as the riders, with game drives, walks or boat trips.

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Types of riding holiday

Pack trips with Equus Journeys 

A horse riding expedition takes you on a long-distance itinerant horseback ride with all your baggage, equipment and food carried by either pack mules or horses or a support vehicle. You will ride through isolated and spectacular regions often only accessible on horseback. You will sleep in simple, yet comfortable, tents out under the stars.


Horseback trails with Equus Journeys

A trail riding holiday is an itinerant ride through stunning scenery. You will ride a progressive route through the local landscape and stop at a different place each night. The transport of the baggage, horses and riders is all done by support vehicle. At night, you will sleep in comfortable tents, gîtes, equestrian hostels or charming hotels.


Ranch stay with Equus Journeys

A ranch stay most often takes place on a cattle or horse rearing estancia or ranch - depending on the part of the world you travel to. We choose to send our riders to small or medium-sized, family-run ranches where you can really get to know the owners and workers. Nights are sometimes spent camping out, but more often than not are spent in the comfort of a simple gîte or high quality lodge.


Horseback safari with Equus Journeys

A horseback safari offers a unique chance to explore native wildlife and spectacular scenery on horseback. Routes can either be itinerant, with you camping ‘Out of Africa’ style, or centre-based, riding out each day from a lodge or camp which are comfortable and generally open to only small groups of riders. The horses you will be riding are truly exceptional as they will get up close to the wildlife while you observe.


Dressage with Equus Journeys

A dressage training holiday allows riders to either train and improve or perfect their dressage technique. The riding instructors are highly qualified and by working with perfectly-trained horses, riders will be able to progress and feel the precision of each movement. 


Equestrian stay with Equus Journeys

A centre basedriding holiday offers riders daily trail riding or other equestrian activities from a fixed location with accommodation. The rhythm of the ride is entirely flexible and these rides are often open to non-riders. The type of accommodation varies, depending on the country, from gîte to ranch or yurt to luxury lodge. 


Cattle drive

A cattle drive focuses on the herding of cattle, deer, or sheep working alongside the cowboys, gauchos, pantaneiros or mongols who raise them. Riders joining these drives will get involved in the many different aspects such as corralling, sorting, watching over the herd, branding, and castrating. Nights will be spent under canvas or on ranches, farms or yurts.


Horse drive

A horse drive involves moving herds of horses from pasture to pasture. In general, the riders tasks will involve circling ahead of and behind the herd in order to keep the horses in check, notably the youngsters. Nights will be spent in tents or on ranches and farms.


Natural horsemanship with Equus journeys

Natural horsemanship holidays allows for the discovery or the perfection of ‘Natural Horsemanship’ (ethological equitation), of which the aim is complicity and close cooperation between horse and rider. The instructors have been trained in a variety of methods such as those of Pat Parelli, Monty Roberts and Buck Brannaman, which they have then adapted to form approaches of their own. Accommodation varies depending on the destination and may include gîtes, ranches and guest houses.


Long distance horse ride

An enduranceriding holiday allows for the discovery and perfection of endurance riding through open countryside. This equestrian discipline is suitable for all experienced riders. The usual aim of these types of holiday is to complete the preparation for a long-distance race. Accommodation varies depending on the destination, and may include gîtes and guest houses.


Polo with Equus Journeys

On a polo playing trip, you will be introduced to this invigorating equestrian sport involving 4 players on horseback on two opposing teams. This riding discipline is within the skill-set of any experienced rider. Accommodation varies depending on the destination and may include estancias, hotels or guest houses.


Exploration with Equus Journeys

A trip led by an extraordinary guide with a specialist knowledge of the destination.  Whether it be an open itinerary or a trip full of memorable events, it is often the guide that truly sets these trips apart; the guide’s insight and skill allows for total and unique immersion into different horse cultures found throughout the world.


Family Trip

During a family horse riding holiday, the pace of the ride, the riding level, accommodation comfort and guides are chosen to suit the needs of a family riding together. The transport of the luggage and of the riders and horses is done by support vehicle. Non-riders are often welcome on these holidays. A family horse riding holiday is also a fantastic opportunity for non-riders to get into the saddle for the first time.

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in tents, outdoor dining

Nights in yurts, the traditional housing in Central Asia, with beds and sometimes stoves for heating.

Nights in luxury or boutique accommodation. Rooms have private bathrooms. 

Nights in basic shelter such as a mountain hut/cabin. Usually dormitory beds with shared bathrooms.

Nights in hotels, guesthouses, B&B's or homestays. Double or twin rooms with bathrooms.

