A safari on horseback is a different and particularly rewarding experience because you are able to see wildlife from a very close proximity. Although the wild animals may get anxious or nervous with humans around, the guidance of an experienced ranger will address any potential dangers and ensure an immersive encounter. Having said that, wildlife are relaxed around horses because they disguise your smell, therefore travelling on a horse can be one of the best ways to see wildlife.
Horseback safaris in Africa are one of the most exhilirating ways to experience the beauty of the continent.
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What You Need To Know
There are a number of regions and countries which make a horseback safari a particularly attractive option, here are a few highlights:
Between wet and dry season, Botswana‘s Makgadikgadi Pan offers two starkly different safari experiences. During the green season, from November to April, the salt pan fills with water, enabling algae to grow and crustaceans to thrive, in turn attracting flocks of pink flamingoes.
Known as one of the world’s most wildlife-rich regions for its sheer abundance and diversity of species.
Chyulu Hills in Kenya
Believed to be the world’s youngest volcanoes, Chyulu Hills sit between Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks, creating an especially scenic backdrop to the game-rich plains.
Limpopo Province in South Africa
South Africa’s northernmost province of Limpopo is a flourishing land of valleys, canyons, ridges and rolling hills with waterfalls and rivers running through. In fact, the land is so verdant, Limpopo is known as South Africa’s food basket.
It goes without saying that before embarking on a horseback safari, you need to ensure that you’re comfortable on a horse. The service provider and experienced ranger/guide will ensure that you are paired with the best horse for your temperament. You will be spending extended periods on horseback, so this type of safari requires more stamina from the tourist – having a good level of fitness will aid your experience. Before booking your safari, ensure that you use an affiliated service provider with experience in horseback safaris. Do your research to find the best regions/countries for horseback safaris and then list the accommodation options and service providers that offer horseback safaris to compare rates and packages – check the region to see what season is best for this type of safari.
Usually the best time for an African horseback safari is from June to October, which marks the long, dry season – allowing you a hassle-free ride. Rainy seasons can create some problems for the horse as well for its riders.
Horse riding helmet (if you prefer your own)
Half chaps and jodhpurs (if you prefer your own)
Scarf and gloves
The weather and climate differs throughout Africa. However, January and February tend to be very hot and dry and are usually humid, while March to June is the rainy season. June to October is the best time to travel as it dry season and travelers can get a lot of adventure. November to December is short rainy seasons.
A truly immersive safari experience that brings as close as possible to wildlife. It will be a guided safari with an experienced guide.
Ant’s Hill and Ant’s Nest, South Africa
Borana Lodge, Kenya
Tswalu, South Africa
Lewa Wilderness, Kenya
Safaris Unlimited, Kenya
African Horseback Safaris, Botswana
Singita Grumeti Riding Safaris, Tanzania
Offbeat Riding Safaris, Kenya
Popular Horseback Safaris in Africa
Each of our popular itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your budget as well as your specific interests.
Electricity in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and in most of the continent is 220/240 volts.
Most safari lodges and camps are not connected to an electrical supply. Solar lighting (backed up by batteries) is common, with many lodges having a generator, which runs part of the day (morning and late evening when guests are out on their activities).
Lanterns also provide light at night. In many camps running on solar power, you will not be able to use a hairdryer.
January to March is the best time to witness the Makgadikgadi zebra migration as well as the wildebeest.
Africa is a great continent to go horse riding and the fact that many destinations in Africa that you may want to visit may not have functioning roads, so horse riding could be one of your only options to achieve seeing all there is to see.