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Horseback Riding Safaris
A horse safari is a unique experience for those who would combine the pleasures of long distance riding with a love for the wild and the thrill of an African safari. An adventure which allows you to experience African wildlife, scenery and culture at close quarters. Horse and rider become one with the environment - sharing the same sights, scents, sounds and excitement of the African wilderness
Sample Itineraries in different countries
MALAWI: 7 nights Chelinda & Mpherembe Trail Horse Safari
Big skies open country and vast panoramas combine to make the Nyika the most perfect riding country. For day after day you can explore the remotest regions of this 3000 sq. km wilderness. Follow Elephant trails down secluded steep sided valleys, trot with the herds of Eland, Roan, and Zebra, canter the edge of 1500 ft high escarpments and gallop across the rolling hills of the plateau. On the Nyika you are riding on top of the world.
The Nyika is suitable for riders of all levels of ability. The experienced rider has plenty of opportunities for long trots and exhilarating canters, yet due to the scarcity of dangerous wildlife a beginner can enjoy the freedom of riding in a beautiful wilderness without the worry of having to cope with dangerous situations and so gain confidence day by day.
Since 1993 twenty five horses have been stabled at the Mbawala Stables, near to Chelinda Camp. The horses are all crossbreeds between 14-16 hands. They are responsive even tempered and well schooled - as well as being great characters! They have often been described as "the best in Africa".
Safaris are limited to a maximum of eight riders (except on special request) escorted by a professional guide who is not only a capable horseman/woman, but also extremely knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the Nyika.
Mclellan trail saddles are used for comfort over long distances.
KENYA: Riding Wild Borana
With a great variety of terrain Borana has the best riding country anyone from an expert to a novice could hope for. Borana is a 32 000 acre ranch in Laikipia lies on an ecotone between the slopes of Mount Kenya and the lower lying savanna land. On rides all of the large mammals including elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog can be found. In addition to riding Borana has many activities to offer as well as luxurious accommodation.
BOTSWANA: Okavango Horse Safari
In the remote region of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. This vast inland delta lies like an emerald jewel on the edge of the great Kalahari Desert, an astonishing maze of papyrus lined waterways, meadows and woodland, rich in wildlife and birds. Elephant, buffalo, plains game, lion. Leopard and cheetah live in the area and there is a good chance of viewing all from horseback.
This is Botswana sample itinerary which may vary according to water levels and game movements.
Day 1: Kujwana Camp
You are met at Maun Airport by our representative & transferred by light aircraft to Xudum airstrip, a 25 minute flight. You are then transferred into the camp by vehicle which takes approximately 1 hour. (game viewing). Lunch and an introduction talk with demo on tack advice on game viewing from horseback. This is followed by an orientation ride for approximately 1 - 2 hours.
Day 2: Kujwana Camp.
Morning game ride in the Xudum area. Wake up is 1 hour before dawn to ensure best game viewing. Wade through lush green malapos that lead you from island to -island. Surprise a timid bushbuck out his dense cover on a heavily wooded island, or enjoy the herds of Lechwe & Zebra moving through the open spaces. Return to camp for lunch. Siesta. Afternoon game drive with sunset drinks & evening night drive with a spot light.
Day 3: Kiri/Xwaapu Camp.
Ride east towards Beacon and Lion island. These are two very large islands in the area which are cut off from Kujwana by the Xwaapu river. The area is criss-crossed with game paths leading you through a chain of rain pans. This is a great contrast to the open flood plains. Mapane forests and Acacia woodlands offer a good variety of food for Kudu and Giraffe. Breeding herds of elephant enjoy the security of the dense forest and should the pans be holding water zebra, wilderbeest and buffalo will also be found. Animal tracks abound telling you of what has been and gone - or what you might still find. -Afternoon bird walk.
Day 4: Kiri/Xwaapa Camp.
Ride north east towards Moremi game reserve. This area forms seasonal marsh land and hosts a variety of exceptional bird life. Wildlife moves freely to and from the national park. Good Buffalo and Elephant country. Afternoon game drive with sunset drinks & evening night drive with a spot light.
Day 5: Kujwana Camp.
A full days ride moving from Kiri/Xwaapu to Kujwana camp.This area is on the edge of the permanent water with papyrus beds & deep lagoons. Good area for hippo & lechwe. A picnic lunch is set up on a shady island.Return to Kujwana camp in the cool of the late afternoon.
Day 6: Depart
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