Africa

Photo from the Wait A Little (South Africa) ride.

All horse riders hope one day to ride in Africa on a horseback riding safari. It is one of the most exciting experiences that a rider can enjoy - without doubt, an experience of a lifetime.

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There are many countries in Africa that offer different horse riding experiences. The continent itself is vast with the Northern countries of Morocco and Egypt offering a diverse culture with influences from the East and rides through arid deserts. In Eastern Africa there is Mount Kilimanjaro and fabulous riding in Kenya and Tanzania with its extraordinary terrain and wildlife spectacles. In the south there are riding safaris in Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa; Namibia offers extraordinary desert riding and Mozambique has wonderful beaches, offering opportunities for swimming with your horse in the beautiful clear waters.

Africa offers many opportunities for horse riders and for riding with wild game. You can ride safely with giraffe, zebra and antelope or there are more challenging rides, for those confident in the saddle, where you may come upon predators such as lion or cheetah and big game such as rhino and elephant.

In South Africa you can stay at luxurious lodges with your family or friends, where riding with plains game is on offer for all abilities; or for the more competent riders you can join a trail staying in fly camps or luxurious lodges to hopefully glimpse some of the Big Five in the Waterberg or Kruger regions. There are also glorious beach rides along the wild coast of the eastern cape and stunning wine tasting rides in the world-renowned Cape Winelands near Cape Town.

In Botswana there is exciting horse riding on offer in three regions: the Okavango Delta, the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans of the Kalahari and the Mashatu Reserve in the eastern Tuli block. These areas are all home to some of the African Big Five animals, offering exhilarating riding where you may also see cheetah, hippo and wild dogs from horseback.

Just over the border in Zimbabwe, you can ride in the world-renowned Hwange national park, another Big Five area which teams with wildlife. And in the small Kingdom of Eswatini you can explore three different parks on horseback, discovering the diverse terrain and Swazi culture.

Riding in Kenya’s Masai Mara offers magnificent game viewing where you may also meet local Masai tribesmen. The wildebeest migration takes place from July to October - where thousands upon thousands of wildebeest and zebra head into the Mara seeking greener pastures. The migration then moves into the Serengeti of Tanzania where you can also join a magical riding safari across the plains or within sight of Mt Kilimanjaro.

The wide open spaces of Africa offer opportunities for some fast gallops on well schooled horses, particularly in Namibia. Here you will find a completely different experience with less wildlife because of the arid desert environment, amongst gloriously scenic landscapes and lots of fast riding. Riding across the desert to the sea is one of our most exciting rides for experienced horse riders only.

In the north of Africa, you can ride adventurous and sportive trails through the upper Sahara desert or into the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, either camping under the clear starlit skies, or stay in riads and guesthouses. Egypt is also a thrilling destination for lovers of history and ancient culture - cantering towards the famous pyramids of Giza is also a not to be missed bucket list favourite.

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  • Photo from the African Horseback Safaris (Macatoo) ride

    African Horseback Safaris (Macatoo)
    Botswana

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    Macatoo Camp is situated on the western side of the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world.
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  • Photo from the Ant's Nest and Ant's Hill ride

    Ant's Nest and Ant's Hill
    South Africa

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    These unique bush homes, Ant's Nest and Ant's Hill, are located on their own private game reserve in the beautiful Waterberg region of South Africa
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  • Photo from the Atlas Mountains ride

    Atlas Mountains
    Morocco

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    These riding trails traverse several routes through the Atlas mountains of North Africa and allow you to discover the beauty and character of Morocco.
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  • Photo from the Borana ride

    Borana
    Kenya

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    Borana offers superb safari riding opportunities for all levels, in addition to mountain biking, bush walks and bird watching for non-riders.
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  • Photo from the Cape Winelands ride

    Cape Winelands
    South Africa

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    Situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands, in an area known for its fine wine and dining, you are offered riding holidays with a difference.
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  • Photo from the Delta Trail (Ride Botswana) ride

    Delta Trail (Ride Botswana)
    Botswana

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    This unique trail ride in the Okavango Delta uses mobile camps so you can follow the herds of game as they migrate through this glorious wetland.
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  • Photo from the Desert to Coast Crossing (The Long Ride) ride

    Desert to Coast Crossing (The Long Ride)
    Morocco

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    This epic 4 week trail ride will see guests crossing the Moroccan desert from the Atlas mountains to the Atlantic Coast.
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  • Photo from the Essaouira ride

