There are few greater thrills than exploring the African bush on horseback. It’s a surreal way to experience the sights, sounds, and serenity of the bush, but more than that, you’ll be able to get very close to the wildlife that would otherwise avoid loud vehicles. Here are 3 recommended horseback safaris in South Africa:
Big 5 Safari with Wait A Little
If you’re looking for a Big 5 adventure like no other, Wait A Little offers highly personalized and specialized horse riding safaris for experienced riders in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, close to the famous Kruger National Park. With years of experience, the horses are able to keep calm at even a few metres away from big game. A high standard of riding and small groups of only 7 guests ensures each person receives individual attention, up close game sightings, and sporty riding.
The Big 5 Safari is the most popular of Wait A Little’s 3 horseback tours, which range from 5 to 10 days long and cover 35 000ha of African wilderness. The 7 night Big 5 Safari starts with 3 nights at Wait A Little main camp, which offers a selection of tented camps overlooking the river and a garden rondavel. On day 4, guests ride to Beacon Rock, a sleep out camp on top of a rock formation with spectacular sunrise views. The next 2 nights are spent at XiDulu Private Camp in the Greater Makalali Game Reserve. XiDulu is only used by its owners and Wait A Little guests. XiDulu is situated on a large dam and guests can spot the resident hippos from the infinity pool and viewing decks of the camp’s main area.