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South Africa: Waterberg Horse Riding Safari + Beach


6RH10J
10 NIGHTS
FROM £2,195
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Enjoy a horse riding safari in sunny South Africa, staying at a ranch in the magnificent Waterberg Mountains - with activities including outrides, cross-country jumping & learning to play polocrosse - followed by a few nights at Camp Davidson tented camp, riding with plains game. Then relax on a warm Durban North Coast beach. Our horseback holidays & vacations are suitable for riders at all levels. Non-riding partners welcome.
Horse Riding Safari South Africa Beach Horseback Holidays Vacations
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Horse Riding Safari, South Africa
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Waterberg Mountains
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Horizon Lodge & Ranch
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Cross Country Jumping
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Polocrosse
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Camp Davidson
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Riding with Plains Game
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Durban North Coast Beach
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Indian Ocean Beaches
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Horseback Holidays & Vacations
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Horse Riding Safari, South Africa
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Waterberg Mountains
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Horizon Lodge & Ranch
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Cross Country Jumping
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Polocrosse
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Camp Davidson
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Riding with Plains Game
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Durban North Coast Beach
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Indian Ocean Beaches
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Horseback Holidays & Vacations
Day 1
You will be met at Johannesburg Airport and transferred northwards for 2.5-hours to the scenic Waterberg Mountains, a UNESCO biosphere renowned for its diversity of plant and bird life.
 
Check in, settle in and relax at your malaria-free riding lodge, situated on a working cattle and game ranch and offering over 20,000 acres of superb riding country with breathtaking views.
 
After an introductory ride in the game reserve, including sundowners served at one of the hippo dams, enjoy dinner in the warm hospitality of the lodge.
 
Saddles are mainly trail, with a few English and Australian stock saddles available. Horses are mostly ridden in snaffle bridles. No single supplement is charged, provided you are willing to share.
 
You must bring your own helmet, gloves and riding boots (half chaps are advised rather than long boots) and good walking shoes. Wear comfortable riding clothing in neutral colours such as green, brown and khaki. Loose fitting cotton shirts are the most comfortable, with short sleeves to protect your shoulders from thorns. Avoid white or bright colours as these are easily seen by the animals. Also black and navy as these absorb the heat. Tight synthetic fabrics, shorts & skirts should also be avoided. Remember to pack sunglasses, wide brimmed sunhat, sunscreen, head torch, insect repellent, swimsuit and first aid kit with plasters.
Days 2 To 3
Enjoy riding in the Waterberg Mountains each day, with experienced riders enjoying stimulating fast rides, whilst novice riders are brought on at a pace comfortable to them - with good company, great food & exceptional horses.
 
With a herd of over 80 highly responsive Anglo-Arabs, Thoroughbreds, Boerperds and crossbreeds, ranging in size from 14 to 16 hands, the lodge is able to closely match horse to rider capability. Riding options, which can be discussed and agreed each day, include:
    • Outrides – across the vast Waterberg Plateau, including swimming the horses in the hippo dam;
    • Cross Country Jumping – on an international course designed by SA's top course builder;
    • Polocrosse – easy to learn and one of the most exhilarating and addictive sports on horseback;
    • Western Games – enjoy barrel racing and pole bending, with light commands & quick response;
    • Riding Safaris – leisurely rides within a private game reserve, viewing plains game such as giraffe, zebra, kudu, impala, hartebeest, bushbuck and many smaller mammals such as duiker, steenbok, jackal, baboons, monkey and warthog. Hippos are also regularly seen in the river.
 
A variety of activities are also available for non-riding partners (or those feeling saddle-weary), including swimming, bush walks, a visit to the local village and farm school and open top game drives at a nearby Big Five Game Reserve.
Day 4
After breakfast this morning, we set out on our ride to Camp Davidson and check into your tented riding camp situated in a private game reserve, with abundant plains game.
 
In the afternoon enjoy a sundowner ride to the Red Dam.
 
 
Days 5 To 6
From Camp Davidson, enjoy your horseback safari in the magnificent Waterberg Mountains with its endless horizons.
 
Explore the reserve and track herds of giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, kudu and impala - sometimes with a saddlebag lunch. Ride past beautiful mountains, gallop across open sandy tracks and taking your horse for refreshing swims in the cool waters of one of the many lakes. You can canter for miles looking at the wonder of nature around you, jump natural obstacles and hack through thick woodlands, whilst watching the surrounding game.
 
You will have the opportunity of cantering with zebra and giraffe, and “playing” with the springbok.  You may also encounter hippo, buffalo, leopard, eland, sable, ostrich, steenbuck and over 20 other plains species. As there are no lions or elephants in the riding area, competent riders can enjoy fast and exhilarating rides.
Day 7
Transfer 2.5-hours to Johannesburg Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Durban Airport and transferred to your hotel on the warm North Coast, renowned for its wonderful beaches and excellent holiday weather.
  
Check in and relax on the shores of the warm Indian Ocean.
Days 8 To 10
At leisure to relax on the warm golden beaches of the Durban North Coast.
 
Many optional activities are available such as a marine cruise to search for dolphins, turtles, sharks, whales (in season) and other fascinating sea life. Championship golf, horse riding and deep sea game fishing are also available.
Day 11
Transfer to Durban Airport for your flight home.
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