    Essaouira
    Morocco

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    Discover the hills, valleys and coastal villages around the fishing port of Essaouira on horseback.
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  • Photo from the Great South Ranch ride

    Great South Ranch
    Morocco

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    A beautiful Moroccan ranch, set between the Anti-Atlas mountains and an 8km beach, offering riding trips on their fantastic Arab-Barbs.
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  • Photo from the Horizon Botswana ride

    Horizon Botswana
    Botswana

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    Explore the wild Mashatu Game on horseback - an area renowned for its large herds of elephant as well as other giants such as Baobab trees.
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  • Photo from the Horizon Horseback Adventures and Safaris ride

    Horizon Horseback Adventures and Safaris
    South Africa

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    Horizon Horseback offers a selection of fabulous based adventures and riding safaris in the Waterberg area of northern South Africa.
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  • Photo from the Kalahari Ride (Ride Botswana) ride

    Kalahari Ride (Ride Botswana)
    Botswana

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    Ride through the remote Makgadikgadi salt pans, an incredibly unique area which offers excellent ground for fast riding.
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  • Photo from the Kaskazi Horse Safaris ride

    Kaskazi Horse Safaris
    Tanzania

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    Fantastic horseback safaris in the wilderness of Northern Tanzania, where game is rife, the scenery is beautiful and local tribes can still be found
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  • Photo from the Mozambique Horse Safaris ride

    Mozambique Horse Safaris
    Mozambique

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    A phenomenal Mozambique beach riding destination offering a stunning African setting, loved horses and fabulous beach resort accommodation.
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  • Photo from the Namibia Horse Safari Company ride

    Namibia Horse Safari Company
    Namibia

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    Exploring the Namibian desert on horseback is one of the most exciting riding experiences in the world.
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  • Photo from the Offbeat Safaris ride

    Offbeat Safaris
    Kenya

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    Offbeat Safaris have been operating since 1990 and are well-known for their mobile riding safaris with big game.
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  • Photo from the Okapuka Horse Safaris ride

    Okapuka Horse Safaris
    Namibia

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    Okapuka is a malaria-free private game reserve situated an hour north of Windhoek, which you can explore from the back of a beautiful Arabian horse.
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  • Photo from the Okavango Horse Safaris ride

    Okavango Horse Safaris
    Botswana

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    Explore the magical inland water meadows of the Okavango Delta on this semi-mobile safari which visits at least two camps during your stay.
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  • Photo from the Ride Zimbabwe (Varden Safaris) ride

    Ride Zimbabwe (Varden Safaris)
    Zimbabwe

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    Join James and Janine Varden for a fascinating horse safari in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park.
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  • Photo from the Safaris Unlimited ride

    Safaris Unlimited
    Kenya

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    Incredible horseback safaris across Kenya!
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  • Photo from the Sahara Desert Trails ride

    Sahara Desert Trails
    Morocco

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    Discover the Sahara desert on a forward going Barb or Arabian stallion, opting to either camp or overnight in comfortable hostels.
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  • Photo from the Simalaha Horse Safaris ride

    Simalaha Horse Safaris
    Zambia

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    Simalaha Horse Safaris offer a new horseback adventure in Zambia on the Zambezi flats and within the new Simalaha Community Conservancy.
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  • Photo from the Swazi Culture & Scenery ride

    Swazi Culture & Scenery
    Eswatini

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    The Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) is an exciting new destination for horse riders, with diverse terrain, accommodation and Swazi culture.
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  • Photo from the Temples, Tombs and Beaches ride

    Temples, Tombs and Beaches
    Egypt

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    Luxor, often referred to as the worlds greatest outdoor museum, is an amazing setting for a horse riding holiday.
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  • Photo from the Wait A Little ride

    Wait A Little
    South Africa

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    Pacy mobile rides within the 30,000 hectare Karongwe and Makalali game reserves, home to all of the Big Five.
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  • Photo from the Waterberg Big Five Safari ride

    Waterberg Big Five Safari
    South Africa

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    Entabeni is a stunning reserve situated within the World Heritage Waterberg Biosphere offering riding safaris on both the upper and lower escarpments
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  • Photo from the Wild Coast Trails ride

    Wild Coast Trails
    South Africa

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    This is not just a beach ride - it's an adventure. Rolling hills, cliff tops that plunge into the ocean, exhilarating beach gallops and stunning views
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