African Horse Safaris
African safaris are synonymous with 4x4 vehicles, but if you want a more intimate and immersive safari experience, a horseback safari is — without a doubt — the best way to soak up the savannah and get close to big game. From Botswana to South Africa and beyond, explore our range of horseback safaris and get ready to experience the African bush like never before.
Top 5 destinations for horse safaris
Horseback safari destination #2: Kenya
The magic of Kenya can’t be matched; this country sets the scene for a quintessential horseback safari experience, with its wide-open plains teeming with wildlife. If you're an experienced rider, you can set out on cross-country safaris and ride in areas with dangerous game. Less confident riders, on the other hand, have the option of riding closer to their lodge. Either way, you’re in for an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime.
Riding level required: It varies depending on your destination of choice, but there are options for a range of experience levels in Kenya.
Pro tip: Visit between July and October for a chance to witness the Great Migration in the Masai Mara.
Horseback safari destination #4: Namibia
Get ready to witness some of the most breathtakingly beautiful and starkly desolate landscapes on the planet — Namibia is a superb destination offering one-of-a-kind horseback safari experiences suited to true adventurers and intrepid travellers. Whether you choose to trot through Fish River Canyon, the Namib Desert, or the untouched wildlife-watching area of the Damaraland, a horse riding holiday in this country guarantees unparalleled scenery and a wealth of biodiversity.
Riding level required: Experienced and advanced riders who are confident and capable of riding at all paces over rough terrain.
Pro tip: Head to the Namib Desert for a challenging ride that will push you out of your comfort zone.
Frequently asked questions
Many of the answers below will vary depending on the destination, so don't forget to contact your chosen tour company for exact details and information.
Do I need to bring my own equipment?
Horseback safari tour operators will provide you with tack that is suited to the type of riding you’ll be doing. You can bring your own riding boots and helmet if you prefer.
What horses will I ride?
The type of horses you’ll be riding will depend on your destination and the tour operator you plan to book with. The horses selected for horseback safaris are relaxed and pleasant to ride, and your chosen company will make sure to pair you with the match that suits you best.
Are horseback safaris safe?
As with any activity that includes wildlife, there is an element of risk involved. That being said, on a horseback safari, all rides are led by experienced, knowledgeable guides who strive to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
What to bring on a horseback safari?
We’d recommend bringing riding boots or chaps with sturdy shoes, as well as warm clothing, sunglasses, riding gloves, and sunscreen. Riding helmets are typically provided by your chosen company, but be sure to get in touch with your chosen operator for more information on what to bring. Read more on what to pack for a safari.
What type of saddles and tack are used?
Saddles and tack will vary by company, but you can expect to receive high-quality equipment from industry-leading names. For more specific information, contact the company you plan to book with.
Are there weight or age restrictions?
Weight and age restrictions may vary depending on the company you choose. Typically, the minimum age requirement is 12 years old for children (as long as they’re a strong, competent rider). In terms of weight restrictions, the maximum weight is approximately 90 kg (200 lbs).
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