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Malaria Free Safaris Sun City South Africa Madikwe Johannesburg Holiday

South Africa: Waterberg Horse Riding Holiday + Safari


6RE7J
7 NIGHTS
FROM £1,695
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This South Africa horse riding holiday combines a safari vacation at a riding ranch in the malaria free Waterberg region, with a Big Five safari lodge. As all riding is ranch-based, this holiday is ideal for all levels of rider and all ages. Beginners can learn to ride, while advanced riders can enjoy outrides & cross country jumping. You can also try your hand at polocrosse. All riding, transfers & game drives included.   
South Africa Horse Riding Holiday Safari Vacation Malaria Waterberg
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South Africa Horse Riding Holiday
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Waterberg Region
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Horizon Riding Ranch
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Outrides
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Cross Country Jumping
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Polocrosse
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Big Five Safari Vacation
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Game Drives
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Lions & Elephants
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Malaria Free
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South Africa Horse Riding Holiday
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Waterberg Region
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Horizon Riding Ranch
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Outrides
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Cross Country Jumping
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Polocrosse
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Big Five Safari Vacation
• 
Game Drives
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Lions & Elephants
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Malaria Free
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 5
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 6
This morning transfer to the luxurious Ants Nest riding lodge, situated on a private game reserve with wonderful wildlife.
 
After checking in, enjoy your first afternoon ride amongst the plains game of this reserve.
Day 7
Rise early to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day, and enjoy a thrilling open top safari with a lodge ranger in your malaria free private game reserve, with its many beautiful sandstone monoliths, ravines and waterfalls.
 
With numerous different species of mammals and reptiles in the park, you can hope to see several of the Big Five - lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard - as well as many other interesting species such as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, eland, kudu, sable antelope, waterbuck, warthog, baboon and much more. Bird watching is outstanding and you can see hippo and crocodiles in the dam.
  
Return to the lodge for breakfast and in the late afternoon enjoy another thrilling game drive with a lodge ranger. After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – as well as the spectacular Southern Cross.
 
Note: Most lodges do not allow children < 6 on open top game drives.
Day 8
After some final game viewing, transfer 3 to 4-hours to Johannesburg Airport for your flight home.
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