Horse riding holidays in South Africa (6 destinations) - Far and Ride
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Horse Riding Holidays, South Africa

South Africa has been described by some as a melting pot of cultures. Reflected through its food, wine and art South Africa's culture and history combine to tell a true and heartfelt story. Sharing with its visitors not only the life of early ancestors and its sad colonial past, but also its vibrancy and potential and place in the modern day world.

Although perhaps most famous for its Big Five, South Africa is overflowing with wildlife and is home to over two hundred mammal species. These include lion, rhino, giraffe, big cats and varieties of reptiles and bird and marine life to name but a few. Whilst there are many safaris here, the best way to see all this is from the back of a horse offering you a chance to approach wild animals more closely without harm. South Africa is home to some of the worlds most beautiful yet diverse scenery and terrain. In this one country, laced with culture, you will find lush verdant forests and misty mountain ranges, golden beaches and wildlife, rich bushveld, arid desert and fertile wineland. The sheer beauty of South Africa's scenery can only be described as breathtaking and to see all this on horseback can only be described as amazing.

South African cuisine is a culinary celebration of South Africa's rich heritage and natural abundance of seafood, meat, game and plants. Wine and history have shared an important relationship for some 350 years reflecting that ever important colonial past but glowingly fulfilling the expectations of the modern day world of wine and its connoisseurs, boasting some of the best wines in the world. The hospitality you will be shown here combined with the spectacular horse riding will ensure you have a holiday of a lifetime.

See our horse riding holidays in South Africa below.


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Ant's Nest and Ant's Hill, South Africa

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These two unique bush homes, Ant's Nest and Ant's Hill, are located on their own private game reserve in the beautiful and diverse Waterberg region of South Africa. They offer some of the most exciting game viewing and horseback riding in Africa and situated at an altitude of 4500 feet above sea level, this wonderful region offers a temperate climate and can be visited all year round. Due to the varying topography and ecology across the reserve, the bush is teeming with an incredible variety of game species from rhino and buffalo to leggy giraffe, rare sable antelope, herds of eland, zebra, wildebeest, big spiral horned kudu to the fleet footed oryx just to mention but a few. There are 300 recorded bird species in the area to add to the exquisite variety of all forms of wildlife that the reserves support.

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Cape Winelands, South Africa

The Cape Winelands horse riding holiday, in South Africa
Situated in the heart of the Cape winelands in an area steeped in history, culture and known for its fine wine and dining, here you are offered riding holidays with a difference. You can enjoy all of this as well as sampling local culture and even taking in some spa treatments. The team will tailor make a daily itinerary according to your personal tastes where possible. They are also able to mix and match trails, wine and cheese tasting with other experiences to make your dream holiday come true.

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Horizon Horseback Adventures and Safaris, South Africa

The Horizon Horseback Adventures and Safaris horse riding holiday, in South Africa
Horizon Horseback offers a selection of fabulous based adventures and riding safaris in the Waterberg area of northern South Africa. Just three hours north of Johannesburg, this destination has a choice for everyone from honeymoon couples to adventurous families, single riders to groups of friends (non-riders also welcome). Guests can opt for a mobile safari or an adventure based out of the historic family property, set in a private game reserve alongside a beautiful lake with hippo and surrounding plains game. The choices of riding are almost endless and include outrides through the game reserve, cattle mustering, swimming with the horses in the lake, western games, jumping, cross country or even learning to play polocrosse.

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Wait A Little, South Africa

The Wait A Little horse riding holiday, in South Africa
Ride in the 30,000 hectare Karongwe and Makalali game reserves, home to all of the Big Five. The rides are for experienced riders only and include some lovely, long canters, occasional gallops and jumps. The horses are beautifully schooled for dressage and over fences to make them a responsive mount. These Big Five safaris are mobile so you can cover greater distances.

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Waterberg Big Five Safari, South Africa

The Waterberg Big Five Safari horse riding holiday, in South Africa
Entabeni - "The Place of the Mountain" is a stunning reserve situated within the World Heritage Waterberg Biosphere. Within this spectacular landscape all of the Big Five reside, along with plentiful plains game too. Riding safaris take place on both the upper and lower escarpments so you get to experience not only the stunning ecosystems, but also search for a high number of animals. The usual riding safari itinerary includes staying in a lodge on the lower escarpment before moving to a fly camp in the bush for an authentic African adventure, finishing with another lodge.

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Wild Coast Trails, South Africa

The Wild Coast Trails horse riding holiday, in South Africa
This is not just a beach ride - it's an adventure. Rolling hills, deep gorges and cliff tops that plunge into the ocean; exhilarating beach gallops, pristine environments and stunning views. The local Xhosa people are warm and friendly as you meander through their villages that seem long forgotten in this rural African wilderness.

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