There are few experiences in the world of horse riding that come anywhere close to the sheer joy that riding in Africa's endless wilderness areas will give you.
Indeed it is our firm belief that there is nothing that compares to cantering alongside a journey of giraffes, riding through the great Wildebeest migration of Masaai Mara or Serengeti National Parks, or galloping through the flood waters of Africa's most beautiful wetlands, the Okavango Delta in Botswana. In themselves those experiences are fantastic but entwine them into the fabric of a traditional mobile safari or fixed safari camp setting alongside some of Africa's most experienced professional safari guides and you have the ultimate trip of a lifetime.
Botswana and Kenya perhaps are the kings of this extraordinary medium of viewing and experiencing Africa's wildlife and wilderness with both having dedicated safari companies to operating these specialized experiences. At Tailormade Africa we align with only the very best of these as client safety is of course our main concern. This is not for the novice or part time rider as you may spend up to 6 hours a day in the saddle and be approaching big game species such as Elephant, Buffalo and even Lion. There are set departure trips of small groups of people to some camps but we much prefer arranging small private horseback safaris for just your particular group. Please do get in touch and speak with one of our team on designing the ideal itinerary for you.
Horseback Safari FAQs
What are some of the best horseback safari adventures in Africa?
The beauty of a horseback safari adventure in Africa, is that it can include wildlife of all kinds, beautiful scenery and an endless amount of different terrains. So if you are looking for a great mix of adventures some of our picks would be the Okavango Delta in Botswana, the Serengeti of Tanzania, Masai Mara in Kenya, the Zambezi & Vic Falls in ZImbabwe and finally South Africa which includes the Kalahhari region of Tswalu, the tranquil Waterberg or fancy a trot through the beautiful winelands of Franschoek.
What are some of the things to know as first-time rider?
You want to enjoy the most of the experience and take in as much of the wildlife and scenery without having to worry about the small things. A horseback safari can definitely be attempted by a first time rider, but these tips will make it an even better experience. Get accustomed to being on the back of a horse back at home first. A few introductory lessons or an easy gentle ride should do the trick. Jeans and boots (and repeat) are super important as this will ensure comfort and safety. Be relaxed, calm and confident on the horse. You are in no rush, so take it all in. Start off real easy and as you grow in confidence you can start to get into a trot and who knows maybe even a gallop.
Is a horseback safari really the way to go on safari?
One of the greatest advantages of a horseback safari is how close you can get to animals like, giraffe, wildebeest and zebra, certainly much closer than in a vehicle. Its a great way to see things in places like the Okavango Delta, see the wildebeest migration in Kenya, the zebra migration across the pans of the Kalahari Desert or the remoteness of Namibia. We highly recommend a horseback safari if this is something you have considered doing.
Are horseback safaris only for experienced riders?
The short answer is no, horseback safaris are not only for experienced riders. The places we send our guests to for a horseback experience cater for riders of all abilities. Safety is always a top priority when it comes to this adventure. The guides are well versed in setting a rider up with the correct horse to make the most of the experience. So even if you're a beginner and want to join in with the family or friends, this can definitely be accommodated.