Nights in luxury camps with proper beds and linen. Toilets and showers are usually provided.

Ideal For Families

These rides are ideal for families and offer maximum flexibility

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Non riders

Non riders are welcome to join their riding friends as activities are available for them such as riding   lessons for beginners, cyling, walking, fishing, golf...

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AVAILABLE RIDES

  • TANZANIA Safari between Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro

    GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
    2 June 2017
    17 November 2017

    10 days / 7 days riding from £ 3,210

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    This horseback safari through Tanzania covers 3 diverse ecosystems, full-of-life forests, at an altitude of 4565m, around Mt Meru in the Arusha National Park, vast plains of the Enduimet corridor LEARN MORE

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  • SOUTH AFRICA 'Big Five' safari in South Africa

    GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
    4 August 2017
    8 September 2017
    17 November 2017
    1 December 2017

    10 days / 6 days riding from £ 2,295

    On the savannah in the heart of the Waterberg mountains, experience a unique South African horseback safari on the private Entabeni Reserve. Each day, ride out from your comfortable private LEARN MORE

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  • BOTSWANA African Explorer Safari

    GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
    25 May 2017
    1 June 2017
    6 July 2017
    13 July 2017

    10 days / 7 riding from £ 1,760

    A horseback safari combining 4 days riding on Horizon reserve in the Waterberg of South Africa with 3 days riding in the Mashatu reserve of Botswana. It is a wonderful LEARN MORE

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  • TANZANIA Enduimet Wildlife Corridor Ride

    10 days / 7 days riding - Price: contact us

    A mobile riding safari in a big game area of Tanzania, surrounded by four giants - Nount Longido, Namanga, Mt Meru, and the greatest of them all, Mount Kilimanjaro. Ride LEARN MORE

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  • BOTSWANA Macatoo with French eventer Karim Laghouag NEW !

    GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
    17 November 2017

    10 days / 7 riding from £ 3,900

    Alongside Karim Laghouag, one of the best French eventing riders and Rio 2016 Gold medallist, you can ride out on an exceptional horseback safari in Botswana. Spend your nights in LEARN MORE

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    SUITABLE FOR NON-RIDERS

  • NAMIBIA Okapuka safari

    10 days / 7 days riding from £ 2,290

    A riding safari on beautiful Arabian horses within a private game reserve north of Windhoek. Venture into the mountains or across the savannah searching for rhino, giraffe, zebra or even LEARN MORE

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  • TANZANIA Lake Natron Ride

    10 days / 8 days riding from £ 4,990

    A trail ride through the hauntingly beautiful Lake Natron area in Tanzania, famous for its vast breeding colonies of flamingoes. Here it is the landscape which is the attraction rather LEARN MORE

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  • KENYA Borana Lodge

    10 days / 7 riding - Price: contact us

    Relax on a riding safari at the luxurious Borana Lodge, with views over the Samangua Valley and Lewa Plains. Set out on horseback each day in search of big game LEARN MORE

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  • BOTSWANA Macatoo

    GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
    27 July 2018
    3 August 2018
    10 August 2018
    17 August 2018

    10 days / 7 riding from £ 3,300

    A riding safari from Macatoo camp, in the heart of the Okavango Delta, is a unique experience. Luxurious camps, superb game viewing, canters through the water, fast riding across the LEARN MORE

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  • SOUTH AFRICA Ants Lodges

    GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
    26 May 2017
    2 June 2017
    9 June 2017
    16 June 2017

    10 days / 7 riding from £ 1,590

    Ants Lodges offer thrilling riding safaris on their private reserve in the middle of the malaria-free Waterberg plateau in South Africa. Ride amongst rhino, giraffe, zebra and rare species of LEARN MORE

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EQUESTRIAN TRADITIONS

  • Namibian Wild Horses

    Namibian Wild Horses

    The wild horse of Namibia is a breed originating from the horses (Kap-Boerperds, Hackneys and Trakehners) of Germanic and South African forces , which were abandoned during the First World War. Some 200 horses survived in the area of Garub - almost desert, listed as a nature reserve and with access strictly forbidden after the discovery of diamonds close to Luderitz in 1908. They are able to endure extreme temperatures (as much as 70c in December, down to -5c in June), and tolerate frequent strong winds up to 140km/hr. Their size reduced to assist them in this harsh environment. The history of these horses is mentioned in the film and book "Running Free" and it is possible to view these wild herds on the Fish River Canyon riding trail.

    Namibian Wild Horses